is the biggest the islands of Kao Laem-ya and
Samet islands National Park, covers an area of
6,000 rai, 6 kms. from the shore of Ban-pae. It
is literary important and maintains many beauty
spots. White sandy beach, sky clear water with
corals around the island.. Ideal for camping,
swimming and snorkeling. The best part is lots
of bays and the National Park Guard office unit
2 (Koh Samet) sited there. - Haad-Sai-Kaeo, wide
and long beach, about 2 kms., on the East of the
island. Paper white sandy beach, good for swimming
and other activity. - Ao-phai , next to Haad-sai-kaeo,
a small bay, private beach with bungalows available
for tourists. - Ao-wong-duen, beautiful, oval
shape bay. - Ao-wai,Aow-kiew, Aow-tien, lying
along the east side of the island. Best spot for
coral snorkeling. Specially at Ao-kiew that has
a narrow dune about 500 m. wide, you can walk
to the other side of the island, feel either east
or west side of Koh-samet. - Ao-pra-ka-rang, in
the south, beautiful coral, snorkeling and close
to view point. - Laem-yai-chong-Koh-jan, a lands-end
in the south with forest stripe and meadow, rock
in irregular shape, ideal for fishing but not
swimming because water deep and strong turbulence.
- Ao-prow, west side of the island with sloping
beach and full of coconut palm trees, quiet and
clean. It is the most beautiful sunset spot of
Koh-samet. Nearby tourist spot - Koh-kudi, 8 kms.
From the coast, small, covers area about 300 rai
with two colonies, Koh-tam-kang-kow and Koh-tam-risi.
Koh-kudi lays east of Samet island and sited National
Park Guard office unit 1(Koh-kudi). Main attraction,
sandy beach and peaceful nature. Pa-nil-mung-korn,
south side of the island, adorn a panoramic view
and coral along the shore. It is best for coral
snorkeling, fishing and camping. Reptiles, big
or small and no danger, can be seen plentiful
on the land. - Koh-kluay, Koh-karm, and Koh-plai-tin,
a virgin island amid the sea, 600 m. north of
Koh-kudi. The two islands are connected by sand
dune and roc, this can be seen when low tide,
total area is small, only 600 rai. Koh-plai-tin
is 400m. away from the first two. Camping and
beautiful coral snorkeling is ideal. Most coral
has never been blasted by fisherman. - Koh-jan,
smallest among all islands, area about 10 rai,
sited far south of Samet island, 600m. away from
Hua-laem-yai. Mostly rocky, less soil, deep water
and good for fishing but not for night camping
( beautiful coral around the island). - Koh-ta-lu,
6 kms. East of Koh-kudi, area 400 rai. The surrounding
is still untouch and the main attraction that
became the name of the island is a natural bridge
connect to the north island allow a hole for sea
water to run through. This the real identity.
Physically a jungle while east and south sides
are big white sandy beach, suitable for camping.
West side is steep rocky area for hundreds of
seagulls to reside. June-July, nesting time and
the cliff whitened with seagulls, sea tortoises
lay eggs on the beach, big bats also hanging there.
Coral can be sighted around the island. Specially
at the east side beach, coral spread cover an
area of 10 rai. It is ideal for scuba diving.
A paradise on the east coast.
Samet, Rayong located at Eastern board
of Thailand, 179km by car from Bangkok. It consists
of 3,552 square km area and 100 km of beach connect
to the gulf of Thailand. The 10 islands group
is abundant with marine resources. It contains
many oddly shaped islands and rocks. The largest
island is Koh Samet which is well known in South
East Asia. Koh Samet has superb beaches and relaxed
atmosphere. Less than seven kms off the coast
of Rayong Province in the eastern Gulf of Thailand,
it combines the allure of a tropical paradise
with reasonable proximity to Bangkok.
has been known as a safe anchorage for sailors
since at least the 13th century and in the 19th
century its sheer beauty was the inspiration for
the literary masterpiece of Thailands most famous
romantic poet, Sunthorn Phu. In the 1970s it
was discovered by Thai teenagers and young couples
seeking a weekend retreat from life in Bangkok.
