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Sat 27/4 7:40 -8:20 Pochentong. Flight 9:30-11:00 Tới S bay DMK: 11:30, tới KS Max1House 12:30, 14:40 đi AIT, đến AIT 15:00, đi thăm và ăn tối 18:00, về lại KS 19:30 Booking: J6PNNS, Ks. Max – one house: 77 Moo4 Don Muang (mang đồ ăn trưa, mua đồ ăn trưa hôm sau ở AIT, Đêm 1
Sun 28, 8:30 từ Max one house KS- Pattaya- Koh Samet, Rayong bến phà= 239km, 3h10 phút

Nếu không qua Pattaya, bỏ tolls: 214km 3h10

Chờ Đức đặt Taxi (www.thaicalltaxi.com) Tới bến Banphe 11:30. Ăn trưa at Koh Samet Beach; đi phà/Speedboat tới Koh Samed 12:30-13:15, Taxi vào Nimma 14:35. Check-in

– Thuê Bike khám phá Bắc Đảo: tìm hiểu tour quanh đảo. Ăn tối Red Ginger hoặc tại Nimma

DMK- Koh Samet ( có thể ghé qua Pattaya), Nimmanoradee Resort Mueang Rayong

Mã đặt phòng: 675886525/1081, mua đồ ăn, nước ,

Noi Na beach, Ao Phai.. Không về muộn. Phí đảo 200Bht, Phà 50 Bht, Speed boat 2500

Đêm 2

Mon 29 Koh Samet

Snorkling, câu cá? Tour đảo, ăn trưa bãi khác, nghỉ, ăn tối Nimma

Đêm 3
Tue 30

Koh Samed-Pattaya-BKK 3h (180) + 1h Tiffani (show 1630-1745, 18-19:15) Refundable 508/550 Bht VIP seat. Via hotels2thailand.com

Tắm biển,

Check out 12:00 – taxi đến Bến phà 12:30, đến Koh Samue 13:15 Thuê xe đi Pattaya xem Tiffani show 14:45 + Lunch tại Pattaya chờ Show 18-19:15. Về BKK Erawan house (1h50) + tới Erawan house BKK 21:15, tối đi Royal Palace, ăn tối sông Chao Praya

Tiffani show: Phatthaya Sai 2 Na Kluea Bang Lamung Chon Buri Thailand : Từ Koh Samet 83km, 1h12

Erawan House: 2h30 phút, Đêm 4 : Erawan house 7/1-2 Chanasongkhram Phra-Artid Road, Pranakorn, Bangkok, booking: 382932987/2536 (13.762080153292203; 100.49424201250076)

Wen 1/5 Check-out BKK đi Grand Palace ( nếu đêm chưa đi) 8-10h , sau đó đi MBK Shopping center: 10-12:00 12:00 Taxi về Don Mueng

13:00 Tới sân bay DMK

Bay 15:30

Bus: Thanon Phra Athit

MBK: Pathumwan Intersection, opposite Siam Discovery Centre 
BTS: National Stadium

Về Pnh: 17:00

Ghi chú cần thiết: Đặt Taxi 1 chiều: www.thaicalltaxi.com Chuẩn bị chai nước cá nhân, Tại Banphe có bán vé Minivan to BKK 200-250 Bht ( Ekkamai, Khao San Road) ; Thuê xe mô tô hoặc 3 Bykes, cả đảo dài 6km. Tiền rừng 200bht/ng. The southern end of Ao Pai beach seems to be a robbery hotspot. Armed robberies even inside hotel rooms have been reported in this area. Don’t stay there and don’t walk around alone at nighttime. The gangs operating in this area are targeting intoxicated single party-goers.

Pranakorn, Bangkok, what to do: Gần Khao San Road , Grand Palace,

Dự kiến kinh phí 1400 USD, khoảng 40,000 Baht đổi trước. Đã mua vé khoảng 400 USD. Vậy đổi thêm 1,000 USD là vừa.

Tin đọc tham khảo

Ghi chú cần thiết: Chuẩn bị chai nước cá nhân, Tại Banphe có bán vé Minivan to BKK 200-250 Bht ( Ekkamai, Khao San Road) ; Thuê xe mô tô hoặc 3 Bykes, cả đảo dài 6km. Tiền rừng 200bht/ng. The southern end of Ao Pai beach seems to be a robbery hotspot. Armed robberies even inside hotel rooms have been reported in this area. Don’t stay there and don’t walk around alone at nighttime. The gangs operating in this area are targeting intoxicated single party-goers.

