Named after the ‘Samet’ trees (Thai for cajeput trees), which grow on the island in abundance, Koh Samet offers all the essential elements that make up a fun-filled holiday escape – an endless expanse of turquoise blue sea, crescent bays with fine white sand, lots of water sports and a throbbing nightlife. Koh Samet has significantly less rainfall than other Thai destinations but visitors get soaked anyway – in the sea.
Beaches is what Koh Samet is famous for. One tip, though, is that the further south you go, the less developed and less crowded it gets, which doesn’t necessarily mean less beautiful bays. Most boats from the mainland arrive at Na Dan Pier on the northeastern tip of the island. From here, the first beach you will hit is Sai Kaew, the most developed and the best place for nightlife. Then it’s one headland after another as you head southwards along the east coast from Ao Phai and Ao Tabtim to Ao Vong Duen, Ao Wai, Ao Kiu Na Nok to Ao Karang at the southeastern end. You can always hitch a ride on a passing songtaew to get from one beach to another. The west coast is more rocky and isolated, with forest-covered headlands and white-sand beaches – the perfect setup for upscale resorts. Ao Phrao is the main landing point on this part of the island and boasts absolutely stunning beaches with azure water.
Weather you watch from our Horizon-Bar or your Cabin, watching the Koh Samet sunset is an experience not to miss. If you plan to watch the ocean sunset from the beach make sure that you stay at one of the hotels on the west coast (Ao Phrao and Ao Kiu).
The best way to visit all the hidden beaches and coves on Koh Samet, is approaching by our yacht. An Excursion to Sai Kaew Beach and Vong Duen, which can include a lunch barbecue, snorkeling and an trip to nearby fish farms or the islands of Kudi, Kruai, Kham and Plai Tin, all this - unforgettable. Slower-moving boats offer a more relaxing experience and will take a whole day.
Home to a rich diversity of fish, Koh Samet is a great place to try your hand at deep-sea fishing. If you are lucky, you might catch one of the more exotic fish – grouper, parrotfish, dorado, trivially, to name just a few.