Ao Tubtim, Ko Samet

Ao Tubtim, Ko Samet

Ao Tubtim, Ko Samet


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When you first step on to the grainier but still attractive beach of Ao Tubtim for the first time, it feels like discovering a totally different island than the one you experienced up on Haad Sai Kaew and Ao Phai. This sense of spaciousness and quietude is magnified when you head over the headland to the even more secluded Ao Nuan. Beyond that is the oddball of this trio, Ao Cho, though even it's worth stopping by for a leap off the wooden boat pier.

Also known as Ao Phutsa, the cute little beach of Ao Tubtim is one of our favourites on Samet. With only two places to stay, it attracts a steady trade of regular visitors, foreigners as well as many Thais, and on weekends the accommodation can be packed. It's easy to see why so many Thai and expat Bangkokians have made Ao Tubtim their go-to holiday spot, returning year after year. Don't miss the chance to set up phallic looking rocks for good luck and vitality; the first of these curious sculptures were apparently ... Read our complete Ao Tubtim travel guide

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