There is always something special in the air of Bangok, the capital of Thailand. A city characterized by alluring sights, buzzing markets, picturesque temples, art-deco hotels corner, placid rivers crowded by boat traffic and of course, the warmth of the local people. If you love cities, you are definitely going to love Bangkok! However, if you are thinking of an easy escape from the hustle and bustle of the city life of Bangkok to a beach gateway in near vicinity, Ko Samet is the place to be! Ko Samet is the small atoll that boasts some of the most beautiful beaches in Thailand. Teal water caressing feathery white sand shores, Ko Samet is undoubtedly one of Thailandâ€™s exotic destinations that effortlessly draws the pack of tourists aspiring a speedy recluse from the Thai capital.
Located just 200 kilometers from Bangkok, the T-shaped island of Ko Samet has a dozen of idyllic beaches, each having its own distinct vibe. Chill-out with friends, spend time with family or sway in luxurious comfort- Samet will offer you everything you have been looking for!
Take the best out of Sametâ€™s nightlife in Haad Sai Kaew, a kilometre-long stretch of loose grains of white sand that boasts a large number of restaurants and resorts compared to any other beach in Samet. Wait for the sun to go down and be a part of the most exuberant parties, especially on weekends. The fire spinning shows, beach bars, live music with DJs will conjure up magic and offer you a tranquil trip that will enchant the soul! There are number of high-end resorts in Haad Sai Kaew to add a touch of luxury! Grand View, The Tonsak, and Sai Kaew Beach resorts are some of the popular ones in the area. For those who are tight on budget, Sinsamut resort or Laem Yai Hut can do wonders! Further, to the south of Haad Sai Kaew, Ao Phai also hosts colorful beach party, especially on weekends.
For Family Trips
When you are out for a holiday trip to Ko Samet with your family, Ao Wong Duen will be an enthralling choice. Ao Wong Duen is the second most popular beach in Samet that offers a relaxed vibe compared to the ever-colorful Haad Sai Kaew in the north. There is ample number of restaurants and bars and an array of activities for you to indulge in.
Seclusion, Romance etcâ€¦
Ko Samet will never disappoint the loving hearts wishing to sway in a sultry vibe! To the eastern coast of Sametâ€™s long southern tail, Ao Tubtim offers a peaceful refuge for the loving hearts! Head into the lone wooden bungalows hidden among the lush greeneries and live every moment of the romantic quietude.
Further south, in the most pleasant bay of Samet Ao Wai, you can step into the cottages of Nimmanoradee nestled in the hillside, among frangipani and orchids. Explore this hidden paradise that offers a wonderful octagonal sea-view. Not much far from Haad Sai Kaew, the tiny village of Ao Noi Na is one mystic romantic refuge.
You can find quality midrange resorts everywhere in Samet, but if you are looking for real Â luxury, you can head towards the west coast of the island to Ao Phrao that boasts a trio of exclusive upscale resorts. There are resorts and cottages with alluring hillside villas, beachside swimming pool and spa for the well-heeled tourists. If you are seeking serious isolation, you can be rest assured to be spoiled with high-end services as you head towards Paradee on the picturesque Ao Kiu Na Nok. Soothe yourself with an evening massage along the serene sea-shore while being surrounded by aromatic candles.
Samet has plenty of options for the budget travelers as well. There are many guesthouses that do not burn a hole in the pocket. The tourists can take a trip to different beach every day and savor the delightful food and drink after sunset.
Ao Hin Khok is the end-destination for those tourists who wish to spend time at the beach. Ao Hin Khok is one of the gorgeous bays separated from Ao Khai bay by rocky headlands. Ao Hin Khok has a small yet exquisite stretch of white sand wedged between the main roads of Ao Phai and Haad Sai Kaew. People staying back at Ao Hin Khok can indulge in the late night parties.
A Final Note-
Ko Samet is a small island paradise where you literally donâ€™t have anything to do other than strolling on the white sand and spending idle time on the beach. However, you can have your fair share of pomp and party in Hat Sai Kaew and Ao Phai and can also indulge in scuba diving. The peaceful surrounding waters and coral reefs of Ko Samet will support all levels of diving. With depths ranging from 5m down to 25m, there is a variety of local sites to dive on and explore. Some of the outer islands like Ko Talu surround Ko Samet which offers exquisite coral reefs. You can also arrange private round-the-isle boat trip with families.
However, a trip to Ko Samet calls for proper planning. Ko Samet is connected by a rough, hilly road and the long distance between the beaches can disrupt the last-minute accommodation arrangement plans. The peak season for tourism is during late December and January, but the island usually gets jam-packed with Thai holidaymakers, almost on every weekend. So, if you are thinking to make a visit on a Saturday or during a Thai holiday, think again as you might have to shell out extra cash even for booking a mediocre room.