Photo: Ao Noi Na is one of the sleepiest parts of Ko Samet.

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Stretching along the north coast of Samet, Ao Noi Na is a favourite of Thai holidaymakers who don't seem to mind splashing out for a pricey resort -- the further west you go, the quieter it gets. Nearby in the village of Nadan you'll find several budget guesthouses that will do the trick if you don't mind being a 10-minute walk from the surf.

Ao Noi Na

Until you reach Mooban Talay, the beach is limited to short sandy patches due to large rock outcroppings, piers and buildings. Towards the village, some of these stretches are covered in litter, though Bar & Bed's lovely private beach is a welcome exception. We found many of Ao Noi Na's resorts to be overpriced, especially given that the scenery here doesn't compare to the east coast.

Mooban Talay Resort
Toprange - 4,000B to 8,000B
Ao Noi Na, Ko Samet
T: (038) 644 251

With only 21 smart and elegant villas in a private corner of the island with a good beach and swimming pool, Mooban Talay is one of Samet's most romantic resorts. Set amid thick gardens, rain collection pools with roofed salas at the centre, towering palms, fountains and stone walkways, spacious villas have high ceilings, tall windows, soft beds on raised wooden platforms and relaxing terraces... Read our full review of Mooban Talay Resort.

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Bar & Bed
Midrange - 1,500B to 4,000B
Ao Noi Na, Ko Samet
T: (038) 644 440

Of Ao Noi Na's handful of newish places aiming for a more funky attitude, Bar & Bed is the hands down winner. We often find ultra-modern urban-style Thai hotels like this one to be over-the-top, but the designers have produced a gem in Bar & Bed. With graffiti art adding an urban-industrial flare, wide terraced decks lead down to a triangular swimming pool complete with a DJ booth in one corner... Read our full review of Bar & Bed.

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The Beach House
Flashpacker - 600B to 1,500B
Ao Noi Na, Ko Samet
T: (038) 644 205

With its gregarious English-speaking Russian owner and intimate guest rooms branching off a cool wooden hallway, the Beach House has the air of a family vacation home. Many of the guests are repeat visitors, which only adds to the homely feel. Rooms are simply decorated and comfortable, with TVs, fridges, desks and tinted windows that provide privacy from the shared patio perched over the sea.... Read our full review of The Beach House.

Nadan (Samet village)

Air-con rooms for under 1,000 baht aren't hard to come by in the village, even during high season. We've listed a few of our favourites, but there are many more and good deals can be scored on weekdays.

Barbados Terrace
Flashpacker - 600B to 1,500B
Nadan, Ko Samet
T: (081) 377 4136

Located along the main drag in the middle of the village, Barbados has a good reputation thanks to friendly staff, good food and well-kept accommodation. Rooms are in the form of orange concrete bungalows set around a little garden a fair distance back from the road. They're small, but decent porches out front help to make up for that. All rooms are very clean and have air-con, fridges and small... Read our full review of Barbados Terrace.

Samet Smile House
Backpacker - Under 600B
Samet Village, Ko Samet
T: (038) 644 126

Tucked down a side street that runs behind the temple in the heart of the village, this plain three-floor guesthouse offers good deals on clean, comfortable rooms. Though lacking any sort of decor, all rooms are spacious, airy and fresh, with soft beds and pillows, proper blankets, hot water bathrooms, small TVs, fridges and two tables -- one inside the room and another on the narrow shared... Read our full review of Samet Smile House.

Koh Kaew Village 2
Flashpacker - 600B to 1,500B
Samet Village, Ko Samet
T: (087) 597 6277

While this place is comparable to nearby Moss Man and White Sand, it won us over due to rooms with a bit more character, a friendlier receptionist and, most of all, closer proximity to the sand of Haad Sai Kaew. The nondescript guesthouse is situated right behind the national park offices, close enough to the beach that you can hear the waves crashing. The immediate surrounds aren't too... Read our full review of Koh Kaew Village 2.

Red Ginger
Backpacker - Under 600B
Samet Village, Ko Samet
T: (084) 383 4917

Run by an affable Canadian-Thai couple with help from their adorable little girl, Red Ginger has three rooms above/ behind the phenomenal restaurant of the same name. With violet walls and a Bohemian feel, two small and basic double rooms are especially suited to solo travellers while a larger room upstairs is a good choice for groups. Both options come with hot water bathrooms and guests can... Read our full review of Red Ginger.

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