Koh Samet is less than 7 kms off the coast of Rayong in the eastern Gulf of Thailand, 179km by car from Bangkok.
Koh Samet has been declared a National Park in Thailand and therefore has an entry fee. Thai citizens pay 40 baht, foreigners (farangs) pay 400 baht. If your ferry arrives at the main pier and you take a songthaew (truck like taxi) to the beaches, there will be a stop at the main ticket checkpoint. If your ferry arrives at one of the beaches, an officer will collect the fee as you step out onto the white sand......
The transit point for every visitor to Koh Samet is Ban Phe in Rayong, ferries from Ban Phe to Koh Samet take around 30 to 45 minutes. Only buy a one-way ticket, as there's no discount on round-trip tickets and you won't have to worry about losing it.
Once you have arrived in Ban Phe, there are 3 piers offering boats to Koh Samet, the boat fares can be varied depending on the beach destination that you are going to. The ferry schedule also varies depending upon the destination in Koh Samet.
Ferry from Ban Phe to Koh Samet
Ferries for the main pier 'Na Dan Pier' leave every hour
Ferry leaves at 11:30 and 14:00 to Ao Wai at the cost of 80 Baht per ticket
Ferry leaves at 10:00 Ao Kiu at 100 Baht per ticket
Ferry leaves at 08:00, 11:00, 13:00 and 16:00 to Ao Prao at 80 Baht per ticket
Ferries from the main pier 'Na Dan Pier' leave for Koh Samet every hour.
Ferry leaves Vong Duern Beach at 08:30, 12:00, and 15:30
Ferry leaves Ao Wai at 14:00
Ferry leaves Ao Kiu at 08:00 and 12:00
Ferry leaves Ao Prao at at 10:00, 12:30, 15:00 and 17:00.
The beaches on the southeast side of Koh Samet are less crowded. These are a good option if you prefer to have a very relaxed and calm holiday. The west side is alot more rocky with some shingle beaches, however you will find a very nice beach here in Ao Prao.
On the east coast from north to south you will find, in order:
They are all nice small beaches that all have the white characteristic of Koh Samet sand. The distances between the beaches are not far, so you can easily take a walk or a ride with a bike. The further south you go on this island the less tourists you will find in general.
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