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See detailed info and photos of Koh Samet and its individual beaches in the travel guides in this site:
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Koh Samet: small island with the closest beautiful beaches to Bangkok; some of the clearest, safe water

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Koh Samet is the closest beach destination to Bangkok with really beautiful beaches, clear water and lots of true beachfront accommodations. It's just over two hours drive from the capital, making it a popular weekend destination for city residents, especially students and other young Thais, who come here to escape the pressures of Bangkok life by partying on the beach on Saturday nights. Many Thai families also come for weekends and holidays, and numbers of young children are seen on Samet's beaches also. During the weekdays it is rather quiet.
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Though this has long been a distinctly Thai-style destination, in recent years significant numbers of foreign tourists have been mixing in here during the high season from November through April. At this time of year you might find equal numbers of Thais and foreigners sharing the island.
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The beaches strung down the east coast are arguably the most beautiful, all having soft white sand and very clear water most of the year. Most have lots of thick foliage at the top of the beach, both hiding the beach hotels and providing lots of shade during the heat of the day. The most popular beach, with the most accommodation and most visitors, is Sai Kaew, the first beach of this eastern group. Moving down the coast the beaches become quieter with fewer hotels – though they are no less attractive.
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Ao Phai Beach, right below Sai Kaew, is something of a restaurant beach, with tables spread over much of the sand from late afternoon onwards. Wongdeuan might be called a 'family beach' because so many Thai families use it, while Sang Thian Beach is a budget but quieter place, rocky at the north end but with an especially pretty beach in the south.
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Virtually all of Samet island is a National Park, but the resorts have been encroaching on the forests behind the beaches for so long, and are used by so many people, that the government is unable or unwilling to push them out. The National Parks Department maintains some controls over the island however, maintaining the few rough roads that service the beaches and restricting development to the beach areas. The Department charges foreign visitors a National Parks entry fee of 200 Baht, and Thai residents 40 Baht.
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Koh Samet is accessed from Ban Phae, a small fishing port with multiple jetties and several continuous boat services. The normal ferry crossing to Samet's main pier takes about 20 minutes. Speed boats are rented by families or groups who want delivery directly to the beach on which they will stay. Many bus and minim-bus services do the two- or three-hour run to Ban Phae from Bangkok through the day.
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Though Samet has a basic system of roads and tracks you cannot bring vehicles onto the island. There are a couple of dozen pick-up trucks converted to open-air 'buses' that move visitors between the main jetty and the various beaches. Motorcycles are also available for rent on the island, though inexperienced drivers should beware here because of the rough tracks.
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Note: Koh Samet is often spelled Koh Samed, or Ko Samed.

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by John Everingham