In spite of its protected status as part of the
Khao Laem Ya - Samet National Marine Park the
island has developed into a resort destination
much loved by both Thais and foreigners. Episodic
attempts by the authorities to evict the developers
have not yet dislodged them, and bungalow accommodations
are available all over the island. More than a
dozen coves and beaches provide visitors a range
of choices from campsites on secluded, deserted
beaches to bungalows with all the modern conveniences
in more settled and gregarious communities.
on Koh Samet: The island has only a single main
road. Some parts are concrete and some parts are
only a dirt trail which get quite bumpy. There
are two methods to get around the Island. The
first is by Songthaew (usually a rather green
pickup truck with two benches in the back and
no roof), which costs up to 600 baht for a private
trip, or between 20 and 100 baht per person for
a full car, depending on which beach you are going
to. This is a rather expensive method to get around
the island, and the dusty roads can make it an
uncomfortable trip. The second way is by renting
a motorcycle for 100 Baht/hr 300 Baht/day or ATV
(4 wheeled motorbikes) for around 400 Baht/1hr
or 1200 Baht/day. You can barter better deals
for 3 or 6 hours if that is all you want.
will usually be able to rent it from the hotel
you are staying at but they often rip you off.
We hired a motorcycle for 500 Baht a day and was
the worst deal I have had in Thailand. It is best
to hire one from close to the pier (Haad Sai Kaew)
where there are many deals. When you are far away
on some beach, they can charge you any price and
do. We rented the worst 10 year old manual motorbike
for a whopping 500 Baht a day. They told us the
automatic one was 600 Baht day. The further you
get away from the pier and entry point the worse
the roads become. OK, it is a National Park, but
the roads can be quite bad. They have started
to pave them. There are many many guest houses
near Ban Phe' Pier and has a lively nightlife
and so can have the best of both worlds. Hire
the motorbike and go to beach during the day and
at night stay close to Ban Phe' Pier and Aow Sai
Kaew. We hired the bike because we had no choice
and worst situation to be in. Where we stayed
a liter coke was 85 Baht. In 7-11, it costs 28
Baht. I would avoid package tours and go there
by yourself, get a bike, drive safely (and slowly).
There are many pot holes, and some roads were
filled with water. Could get through but a little
messy. Staying near city centre is the best option.
Hire a bike and give it back.
your passport or a deposit is not necessary or
Warning: It is advisable to hire motorbikes only
from reputable dealers. Choose ones that look
good. If they rip you off, take a photo of their
shop and get them on a websites somewhere. You
have a camera. Use it. Either in your phone or
with your camera. Take a picture. Thai's are very
sensitive about their reputation. Put it to good
use. Do not get ripped off by scammers with high
bike prices or false claims. If you do feel as
though you have been ripped off it is advisable
for you to consider whether it is worth taking
the matter further in relation to how much money
is at stake. Escalating a matter with the authorities
for an amount which is objectively not so significant
can avoid possibly ruining your holiday.
Remember to exercise diligence and caution when
entering into a rental agreement.
note, the distance from the main town by the port
to the beaches is not actually very great, much
of it can be reached on foot by walking along
the coastline. Many tourists are not aware of
this & end up hiring vehicles they do not
really need if all they intend to do is go to
and from the main town.
Sai Kaew beach or Diamond beach is
the longest and one of the most popular beaches
on Ko Samet. It is located in the North-East and
it is about 780 meters long. This is the beach
You should choose if you like to have a little
people and activities around you, but at the same
time live next to a almost paradise-like beach.
The sand is almost snow-white and the water is
Wongduan bay is a 500 meter long half
moon shaped beach with the most fantastic sunrise
on this island. The sand is as inviting as on
Haad Sai Kaew beach and the atmosphere here is
Phai is located two beaches down from
Haad Sai Kaew and just past Aow Phai. More or
less of the same white, sandy stretches with a
few nice restaurants at night and a big, concrete
block of a bar where most party goers end up late
southern most resort along the main strip of beaches.
