Island coast with rocks and clear blue water on Koh Samet

Koh Samet – An Enchanting Island in a Small Bay

This post was last updated on February 29th, 2020 at 09:36 am

Koh Samet is an enchanting island located in a small bay surrounded by beautiful clear water. This small island also offers beautiful beaches that you have to share with other beachgoers. Koh Samet is a popular weekend destination from Bangkok.


Koh Samet, a Mini Paradise

Although this small island is a popular weekend destination in Thailand, it is still strikingly authentic. It is even a little underdeveloped with a thick jungle and many low-rise buildings instead of large international hotel chains.


The island is only 6 kilometers (3.7 miles) long.


The hotels on the beach are nicely “hidden” behind the trees; they have one main road here that runs from the north to the south of Koh Samet, passing all famous beaches and resorts. The interior is filled with a beautiful, green jungle, which is quite special as the island has no rivers and the average rainfall is low.


The island is located between Pattaya and Koh Chang, making it a popular day trip.


Beach with palm trees and white sand
One of many beautiful beaches on Koh Samet


The Top 6 Most Beautiful Beaches on Koh Samet

The beaches are of breathtaking beauty. You will not find a busy party scene or fully-built boulevards here, but you will find many bungalow parks on the coast. The island has a calm sea, snow-white beaches, palm trees, and a nice beach bar here and there.


However, you do share the beaches with more people than palm trees. On the east coast you will find the most beautiful beaches and, therefore, the most accommodations.


1. Hai Sai Kaew

Hat Sai Kaew is one of the most beautiful and popular beaches on Koh Samet. The beach is long and 25 to 30 meters wide. The name speaks for itself, Hat Sai Kaew literally means Crystal Sand Beach.


This is a beautiful beach where you can do various activities. From early in the morning until sunset you can enjoy sunbathing, swimming, jet skiing, windsurfing, horse riding, ride on a banana boat and, of course, partying.


TIP – You can find this beach at the easternmost tip of the island.


2. Ao Noi Na

Ao Noi Na, near Hat Sai Kaew, has a different atmosphere than the other two. It is quieter and more suitable for people who are looking for a truly relaxing experience on the white and clean, sandy beach.


TIP – The Travel Hub organization offers tours from Pattaya to Koh Samet.


Ao Noi beach with gold sand and clear water
Ao Noi beach all to ourselves!


3. Ao Wong Deuan

Ao Wong Deuan is the third largest beach on the island (the first is Hat Sai Kaew). The beach attracts many travelers because of the beautiful white sand and the many (good) accommodations.


In addition, there are good restaurants with beautiful sea views and it is a great location for sunsets!


4. Ao Prao

Ao Prao is the only beach on the west coast of Samet and it is a beautiful beach. In addition to the snow-white sandy beach, you will also find a number of resorts here. The beach is only 200 meters long, but still very pleasant.


Ao Prao is one of the quietest beaches on Koh Samet.


Ao Prao beach on Koh Samet
The beautiful and calm Ao Prao Beach


5. Ao Put Sa

Ao Put Sa is a small bay on the island. Suitable for people who don’t feel like going to the busy beaches and places to go out. Ao Put Sa offers a peaceful retreat where you can enjoy the beautiful nature and the crystal clear sea water.


6. Ao Kiu Nok

This bay is in a perfect secluded location. Those who want to take a break from the busy locations must come here. It is the ideal place to see spectacular sunrises and sunsets.


TIP – The beach is located in the south of Koh Samet.


Stunning fireshow on the beach of Koh Samet
Stunning fireshow on the beach of Koh Samet


Where to Stay on Koh Samet

Although the more expensive accommodations have the upper hand here, you will find accommodations in every price range. If you are looking for affordable and often simple accommodations, you can find it on beaches such as Ao Hin Kok, Ao Phai, and Ao Tub Tim. Here you will also find most backpackers.


Which Beaches to Stay On / Near?

The beaches here are fine and not too busy. Especially in Ao Hin Khok you will find a few excellent guesthouses. However, you will not be able to spend the night on Koh Samet very cheaply.


Certainly in the weekends and during the high season the prices can rise very quickly. Count on the following prices;


  • Double room budget hotel ➜ US $20 per night
  • Double room normal hotel ➜ US $30 to $55 per night
  • Resorts ➜ from US $110 per night


TIP – For an overview of all accommodations on Koh Samet take a look on


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