Photo: Peak hour on Ao Wai.

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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Way down on Samet's southern tail stretches the quiet Ao Wai, home to a single midrange beach resort. Further south, a top-end resort occupies the otherwise off-limits beach at Ao Kiu Na Nok. Continuing south, the rugged road ends at picturesque Ao Pakarang, which is a great choice if you're looking to leave the world behind.

Ao Wai

Ao Wai is possibly the best beach on Ko Samet, and the one operation on this beach has enough variety that it should be able to please just about anyone.

Samet Ville Resort
Midrange - 1,500B to 4,000B
Ao Wai, Ko Samet
T: (038) 651 682

Scattered throughout a lush seaside forest, Samet Ville wins the prize for the most different types of rooms in a single resort. No less than 17 room types are available, from concrete duplex standards to smaller, more isolated huts to a converted beached boat and an elegant family villa that sleeps seven. Rooms are mostly clean and simple, and some are decorated with little Buddhist... Read our full review of Samet Ville Resort.

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Ao Kiu Na Nok

Paradee Resort + Spa
Luxury - over 8,000B
Ao Kiu Na Nok, Ko Samet
T: (038) 644 283

There aren't many spots on Samet where you can enjoy five star luxury, but Paradee Resort offers just that. Far and away the most expensive and high-end option on the island, it offers 40 stunning villas with either a beach or garden view, each with its own private sun deck and several with Jacuzzis and private splash pools. There's also an infinity pool for all. The extravagant villas are more... Read our full review of Paradee Resort + Spa .

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Ao Pakarang

Nimmanoradee Resort
Midrange - 1,500B to 4,000B
Ao Pakarang, Ko Samet
T: (038) 644 271-4

We let out a big sigh when it came time to leave this small, peaceful and well-presented resort at the far southern point of Samet. Along with numerous kayaks, a small swimming pool, Thai massage salas and a charming open-air gazebo-style restaurant/bar, the grounds brim with orchids, frangipani, hammocks, swings, birdsong and secluded benches where you can catch the sunrise. Nestled on a... Read our full review of Nimmanoradee Resort.

Where to next?

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

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