Koh Samet is less than 7 kms off the coast of Rayong in the eastern Gulf of Thailand, 179km by car from Bangkok. Koh Samet has been declared a National Park in Thailand and therefore has an entry fee. Thai citizens pay 40 baht, foreigners (farangs) pay 400 baht. If your ferry arrives at the main pier and you take a songthaew (truck like taxi) to the beaches, there will be a stop at the main ticket checkpoint. If your ferry arrives at one of the beaches, an officer will collect the fee as you step out onto the white sand......
The transit point for every visitor to Koh Samet is Ban Phe in Rayong, ferries from Ban Phe to Koh Samet take around 30 to 45 minutes. Only buy a one-way ticket, as there's no discount on round-trip tickets and you won't have to worry about losing it. Once you have arrived in Ban Phe, there are 3 piers offering boats to Koh Samet, the boat fares can be varied depending on the beach destination that you are going to. The ferry schedule also varies depending upon the destination in Koh Samet.
Ferry from Ban Phe to Koh Samet Ferries for the main pier 'Na Dan Pier' leave every hour
Ferry leaves at 9:00, 12:00, 13:30 and 17:00 every day to Vong Duern Beach at 40 Baht per ticket
Ferry leaves at 11:30 and 14:00 to Ao Wai at the cost of 80 Baht per ticket
Ferry leaves at 10:00 Ao Kiu at 100 Baht per ticket
Ferry leaves at 08:00, 11:00, 13:00 and 16:00 to Ao Prao at 80 Baht per ticket
Ferry from Koh Samet to Ban Phe Ferries from the main pier 'Na Dan Pier' leave for Koh Samet every hour.
Ferry leaves Vong Duern Beach at 08:30, 12:00, and 15:30
Ferry leaves Ao Wai at 14:00 Ferry leaves Ao Kiu at 08:00 and 12:00 Ferry leaves Ao Prao at at 10:00, 12:30, 15:00 and 17:00.
The beaches on the southeast side of Koh Samet are less crowded. These are a good option if you prefer to have a very relaxed and calm holiday. The west side is alot more rocky with some shingle beaches, however you will find a very nice beach here in Ao Prao.
Hat Sai Kaew
Hat Sai Kaew or Diamond Beach is the longest beach on Koh Samet at 780 metres and also one of the most popular beaches on Koh Samet. It is located on the north-east tip of the island. If you are looking for the perfect paradise beach this is the beach for you. The sand is almost white and the water is invitingly green-blue. You will find a number of small restaurants and bars here, as well as good accommodation. Further down the beach you will find many bungalows and hotel rooms. Here you will also find many different activities if you don't only want to sunbathe. A few examples: windsurfing, jet ski, snorkeling, ride a bananboat and later in the evening, have a cocktail or long drink on the beach.
Ao Vong Duan
Ao Vong Duan is the second longest beach on Koh Samet and is around 500 meters long,the beach is half moon shaped beach with by far the best sunrise on this island. The sand is as inviting as on Hat Sai Kaew and the atmosphere here is really pleasant. Here tourists arrives in both the high and low season, to enjoy the beautiful beach. Along the beach you find many different restaurants ranging from reasonable to first class all specialising in seafood. These restaurants also have a very nice view over the ocean.
The only beach on the west coast of Samet is a real beauty and a few elegant hotels are located here. The beach is about 200 meters long and very pleasant. Since the number of tourists here are still finite, Ao Prao is a world-class destination. The sunset from Ao Prao is on a clear night a memory that will probably last a lifetime. Boats arrives here frequently, from Ban Phe on the mainland. Other Beaches On the east coast from north to south you will find, in order:
Ao Hin Khok
Ao Kui Na Nok
Ao Kui Na Nai
They are all nice small beaches that all have the white characteristic of Koh Samet sand. The distances between the beaches are not far, so you can easily take a walk or a ride with a bike. The further south you go on this island the less tourists you will find in general.
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