2012-08-07 by System Administrator
Just a few hundred kilometres for the bustling streets of Bangkok, lies an island getaway by the name of Koh Samet. If pictures can create a thousand word’s then the stunning scenery and beaches of Koh Samet Thailand are sure to provide memories that will last a lifetime.
Such is the attraction of Koh Samet that one of Thailand’s most famous classical poet’s Sunthorn Phu based his 18th Century Phra Aphaimani saga on the island of Samet. The tale of a prince exiled to a land controlled by a giant female is then aided by a mermaid in escaping to Koh Samet. Today a statue sit’s between Hat Sai Kaew beach and Hin Khok beach as tribute to this classic piece of Thai mythology.
Being one of the driest places in the whole of Thailand visitors can appreciate Koh Samed all year round. The busy and driest high season runs from November to the end of April. The supposed rainy season between May and October does attract some rain but it’s few and far between and when it odes rain it never lasts for too long.
Koh Samet is a popular destination with visitors from both Thailand and the rest of the world arriving on the shores of the island on a daily basis. The main attraction to Koh Samet is it’s Pristine white beaches drenched in a richness of Cajeput trees that the island takes it’s name from. Thai nationals and ex pat’s flock to the island on weekends and national holiday to escape there everyday city life.
The small town of Ban Phe in Rayong province is the gateway to Koh Samet. From here Ferries and Speedboats run regularly through out the day transporting the large numbers that grace the island each day. Ferries will take you to the northern point pier of Na Dan. With either a speedboat or ferry running several times an hour theres very little waiting time when getting here from the pier.
With the beautiful beaches central to most activities and past times on the island most accommodation on Koh Samet is always close by to it. On Koh Samet you will find accommodation for all budgets within a stones throw or a short walk of it’s biggest charm. Koh Samet hotels offer a variety of facilities and those who prefer to kick back by the pool instead of the beach have selection of resorts to choose from.
The island contains over 10 superb beaches scattered across Koh Samet’s stunning coastline. You will find the busiest of these beaches located on Koh Samet’s east coast. Despite the popularity of the island and away from the busy Hat Sai Kaew beach it’s not unheard of to have a large patch of beach paradise to yourself.
Being by the sea, Seafood plays a big part in the make up of food served in the islands restaurant’s. Most beach resorts and restaurants offer a barbecue service each night with seafood a plenty and meat the common offering on each. There is still a great selection of Koh Samet restaurants away from the masses of barbecue offerings and just about every type of food is available on the island.
During the day most activities are centred around the beach and the water. Kayaking, Fishing, boat trips and Scuba diving in Koh Samet are popular. For those active adventurous types there is also paint balling and rainforest Zipline adventures to get that adrenaline pumping. Both of these are located in Samet village.
The hawkers that peacefully stroll up and down the beach each day ensure you never need to move to far from the comforts of your white sand surroundings. If laying down doing nothing becomes to strenuous then why not let one of the masseurs relax that body further more with either a foot or full body massage in Koh Samet.
Koh Samet is not renowned for it’s nightlife but that doesn’t mean you cant party all through the night here. Ploy Bar on Hat Sai Kaew and silversand resort on Ao Phai are central to most of the wild nights on Koh Samet. At both you will find fire dancers amazing you with there dazzling skills and shows start in the early evening before the dance floor and the latest beats take centre stage, keeping revelers entertained until the small hours of the morning.
If peace and tranquility surrounded by magnificent tropical paradise settings is high on your agenda then you would be stupid to over look Koh Samet.