Pranakorn, Bangkok, what to do: Gần Khao San Road , Grand Palace,

Things to do in Koh Samet

Get there: booking taxi to Banphe Pier , the last ferry 5 or 6 pm? book a private taxi from www.thaicalltaxi.com, from DMK 3h to Banphe Pier , Public ferry 50 bht 45 min + take taxi from there, Private speed boat 2500 bht 20min to your beach with pick-up any time upon call, just landed on sand, no instruction to go further . recommended to Red Ginger res.

Minivan from Banphe to Bangkok: Re: Mini bus service back to Bangkok: There’s no need to arrange transportation ahead of time. Just take the ferry or a speed boat to Ban Phe. On the main street you will either be approached by touts or you will see agencies selling van tickets for about 200 or 250 baht. go to Ekkamai. heading for Khao San Road drop you at the head of the BTS Skytrain line at Bearing or Bang Na or Udom Suk .island is only 6 km long.

Lên đảo trả tiền 200Bht National Park entrance

STAY: Ở chỗ nào? The further south the quieter it tends to be. Ban ngày Nên tới bãi: wong duan; Noi Na beach (15 minute walk to the pier); Ao Phai; ks Samed Villa/Pavillion end of the beach near the White Sands bar and disco. Dont go to Lima Coco side of the island as its too quiet and although its a nice beach its impossible to walk and you are in effect trapped, everything closes at 10pm!!!

Về KS Nimma

A really nice place to relax, excellent place for both snorkelling and swimming, The view so perfect, suit for couples and for honey moon Ngay tại bờ biển.

Về hòn đảo

Just 200 kilometers from Bangkok in the Gulf of Thailand, the T-shaped island of Ko Samet is famed for its white sandy beaches, exotic coral and crystal clear waters. Ko Samet is typified for its splendid beaches and white silky sand, surrounded by tropical coral reefs and crystal clear sea. Tourists can also enjoy a plethora of delicious cuisine and fine nightlife; micro-climate (the driest archipelago in Thailand) gets much less rainfall than the rest of Eastern Thailand. The rainy season is May to September but less rain than the other islands in Thailand. Tourists should, however, be careful of occasional storms.

History

Once upon a time, Ko Samet was the home of pirates and that to this very day there is still lost treasures buried somewhere on the island. Thailand’s legendary poet Sunthorn Phu was the first one to put this island on the map when he set his classical epic there, Phra Aphai Manee "The Story of Princes, Saga, Mermaids and Giants".

Thai government put this island off limits and restricted overnight stay there until 1/10/1981, the Forestry Department of Thailand declared Ko Samet and its surroundings to be a national park.

Armed robbery is a common occurrence on Ko Samet. The local police has little to no interest in resolving those crimes. The southern end of Ao Pai beach seems to be a robbery hotspot. Armed robberies even inside hotel rooms have been reported in this area. Don’t stay there and don’t walk around alone at nighttime. The gangs operating in this area are targeting intoxicated single party-goers.

Most of Ko Samet, including all the good parts, is part of Khao Laem Ya-Mu Ko Samet National Park and thus has an entry fee. Thais pay 40 baht for adults, 20 baht for children (current as of June 2009); foreigners pay 200 baht for adults, 100 baht for children (current as of November 2009). This two-tier pricing policy is applicable to all national parks.

If your ferry arrives at the main pier and you take a songthaew to the beaches, there will be a stop at the main ticket checkpoint. The journey from the pier to the town centre is a fairly short stroll, taking less than ten minutes. If your ferry arrives at one of the beaches, an officer will collect the fee as you step out of the surf. Note that there is plenty of foot traffic in and out of the park to the 7-Eleven, ATM or other shops and restaurants and if you have no bags you can nonchalantly walk into the park without anyone checking your ticket. There is a road via the temple which avoids the checkpoint entirely. Note: some bungalows might give the impression that the entry fee is included in their booking, but it is not. You may also be asked to pay the park entry fee when boarding the ferry on the mainland, but if you mention you are staying outside the park boundaries they wont make you pay.

By car and taxi

As Ko Samet is an island, you first have to drive to Rayong. From Bangkok, you can take Sukhumvit Rd (Highway No. 3) passing Chonburi, Si Racha, Pattaya, Sattahip and onto Rayong. The total distance to Rayong is approximately 220 kilometers. If you drive onto Highway No. 36 at Bang Lamung (before Pattaya), you’ll take a shortcut inland and save about 45 kilometers (but the scenery is not as impressive).

