Kiu Na Nok, Ko Samet

BEACH
Way down south on Ko Samet is the quiet bay of Kiu Na Nok with the colorful bungalows of Nimmanoradee Resort. You hardly notice that Ko Samet is a tourist island, except for some people passing by with the scooter exploring the island.

Please note that this beach is small, making it less suitable for the die-hard beachgoer. Between the sand are stones, so bring your water shoes. We find this location so atmospheric that we definitely want to mention it.

WHERE TO STAY
This small bay gave us a very relaxed holiday feeling: the colorful bungalows of the mid-range Nimmanoradee Resort, the cozy setting of the bungalows in the garden, and the private beach at the resort.

Nimmanoradee Resort has a restaurant. If you want to eat somewhere else, you can take a 200-meter walk to the restaurant in Ao Bandung, or go by scooter to one of Ko Samet’s other bays.

ISLAND
Ko Samet is a popular island in the Gulf of Thailand. We see Ko Samet as a good place to start or end your holiday. It is located close to the airport, has numerous good beaches for sunbathing, and various entertainment and nightlife options. It is one of the closest and most accessible islands from Bangkok, making it a popular weekend getaway for both locals and tourists.

WHAT TO DO
Although the main draw of Ko Samet is its pristine beaches and relaxed ambiance, the island offers various activities such as snorkeling, scuba diving, kayaking, hiking, and beachside massages. You can sign up for yoga, boxing, and cooking classes. Keep in mind that the nature of the island itself is not quite special. So if you wish to explore a scenic island, we recommend choosing a different place.

Na Dan, located in the northeast of the island, is the only village and a nice variation if you are tired of sunbathing. You can visit some of the many restaurants and souvenir shops. Finally, the temple complex at the pond is definitely worth the visit.

The entrance fee to Ko Samet is 200 baht, as the island is part of a national park. Upon arrival on the beach, don’t miss people passing by with fresh fruit, barbecued chicken and papaya salad: our favorite lunch!

TRANSPORT
From the airport, a taxi to Ban Phe takes about 2.5 hours and costs between 2,000 and 2,500 baht. From Bangkok a taxi costs 2500 baht, including the toll for the highway. It is possible to take a bus or minibus in Bangkok from Ekamai Bus Station or the Victory Monument for 250 baht. From the city it takes about 3 hours to get to Ban Phe.

Eventually, for the last leg of the journey, catch a slow boat, catamaran or speedboat in Ban Phe at Tarua Phe Pier, directly in front of the 7-Eleven. A one-way ticket costs 200 baht for a shared speed boat, 50 baht for the slow boat, and 150 baht for the catamaran. The catamaran departs at 8:30 AM, 10:00 AM, 11:30 AM, 2:15 PM, and 5:00 PM.

Passengers are dropped off at the pier, which means you’ll need to hire a pick-up to drive to Tubtim. This will cost you around 20 baht for a shared pick-up taxi and 200 baht for a private pick-up taxi. It is easy to rent scooters, and exploring the small island only takes a few hours.