2012-08-01 by System Administrator
It’s no wonder that thousands of Bangkokians evacuate the capital each weekend and public holiday in search of the tropical paradise of Koh Samet. With it’s stunning beaches and calm blue waters Koh Samet Thailand is not only popular with locals looking to escape the city life, tourists from all over the globe flock to the shores of this beautiful island.
Koh Samed is one of the driest islands in Thailand and with it’s all year round tropical climate you can expect the beaches to be packed even in rainy season.
Koh Samet is a mere 3 hour journey from Bangkok meaning getting here is like a walk in the park. Regular bus services run from the capital to the mainland port of Ban Phe and from there a short ferry journey across the Gulf Of Thailand brings you to the magnificent shores of Ko Samet.
Once on the island you have a multitude of accommodation to choose from. Whether you are on a budget or looking to lap it up in a life of luxury there is sure to be some hotels in Koh Samet to match your requirements.
The superb are an obvious draw to the island. The east coast is drenched in pristine white sand and is where you will find it’s most popular beach destinations. Hat Sai Kaew being it’s busiest. Although the island can get quiet busy around holiday times and weekends there are still a number of beaches on the island that remain almost deserted offer peace and total relaxation amongst it’s magnificent shores.
Koh Samet forms part of the Khao Laem Ya-Mu Ko Samet National Park and an entrance fee of 200 Baht is payable on arrival to the island. The fee is a small price to pay for what the island has to offer. The national park is home to some of the Gulf of Thailands’ most amazing underwater scenery with magnificent Coral reef gardens a plenty. This all making Scuba diving Koh Samet a truly magical experience. There are a number of close by islands that form part of the park also such as Koh Kudi, Koh Kham, Ko Kruai and Koh Pai Tin and boat trips with overnight stays can be arranged from Koh Samet
Seafood is very much the order of the day on the island. Local fisherman supplying the catch of the day to one of many Koh Samet seafood restaurants. Choose your fresh fish from one of the many beach beach barbecues and watch it cooked right in front of your eyes whilst dining from the comfort of the islands beautiful white sands. Being in Thailand you are never in short supply of Thai Cuisine either and restaurants, street vendors and cafe’s serve the nations favourites all times of the day.
As the sunsets over the Gulf of Thailand, rises. The beach bars around the busy Hat Sai Kaew and backpacker friendly beach of Ao Kiu Na Nok are where the island can get it’s liveliest. The latter with it’s younger orientated crowd sip cheap cocktails and buckets of joy until the early hours of the morning.
No visit to Thailand is complete without indulging on one of the countries most renowned services, the Thai Massage in Koh Samet. On the beaches, in the massage shops on the main streets or even from the comfort of your luxury hotel your are able to relax your mind body and soul whilst being pampered with one of the many treatments or services available.
Koh Samet makes for the perfect retreat for those looking to relax and unwind in the comforts of it’s spectacular scenery.
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