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.
Sat in the Gulf of Thailand, Koh Samet has benefitted from it’s 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. Surrounded by colourful coral reefs abundant with marine life, the conditions here are great for snorkelling and diving, while the cosy, intimate coves add a sense of privacy.
Each of the beaches offers a different feel, with Haad Sai Kaew the most popular, scattered with large resorts and speedboats. Meanwhile, Ao Phrao has a sense of sophisticated elegance, while Ao Wong Duean is more family-friendly and Ao Sang Thian radiates a barefoot, laid-back atmosphere.
GMT +7 hours
Thai, although English is widely spoken in resorts.