Taxi services are available from Bangkok. You need to specify Ban Phe since the pier at Ban Phe is at the lower outskirts of Rayong itself. The metered fare is approximately 1600 baht, but most drivers will want to go "off meter" for a fare ranging from 1500 baht (some drivers don’t realize the meter is slightly higher) to 2000/2200/2500 baht. Expressway tolls of about 100 baht are additional. You can pick up a taxi that will go directly to the ferry piers at Ban Phe at the airports as you can for any other destination. or pre-arrange a pickup from a taxi driver you like by asking for his cellphone number and calling to make a booking by a native Thai speaker to help you. Look for a later model taxi and do a quick visual check of the tires before committing to a trip. As a general precaution with all taxis in all countries, it’s better to double up in a taxi with a friend on a long ride like this.

By bus

The bus from Bangkok‘s Eastern Bus Terminal (Ekkamai) to Ban Phe usually takes 3.5 hours, costs 173 baht (current as of August 2012), and terminates opposite the ferry piers. There is no direct service to Ban Phe from Bangkok’s Mo Chit Bus Terminal — it only brings you to Rayong, from where you can take a songthaew (20 baht) to Ban Phe.

There are direct first class bus services between Rayong and Bangkok‘s Suvarnabhumi Airport. If you take a regular bus from Pattaya or Sattahip, you’ll need to take a songthaew or charter a tuk-tuk to the ferry piers.

There are also mini-vans that leave from Victory Monument in Bangkok’s Phahonyothin district. They charge 400 baht per person and bring you directly to the ferry piers. This is a slightly nicer alternative to the larger tourist buses that depart from bus stations. However, finding the mini van area at Victory Monument can be a challenge if you don’t know where you are going. The mini-vans drive faster than the tourist buses, but they also make several stops along the way in Rayong which makes the trip about the same time. Also, the ride is quite bumpy, so even reading a book is a challenge.

Getting around

Renting a motorcycle for 300 baht/hr 500 baht/day or ATV (4 wheeled motorbikes) for 500bht/1hr or 1200bht/day. You will usually be able to rent it from the hotel you are staying at. Leaving your passport or a deposit is not necessary or advisable.

Warning: It is advisable to hire motorbikes only from reputable hotels and lodgings. Stores renting out motorbikes or ATVs may attempt to overcharge you for repairs and labor should you damage the bike, even superficially. Initial quotes for repairs is often exorbitant and is way beyond the price of labor, parts, and repair.

See

▪ Catch the sunset from dramatic cliff side locations along the southwest coastline.

▪ A fire twirling show heads up and down Hat Sai Kaew & Ao Hin Khok beaches between 18:00 and 22:30. A donation is appreciated.

Most beaches are on the eastern side of the island. The beaches hide in small bays and stretch some 200 m. From the north, there are Hat Sai Kaeo, Hat Hin Khrong, Hat Khlong Phai, Ao Phutsa, Ao Thapthim, Ao Naun, Ao Cho, Ao Thian, Ao Wai, Ao Kio Na Yok and Ao Karang. The only beach on the western side is Ao Phrahis.

Note, the spelling of beach names can vary.

Beaches from north to south on the east coast:

Hat Sai Kaew (Diamond Beach) Khu trung tâm, Phố thị. Bãi tắm. One of the most beautiful and most popular beaches on Ko Samet, Hat Sai Kaew is 1 km long and 25-30 m wide. Most of this space is taken up with deck chairs from the restaurants. Hat Sai Kaew literally means Crystal Sand Beach, is a nice beach filled with activities. Visitors can enjoy sunbathing, swimming, jet skiing, windsurfing (700 baht/hr), catamaran sailing (1000 baht/hr) a banana boat or even partying at night. It can get a bit noisy due to all the motorised activity though.

Ao Hin Khok is separated from Hat Sai Kaew by a small rocky sea point where a mermaid statue is located. The beach is half the size of Hat Sai Kaew. There are some monk’s accommodation along this stretch of sand that have signs asking people to be quiet. It makes for a peaceful spot just past the noise polluted Hat Sai Kaew Beach.

Ao Phai Located two beaches down from Hat Sai Kaew and just past Ao Pai. More or less of the same white, sandy stretches with a few nice restaurants at night and a big, concrete block of a bar where most party goers end up late at night. Bungalows available for 300 baht per night (2 people max). Bring duct tape to seal the mosquito net edges at the windows…

Ao Phut Sa Yên ả- Lặn san hô- is a small walk from Ao Pai Beach over a small headland. Suitable for those who are tired of crowded beaches and nightlife activities. Ao Put Sa has a small pontoon with some OK snorkelling around it. Best time to stick you head under and have a look is at low tide.

Ao Nuan Yên tĩnh- is located a 10 minute walk through the bush from Ao Put Sa and is a perfect hideaway for holidaymakers in search of tranquility. All bungalows are handmade by the owner. Some have great character.

