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Ko Samet is so big, we've split it up into areas, select one of the below for detailed accommodation and food listings in that area. Sights and general overviews for Ko Samet as a whole can be found via the icons above. Don't know where to start? Read an overview of Ko Samet's different areas.

Things to see and do

A weekend on Ko Samet, Thailand

A vendor strolls the edge of the beach, a clutch of large paper lanterns folded neatly under her arm. She walks purposefully, hoping to catch someone's eye. She at last finds some interested customers -- a group of friends out from Bangkok for the weekend, who are enjoying a seafood dinner. They take the lantern out onto the sand, gather around and strike a match to light the wick below, watching ... Read more about A weekend on Ko Samet, Thailand .

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A typical full day group tour lasts from 11:00 to 17:00 and costs 600 baht per person, with groups of up to 12 people. The usual itinerary includes stops at Ko Kuti, Ko Thalu, Ko Plateen and Ko Kham for snorkelling the coral reefs and lounging on white sand beaches where sea turtles sometimes nest, and finishes with a stop at a fish farm. A half-day trip runs from around 14:00 to 17:00, costs ... Read more about Boat trips .

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Depth can range from five to 25 metres and some worthwhile reefs can be explored at Hin Pholeung off the Samet coast as well as nearby islands, especially Ko Plateen. A handful of Samet dive operations offer beginner lessons, day dives and PADI certification, including Ploy Scuba Diving based on Haad Sai Kaew and Ao Prao Divers of Ao Prao Resort. ... Read more about Diving .

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Dirt roads and a few trails skip from one beach to another along the island's seven kilometre long east coast, while Ao Noi Na on the north coast and Ao Phrao to the west are reached by sealed road. Starting from Haad Sai Kaew after breakfast, you could swim at three or four of the best beaches on the way down, aiming to arrive at Ao Wai around 16:00. On the way back, keep your eyes peeled for a ... Read more about Hiking on Ko Samet .

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Where to next?

Where are you planning on heading to after Ko Samet? Here are some spots commonly visited from here, or click here to see a full destination list for Thailand.

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