Vong Deuan Resort
Ao Wong Duen, Ko Samet T: (038) 644 171, (038) 651 777 F: (038) 644 170
A strong selection of spacious bungalows helps to make the long-running Vongdeuan Resort a reliable midrange favourite.
Culminating at a big beachside swimming pool, the freestanding rooms are spread over a huge chunk of tree-lined land that was mostly preserved when concrete stacks were packed into the other end of the beach.
The well-kept bungalows come in four different styles, each with a private bathroom and terrace. Closest to the beach and punctuated by tropical flowers, the large Thai-style wood bungalows come with carved wooden eaves and some were designed in a hexagon shape. With soft white curtains draped over several windows, we felt that the Thai-style rooms are the best of the bunch. Further up the hill are some modern-style white villas that come in a few different sizes, all with tile floors and large windows. Some rooms have flush white walls and floors to go with light-blue bedspreads and wall hangings; others have wood walls along with soft lighting and four-poster beds. All rooms are equipped with air-con, fridge and large TV, though WiFi may only work in the common area.
Within steps of the sand, loungers surround the pool as part of a large light-yellow concrete structure that also hosts a coffee shop and restaurant. The experienced staff offers kayaks, Thai massage and boat trips.
Immediately after inquiring as a walk-in and receiving the rates listed below, we found rates for around 500 baht cheaper on Booking.com. Vongduean Resort sometimes fills up with Thai holidaymakers; in that case you could try the neighbouring C Samet Beach Resort (formerly Vong Duern Villa), or head up the beach to Samed Cabana.
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Type of room, low and high season prices
Room: Standard double room, low season: 2,700 baht, high season 2,700 baht. Notes:
Room: Deluxe double room, low season: 3,100 baht, high season 3,100 baht. Notes:
Room: Deluxe bungalow, low season: 3,500 baht, high season 3,500 baht. Notes: 4,00 baht for Thai House
Room: Suite, low season: 5,100 baht, high season 5,100 baht. Notes:
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Aquamarine sea meets secluded coves and busy beaches on Ko Samet
, one of Thailand’s most popular islands and a handy getaway from Bangkok. The island offers no fewer than 16 beaches with a variety of different scenes, often with white sand so fine that it’s like stepping on silk-feather pillows.