Ao Cho is a bit of a scruffy beach and if you have been following the "next beach" signs along the coast, you feel like you’ve seen better.

Ao Wong Deuan Bãi lớn thứ nhì. is the second largest beach on the island (the first being Hat Sai Kaew). Ao Wong Deuan has a ferry service with the mainland. It’s best to talk to one the bungalows to book this than try and find it yourself.

Ao Thian (Candlelight Beach) Nhiều đá Ao Thian’s topography is painted by rocky beach in which some nice spots for skin diving are available. This beach is very quiet and free from group tours.

Ao Wai Bãi Dừa- Cướp! is located within a short walking distance of Candlelight Beach. Shaded by coconut trees, the beach is a quite, scenic and serene spot for sea lovers.

Ao Kiu NA Nok Không làm phiền This bay is a secluded den for those planning to keep their distance from the busy, crowded beaches and vibrant nightlife. There is currently a huge resort being built with a swimming pool and the small bungalows are slowly being knocked down. The eatery isn’t the best, but because it’s the only one on the beach, it’s pricey. From Ao Kiew Nok, visitors can walk to Ao Kiew Nai along the road, but getting a lift is better as it’s hot, there’s no breeze and not much to see.

Ao Karang Sống chậm như người Samet is at the southern tip of Ko Samet. It’s very quiet down here and could be the best place to experience the traditional lifestyle of the residents of Ko Samet.

Ao Wiang Wan Câu Cá ( Bắc Đảo) is on the west of Na Dan Pier, a large bay where lots of sport activities such as fishing, etc., take place.

Ao Phrao Biển xanh- cát trắng-Hoàng hôn- cô độc. is one of the quietest beaches of Ko Samet. Located quite far away from the lively nightlife of Ko Samet. Ao Prow is an upmarket beach with no budget options. The blue sea, white sand and sunsets are all top notch. How to get there: Four operators: Nuanthip, Si Ban Phe, Phe Port, and Saphan Pla around Ban Phe offer shuttle boat services between their ports and the main port of the island. All operators charge a flat rate of 100 baht per person for a round trip or 50 baht for a single journey. Boats can leave anytime when more than 20 passengers are waiting. The service is available around the clock, seven days a week. It’s best to just buy a one way ticket from the pier and head down to the end to wait.

For groups of at least 7 persons, Nuanthip Boat (+66 3865 1508) offers a shuttle boat service to other bays as well, such as Ao Wong Duean (120 baht each) and to the last bay Ao Pakarang (200 baht each). Si Ban Phe Boat (+66 3865 1902) also runs a scheduled boat service during weekends between Ban Phe and the main port of Samet. The hourly boat service from Ban Phe runs from 08:00 to 18:00. On the return trip from Samet, the boat leaves at 10:00, 14:00, 16:00, and 18:00. The company also offers a speed boat service at 1,000 baht a trip for 12 people to the main port, or higher rates for other routes. A parking service on the main land is available.

Các đảo câu cá: Ko Kruai, Ko Kham, and Ko Pla Tin (เกาะกรวยเกาะขามและเกาะปลาตีน) These islands are some 600 m north of Ko Kudi. With coral reefs, tourists can enjoy fishing here. A rental boat service is available at the port in Ban Phe.

Ko Kudi or Ko Kut (เกาะกุฎี หรือเกาะกุด) The island is on the east of Ko Samet, 6 km from the mainland. Ko Kudi totals an area of 63 rai. A nice beach and coral reefs make it a nice place for a hideaway. Nearby islands are Ko Thai Khangkhao and Ko Tham Ruesi. Without accommodation, the national park office on the island offers a tent for rent at 200 baht per person/ night. Pitching a private tent requires paying a fee of 20 baht per person/night. For more information, call Tel. 0 3865 3034, or in Bangkok at Tel. 0 2561 2919 and 0 2561 2921.

Đảo lặn Ko Thalu (เกาะทะลุ) Some 6 km east of Ko Kudi, the island is another scuba diving site among coral reefs. The island totals an area of 69 rai, most remains lush forest. While high cliffs occupy the west, white sandy beaches occupy the east and south of the island. Ko Thalu is a habitat for seagulls, flying fox, and turtles.

Tourists visiting Ko Kudi, Ko Kruai, Ko Kham, Ko PlaTin, and Ko Thalu should rent a boat from Ban Phe or Ko Samet. They should prepare food and water, as there are neither facilities nor food supplies available on such islands.

DO

Ko Samet is a laid back island paradise where the emphasis is less on things to do and more on enjoying the islands beaches.

