TRAVELLING GUIDE TO KOH SAMET
Koh Samet is an island at weekender distance from Bangkok and located close enough to be a day trip from Pattaya. A small but beautiful island it is blessed with dazzling white, soft and squeaky-clean beaches. Shaded by coconut trees and the white-flowered Samet trees, from which the island got its name, it is a favorite escape and retreat for many travelers and ideal if looking to just relax and enjoy nature with a escort companion.
The island can get busy at the weekends and during Thai holidays, however that is not the situation during weekdays when there is more room to breathe and take in fresh air. Barbecue parties and fire juggling shows are popular features of the nightlife based mainly around its sandy shores bordering its aquamarine waters.
Reaching Koh Samet
Koh Samet is reached by ferry which leaves from Ban Phe Pier, Rayong. Where there is secure parking if taking your car. It is more advisable however to travel from Pattaya to Koh Samet via taxi or minibus to the ferry terminal, both means are readily available and run at regular intervals throughout the day, the trip usually taking less than an hour. If you are coming to the island from Bangkok, you can take the Sukhumvit route through Chonburi, Pattaya, Sattahip to the final destination the ferry terminal at Rayong.
Can be found mainly on the northern side of the island, it is another fun activity you might want to try but at times there can queues. Whether you are a first-timer or expert at jet skiing, Koh Samet’s clean waters will increase your pleasure. For general information, the prices for the jetski hire are fixed and there is there is no room for bargaining on that price. Hire operators will give you a briefing of how the jetski works and the safety rules and zones for your enjoyment.
There are few paved roads on the island so the easiest means of getting around is to rent a moped, which is a small, usually automatic motorbike. With this you can get out and explore all those small beaches scattered around Koh Samet, along with the inner roads. The island is small so you can cover it in a day, even when enjoying the odd secluded beach or stopping to grab some food from a local stall. Do travel at Island speed though, there is no point in racing on these inner roads and having an accident will destroy what should a fantastic holiday.
When it comes to relaxation and taking time-off with someone from tight and challenging work schedules, Koh Samet ticks all the right boxes. It is surrounded with white beaches and pristine waters, lush jungle for more adventurous travelers. There are a wide selection resorts and restaurants there, many on the beach itself. No need to dress up, relax, unwind, enjoy Island life.