Thailand is a truly majestic tourist destination. It contains so many different landscapes, from the mountains to the beaches. One of the most impressive, but not overly well known, destinations within Thailand is the island of Koh Samet. Located off the province of Rayong, Koh Samet is only about 230kms from the city of Bangkok.
Koh Samet hotels are located all over the island, particularly on the eastern side, where most of the beaches lay. The island of Samet enjoys a drier calendar than the rest of Thailand, so becomes very busy during the peak season.
Tourists have a range of things to experience on the island. There is something for everyone on Koh Samet.
1. Haat Sai Kaew is the main beach on the island of Koh Samet. It is generally the most populated, and contains a range of sports for the water. Jet skiing is quite popular at the beach, along with windsurfing and sailing. There are many restaurants offering the most succulent seafood dishes tourists can find.
2. At night, there is a popular fire dancing attraction on Sai Kaew Beach. It occurs every night at about 20:30 and 22:30, and usually attracts quite a large crowd. It is located at one of the beach front restaurants, making it the ideal attraction for guests wanting to watch something exciting, while enjoying a seafood feast at the same time. Throw in the beachfront atmosphere, and this becomes a very memorable attraction.
3. Ao Hin Khok is another beach found on the island of Koh Samet, but it is somewhat different to many others. It is located just a short distance from the main beach of Haat Sai Kaew by the famous Mermaid Statue. The beach contains a number of interesting pools that have a rather odd shape. Nevertheless, it is much quieter than the main beach, and is great for exploring.
4. Another of the famous beaches on the island is Ao Wong Deuan, which is regarded as the second most popular beach on the island. Unfortunately, with the popularity come the hordes of tourists. However, the beach is quite long, which is generally enough space to accommodate all bathers and sun-drenchers.
5. Ao Wiang Wan is a bay area that boasts some tremendous water sports for visitors. Fishing is quite popular in the bay, along with some of the more thrilling water activities, including jet skiing and windsurfing.
6. Great for a daytrip, the island of Koh Kudi is a wonderful location that is about six kilometres to the east of Koh Samet. Trying to get a boat from Koh Samet is extremely easily, and once visitors reach the island, snorkeling, fishing and beach-lazing are just some of the attractions tourists can enjoy.
7. Ao Kiu Nok is another beach that boasts some of the most scenic sunset views on the island. It is extremely quiet, making it popular for couples and those tourists looking for some privacy and peace. The beach isn’t as white and sparkling as other sandy beaches in Koh Samet, but is still worth visiting.
8. If visitors are searching for the tranquil beach that is fringed by palm trees on one side and crystal clear water on the other, then look no further than Ao Wai on Koh Samet.
9. Koh Thalu is another of the daytrip islands located a few kilometres to the east of Koh Samet. Scuba diving is the main attraction on the island, and boats can be hired to easily reach the island of Koh Thal.
10. Ao Karang is a small beach area that boasts the most traditional village culture on the island. It is quite spectacular to experience, and is becoming one of the more popular attractions on the island of Koh Samet.
Lek Boonlert is an editor and content reviewer at DirectRooms and is responsible for all Koh Samet Hotels content.