Make yourself at home
Samet Village, Ko Samet T: (084) 383 4917
Run by an affable Canadian/Thai couple with help from their adorable little girl, Red Ginger has three rooms located above and behind the phenomenal restaurant of the same name.
With violet walls and a Bohemian vibe, two small and basic double rooms are well suited to solo travellers while a larger upper-floor edition with four beds will do the trick for groups. Both options come with hot-water bathrooms and guests can choose between fan and air-con (they'll shut down the air if you don't want it). The flexible owners offer free WiFi and guests can use the restaurant's fridge. The best part is a ground-floor bar/restaurant with a cushioned nook, maroon walls, dim lighting and tasteful framed art, all carefully pieced together to create a cosy atmosphere. This is the sort of place where you'll feel like lending a hand during the dinner rush and kicking back with a few beers afterwards. It’s situated on the main drag in the heart of the village but is far enough from the bars to stay reasonably quiet. Motorbikes can be parked in a lot across the street.
Owner Roger told us that if backpackers arrive on a holiday weekend to find most cheap accommodation fully booked, he might just let them crash on the floor. You could try calling ahead, but most travellers simply show up and see what’s available. If you don't stay here, make sure to stop by for the terrific ribs, pork tenderloin and lamb stew. We were only able to get a general price range, as everything is flexible here.
Type of room, low and high season prices
Room: Dbl fan private bathroom, low season: 450 baht, high season 450 baht. Notes:
Room: Dbl air-con private bathroom, low season: 700 baht, high season 700 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.