Activities: walks along the beach, taking your PADI Scuba Diving certificate.

Ways to see the island – on foot, bike riding or by hiring a motorbike/ATV and driving down the island to visit a few of the smaller more secluded beaches and taking in some of the more naturally forested areas further down to the south of the island.

Mountain Bike Rental – Mountain bikes can be rented from Village Cafe (Internet Cafe) opposite the school in the main village. Just ask for Kay and he will be more than happy to help with the mountain bikes or information for any other activities on the island.

Motorbike Hire – The island has more motor bike hire shops than any other shops so they are not hard to locate and prices are 300 baht per day for manual or automatic bikes. Before hiring a bike you should be aware that once you enter the main national park entrance the roads are in very poor condition and only people with some experience would be advised to tackle them.

Gold Shop – This motorbike hire shop is just up from the national park entrance and 7 11 (opposite Chilli Restaurant). This family take very good care of their motor bikes and ATVs. The owner ‘Jep’ is a very friendly guy and always willing to help. His son also rents their vehicles from next to the 7-11 by the park entrance and ‘Bow’ is also very helpful. If you rent for a few days he will often offer good discounts.

Boat Trips – There are several companies on the island offering a variety of different boat trips from around the island on a large slow boat to a 7 island speed boat day trip visiting many of the surrounding islands from Samet. These trips are all a good value but be sure to have a chat before you book and make sure you are getting the trip you want and that they are not talking you into another trip as they cannot do the one you are asking for. Also all trip are dependent upon weather conditions.

Samet Boat Trip – One of the original boat trip families on Samet still offer a daily round-the-island boat trip. If you’re lucky it could be a private trip or one with just a few other chilled out people on board. Their fleet consists of 2 large slow boats and 4 speed boats so different trips are available daily.

Scuba Diving – With the calm surrounding waters and coral reefs Ko Samet has something to offer those of all levels of diving, but it is an especially good place to learn to scuba dive with classes nearly always on the smaller side and often one-on-one with an instructor. With depths ranging from 5 m down to 25 m, there is a variety of local sites to dive on and explore and there are also the outer islands that surround Ko Samet which offer stunning coral reefs, such as Ko Talu.

Blue Aura Divers, based at the Sunrise Villas Resort (close to the main pier) are lead by an English instructor and the guys will be able to help with all your diving needs locally and they are also very knowledgeable about the diving all over Thailand. (Facebook – Blue Aura Diver)

Snorkeling: Nong Boom Tour, 35/3 phe, koh samet, ☎ 081949074, [2]. is a company with 4 speed boats. They have daily trips to the surrounding islands and snorkeling, lunch included. They also have special trips on request. Very friendly staff and fun trips. edit

EAT

Seafood, barbecues are found along Ao Phai and Haat Sai Kaew beaches but they are found on all beaches and most serve the same as the next. Crowds don’t always mean they are good. The day trip companies make deals with restaurants and take their customers there.

If you are relaxing on the beach during the day there are plenty of hawkers selling fresh fruit, BBQ chicken wings, dried squid, papaya salad (can be extremely spicy) and even ice creams slightly more expensive than if you got up to get it.

At night check out the Roti stands that pop up everywhere. This crepe-like desert can be filled with banana and topped with chocolate syrup or sweetened condensed milk, or any number of other combinations from 40Bht.

In town (Na Dan), there are a few traditional Thai eateries that serve good quality Thai food priced for locals. Most have menus in English.

If you are after a traditional Thai breakfast there are a couple of ladies who set up their mobile eatery daily next to the Tourist Police checkpoint that services Haat Sai Kaew. They serve boiled chicken on rice (khao man gai tom), fried chicken and rice (khao man gai tort) or rice porridge (jok) for 20-30 baht. The food is fresh and they do a brisk trade serving locals as well as a few tourists.

Jep’s – does a buffet breakfast on the beach with all the western favorites for 220bht on busier days.

Gecko Bar – at the end of Ao Phai beach next to Silversand Resort, does an excellent barbeque with chicken steaks smothered in mushroom sauce and sizzling beef and chicken hotplates. Between 100 and 200 baht, these meals are definitely good value, try the fries or the competitively priced barbeque.

Joe’s – next to Ploy Thalee on Saikaew Beach, this newly redecorated restaurant has one of the best value barbeques on the island – large kebab, corn, potato and salad for around 100B.

Samed Villa Resort[3]– Here they serve both delicious Thai & European Cuisines, BBQ is also recommended

Tapas & Tacos – One of the more unique places to eat on the island, it’s the first restaurant on the North coast, a minute or two from Nadan pier, serving some excellent authentic Spanish and Mexican food in an atmospheric setting right next to the sea.

