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History

Ko Samet won a place in Thai literature when classical Thai poet Sunthorn Phu set part of his epic Phra Aphaimani on its shores. The story follows the travails of a prince exiled to an undersea kingdom ruled by a lovesick female giant. A mermaid aids the prince in his escape to Ko Samet, where he defeats the giant by playing a magic flute. Formerly Ko Kaew Phitsadan or ‘Vast Jewel Isle’ – a reference to the abundant white sand – this island became known as Ko Samet or ‘Cajeput Isle’ after the cajuput tree that grows in abundance here and is highly valued as firewood throughout Southeast Asia. Locally, the samet tree has also been used in boat building.