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Ao Thian

Though most of the resorts here are beginning to show their age, Ao Thian and Ao Lung Dam still boast one of Samet's better collections of beachside accommodation in the neighbourhood of 1,000 baht. Note that while some of Sang Thian Resort's rooms perched high up on the hill are interesting, their Thai-only website, lack of English speaking ability and what we found to be a not-so-foreigner-friendly attitude at reception all made us favour the smaller and friendlier resorts further south. We found several of these to be similarly inviting, though none blew us away.

  • Ban Thai Sangthian

    Ban Thai Sangthian

    Thai-style houses in the centre of Ao Thian

    Ao Thian, Ko Samet
    T: (081) 305 9408;

    This small, tightly packed resort at the centre of the sand is designed to mimic a traditional Ayutthaya-style Thai estate, with elegant wood structures surrounding a courtyard of potted plants and ... Read the full review of Ban Thai Sangthian.

    3.5 stars 1,500B to 4,000B 1 vote Midrange
  • Viking Holiday Resort

    Viking Holiday Resort

    Friendly Thai-Nordic lodge

    Ao Thian, Ko Samet
    T: (038) 644 353;

    With skis mounted on the walls and Thai sculptures scattered throughout the lounge, Swedish-Thai owned Viking comes off as a little unusual. Stacked closely together behind the restaurant and ... Read the full review of Viking Holiday Resort .

    3.5 stars 1,500B to 4,000B 3 votes Midrange
  • Horizons


    Quirky and cosy

    Ao Thian, Ko Samet
    T: (038) 652 525;

    This relaxed backpacker spot has a string of simple stilted tin-roofed wood bungalows perched on a hillside just back from the beach. Because they face sideways, you'll miss out on direct sea views, ... Read the full review of Horizons.

    3 stars 600B to 1,500B 1 vote Flashpacker

Ao Lung Dam

The guesthouses on Ao Lung Dam are dismal, though some enjoy the laidback atmosphere at the bars -- they mainly only get busy if neighbouring Ao Thian is full.

  • Ton Had Bungalows

    Ton Had Bungalows

    Old-style huts on the beach

    Ao Lung Dam, Ko Samet
    T: (081) 435 8900;

    Formerly known as Apache Bungalows, this spot has become a lot more pleasant in recent years thanks to new young owners who really seem to care. The old wood bungalows with huge porches directly ... Read the full review of Ton Had Bungalows.

    3.5 stars 600B to 1,500B 1 vote Flashpacker

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