Photo: Beach scenes at Ao Hin Khok.

Accommodation

Starting in the north of this long and slender island, Ao Noi Na is a fine option with a small village feel near Nadan Pier. Nearby Samet Village has the island’s only real selection of rooms for less than 1,000 baht a night. Next comes Laem Yai with its confusion of resorts set along a rocky coast, followed by mostly pricey beach resorts on Haad Sai Kaew. Ao Hin Khok was traditionally a backpacker enclave that still hangs on to a few old huts. Next comes a lively atmosphere on Ao Phai, the last of the busy northern beaches.

Continue south and you’ll reach a crossroads: right (west) leads to Ao Phrao’s three upscale resorts, while left (east) carries on to conveniently located Ao Tubtim. Just south of that is tiny Ao Nuan, followed by mostly dire accommodation on beautiful Ao Cho. Then comes Ao Wong Duean, Ko Samet’s second longest beach at roughly the centre of the east coast.

South of Ao Wong Duean stretches rocky Ao Sang Thian, which tapers into Ao Lung Dum’s old-style beach bum vibe. A more remote feel overtakes Ao Wai and Ao Pakarang, both featuring just one resort each in the far south. In between is Ao Kiu Na Nok, a small beach that’s fully occupied by the lavish Paradee Resort’s rooms starting at 15,000 baht a night.




Introduction

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Where to stay on Ko Samet, Thailand
Backpacker - Under 600B

You’ll notice an unusually high number of poor reviews when browsing Ko Samet’s resorts and guesthouses on the big booking sites. Does the island attract picky travellers with unreasonable expectations, or is the accommodation really that rough? It’s a little of both, as it turns out, but fear not: We’ve sifted the saffron from the soot to uncover solid options in all price ranges. The... Read our full review of Where to stay on Ko Samet, Thailand.

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Ao Noi Na

Facing north towards the mainland, Ao Noi Na is accessed by its own narrow road and has several modest houses along with a handful of resorts. The coast is rocky near Nadan Pier but turns into a splendid white-sand beach in front of Mooban Talay Resort. Narrower patches of sand are found in between, though high tide erases most of them and the many piers can make swimming difficult. Ao Noi Na’s low-key village vibe is a good choice if you want easy access to conveniences -- Samet Village is within walking distance -- but also prefer to steer clear of the busier beaches.


200 metres inland, Ao Noi Na, Ko Samet
1,500B to 4,000B
Chom Samed Resort
Midrange - 1,500B to 4,000B
200 metres inland, Ao Noi Na, Ko Samet
T: (081) 003 8966

An easily overlooked resort in a quiet setting, Chom Samed offers spacious and comfortable rooms in freestanding wood cabins or a three-storey polished concrete stack. Either are solid choices. Around a dozen stilted dark-wood cabins overlook a lawn filled with frangipani, swings and hammocks, with an attractive three-storey concrete structure and the reception area on the other side. All... Read our full review of Chom Samed Resort.

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Far west end of the road, Ao Noi Na, Ko Samet
4,000B to 8,000B
Mooban Talay Resort
Toprange - 4,000B to 8,000B
Far west end of the road, Ao Noi Na, Ko Samet
T: (081) 838 8682

With a name that translates as “Sea Village,” Mooban Talay was one of the first upscale resorts to appear back when Samet was still mainly a backpacker island. Arriving early to the party allowed it to snag one of the best locations on Samet: a wide expanse of tree-lined land fronting a beautiful beach with views to Khao Laem Ya and the mainland. The resort made the most of the property... Read our full review of Mooban Talay Resort.

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Ao Noi Na, Ko Samet
600B to 1,500B
Baan Pra Kai Kaew
Flashpacker - 600B to 1,500B
Ao Noi Na, Ko Samet
T: (084) 727 8320

Located midway between Nadan Pier and the good part of Ao Noi Na beach, Baan Pra Kai Kaew serves up well-equipped air-con rooms in detached concrete bungalows or in a concrete guesthouse set on stilts over the sea. It’s a comfy choice if you’re searching in the 900 to 1,900 baht range -- especially if you like German food and beer. A German/Thai couple runs the small resort (or large... Read our full review of Baan Pra Kai Kaew.

Just west of Nadan Pier, Ao Noi Na, Ko Samet
600B to 1,500B
Sunrise Villas
Flashpacker - 600B to 1,500B
Just west of Nadan Pier, Ao Noi Na, Ko Samet
T: (085) 278 5711

Sporting a collection of white concrete villas set over rocks within a few steps of the surf, the old Sunrise Villas underwent major renovations in recent years. The once-grimy bungalows have re-emerged as smart and comfortable rooms in a convenient location with sea views. The mini-resort offers older/smaller bungalows built at ground level and some larger editions set on chunky concrete... Read our full review of Sunrise Villas.

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