During my university semester in Bangkok, I was only attending classes on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. I had enough free time to travel and rediscover Thailand. We went to Koh Samet with my mom, who came to visit me for two weeks.
Discover Koh Samet, my favorite island in Thailand
Koh Samet is one of the last Thai islands to be developed tourism-wise. At the time, when I was going with my parents (1999-2202), it was almost only Thai people staying in the resorts. Since then, tourism has grown, but it remains one of the least visited islands by foreigners.
Where is the island and how to get to Koh Samet?
It is located at the very beginning of the Sea of China in the Golf of Thailand, 7 km from the coast. To get there from Bangkok, you have to take a 3:30 bus from the Ekkamai bus station to the port of Ban Phe. Then, take a 30-minute shuttle boat to the port Ao Klang Pier. Once you arrive, pick-ups drive you to the different resorts.
Koh Samet forms a letter T. It extends over 13.1 sqm (7 kilometers from north to south and 4 km from east to west).
Ao Wong Duan Beach in Koh Samet
We arrived late with the bus, so we took a jet boat (private and quite expensive for a Thai) to reach the beach of Ao Wong Duan to the east of the island, roughly in the center.
The beach of Ao Wong Duan is one of the most beautiful beaches of the island and especially one of the quietest. There are few restaurants, enough to be able to change from time to time and it is the only beach that offers shops on the island. To have access to other shops, you have to go back to the port which is a 30-minute pick-up ride.
During the day, it is possible to go for a ride on a banana-boat, a large inflatable banana towed by a boat off the beach. Or get a massage 🙂 And at night there is always a small fire show.
The Vongdeuan Resort in Koh Samet
We booked a bungalow at Vongdeuan Resort on Ao Wong Duan Beach. We also stayed in this resort every time we went to Koh Samet when I was a child. The Vongdeuan Resort consists of several bungalows, equipped with the strict minimum like beds, a desk, and a bathroom (rustic). But that’s all the charm of this resort.
There is a swimming pool and a restaurant that serves a very good breakfast. For lunch and diner, you can choose between Western dishes or Thai specialties, often based on seafood, as you are on an island.
Our discovery of the island on a quad bike
We rented a quad bike to go around the island and visit the other beaches for a day. To the north of the island, the roads are good. The more you go south the more the roads turn into dirt or mud roads. Unfortunately, after seeing all the north of Koh Samet, we were on our way to the southern tip when the quad brakes broke as we were going downhill. The renter was furious when he had to come pick us up and bring us back to the resort.
You can find more pictures of Koh Samet on the Facebook album.