Thailand is world-famous for its islands, whether it’s Koh Phangan for a full moon party, Maya Bay (aka “The Beach”), the diver’s dream Koh Tao, or the tourist hotspot, Phuket.
However, many travelers don’t have the time or money to make their way down to southern Thailand to experience these great places, but MAI PEN RAI (Thai for “no worries”) – Koh Samet is a worthy alternative in a more opportune location.
Koh Samet is easily and inexpensively accessible, as it is just a 2-hour bus journey and 30-minute ferry from Bangkok.
Koh Samet is the perfect beach getaway for expats living in central Thailand, or for those staying in Bangkok a few days and seeking to escape the concrete chaos. Naturally, it gets quite busy during the long weekends throughout the year.
There are several tropical beaches scattered around the island, ranging from secluded and uncrowded, to the popular and packed. Regardless of if you’re looking for peaceful relaxation or water activities, music, and plentiful beer – this place has it all.
I highly recommend renting a scooter or ATV to explore the more remote parts of the island, as they are stunningly beautiful.
Like many other Thai islands, Koh Samet has no shortage of bars, restaurants, and places to stay, all priced cheaply. I’ve visited Koh Samet a few times now and would recommend a night or two on the main beach, Hat Sai Keaw, as well as a night or two on the southern beaches of Ao Wai and Ao Kiu Nok.
Have you been to Koh Samet? What did you think?