Travellers with limited time often squeeze in Ko Samet as a last-minute beach getaway before flying home from Bangkok. The island’s relatively close proximity to the Thai capital also makes it a go-to weekending option for city dwellers. A few days is enough for a trip to Samet, but how to make the most of ... Read more about A weekend on Ko Samet .
Beach lovers, you have come to the right place. From bar-studded bays to tranquil coves, beaches on Ko Samet come in a range of styles. So listen up: The quality of your experience depends on aligning your idea of paradise with the particular beach where that brand of paradise can be found. Starting in the north and working south, we’re here to guide you through all 16 of Samet’s beautiful ... Read more about Beaches .
The speedboat relaxed onto a brilliant white-sand beach extending halfway around the island. From here we waded into clear aquamarine sea to glimpse tropical fish and coral. We had suspicions before booking, but it quickly became clear that a boat tour to Ko Thalu, Ko Kudee and Ko Kham was worth the ... Read more about Boat trip to Ko Thalu, Ko Kudee and Ko Kham .
Ko Samet is no Ko Tao or Ko Lanta when it comes to scuba diving, but some decent underwater seascapes can be discovered in the area. With visibility usually ranging from five to 10 metres, reefs can be explored by taking open-water dives at various points off the Samet coast as well as nearby islands like Ko Thalu and Ko Plateen. Expect pufferfish and a few rays at a five-metre-deep granite ... Read more about Diving .
With most of Ko Samet’s beaches facing east, it takes some effort to catch the sunset. Over on the mostly rock-strewn west coast, a series of viewpoints provide prime sundown viewing while also encouraging you to explore some of the island’s less-travelled ... Read more about Sunsets on Ko Samet .
Covering a large but easy-to-miss piece of land between Samet Village and Haad Sai Kaew, Samet’s only temple is best known for a big Buddha image and friendly monk who likes to give out good-luck charms to tourists. Wat Ko Kaew Pitsadan took its name from an alternate moniker for Ko Samet coined by Sunthorn Phu in his Phra Aphai Mani literary epic. Accessible directly from the road that ... Read more about Wat Ko Kaew Pitsadan .