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Ko Samet - Island of Crushed Crystal

A June 2002 trip to Ko Samet by John Lamb

Ao Phai Hut Photo, Ko Samet, Thailand More Photos
Quote: The former name of Ko Samet meant "the island with sand of crushed crystal", which is a good name for this island paradise. This is the best island for people without much time in Thailand because it is only three hours by bus from Bangkok.

Ko Samet - Island of Crushed Crystal

Overview

Boat Photo, Ko Samet, Thailand
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The best thing to do on Ko Samet is relax. I know that sounds silly, but it's really the only reason to go to the islands. Bring a book, sit on the beach, and relax. The most challenging part of each day is deciding what to do that night. So be prepared to leave troubles behind and concentrate on the essentials, like whether you should sun bathe in the afternoon or read a book and look at the sea.Quick Tips: Don't get put off by the island as soon as you step off the boat. The place is a makeshift version of shanty town at the dock. But once you enter the national park where a majority of the huts are it begins to look beautiful and more scenic. All the things you need are on the islan...Read More

Ao Phai Hut

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Hotel

Ao Phai Hut Photo, Ko Samet, Thailand
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This complex of wooden huts is located on the eastern side of the island. This whole side of the island is covered with hut complexes and bungalows. We chose the place because it was middle range place with a decent view, although the ocean was somewhat blocked by trees. A room with air-conditioning costs around $25 a night. Electricity is only on at night and shuts off at 7am, which means the room warms up quite quickly and you are up early. The huts are wooden and offer a nice deck with a couple of chairs. Burning coils will help keep the mosquitos away when drinking a Singha at night. There is a mattress on the floor and a mix of sheets that seemed clean. There is plenty of room, altho...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 12, 2003

Ao Phai Hut
Ao Phai Beach
Ko Samet, Thailand
(01) 353-2644

Jep's Inn

Restaurant

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Jep's Inn offers a huge range of food from traditional American to Thai food. They are open from the early morning until late at night. The tables are all set out on the beach with a lot of foliage to protect from the sun. There are nice views of sea from every table. Breakfasts are very cheap and good. We would usually get a pancake with bananas for a dollar. The fruit is fresh and offered fairly quickly. There is also fresh pineapple juice available. Lunch and dinner offers a wide variety of food. The club sandwichs are good and taste quite fresh. I enjoyed the Thai food there as well, with the Pad Thai being very agreeable. The Panong curry was also very good. Neither is very spicy...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 13, 2003

Jep's Inn
Ao Hin Kok Beach
Ko Samet, Thailand
(01) 853-3121

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Because Ko Samet is three hours away from Bangkok, it is a popular destination for people with only a limited time in Thailand. It is relatively easy to get there. First, go to the Eastern Bus Terminal in Bangkok (Ekami). The city you want to go to is Ban Phe. However, as soon as you enter the main entrance of the bus terminal you will see a sign that reads "Ko Samet." Most of the buses are air-conditioned and the cost of a ticket is around three dollars. The buses also have bathrooms. They show dubbed American movies on the trip as well and offer a snack. There is even an attendant to take care of your needs. The bus ride is about two-and-a-half hours long and offers a good glimpse of the Thai ...Read More