June 15th, 2020
Koh Samed is only about 3 hours away from Bangkok. No need for any domestic flight.
You can quickly, easily (and cheap) “jump” for 3 or 4 days to get some dreamy time out on Samad Island.
The name of the island “Samet” is Thai for cajeput trees, which are in prolific abundance,
as they openly greet the island’s guests, Thais, and foreign tourists.
Koh Samet has significantly less rainfall than other Thai destinations but visitors get soaked anyway – in the sea.
Most boats from the mainland arrive at Na Dan Pier on the northeastern tip of the island. From here, the first beach you will hit is Sai Kaew, the most developed and the best place for nightlife.
Popular with foreign tourists and as a weekend getaway for residents of nearby Bangkok.
This small island is famous for its numerous splendid beaches with white silky sand that has drawn a stream of visitors throughout the year.
Despite being the closest major island to Bangkok, Ko Samet remains surprisingly underdeveloped, with a thick jungle interior crouching beside the low-rise hotels. Most of the southern coves have only one or two resorts.
Koh Samet is a favourite beach escape for Thai students and families, and is now being discovered by increasing numbers of foreign visitors. We have crawled over the island with a camera to find the good and bad points here... and there are lots of positives that make this suitable for many, but not all, beach-lovers.
The island is really beautiful, so visit it best before the big Western tourist rush. To know what you can do on site and what’s going on, just read our little Koh Samet guide here.
Even though Ko Samet is only a few kilometres from the mainland, the island with its micro-climate (the driest archipelago in Thailand) gets much less rainfall than the rest of Eastern Thailand. The rainy season is May-Sep but even then it still has significantly less rain than the other islands in Thailand.
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