Top things to do

Beach in Ko Samet

Ao Thian

Ao Thian is punctuated by big boulders that shelter small sandy spots, creating a castaway ambience. It remains one of Samet’s most easy-going beaches and is deliciously lonely on weekdays. On weekends, Bangkok univ…
Bar in Ko Samet

Audi Bar

Sharing an upstairs main-street space with a gym, this bar offers good people-watching from its high vantage point, the Samet-standard Day-Glo graffiti and a couple of pool tables. It's notably welcoming – staff wan…
Beach in Ko Samet

Ao Wai

Ao Wai is a lovely beach far removed from everything else (though in reality it is only 1.5km from Ao Thian).
Beach in Ko Samet

Hat Sai Kaew

In the island’s northeastern corner near the ferry pier, Hat Sai Kaew, the 'town beach', is the island’s widest, dirtiest and wildest stretch of sand. Sunbathers, sarong-sellers, speedboats, jet skis and restaurants…
National Park in Ko Samet

Khao Laem Ya/Mu Ko Samet National Park

Ko Man Klang, Ko Kudee and Ko Man Nok, along with Ko Man Nai to the west, are part of Khao Laem Ya/Mu Ko Samet National Park. This official status hasn’t kept away all development, only moderated it. Ko Kudee has a …
International in Ko Samet

Red Ginger

An atmospheric main-street eatery that feels like an extension of this Canadian-Thai family's lounge room: expect cheery informality, quirks and chatting over a drink with the personable owner. The menu is short but…
Bar in Ko Samet

Talay Bar

Cheerily fronted by burning torches and Thai flags, this is at the eastern end of the island's busiest beach, away from the most crowded parts. It's an upbeat, enthusiastic spot with space to lounge on the sand and …
Beach in Ko Samet

Ao Wong Deuan

Ao Wong Deuan, meaning 'crescent moon bay', is Samet's second-busiest beach, with a range of resorts and more modest guesthouses. It's a wide, flat arc with a shallow gradient that's good for kids. The tracks and bu…
Seafood in Ko Samet

Kitt & Food

Better than most of the beachfront restaurants, this is a romantic place for dinner, with tables almost lapped by the waves. Don't plough too deep into the phonebook of a menu – seafood is the speciality here. Vario…
Beach in Ko Samet

Ao Hin Khok & Ao Phai

Less frenetic than their northern neighbour Hat Sai Kaew, Ao Hin Khok and Ao Phai are two gorgeous bays separated by rocky headlands. The crowd here tends to be younger than the tour groups who gather in Hat Sai Kae…