A few days before the New Year, I traveled to the port of Ban Phe to take the ferry to Koh Samet island. I usually make a day trip to the island when I’m in Ban Phe. I’ve been to Koh Samet twice before and I really enjoy the island. I get easily sick on the sea but when you are greeted by the white sandy beaches and clear waters, it is so worth the trip over from the mainland.
Port of Ban Phe
This time, I took the ferry to Ao Vong Duan which is a half moon shaped beach with beautiful white sandy beach and clear water. The beach is fringed by small bungalows and resorts offering good quality rooms and a great variety of bars. The island is quite small and it’s easy to get around on scooters, or by taxi.
From Ao Vong Duan I took a taxi to Hat Sai Kaew Beach which is the largest and most popular beach and one of the most beautiful. The beach is 1 km long and you can swim and sunbath but it also offers tons of activities such as jet ski, windsurfing, riding on a banana boat and party at night.
Since I have been hanging around the beaches in Ban Phe where there is lots of space to move around and go for a walk, it felt crowded on Koh Samet. It was hard to find a spot to lay down and I felt like there were people everywhere. This is also one of the reasons that I’d rather take a one-day trip to the island than staying for a week.
Most people who travel to Koh Samet want to relax and enjoy the tropical environment and the wonderful beaches. Those of you who’ve never been to Koh Samet really should go there, even if it’s just for a day. The journey from Bangkok takes about 3 hours to the port of Ban Phe and then about 45 minutes ferry ride to the island.
My 3 tips:
- Avoid weekends – too crowded
- Pre-book hotel if you are staying on the island
- Visit the café PUMP at Hat Sai Kaew Beach for an ice-coffee, mango shake or another delicious drink.
Images from the one-day trip to Koh Samet island
The view from the ferry leaving the port of Ban Phe
Jumping off the ferry to get on this mini boat getting us to the island of Koh Samet.
Hat Sai Kaew Beach – a bit crowded for my taste.
White sandy beaches and clear water.
I enjoyed a frosty watermelon ice-cream…super yummy!
Sunset view from the ferry back home to Ban PheShare this: