Kok Samed at sunrise.

Kok Samed at sunrise.

Kok Samed at sunrise.

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Skirt the rocks where Phra Arpaimanee and the mermaid hang out at the southern end of Haad Sai Kaew, and you'll enter 200 metre long Ao Hin Khok, with slightly larger Ao Phai just beyond that. While the former remains a favourite of budget travellers thanks to a trio of long-running bungalow joints, the latter has become somewhat overcrowded in recent years.

On a leafy stretch of on Ao Hin Khok's southern sand, you'll find the humble abode of one of Samet's most interesting characters. After having her fill of the city life in Bangkok, Chawalee moved to Samet to live a hermit's life by the ocean, and she remains despite the development that's sprung up around her. She'd prefer you didn't lie about right in front of her place, though she speaks excellent English it you want to have a yarn.

Both beaches (if not for a few rocks it would be one long one) boast some of the finest white sand on Samet, with some great swimming also possible here. With ... Read our complete Ao Hin Khok travel guide

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Sunrise seen from Ao Hin Khok. Fishing boat at Ao Hin Khok. Jep's restaurant, Ao Hin Khok, Ko Samet Ao Hin Khok beach, Ko Samet Boy swimming at Ao Hin Khok, Ko samet Beach vendor, Ao Hin Khok, Ko Samet