I will travel to samet in next few days. Where is the best place to stay nice beach and budget rooms no more than 400B? and is it easy and cheap to get around other parts of island. Any other tips are welcome. Thanks
#1 sunnyukmarky has been a member since 10/11/2007. Posts: 7
Based on your budget, it sounds like your best bet will be the Ao Hin Khok area and Naga Bungalows or Tok's Little Hut. This area isn't far from the main ferry pier and puts you close to several other beaches as well. Check out the Samet section on the website for more details.
Samet can really fill up on the weekends, so midweek is your best bet for finding an inexpensive room in a place where you'd like to stay.
Getting around the island isn't so cheap or easy I'm afraid. There is taxi service of a sort, but it is too expensive to be practical. If you know how to drive one, you can hire a motor scooter (should be under 200 baht per day at that end of the island) and make your way around some parts of the island with relative ease and others with a bit more difficulty on what passes for roads. The last time I was there, four-wheel drive ATV quad runners were also available for hire in the 1500 baht per day range.
The island is about 10 km from tip to tail, with a reasonably well-defined hiking trail on the western side of the island. You can make a day out of hiking down and back, stopping off at various beaches for snacks or drinks or a swim. It is a great way to explore the island.
Look into the daily snorkeling trip for a fun diversion.
How sad that these islands are just so commercialised now, Samet where the beaches( or most of it them) are hijacked by all the chairs and parasols of the businesses, or the massages hawkers' impossible to find any shaded part . So I did rent a chair . and guess what at 4.30 they come round tro take it away so they can lay down all their mats and tables for food later. I am not an habitual comp-lainer and people need to make living .but I think it is all about money and business now here. I will have to go to the far south oif Thailand and find the unspoilt isnd somwewhere. Libong was the best I found last year, Its not just my view, I speak to Thais who travel to islands and they say the same. I have been coming Thailand 9 years. from China where I worked in the last 2 years.
#3 sunnyukmarky has been a member since 10/11/2007. Posts: 7