Koh Samet is growing in popularity one of the top destinations in South East Asia particularly in Thailand for those seeking a laid back place where they can have a totally lazy day, enjoying beautiful beaches and water sports.
Koh Samet is perfect for travelers who don’t have much time to prepare for their vacation. With Koh Samet has numerous beaches such as Ao Phai, Sai Kaew and Ao Ving Duen, offering plenty of things to do. Here are some interesting things to do on Koh Samet when visiting this island.
Diving and Snorkeling
Most tourists who visit Koh Samet won’t want to miss diving and snorkeling. These two water sports even are the main activities for many visitors. If you are a beginner, you can try an open water diving in Samet’s shallow bays.
Meanwhile, experienced drivers can try night dives to enjoy nocturnal happenings beneath the water. Divers and snorkelers are pampered with a beautiful underwater where they can see manta rays and porcupine pufferfish swimming around among brilliant multi-colored ferns and corals.
Other inhabitants that you will meet underwater are stingrays, black-tipped sharks, star fish, and barracudas. They are all very beautiful creatures.
Koh Samet has some coves and hidden beaches that are worth-exploring. By using a boat, you can go on a trip exploring the island. The island hopping trip lets you discover and go sight seeing every part of the island. There are many speedboat operators around Sai Kaew Beach and Vong Duen offering island tours.
The tours usually include snorkeling and a lunch barbecue. Besides, many of them offer additional tours to some fish farms or other islands such as Kham, Kudi and Plai Tin. The tours can take hours to a whole day depending on the number of places to explore.
Travellers can also choose slower-moving boats for a more relaxing experience. Prices vary and tourists can bargain them. So, before stepping on board, discuss the price with the operator to get the best deal.
Motorized Water Sports
In popular beaches like Ao Phai and Sai Kaew, you can rent water sports equipment and enjoy the thrilling sensation of parasailing, wakeboarding or jet-skiing. However, you have to be aware with scams perpetuated by jet-ski owners.
They might say that you have damaged the jet-ski, as there are scratches on it and they will ask some money to have it repaired. In order to avoid this thing to happen, take a photograph of the jet-ski before you it.
Canoeing and Kayaking
If a noisy sport like jet-skiing is not your thing, think about eco-friendly ways to explore the island. Canoeing and kayaking can be great ideas to explore the island’s scenic coastline. Of course, you have to be physically healthy to do these activities because they rely on your own paddle power.
You can go canoeing or kayaking at any time but it is recommended to do it in the late afternoon where the day is no longer so hot. Besides, it gives you an opportunity to catch a mesmerizing sunset. However, at this time of day, the waves can be high. So, stay close to shoreline for a safe canoeing.
Catamaran Sailing and Windsurfing
Sai Kaew Beach is a favorite place for sailing and windsurfing because of its strong currents and offshore winds. Most of resorts and guesthouses in Koh Samet offer a service to arrange the necessary equipment for sailing and windsurfing.
Your visit to Koh Samet is not complete if you miss the opportunity to catch the beautiful sunset. You can enjoy the gorgeous sunset from the beach or from your room balcony. You are lucky of you have a west-facing balcony.
Most hotels located on the west coast allow you to do so. Or, you can take a sunset cruise for a greater sunset experience.
If you are a fishing enthusiasts, deep-sea fishing should be listed in your must-thing-to-do list. Koh Samet is the home to a rich diversity of fish. Here, many fishermen rent their boat for tourists for fishing in the deep-sea where you will have opportunities to catch exotic fish that you probably won’t find in your home country, such as Dorado, grouper, trevally, and many more.
The paved roads on Koh Samet serve as a perfect playground for ATV riders to enjoy a fund and thrilling experience. The combination of bumping dirt roads, swerving turns and forking paths can lead to a challenging yet stress-relieved experience.
However, you need to be careful since the road is not specifically made for ATV riders, meaning you have to share with songtaew drivers, too.
There is nothing better than having your body massaged after a tiring day doing sport activities and tours. The best thing is you don’t need to go to the masseur. Instead, they will come to you. It is easy to find masseur along the beaches.
They are easily recognized from the low stool and beach blankets that they bring. Simply call them and find a shady comfortable place on the beach. However, most of them will only perform basic stretching and kneading as they are not certified professionals.
Yet, you are lucky for finding experienced masseur. Due to their experiences, they usually can massage quite well.
See the Big Buddha
Thailand is very popular with its temples. Although Koh Samet is well-known for its beaches and water sport activities, here there is also one temple where you can see a big sitting Buddha statue. This statue perhaps doesn’t belong to the main attractions of the island.
Yet, it can be a good spot to visit. It is located on one of the main roads of the village. The road is, however, rarely used by tourists. Therefore, it is often missed out. If you like temples, you should make a visit to this temple.
The big Buddha can serve as a unique photo spot. Here, you can meet some friendly monks who may give you amulets and explain things about the temple.
Where to Stay on Koh Samet
Koh Samet has a good variety of guest houses, hostels and hotels. Here are a few places to check out and give you an idea of what is available in Koh Samet if you are planning to visit Koh Samet.
Remember to check the reviews and book a place that suits you interests while traveling.
Rating 8.5, Prices start from $68 for Double room
This resort is 1 minute walk from the beach. Comfortable rooms with air conditioning are provided at Green Bay Samed Resort. Located 50 m from Haad Sai Kaew Beach, it offers a tour desk and free Wi-Fi access, which is available throughout. Green Bay Samed Resort is 500 m from Ao Phai Beach and 1 km from Na Dan Pier. This resort is 52 km from U-Tapao Airport.
All rooms have a flat-screen TV, a fridge and an electric kettle. Free toiletries and a hairdryer are included in an en suite bathroom.
Rating 8.3, Prices start from $30 for Double room
This property is 6 minutes walk from the beach. Samet 99 is set in Ko Samed, 2 km from Laem Noina. This property is located a short distance from attractions such as International Clinic, Ko Samed. Free WiFi is available and in-house parking is provided.
The units in the guest house are fitted with a kettle. Each room is equipped with a private bathroom. All guest rooms will provide guests with a fridge.
Rating 8.1, Prices start from $55 for Double room
This property is 7 minutes walk from the beach. An island getaway awaits at Ao Cho Grand View Resort in Ko Samed. Surrounded by sand and sea, it offers free Wi-Fi and a spa.
With warm lighting and cosy furnishings, rooms at Ao Cho Grand View feature a semi-outdoor bathroom, cable TV and DVD player. Fresh fruit and drinks can be enjoyed from the minibar, while a day bed provides comfort and views of the tropical scenery.
Finally, as you can see, there are so many things to do on Koh Samet. And, the list above is only a few of them. If you decide on visiting Koh Samet you can explore the other spots by yourself and you can stay in a hotel available nearby.
And that’s it for now! I’d love to know if this guide on things to do on Koh Samet Thailand has helped you. Let me know if you have any questions and let me know if you go.
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