Koh Samet is a small island only a few hours by bus and boat from Bangkok, and is therefore a popular weekend destination with Bangkok residents. The island is quiet and a great place to just relax, have a meal and spend some time on the beach. There are plenty of great bars and restaurants along the beaches to get some great eats and drinks.
Gorgeous white-sand beaches, magical waterside eateries, and Thai rum served by the bucket await you on Ko Samet, one of Thailand’s national parks-turned-tourist meccas. Just 4hr. from Bangkok, Ko Samet has become a popular vacation spot for Thais and foreigners alike. Over the past 20 years, beachside bungalows have slowly encroached on much of the shoreline, and loud farang pubs and Thai karaoke bars dominate the once-still nights. Development aside, the island still has the best beaches and clearest water on the east coast. A dip in its tranquil waves or a nap on its clean sand will satisfy any traveler seeking good, old-fashioned relaxation.
If you don't have time to make it to some of the further island destinations around Thailand but want to get to the beach while you are in Bangkok, this is the great place for you.
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