Samet is located in a few kilometers from the coast of Rayong province. The island takes its name from the evergreen Kajeput tree (called Samet in Thai), which grows in many places on the island. Island is famous for its blue waters and fine sand. The area of Koh Samet is about 5 km2, which is comparable with the area of Koh Lan - island located near by Pattaya. In 1981 Koh Samet has acquired the status of a national park.
Samet is the scene of the famous poem "Pra Apaymani", written by the most famous Thai poet Sunton Pu (1786 - 1855) who lived in the island. The poem tells about Prince Apaimani, who was expelled in
underwater kingdom powered by an evil giant. The mermaid helps the prince to escape and then defeat the giant with the help of a magic flute that immerses the villain in deep dream. Statues depicting the characters of the poem can be seen in different places on the coast of the of Samet.
The Eastern side of the of Ko Samet is an 8 km long stretch of white sandy beaches, with numerous restaurants and bars.
Western part of Island is less populated and less developed then eastern.
The inner part of the island is uninhabited and dotted with numerous paths through which you can explore the flora and fauna of the island.
You can reach Samet with ferry or speadboat from a number of piers of Ban Phe (Rayong province): Municipality, Nuantip, Chok Krista, Sri Ban Phe, Ao Prao, Tarua Phe, Seree, Jadet. Ferries arrive to Na Dan
pier, Ao Prao Beach as well. Speedboats can bring passengers to any beach of Samet.
Due to location of Samet - it takes one hour to get to Ban Phe from Pattaya, two and half hours from Bangkok. Thus Koh Samet has become a popular for Thai people who live in Bangkok and foreigners. Beautiful beaches, tropical exotics and nightlife - that is all about Samet.
Gas, high ways, parking, child seats are included