Photo: Samet's most popular 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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Accommodation

Haad Sai Kaew

Haad Sai Kaew stands out as being the most over-developed beach on Ko Samet. Guesthouses and resorts rub shoulders as they compete for the last inches of space and nearly every lodging is overpriced. If you want to be close to the action without shelling out to stay immediately on the beach, you'd be better off at a cheap guesthouse in the village, which is less than a five-minute stroll away.


Grand View Hat Sai Kaew
Midrange - 1,500B to 4,000B
Northern Haad Sai Kaew, Ko Samet
T: (038) 644 220

If you're a couple, you probably won't find a more romantic option on Haad Sai Kaew than the wood villas at Grand View. With intricate northern Thai-style wood carvings, sumptuous dark wood interiors, elegant traditional Thai paintings, soft beds on four-poster frames draped in cotton curtains and large, semi-private porches with direct sea views, the bungalows are good value for the money -- at... Read our full review of Grand View Hat Sai Kaew .

Laem Yai Hut House
Flashpacker - 600B to 1,500B
Northern Haad Sai Kaew, Ko Samet
T: (038) 644 282

This long-running backpacker establishment has a hotch potch of concrete bungalows on a sandy hillside at the far northern end of Haad Sai Kaew. It's one of the better locations and atmospheres on the beach, with bungalows spread far apart under the shade of towering palms. The older fan bungalows were full during our last visit, but they appear simple and rustic, with mosquito nets, ceiling... Read our full review of Laem Yai Hut House.

Saikaew Beach Resort
Toprange - 4,000B to 8,000B
Northern Haad Sai Kaew, Ko Samet
T: (038) 644 193

With its modernist bungalows, chic blue and white decor and simple tropical accents, this is the most stylish spot on Haad Sai Kaew. The cheapest deluxe rooms are set a good walk from the beach and, while perfectly comfortable and with all the mod-cons you'd expect, are questionable value -- shell out a little more dough and the quality rises considerably. Inviting sky blue cottages have plush... Read our full review of Saikaew Beach Resort.

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Sinsamut Guesthouse
Flashpacker - 600B to 1,500B
Southern Haad Sai Kaew, Ko Samet
T: (038) 644 134

Compared to its similarly priced neighbours, Sai Kaew Villa and Ploy Talay, Sinsamut is a budget diamond on Diamond Beach. It's also one of the quirkier spots on the island. A ground-floor reception/restaurant area feels tired and cluttered, but that's okay because the owners have obviously funneled profits into upgrading the rooms instead. After climbing a flight of stairs, you can't help but... Read our full review of Sinsamut Guesthouse.

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Tonsak Resort
Midrange - 1,500B to 4,000B
Central Haad Sai Kaew, Ko Samet
T: (038) 644 314

Tonsak would be edged out by other midrange options if it were on Ao Wong Duen, but on Haad Sai Kaew, it's one of the best. Centrally located near where the main village road meets Haad Sai Kaew, the small resort has a range of log cabins spread relatively close together amid raised wooden walkways and lots of tropical foliage. The older superior rooms are attached in rows while the new deluxe... Read our full review of Tonsak Resort.

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Le Blanc Samed Resort
Flashpacker - 600B to 1,500B
Northern Haad Sai Kaew, Ko Samet
T: (038) 644 311

We were a tad confused after wandering into Le Blanc's cluster of villas set around a garden. There's no sign (as far as we could see) that actually says the resort's name, and a tiny reception desk was hidden behind the restaurant, which wasn't open. Staff also seemed erratic on the whole, though the man who showed us around had a casual, almost cheeky attitude that we found refreshing after the... Read our full review of Le Blanc Samed Resort.

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Where to next?

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


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