Fodor's Expert Review Koh Samet National Park

Koh Samet Park (National/State/Provincial)
The entire island of Koh Samet is a national marine park. Koh Samet's other name is Koh Kaeo Phitsadan (Island with Sand Like Crushed Crystal), so it isn't surprising that its fine sand is in great demand by glassmakers. The smooth water is another attraction. The beaches are the shorelines of a series of little bays—more than 10 along the island's east side alone. The beaches are busier on the northern tip near Na Duan and become less so as you travel south, with the exception of An Vong Duan, the second ferry stop. The government has been unable, or unwilling, to control development on some parts of Koh Samet, but it is still serene and beautiful in many places. Development is greatest in the village and northern beaches. Other irritants involve Jet Skis, which despite being prohibited in national parks can be heard roaring away in some places. Trash is also an increasingly vexing issue. All the beaches have licensed ladies offering one- and two-hour Thai massages, which generally cost... READ MORE
The entire island of Koh Samet is a national marine park. Koh Samet's other name is Koh Kaeo Phitsadan (Island with Sand Like Crushed Crystal), so it isn't surprising that its fine sand is in great demand by glassmakers. The smooth water is another attraction. The beaches are the shorelines of a series of little bays—more than 10 along the island's east side alone. The beaches are busier on the northern tip near Na Duan and become less so as you travel south, with the exception of An Vong Duan, the second ferry stop. The government has been unable, or unwilling, to control development on some parts of Koh Samet, but it is still serene and beautiful in many places. Development is greatest in the village and northern beaches. Other irritants involve Jet Skis, which despite being prohibited in national parks can be heard roaring away in some places. Trash is also an increasingly vexing issue. All the beaches have licensed ladies offering one- and two-hour Thai massages, which generally cost B100 an hour not including tip. READ LESS
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21160, Thailand

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Rate Includes: B200

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