Tubtim is a bit of a walk away from the main area
but only 5 minutes from Silversand it is slightly
more sophisticated and upmarket than many of the
"sit on the cushion" beachside restaurants
although they all offer more or less the same
cuisine, Tubtim is a good alternative for those
who prefer a quieter romantic setting.
is a bit of a scruffy beach and if you have been
following the "next beach" signs along
the coast, you feel like you've seen better.
bay & beach
or Aow Saeng Thian
(Candlelight Beach) Aow Thians topography is
painted by rocky beach in which some nice spots
for skin diving are available. This beach is very
quiet and free from group tours.
Lung Dam, a one-hour walk south on
the beach from Na Dan. It's on a small bay that
is excellent for swimming. The restaurant has
excellent service and is one of few on the island
that is open early for breakfast. This beach is
not accessible directly by road; unless you arrive
directly by boat, you must walk on the beach for
at least part of the way.
Phud Zaa is a small walk from Aow Phai
Beach over a small headland. Suitable for those
who are tired of crowded beaches and nightlife
activities. Aow Phud Zaa has a small pontoon with
some OK snorkelling around it. Best time to stick
you head under and have a look is at low tide.
Nuan is located a 10 minute walk through
the bush from Aow Phud Zaa and is a perfect hideaway
for holidaymakers in search of tranquility. All
bungalows are handmade by the owner. Some have great
Sunset View Point
(Tay Koh) Sunset View Point is located of the
west island. You can see the beautiful view of
is located within a short walking distance of
Candlelight Beach but far from city center and
no lights at night. Shaded by coconut trees, the
beach is a quite, scenic and serene spot for sea
To Get To Rayong - Koh Samet
200 kilometers from Bangkok in the Gulf of Thailand,
the T-shaped island of Koh Samet is famed for
its white sandy beaches, exotic coral and crystal
clear waters. Koh Samet has developed steadily
over the past decade or so, but it hasn't been
the victim of over zealous construction which
has hit the likes of Koh Samui (or even Koh Chang).
The island is typified for its splendid beaches
and white silky sand, surrounded by tropical coral
reefs and crystal clear sea. Tourists can also
enjoy a plethora of delicious cuisine and fine
a popular tourist destination for Thais and foreigners
alike. As Koh Samet is so near Bangkok, the island
is ideal for those in the capital wanting to chill-out
with their families for a couple of days, without
having to go through all that rigmarole of having
to travel down south. It's only a 2.5 hour ride
to Ban Phe, where one can take a 20-minutes ferry
to the island.
Bus Rayong is connected by regular bus services
with Bangkok and other towns and provinces such
as Pattaya, Chonburi, Chanthaburi, Chiang Mai,
Khon Kaen, Nong Khai, Surin and Ubon Ratchathani.
conditioned and regular buses leave Bangkok
to Rayong from Eastern Bus Terminal on Sukhumvit
Road, Ekamai, Tel : 3914900 (air) and Tel : 3912504
(non-air). Air conditioned buses leaving Bangkok
every 30-40 minutes from 05.00 hrs. until 22.00
hrs. One way fare is 85 baht. Non-airconditioned
buses leaving Bangkok every 30 minutes from 04.30
hrs. until 20.00 hrs. One way fare is 47 Baht.
The trip takes about 3 hours.
buses leaving Bangkok for Ban Phe every 1
hour from 07.00 hrs. until 20,30 hrs. and non-
airconditioned buses every 1 hour from 05.15 hrs.
until 18.30 hrs. One way fare is 90 baht for airconclitioned
bus and 50 baht for non-air conditioned bus.
Air Bangkok Airways operates regular scheduled
flights from Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Phuket and Samui
Island to Rayong-Utapao International Airport.
For information contact Bangkok Airways in Bangkok,
Tel; (02) 2538942- 6,2559915-20 and Rayong, Tel
: (038) 603063
Public urban transportation within Rayong is in
the form of minibuses. Local buses leave the Rayong
Bus Terminal at Rayong Trade Centre for various
destinations throughout the day. depend on the
distances. Fares are about 5-15 baht depend on
to Koh Samet
Koh Samet can be reached by boat frorn Ban Phe.
Boats leaving Ban Phe for Ko Samet through the
day from 06.00 hrs. until 17.00 hrs. Fare is 30
baht for one way trip. The trip takes about 40