Top things to do

International in Ko Samet

Red Ginger

A small but select menu of the French-Canadian chef's favourite dishes star at this atmospheric eatery between the pier and Hat Sai Kaew. Good salads, great oven-baked ribs, and some Thai food.
International in Ko Samet

Jep's Restaurant

Canopied by the branches of an arching tree decorated with pendant lights, this pretty place does a wide range of international, and some Thai, dishes. Leave room for dessert.
Bar in Ko Samet

Naga Bar

This busy beachfront bar is covered in Day-Glo art and run by a friendly bunch of locals who offer good music, lots of whisky and vodka/Red Bull buckets.
Bar in Ko Samet

Ao Prao Resort

On the sunset side of the island, this is a lovely sea-view restaurant perfect for a sundowner. You will need private transport to reach it.
Bar in Ko Samet

Baywatch Bar

A good spot for after-dark beach-gazing, with a fun crowd and strong cocktails.
Seafood in Ko Samet

Ploy

Before heading to the island's only nightclub, right next door, crunch down on some crab and lobster at this lively restaurant. The menu is epic and the accompanying bar is constantly busy.
Thai in Ko Samet

Rabeang Baan

Right by the ferry terminal, this spot has good enough food to make you forget you have to leave the island. It is busier at lunch than dinner.
Seafood in Ko Samet

Sea Breeze

Appropriately named: you can dine on a wide range of seafood right on Ao Phai's pretty beach. There's some Western food on the menu too.
Beach in Ko Samet

Ao Hin Khok & Ao Phai

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

Ao Thian

Ao Thian, or 'Candlelight Beach', 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. …