The eastern side of the island protected from the main swell of the Gulf of Thailand has around thirteen Koh Samet Beaches and is the most developed part of the island.
In order north to south, they are Ao Lukyon, Haad Saikaew (main beach), Ao Phai, Ao Phutsa, Ao Tubtim, Ao Nual, Ao Cho, Ao Wongduern, Ao Thain, Ao Lung Dam, Ao Wai, Ao Kui Na Nok, and Ao Pa Ka Rang.
Travel from the mainland port, Ban Phe, with small boat, ferry and speedboat options available.
Only three main beaches are on the eastern side of the island being Ao Kham, Ao Phrao, and Ao Kui Na Nai. For accommodation options, you have Koh Samet beach bungalows, Koh Samet beach resorts, Koh Samet beach huts and, the more upmarket Koh Samet beach hotels.
A sunset tour around the island from 4 pm – 6.30pm is a relaxing and romantic way to view the island as the sun sets. On most resort beaches you will also find many types of meat and fresh seafood barbecue restaurants, showing the fresh produce on display, with related pricing. A word on pricing. Everything needs to be supplied via boat from the mainland. Pricing for food and beverages are more expensive. Maybe 50% more expensive. Luckily there is a 7-11 convenience store at the main beach.
Koh Samet Beaches map:
Would I visit here again?
Yes. I think these national park beaches are definitely in Thailand’s Top 5. I hope you enjoyed my Koh Samet beaches photos. It was enjoyable taking them and would love to be back there right now.