Koh Samet lies to the east of the Gulf of Thailand and can be reached from Bangkok in under 3 hours by bus or taxi. It is famous for its idyllic character, dazzling white beaches, translucent water safe for swimming, an enveloping rain forest interior and colorful coral reefs. If you want a front row seat to this exotic scenery we suggest booking from our recommended Koh Samet hotels on the beach.
The best thing about the island is that though resorts cater to every requirement, whether that be beachfront accommodation for a family holiday or a bungalow for 2 in a quiet cove, and though it caters with a satisfactory nightlife scene in Hat Sai Kaew, as a protected marine park Koh Samet has not fallen prey to spiraling commercial activity. Rather, it is a great place to enjoy past times such as snorkeling and diving for which there is a dive centre in Ao Prao, wind surfing, kayaking, quad-bike adventures, boat rides or simply relaxing on a flawless ribbon of sand.
A remaining question is which part of the island will meet your needs best. As mentioned the paradisaical Hat Sai Kaew or to its eastern end on Laem Yai will see you in close proximity to restaurants, shops, bars and water sports, though nothing like you will find on islands like Phuket. On the sunset west coast you will find utter tranquility at hotels offering romantic beachfront villas on the sands of beautiful Ao Prao and similarly on Vong Duan or nearby Ao Phai on the sunrise east coast. Ao Phutsa is a small intimate cove to get away from it all completely.
Ao Prao ResortAo Prao is a boutique resort on the tranquil west coast area it was named after. With a small Thai village character it offers hillside and sea view cottages amid towering palms as well as cozy seaside bungalows .
La Lune Beach ResortLocated on Wong Duan this budget hotel with a private beach offers affordable accommodation without compromising on high standards. Rooms with private balconies are clustered around a central pool.
Le Vimarn Cottages & SpaLe Vimarn cascades down a hillside in Ao Prao to offer enchanting views of an idyllic cove. It is a romantic place to stay and many of the intimate cottages come with a private outdoor spa allowing views extending over the bay.
Lima Bella ResortLocated a moment's walk from popular Hat Sai Kaew Lima Bella offers deluxe rooms with a private terrace one step from the pool, a spacious family suite and intimate loft suite, all of which come with free wi-fi internet.
Paradee ResortThe only 5 star hotel on the entire Samed island and ultimate romantic hideaway offering secluded luxury in private pool villas on an idyllic ribbon of sand. Features an infinity pool, scuba centre and seaside massage at sunset.
Sai Kaew Beach ResortAccommodation at Sai Kaew is divided into 3 zones. The hip zone with pool access rooms and bungalows on the beach, hub zone with a swim-up bar with premier rooms recommended for families and hide zone garden cottages.
Samed Cabana ResortOffering beachfront bungalows which include 2 bedroom family suites, sea view rooms and poolside rooms in tranquil Wong Duan Bay, this budget resort is in high demand and ideal for couples and groups.
Samed Grand View ResortThe Grand View Resort is located on Hat Sai Kiew close to the pier. It features a seaside bar lounge and located along pathways meandering through tropical gardens are wooden Thai styled cottages and modern deluxe rooms.
Samed Pavilion ResortSettling on the sands of Ao Phai just south of Hat Sai Kiew where the sunrises are hypnotic the atmosphere is quiet, yet you are within easy reach of many bars and restaurants. Offers charming deluxe and family rooms at budget rates.
Samet Cliff ResortLocated in tranquility and near a private ribbon of sand on the north eastern shore the resort offers a romantic escape without breaking the bank in charming sea view bungalows which include 2 bedroom accommodation.
Vimarn Samed ResortLocated in Wong Duan Vimarn is ideal for less fuzzy couples on a budget trip. Wooden cottages and deluxe rooms with private balconies allowing sea views sleeps maximum 2 persons and a family room with small attic sleeps 4.
Vongduan ResortNestling in a moon crescent shaped bay Wong Duan resort is just perfect if you were looking for a cheap hut on the beach, yet with modern comforts such as air-conditioned rooms, wifi internet, a lovely pool, restaurant and seaside bar.