Koh Samet is one of the many islands surrounding Thailand and is located off the coastline of the Thai province of Rayong, about 220 kilometers southeast of Bangkok. The island received its name from a tree that is found throughout the island, called the Cajeput Tree, as the Thai word for this tree is samet.

Only a couple hours away from the crazy city of Bangkok, one can go with friends and family to a peaceful getaway island. Lots of local residents from Bangkok, in addition to tourists frequently visit this island, as it is conveniently close by to Bangkok’s financial districts. Arriving to the island is quite easy as one can either go by car, or bus, on a three and a half hour drive, to the small Ban Phe local port. From there one can take a slow hour and a half long cruise to the island or half hour speedboat ride to your destination on the island.


The island itself is said to be in the shape of a “t”, where it is about 7 kilometers long and about 4 kilometers wide. Most of the beaches lie along the eastern side with many resorts, hotels and countless restaurants and bars.

One of the most famous beaches along the island is Hat Sai Kaeo, which is literally translated as Crystal Sand Beach. During the day, on any beach, family and friends can participate in countless activities like windsurfing, snorkeling, banana boating, scuba diving, massage, boat trips, fishing, beach sports, and sun tanning. The beaches are filled with night activities as well where family and friends can sit down to a nice dinner while watching fire shows.

If you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of Bangkok, Koh Samet is a great choice!