Photo: Beachside at Ao Tubtim.

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Tiny Ao Tubtim has one large and reputable beach resort with a wide array of options for low- to mid-range budgets, and also an ageing backpacker spot on the northern end of the beach. Traverse the headland to the south and you'll reach isolated Ao Nuan with its lone place to stay.

Ao Tubtim

While the spacious Tubtim Resort has something for most tastes, neighbouring Pudsa Bungalows is a backpacker favourite. Though it was closed during our most recent visit in September 2013, you might seek out a cheap air-con room at Lelawadee Guesthouse on the dirt motorbike path that connects Ao Tubtim to the main road if you arrive to find both of these places packed.

Tubtim resort
Flashpacker - 600B to 1,500B
Ao Tubtim, Ko Samet
T: (038) 644 025

In business since 1981, Tubtim Resort is among the oldest places to stay on the island, but the consistently helpful and relaxed staff has done an excellent job of maintaining older rooms and adding tastefully done new ones from time to time. Stretching over a gradual hill from the centre of Ao Tubtim all the way to the southern cove, the resort dominates the bay. However, well spaced out natural... Read our full review of Tubtim resort.

Pudsa Bungalows
Flashpacker - 600B to 1,500B
Ao Tubtim, Ko Samet
T: (038) 644 030

Pudsa offers a string of simple bungalows in the spirit of low key Thai island life. Tin roofed wood huts with fans are cramped, basic and grotty, with old linens on rock hard beds, a few windows, cold water bathrooms with non-flush toilets and tiny front porches. The larger dark wood fan bungalows face the beach's northern end, though an oddly placed wood picket fence makes it impossible to... Read our full review of Pudsa Bungalows.

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Ao Nuan

The lone bungalow operation on Ao Nuan offers a true 'back-to-nature' experience in lush surrounds.

Ao Nuan Bungalows
Flashpacker - 600B to 1,500B
Ao Nuan, Ko Samet
T: (038) 644 334

Ao Nuan's lone place to stay is an old-style bungalow joint that blends seamlessly into its serene surrounds rather than overtaking it. When kicking back under the towering trees with thick branches that hang low over this tiny beach, you really do get a sense of isolation. It's one of the few spots left on Samet where you're more likely to hear the song of birds and drill of cicadas rather than... Read our full review of Ao Nuan Bungalows.

Where to next?

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

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