Photo: Boy playing on Hin Khok beach.

Ko Samet is so big, we've split it up into areas, select one of the below for detailed accommodation and food listings in that area. Sights and general overviews for Ko Samet as a whole can be found via the icons above. Don't know where to start? Read an overview of Ko Samet's different areas.

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Just south of bustling Haad Sai Kaew, Ao Hin Khok is mainly a backpacker beach with plenty of opportunities to mix and party. A stone's throw further south lies Ao Phai and its mostly midrange accommodation.

Ao Hin Khok

Ao Hin Khok's three backpacker-friendly spots have grown rather tired (and grumpy in one case). Note: In two years of steady work for Travelfish, this researcher has never come across staff attitudes as nasty as those we encountered from two men working at Tok's Little Hut. We've also had reports of break-in thefts taking place there while travellers were sleeping. Needless to say, we'd steer well clear of Tok's.

Jep's Bungalows
Flashpacker - 600B to 1,500B
Ao Hin Khok, Ko Samet
T: (038) 644 112

Of the three long-running budget spots that occupy the hillside across the road from Ao Hin Khok, we feel Jep's is the clear winner. The cheapest fan rooms should satisfy hard core budget backpackers, though the holes in the walls might even turn some of them off. With little more than a firm mattress and weak rotating fan mounted to the ceiling, these are set in a very dingy longhouse style... Read our full review of Jep's Bungalows.

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Naga Bungalows
Backpacker - Under 600B
Ao Hin Khok, Ko Samet
T: (038) 644 0345

Naga is something of a one-stop shop on the island. Along with basic accommodation, this well dug-in backpacker favourite has a post office, bakery, internet shop, mini-library, money exchange office, bar, restaurant and even a muay Thai ring. Up the steps, which have the namesake mythical naga snakes for handrails, the cheapest wooden fan bungalows are very basic -- mosquito net over a firm bed,... Read our full review of Naga Bungalows.

Ao Phai

Ao Phai has one excellent midrange resort to go with two wannnabe luxury spots and a couple of reasonable budget options off the main road just north of the sand.

Samed Villa
Midrange - 1,500B to 4,000B
Ao Phai, Ko Samet
T: (038) 644 094

This elegant yet friendly resort has a selection of well-designed, spotlessly clean duplex rooms tucked across a beautifully landscaped tropical garden. Located at the quieter southern end of the beach, the resort maintains a sense of isolation that's otherwise impossible to find on Ao Phai. The 35 rooms have a sitting area with TV, and decks that are afforded partial privacy thanks to abundant... Read our full review of Samed Villa.

Sea Breeze Bungalows
Backpacker - Under 600B
Ao Phai, Ko Samet
T: (038) 644 124

When we met the (apparent) manager at Sea Breeze's convenience store / restaurant / internet cafe / reception area, his cheerful response when we asked to see a room was, “Yes you can look, I have many bungalow, many colour”. He wasn't kidding. What feels like an endless barrage of brightly coloured rooms takes up a huge area next to the main road and just beyond the northern end of Ao Phai.... Read our full review of Sea Breeze Bungalows.

The Lost Resort
Flashpacker - 600B to 1,500B
Ao Phai, Ko Samet
T: (038) 644 0412

A short walk further past Sea Breeze brings you to this rather quirky place that falls somewhere between 'resort', 'hotel' and 'guesthouse'. Though it's easy to find, it really does have a “lost” feel to it. When we arrived, a lonely-looking Thai guy popped up from behind the tiny reception hut, and it didn't seem like any guests were staying here. Accommodation is also a bit odd. The wooded... Read our full review of The Lost Resort.

Where to next?

Where are you planning on heading to after Ao Hin Khok? Here are some spots commonly visited from here, or click here to see a full destination list for Thailand.

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