Koh Samet island ~ Thailand

Private Bungalows on Koh Samet island in Thailand

The first island I’ve ever visited in Thailand is an almost unknown little T-shaped island called Koh Samet, a few hours away from Bangkok.

This island is located in the Gulf of Thailand, off the cost of the Rayong Province, away from the tourist trail. It’s the closest island to Bangkok and a quick weekend getaway for many burned-out Thai people or tourists in a hurry. It’s just about 200km from the capital so in just 4hours, you could jump in a bus from the airport and chill by the beach in your private bungalow.

Koh Samet is tiny, it’s just 13 square km (5.1 sq mi) in size. Don’t listen to people saying you need a taxi to go from the pier to the nearest beach. It’s just about a 20min walk.


A view from the Southern tip of Koh Samet island in Thailand.

The island is a National Park. You have to pay a small entrance fee to stay there. The beaches are very clean, often empty and the water is pretty clear depending on the season and currents. Snorkeling and kayaking are popular activities around the island.

Another popular activity is getting an ATV and exploring the length of the island on muddy and bumpy dirt roads. My advice is to make sure to keep your belongings safe as you would not notice your phone/wallet/whatever fall from your pockets. My friend and I both lost our phones on these roads!


ATVs are popular on Koh Samet island in Thailand

Also, if you’re up for it, legend says that Koh Samet was the home of pirates and that until this day there is still a lost treasure buried somewhere on the island waiting to be found.

The island isn’t very developed so most of it is still a jungle. The eastern part is where most hotels/guesthouses are with a few popular more expensive resorts on the western side. If you’re on a budget, go to the eastern coast.


One of the fancier beaches on the western coast of Koh Samet in Thailand.

If you’re looking for wild party nights, this isn’t the place to go to. It’s pretty quiet during weekdays and it gets more crowded during weekends after people escape from the chaos in Bangkok, but it’s still a pretty low key island. I find it a great place to grab a book and chill on the beach away from the blasting music of overcrowded bars.

I must admit that Koh Samet has also a special place in my heart too. It’s the place where I got to know a beautiful girl who is now my lovely wife. You never know! You could find your soulmate on a beach while admiring one of those beautiful sunsets too!


Statue silhouettes in Koh Samet, Thailand

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Sunset on Koh Samet island, Thailand

  • Woah! This seems to be a great place to unwind and unsettle. I’ve always to wanted to escape the bustle and hustle of the metropolis.

  • Ahh, I guess the island surprise you in more than one way. I have been to Thailand but not to the islands. Sounds like a good alternative for the time deprived.

  • Roy @ Thaizer

    Beautiful photos, Daniel. Ko Samet is a lovely little island that has a romantic reputation amongst Thais so it was lovely to see it is a special place too for you and your wife.

  • atravelthing.com

    Koh Samet was one of the first islands I visited in Thailand as well. It truly is amazing and you’ve captured its soul in your photos. Lovely story about you and your wife meeting in such a beautiful place on earth.


  • vijay

    samet is the most beautiful island of the world many bollywod movies are shot here