But accommodation, eating and drinking options are plentiful, particularly along Sai Khao (White Sand) Beach, the most popular spot on the island for visitors.Getting here involves a 5-6 hour journey to Trat town by bus or minivan from Bangkok’s eastern Ekkamai terminal, followed by a songthaew transfer to Laem Ngop pier for the 30-minute ride to the island.Read More A true culinary delight awaits you in your own villa kitchen, served by the pool.Our well-qualified housekeeper buys the required ingredients for you and also cooks the dishes for you – as requested.
To get to Koh Samet, take a bus or minivan from Bangkok’s eastern Ekkamai terminal; you’ll land in Ban Phe, from where it’s a short hop by fishing boat or speedboat until you’re deposited on the island.
But if you come mid-week, or head to one of the island’s quieter and more secluded beaches, you’ll be in with much more of a chance of some peace and quiet.
Promising options for quieter spots include Ao Tubtim, Ao Nuan and Ao Wai, while Saikaew beach is the busiest and most touristy drag, with plenty of bars and restaurants on the sand as well as nightly entertainment by way of fire puy shows.
As Koh Samet forms part of a national park, there’s a 200 baht admission fee (40 baht for Thai nationals and residents).
Just a short ride offshore from the notoriously naughty mainland seaside resort of Pattaya, itself an hour or so out of Bangkok, lies the infinitely mote picturesque Koh Lan.