Koh Samet Holidays

With a lush national park interior fringed by postcard-pretty sandy beaches, Koh Samet is a perfect choice for romantic, laidback getaways.

Tranquil, secluded and luxurious is the best way to describe idyllic Koh Samet. A small island off the south-east coast of Rayong to the south of Pattaya, this peaceful place presents the perfect island escape. Just three hours by road from Bangkok airport, plus a 45-minute speedboat ride, it’s great for those that want to combine city and beach without having to head back to the airport and fly.

The epitome of relaxation, Koh Samet is all about slowing down the pace and taking it easy. Part of the Khao Laem Ya-Mu Ko Samet National Park, clear warm waters, soft white sand beaches that benefit from a quiet location, a tropical jungle interior and inspiring sunsets and sunrises await. Situated in the Gulf of Thailand, Koh Samet has benefitted from its late discovery. Saved from rapid development, the island has preserved much of its beauty and authenticity and attracts both locals and visitors with its silky white shores.

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Get to know Koh Samet and those important practicalities when planning your perfect holiday.


GMT +7 hours


Thai Bhat


Bangkok 11½ hours


The most common religion in Thailand is Buddhism


Thai; over 73 languages are spoken throughout Thailand

Where is Koh Samet?
The island of Koh Samet is in the north-east corner of the Gulf of Thailand, offshore from Rayon to the south of Pattaya. Its proximity to Bangkok – it’s a three-hour drive from the airport, plus 45 minutes by speedboat – makes it an ideal getaway for those who want a mix of city bustle and seaside calm without catching another flight.

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Despite its small size, Koh Samet offers a range of stunning beaches, each with its own atmosphere. In the north-east closest to the mainland, Sai Kaew is the busiest, especially at weekends; backed by large resorts, it has a buzzing dining scene and plenty of watersports. South of here, Ao Phai’s tree-shaded white sand hosts a few low-key beach bars; its turquoise waters are perfect for swimming and snorkelling. Ao Wai is another haven for quiet dips in the sparkling sea, and its gentle slope makes it family-friendly, while Ao Kiew is a glorious undeveloped sweep of sand. For sunset views and a sophisticated ambience, the west-coast Ao Phrao has swaying palms, powdery sand and a handful of stylish facilities.

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Island adventures
The scattering of smaller islands a speedboat ride away offers excellent options for snorkelling, swimming or lazing on deserted beaches. Organised trips tend to focus on three of these: Koh Kudi, Koh Talu and Koh Mun Nai. Tiny Koh Talu, known for its curious rock formations and population of flying foxes, is ringed by coral and pristine beaches; Koh Kudi is also a great spot to sunbathe between snorkelling sessions; while Koh Mun Nai has a sea turtle sanctuary to go with its coves and reefs. With a private charter, you can also reach places such as Koh Mun Klang, a tranquil wooded island where the loudest sound on the beach is birdsong.

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Nov - Apr