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The island of Koh Samet from north to south

What to visit on the island of Koh Samet

Petr Liška
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The island of Koh Samet from north to south
Inserted: 06.03.2022
Author: Petr Liška © gigaplaces.com
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Koh Samet with a little imagination looks a bit like Italy on the map. It is such an elongated triangle with a road leading in the middle of the island from north to south. We will say what can be visited here for beaches and other attractions.

The north coast of the island of Koh Samet

The north coast can be reached by road right from the main port. There are basically just two large beaches and a range of accommodation. The quality of the beach and swimming improves with the distance from the port, so if you plan to live in the north so ideally at the western end of the road

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The town of Phe and its surroundings

If you head south from the port, you will pass the entire capital of Phe. There are several attractions such as a Buddhist temple. Here you will also find the busiest and largest beach on the island of Haad Sai Kaew or the less accessible Ao Lukyon

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Ao Lukyon beach in Phe

Ao Lukyon Beach is a small beach at the very eastern end of the island of Koh Samet. It is more difficult to access because there is a large resort behind it.

Ao Lukyon beach in Phe
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Around the beaches of Ao Hin Khok and Ao Phai

The road is slowly leaving the city, reducing traffic. Then there are two other beautiful beaches: Ao Hin Khok and Ao Phai

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Turning to Ao Prao

We now reach a crossroads from where a turnoff leads to the only major beach on the west, otherwise rocky coast of Koh Samet. This turnoff will take us to the beautiful beach of Ao Prao. Along the way there is still a huge reservoir of rainwater and a view of the west coast.

Rainwater reservoir

Practically in the middle of the island you will find this huge reservoir of rainwater, which fills during the rainy season and then serves for the rest of the year. It is not a great decoration, but you can find it on practically every touristic Thai island.

Rainwater reservoir
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West coast view

Just before the road starts to descend to the beautiful Ao Prao Beach, you can turn onto the west coast viewpoint. It is completely different from the eastern with lots of white sand beaches.

West coast view
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Beaches in the middle of the island

If we continue further south, we will reach the central part of the island of Koh Samet. There are four interesting beaches (from north to south): Ao Phutsa, Ao Nuan, Ao Cho and Ao Wong Deauan, which is the largest of them. Of course, when exploring, it is better to walk between the beaches on the path along the sea than on the road leading inland.

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Beaches south of the center of the island

South of Ao Wong Deuan Beach, the island is becoming such a noodle. Along the sea you can easily reach another large bay with two nice beaches Ao Thian and Ao Lung Dum. If you walk down the road there is another lookout point on the west coast.

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West view of Ao Wong Deuan Beach

This view is better than the one at Ao Prao beach further north. It only confirms that the island of Koh Samet is an island of two completely different coasts.

West view of Ao Wong Deuan Beach
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South of the island of Koh Samet

The southern part of the island is the most inaccessible, as it is already quite far on a walking expedition, due to mainly the tiring Thai weather, and taxis want relatively enough and are less difficult to fill. The ideal survey is to ride to the very end and walk back or vice versa. But you will also find one of the most beautiful beaches on the island of Ao Wai

Road through the forest to Ao Wai beach

Basically, it is very easy to get from the capital Phe along the coastal path to the beach of Ao Lung Dum. But here the road ends after those 4.5 km and it is easier to go to the next Ao Wai beach by road inland. If you have a little courage, you can try to walk the GPS and the map on your mobile phone along imperceptible paths through the forest

Road through the forest to Ao Wai beach
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Ao Wai

Ao Wai is an absolutely idyllic beach with white sand

Ao Wai
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Road to the very south end of the island

From Ao Wai Beach, there is nothing left but to walk inland on the road. After about 1.2 kilometers of wandering inland, the road descends to a turnoff to the beautiful beach of Ao Kio Na Nok, but you will not get there because it is surrounded by a resort and the entrance is guarded at the gatehouse. A little further on is another probably best view of the west coast. In less than 3/4 kilometers is the last larger beach Ao Karang, but it did not fascinate me much. Just a short distance to the south is the complete end of the island.

Inland road

The road along the interior of the island is not even demanding kilometers or traffic, but the fact that you do not walk in the shade and the Thai climate does not want much hiking.

Inland road
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View to the south of the island

Of the views on the west coast of the island, the southernmost is the best.

View to the south of the island
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Ao Karang beach

At first glance, Ao Karang beach looks interesting thanks to the trees that provide shade, but the coast is quite rocky and, compared to other beaches in the east, it is not special.

Ao Karang beach
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