Just 200 kilometers from Bangkok in the Gulf of Thailand, the T-shaped island of Koh Samet is famed for its white sandy beaches, exotic coral and crystal clear waters. Ko Samet has developed steadily over the past decade or so, but it hasn’t been the victim of over zealous construction which has hit the likes of Koh Samui (or even Ko Chang). The island is typified for its splendid beaches and white silky sand, surrounded by tropical coral reefs and crystal clear sea. Tourists can also enjoy a plethora of delicious cuisine and fine nightlife. It’s a popular tourist destination for Thais and foreigners alike. As Koh Samet is so near Bangkok, the island is ideal for those in the capital wanting to chill-out with their families for a couple of days, without having to go through all that rigmarole of having to travel down south. It’s only a 2 hour ride to Ban Phe from Pattaya, where one can take a 20-minutes ferry to the island.
Even though Ko Samet is only a few kilometers from the mainland, the island with its micro-climate (the driest archipelago in Thailand) gets much less rainfall than the rest of Eastern Thailand. The rainy season is May to September but even then it still has significantly less rain than the other islands in Thailand. Tourists should, however, be careful of occasional storms
The beaches are golden sand and the waters are crystal clear giving you the opportunity to go fishing, snorkeling or just relaxing on the beach and eating in the numerous restaurants and drinking in the beach bars that line the beaches. To get to the island we will arrange for you to be picked up from your holiday villa in Pattaya and you will be driven for the 2 hours it takes to get to the ferry port. After leaving your transport you will board the speedboat to take you to the Island which takes Approx 20 minutes. On arrival at the Island we will arrange for the Hotel to pick you up at the pier and drive you to your Hotel where you can relax on the beaches or discover the many tourist attractions on the Island. At the end of your Holiday we will arrange all your transport back to your vacation home in Pattaya.
This article was written by Nam. She works at “Holiday Garden Resort” which is a private road with Luxury Villa’s for holiday rentals in Pattaya, Thailand. Her husband is English and has lived in Thailand for 9 years and has traveled extensively throughout Asia.
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