Koh Samet is the most famous islands of Rayong.With an oblong shape,most of the beaches of Koh Samet are located in the east, with an exception of Ao Prao.As a result,all accommodations are also located at the east of the island. Following are outstanding beaches of the island.
Located: About 6 kilometers from Ban Pae
How to get there: From Nuantip Port at Ban Pae, there will be passenger boat to Koh Samet,which leaves every 30 minutes.
Most of Ko Samet, including all of the good parts, is part of Khao Laem Ya and Mu Ko Samet National Park and has an entry fee. Thais pay 40 baht for adults, 20 baht for children (current as of 6/09); foreigners pay 200 baht for adults, 100
baht for children (current as of 11/09). This two-tier pricing
policy is applicable to all national parks. If you can explain, however, that you actually live or work in Thailand, then you may not have to pay the ‘tourist’ price. One excuse for the difference is that "Thai pay taxes". If your ferry arrives at the main pier and you take a songthaew to the beaches, there will be a stop at the main ticket checkpoint. If your ferry arrives at one of the beaches, an officer will collect the fee as you step out of the surf. Note that there is plenty of foot traffic in and out of the park to the 7-Eleven, ATM or other shops and restaurants and if you have no bags you can nonchalantly walk into the park without anyone checking your ticket. There is a road via the temple which avoids the checkpoint entirely. Note: some bungalows might give the impression that the entry fee is included in their booking, but it is not.
Most beaches are on the eastern side of the island. The beaches hide in small bays and stretch some 200 metres.
From the north, there are Ao Noi Nha,Haad Sai Kaeo,Ao Phai , Ao Phutsa, Ao Thabthim, Ao Naun, Ao Cho,Ao Wong Duan, Ao Thian, Ao Wai, Ao Kiew Na Nok and Ao Pa-Karang. The only beach on the western side is Ao Phrao. One of the famous beaches is Ao Wong Duean in the middle of the eastern side. This beach stretches in the shape of an almost complete circle. Both Ao Wong Duean and Hat Sai Kaeo have very fine white sand.
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