Koh Samet (Koh Samed) Guide

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A small but perfectly formed island just a short hop from Bangkok. Ko Samet is a popular destination for Bangkok folk to visit for the weekend, but many backpackers have had a great time here too. Beautiful white fine sand is one of its noticeable attributes, and it’s a protected national Park, so development should not get out of control. Because of its proximity to Bangkok, you will find it gets busy on the weekends, which affects accommodation availability (and prices)…

Points of Interest

Weather Forecast

Tue
18 Jun

26 - 36°C

rain

0mm
100%

Wed
19 Jun

27 - 38°C

partly-cloudy-day

0mm
3%

Thu
20 Jun

27 - 37°C

rain

0mm
48%

Fri
21 Jun

26 - 36°C

rain

1mm
54%

Sat
22 Jun

25 - 33°C

rain

3mm
77%

Sun
23 Jun

25 - 32°C

rain

3mm
77%

Mon
24 Jun

25 - 32°C

rain

1mm
71%

Tue
25 Jun

25 - 32°C

rain

0mm
67%

Wed
26 Jun

24 - 29°C

rain

25mm
74%

Thu
27 Jun

24 - 29°C

rain

26mm
71%

Fri
28 Jun

24 - 30°C

rain

7mm
71%

Sat
29 Jun

24 - 32°C

rain

0mm
67%

Sun
30 Jun

25 - 33°C

partly-cloudy-day

2mm
38%

Mon
1 Jul

25 - 33°C

cloudy

4mm
38%

Historic Weather (2022)

Month
Average Max Temp
Average Min Temp
Average Humidity
Average Daily Rain
Jan
31°C
19°C
67%
0mm
Feb
31°C
20°C
69%
2mm
Mar
34°C
24°C
68%
3mm
Apr
33°C
23°C
70%
6mm
May
31°C
24°C
83%
9mm
Jun
34°C
25°C
75%
5mm
Jul
32°C
24°C
84%
11mm
Aug
31°C
24°C
86%
10mm
Sep
30°C
24°C
89%
18mm
Oct
29°C
21°C
83%
4mm
Nov
31°C
22°C
79%
2mm
Dec
28°C
18°C
72%
0mm

How to Get to Koh Samet

The gateway port to Koh Samet is Ban Phe, Rayong Province. You can get there easily from Bangkok by taking a bus from Bangkok’s Eastern Bus Terminal (Ekkamai). This can take 3 – 4 Hours. Alternatively, you can get a mini-van booked through a local travel agent. This may be a bit quicker but more cramped. The quickest and most comfortable way is to book a taxi for a 2.5 to 3-hour journey (2 if you are lucky). If you share the cost with a couple of others, this won’t break the bank unless you are on a tight budget.

Be aware that there are several piers running at Ban Phe, so make sure you are at the right one if you have pre-booked your boat in advance. When at the port, you can take the slow boat, which leaves at regular intervals between 7:00 am and 5:00 pm, and take 30-45mins, costing about 100 baht, or take a speedboat. Prices for speedboats may vary if you wish to have the speedboat all by yourself. Prices are regulated so if the price is too steep, I’d double-check.

Once on the island, you will have to pay a national park fee of 200 baht for adult foreigners, for which you will receive a ticket which is worth keeping on you.

To get to your accommodation, unless you are staying by the pier, you will need to take a Songthaew.

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