Over Priced 
Travel Warning! Please always check your bills carefully, and if they are in thai ask them to translate post by post.

SLEEP

Most of the accommodation on the east coast; try to arrive on the island as early as possible. Tourist season on Ko Samet is generally from November till February and from June till August,! The northern-most beaches of Hat Sai Keaw and Ao Hin Kok have many bugalow operations with typical Thai concrete bunker-style .At the very northern end are a few upscale resorts. At beaches further south you’ll find the bungalows ranging from dismal shacks to four-star, air-conditioned mini suites.

it’s getting harder to find rock-bottom prices. On some beaches you can expect to pay 600 baht for the basics. Most of the accommodation is first-come, first-served and the cheaper bungalows tend to go fastest. High-end establishments usually take reservations by phone, fax, and via the web, the cheaper ones do not.

Budget

Chilis, a nice hotel/ restaurant just outside the national park boundaries, about 10-15 minute walk from the main ferry terminal. Friendly, English-speaking staff, clean, secure, quiet and spacious rooms.

Jep’s, A Hua Khok, offers clean, nicely designed fan with hot showers (only 3 available) and air-con bungalows from between 500 – 2000 baht per night (Nov 2011). A favorite among Thais, this establishment fills up very quickly on holidays.

The Lost Resort, Ao Phai (up the road from Silversand), an old, ratty hotel owned by a British expat, this resort offers triple-share rooms with attached bathrooms for about 1,000 baht/night or double rooms with air-con for 800 baht. The small reception/restaurant area does some breakfast, but much better options are available on the beach.

Lung Dam Bungalow, located on Ao Lung Dam (a one-hour walk south on the beach from Na Dan), has very basic bungalows in the 300-500 baht range. It’s on a small bay that is excellent for swimming. The restaurant has excellent service and is one of few on the island that is open early for breakfast. This beach is not accessible directly by road; unless you arrive directly by boat, you must walk on the beach for at least part of the way.

Naga, bamboo huts with fan and mosquito net for 500 baht. A favourite among backpackers. 300 baht per night for those fan huts as of November 2011, great value. Note: they have acquired a CD for the boxing ring in the Naga Bar, which in the bar sounds like hardcore classical Thai violin playing, but from the rooms sounds like a constantly playing bagpipe.

Nuan, located at Ao Nuan is quite a bit out of the main beach areas, but great if you are looking for some deserted areas on the island. Get a bike and drive down on the gravel road. A bit hard to find, just go down to the beach and walk along. A small bunch of bamboo huts, with mosquito nets and a fan. Comes with an almost private little deserted beach. Starts at 700 baht/night with shared outdoor shower and toilet.

Papa Roger, 12/60 Moo 4 Ko Samet, located before 7-11, White Sand beach entrance. Fan room shared bathroom 250 baht. Tel: chessroger

Sea Breeze, Ao Phai (behind Silversand), is a dingy little place offering fan bungalows with attached bathroom from about 400 baht/night, about as cheap as you will get, and in a fairly decent location.

Silversand Resort, Ao Phai, though becoming more upmarket everyday, Silversand still offers a few decently priced fan bungalows with attached bathroom for around 600 baht.

Sunrise Villas, Ao Noi Na (one minute from the pier), is a group of concrete built bungalow-style rooms all with 180 degree sea views. There’s a bit of noise from the pier. A/C rooms 800-1000 baht, fan rooms 500-700 baht, all have hot showers.

Tok’s Little Hut, A Hua Khok (sometimes part of Ao Phai), has air-con bungalows (no cheap rooms) with individual bathrooms from 1000 baht/night, depending on proximity to the beach. The bungalows are not necessarily pretty or overly clean but the restaurant on the beach is one of the cheapest. Some of the waiters don’t speak/understand much English so don’t try to order anything off the menu.

Ton Had Bungalows, Ao Lung Dum, is a collection of wooden huts, very close to the water, on a rocky beach. The rocks are an advantage as no speed boats dock there so it’s the place to have some peaceful and quiet atmosphere. The facilities are basic, bordering on the run-down, but still charming. Fan rooms, 800 baht for 6-8 people, A/C rooms 1,200 baht. Tel: +66 87 783 3262.

Tub Tim Bungalow, Ao Tub Tim (AKA Ao Phudsa), is usually reliable and has rooms in the 500-1,300 baht range. It’s in a quieter area, although at night you might find the sound of bar music drowns out the lull of the ocean waves.

