Tranquil beaches with paradise landscapes and a laid-back atmosphere makes it all the more surprising that it is so easy to get to Koh Samet in Thailand. The east coast of this long, thin island is studded with dazzling white sand beaches lapped by transparent, turquoise seas and backed by lush tropical jungle.
Koh Samet is a small island within the Khao Laem Ya-Mu Ko Samet Marine National Park in the Gulf of Thailand. Despite its diminutive size, Koh Samet boasts some of the most beautiful coastlines in Thailand. If you love fishing and watersports on unspoilt beaches, then this is your ideal holiday haven.
Blissful beaches on Koh Samet holidays
A good range of accommodation, beachside bars and restaurants, create a relaxed vibe on Koh Samet holidays. Sit with your toes in the sand while having dinner and watch the locals perform fire shows in the evening. The sunset from the dramatic cliff side locations along the southwest coastline is another sight not to be missed. When you have had your fill of enjoying the warm Koh Samet weather on the beach, visit the southern part of the island - Ao Karang - to observe traditional life with local residents.
Koh Samet’s unspoilt natural environment and good range of facilities for watersports make it the perfect beach break as part of your exciting cultural adventures in the Far East: you can travel from Bangkok to Koh Samet in just a few hours by road.
We highly recommend you add a city stopover in Bangkok for a wonderful city and beach combination holiday in Thailand. If you have more time, explore northern Thailand and its amazing mountains and indigenous hill tribe communities with a few days in Chiang Mai.
Great sample itineraries
Get inspired by our selection of popular itineraries for Koh Samet holidays. With so many options for your Koh Samet holiday package, we recommend you talk to one of our Destination Specialists to make the perfect tailor made holiday just for you.
Our favorite hotels
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Explore Koh Samet
Koh Samet is the kind of place where you can do as much or as little as you like. Lazy days on the beach and exploring the coves that dot the coastline are the order of the day here.
Koh Samet beaches
Home to some of the best beaches in Thailand, you'll find it hard not to unwind here.
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“Take advantage of the canoes available at your beach resort - they are an ideal way to explore the dramatic coastline and you can discover many hidden coves, which you will have all to yourself."
“Koh Samet is ideal if you don't want to take internal flights once you’ve done the lengthy international flight to Bangkok. The resorts here are reached easily by road.”
Events & Festivals
Festivals and events are wonderful to include during your Koh Samet holiday, offering a glimpse into the country’s authentic culture and traditions.
The exuberant festival of Songkranis celebrated on Koh Samet, just like it is in the rest of Thailand. People see in the Thai New Year with five days of temple visiting, parades and water fights.
Get a flavour of the local culture through your palate during your Koh Samet holiday. Discover our favourite foodie hotspot.
At the southern tip of Koh Samet the exclusive Paradee Resort is home to "The Restaurant" where Thailand’s own celebrity chef creates delicious Asian Fusion dishes. Chef McDang is Thailand’s royal celebrity food expert and his creations are the perfect accompaniment to sunset views over Ao Kieuw Beach.
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