Ao Thian Beach, Ko Samet

Ao Thian Beach, Ko Samet

Ao Thian Beach, Ko Samet


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As with most of the far southern beaches on Ko Samet, the long and thin Ao Sang Thian (or Ao Thian for short) and its southern extension, Ao Lung Dam, offer the chance to enjoy a laid back seaside getaway.

Though the name means 'Candlelight Beach', almost all of Ao Thian has now been developed, so you probably won't need a candle to find your way around. The difference between here and neighbouring Ao Wong Duen is that while both beaches are similarly long, Ao Thian is far thinner, the resorts are generally smaller and cosier, and a few simple bungalow joints hint at what Samet was like in the old days.

Separated by only a small ledge, both Ao Thian and Ao Lung Dam are a bit rocky, though some good swimming and snorkelling can be enjoyed from the former's northern end. A steep hill rises up behind both beaches. Views from some of the rooms perched on the hill are among the best on the island. Several resorts have constructed terraces perched almost directly ... Read our complete Ao Thian travel guide

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