Ao Phrao beach, Ko Samet

Ao Phrao beach, Ko Samet

Ao Phrao beach, Ko Samet

Taken on: 18th January, 2004. Copyright: All Rights Reserved - See travelfishery's page of Flickr

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Ko Samet's only major west coast beach, Ao Phrao is a scenic bay with a crescent of khaki sand that serves as the focal point for a trio of luxury resorts. The beach is on the grainy side and shallow water relegates swimming to splashing at low tide, but you can't beat the sunsets. Be sure to get here early on weekends if you want a good view to go with your overpriced cocktail. Visit midweek and you might have an entire luxury resort to yourself.

Though its far from the island's most visually stunning beach, Ao Phrao is its most luxurious; rag-tag backpackers should expect a few sneers from staff and customers. It's popular with hi-so Thais, so don't be surprised at sudden influxes of VIP-keepers dossing around while their self-important employers sip overpriced wine at Le Vimarn before jetting off again by high-powered speedboat.

Though it's not cheap, Lima Coco Resort adds much-needed colour and youthfulness to the beach -- not a bad midrange choice if Ao Phrao is ... Read our complete Ao Phrao travel guide

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