Vongduern Villa, (by Vongduern Bay), [5]. 1,050-1,500 baht. edit

White Sands Resort, If Jep’s is full, head back past the mermaid statue to this place. Lots of fan rooms with hot showers for 500 baht/night.

Mid-range

Most accommodations on Ko Samet offer a variety of different types of rooms, most of which fall in the mid-range category. If you are willing to spend between 500 and 1,500 baht/night, you shouldn’t have any trouble finding accommodation, no matter what beach you are on. A few such places are:

Sai Kaew Villa, has clean and serviced bungalows and some concrete bunker style accommodation starting at 700 baht (fan, no breakfast) up to the 3,000 baht price range (A/C) set among well groomed gardens. Their large dining and evening beach restaurant on Haat Sai Kaew serves good food and the staff is friendly. They are a two minute walk from the 7-11 and Internet cafes.

Samed Club Resort, (situated at Ao Noi Na), [6]. Rooms are equipped with air-conditioning, bathroom amenities, mini-bar and fridge with two complimentary bottles of water daily, IDD telephone, and satellite TV. Price ranges between 2,400-5,600 baht/night. edit

Samed Sand Sea Resort, [7]. Air-con wooden room. Situated on Saikaew beach, a prime area. 2,700-7,000 baht. edit

Tarn Tawan, located on Ao Cho, is a clean, pleasant spot with decent bungalows, friendly service, and excellent food. The air-con bungalows are good value.

Tonsak Resort, (situated at Saikaew Beach), [8]. Gorgeous wood-panelled rooms under a canopy of trees. 2,000-4,000 baht/night. edit

Vimarn Samed, (at the end of Vongduern Beach by Thai bungalows), [9]. 2,500- 5,000 baht/night.

Naman NoraDee Resort ( Ao kiu Na Nok Beach)

By boat

Ferries from Ban Phe or Nuan Thip (they are about 1/8 mile apart, with Ban Phe to the north opposite a 7-11) to Ko Samet take around 30 to 45 minutes. Only buy a one-way ticket (50 baht), as there’s no discount on round-trip tickets (100 baht) and you won’t have to worry about losing it or finding that your ticket isn’t valid for the most convenient return ferry. Note: The ticket sellers may state that you must buy your national park ticket from them also but this can be done at the gate as you enter the park. They may also state that you cannot buy the return from the island, and must buy it at the Ban Phe pier. This is not true. Only buy a one-way ticket at Ban Phe pier. If you arrive after the ticket office is closed you will not have to pay the entry fee.

Nuanthip pier (tel +6638651508/+6638651514) runs boats to various piers on Ko Samet. One-way tickets are half the price of a round-trip, you might need to insist of booking one. The boats tend to wait until full so timetable is more like a hint than a fixed departure time.

Alternatively, there are two speedboat companies that operate from Ban Phe. You will need to take a Speedboat if you arrive when the ferry is not operating. Prices can range from 500 baht for the boat to NaaDaan pier to a few thousand baht for the outer-lying bays and beaches. Service is available 24 hours a day, what you will end up paying is based on how many others also want to go to your destination. One advantage of taking a speedboat is that it will drop you off on the beach so you can avoid taking a taxi from the pier. The speedboats have a much rougher ride than the ferry and will not necessarily be any faster as they will make more than one stop.

For the return from the Ko Samet public pier, take either the Nuan Thip or Ban Phe piers for your destination — it doesn’t matter which one you departed from as they are only a short walk apart, and you might get an earlier boat back if you are willing to be flexible and return to a different pier. Both are served by songthaews: Ban Phe has an informal "taxi stand" in front of the 7-11 across the street with passenger cars used as cabs but no need to go looking for them as they will find you. It costs 200 baht for a ride from Ban Phe to the Novotel, quite a distance down the coast, in early 2009.

Người Thái viết về Samet

Koh Samet Arrivals and Departures Boat
People arriving on Koh Samet will usually come from Ban Phe port in Rayong. Here you will find many different boats that can take you across to the island. It is also possible to make the trip from Nuan Thip which is very close to the port in Ban Phe. The trip across currently costs 50 THB and the journey takes approximately 45 minutes. If you have the money you can get a speedboat for about 700 THB; this makes the journey a lot faster and you can have the speed boat take you to where you want to go on the island.

How to Get to Ban Phe/Nuan Thip
Ban Phe and Nuan Thip are both in Rayong and there are many buses that will take you to these ports. If you are staying in a tourist area like the Khao San Road in Bangkok or in Pattaya you will have a number of travel options. Minibuses are quite comfortable and make the journey a bit faster than normal buses; you will find these in both Pattaya and Bangkok. There are also regular government buses between Rayong and many other cities. If you are coming from Rayong you can get a Songthaew to Ban Phe or alternatively you can hire a taxi. If you are arriving in Suvarnabhumi Airport the best option is probably to get a taxi all the way; all though this is definitely not the cheapest option. The nearest airport is U-Tapao which is near Pattaya but there are probably not too many reasons to choose this as a way to get the island.

