Ko Samet Beaches
Ko Samet west coast up-market resort on Ao Phrao beach.
There are currently three top end resort hotels squeezed onto Samet's restricted west side where sand quality is not quite so fine and beaches are really small but life is considerably more comfortable and sedate.
The manicured frontage of an expensive west coast resort.
And back to the poor huddled masses on the east side of Samet with these Ao Cho beachboys.
Reasonably restrained TubTim bay.
This quiet beach offers good budget and mid-range accommodation options but is still within an easy stagger of the party beaches of Ao Phai and Hin Kok.
Ao Phai beach bungalows on the east coast.
Ao Phai has a reputation as a party beach, though slightly less wild than next door at Hin Kok, so those seeking undisturbed slumbers should look elsewhere for accommodation.
Ao Phai beach.
Hin Kok beach.
Ao Hin Kok, just south of Had Sae Kaew, hosts some of the cheaper bunglaows on Ko Samed in addition to a night club and reggae bar so is popular with low-budget travelers, backpackers, flashpackers and neo-hippies but no longer a good option for those who wish to lie around on perfect sand in perfect tranquility.
The south end of Hat Sae Kaew beach.
p.s. we've heard recently that two resorts should be avoided because they illegally block the island walking trail and hire unpleasant guards to intimidate walkers (they're also overpriced): Stay away from Paradee Resort on Kui Na Nok and Sametville Resort on Ao Wai.
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