Getting Around Koh Samet 
One of the really nice things about Koh Samet is that you can walk practically anywhere. There is only one main road and in parts this turns into a dirt track. It is possible to rent a motorbike on the island if you want a bit more freedom and don’t feel like exerting yourself too much. The fact that parts of the road on the island aren’t very safe means though that it is probably best not to ride a motorbike; there really is no need to and if you have an accident there is no hospital on the island. There is a Songthaew service (a type of open bus) that goes between the different destinations; you can also hire a Songthaew for private charter. One of the nicest ways to get around the island is by boat.

What to See on Koh Samet Na Dan Pier
 Na Dan Pier (ท่าเรือหน้าด่าน) is usually the first place that people see when they arrive on the Koh Samet island; most visitors won’t see it again until they leave. Na Dan can be found in the north of the island. There are a few restaurants and shops here and you will also find a couple of hotels and bungalows. There are also some nice beaches nearby.

Hat Sai KaewHat Sai Kaew (หาดทรายแก้ว) is the biggest and most popular beach on Koh Samet; it is also known as Diamond Beach. This is where you will find a lot of Koh Samet hotel options and quite a few restaurants and bars. If you have come for peace and solitude then this probably isn’t the best beach for you, but it is stunningly beautiful all the same. The white sand right next to warm turquoise waters makes this a place where some people are willing to spend almost their whole holiday. Even if you don’t intend to stay at Hat Sai Kaew you will still probably want to visit at least once or twice.

Ao Thian ban đêm In the Thai language thian means candle or candlelight and so Ao Thian (อ่าวเทียน) means Candlelight Beach. This is a nice place to visit at nighttime as there are a couple of nice restaurants here. The beach itself is just mostly rocks and this tends to be an empty location during the day. If you want a romantic dinner or a bit of time alone then Ao Thian might be a good place to choose.

Ao Wong Deuan
Ao Wong Deuan (อ่าววงเดือน) is another of the big beaches and it is just down the coast from Hat Sai Kaew and right before Ao Thian. This beach does attract a lot of people but it is still possible to find a nice quite spot alone. Some of the restaurants here are superb – especially if you like seafood. There are also quite a few beach bars where you can chill out in the evenings and watch the sun go down.

Ao Pai
Ao Pai is to the south of Hat Sai Kaew and people will spill on to here to get away from the busier beach. This is another attractive area and there are far fewer restaurants and bars – so a better choice if you want a bit of peace. The fact that it is a small beach though means that it can feel busy during the high season. Swimming here is also not as satisfying as on Hat Sai Kaew due to the large number of rocks; it is still a great place to work on your tan and relax.

Ao Noi Na
This is another beach close to Hat Sai Kaew and is probably a good choice if you want something a bit more laid back. The only drawback is that the view is of the mainland and this can take away from the feeling of being on a paradise island. This part of the island is a bit less popular than other areas but that is changing. The beach here is clean and there are a few reasonably priced Koh Samet bungalows.

Ao Phrao 
If you really want the feeling of seclusion then the best choice is Ao Phrao. This is well away from all the main tourist entertainment – or as far away as you can get on such a small island. This is a great place to just kick back and relax; here it is possible to imagine what it would be like to live like Robinson Crusoe. The swimming here is very satisfying and the beach is attractive and clean. If you want to enjoy this tranquil place then the best option is to hire a boat to take you there.

Ao Karang 
Much of the life on Koh Samet is dedicated to pampering the tourist. Ao Karang offers a different perspective because it has a more traditional Thai feel to it. Here you will find the tastiest Thai food as this is where many of the locals go to eat. There are also a few resorts in this area. Ao Karang can be found at the southern tip of the island.

Read more: Koh Samet – Small but Beautiful | Thailand Musings on Thai Visa http://thailandmusings.thaivisa.com/koh-samet/#ixzz2R01bkK95

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Destinations and price

Operating hours from Samet to Nuanthip

Pier schedule
Nadan pier from 08:00 every hour until 18:00
Samet Cliff from 08:00 every hour until 18:00
Ao Kui (Pakarang) 09:30, 11:30, 13:30, 15:30
Ao Wai 10:00, 12:00, 14:00, 16:00
Ao Wongduean 08:30, 10:30, 12:30, 14:30, 16:00

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