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Khao Laem Ya - Koh Samet National Park

It takes only 2 hours to drive from Rayong province to Bangkok. With the expansion of U-Tapao International Airport and the hi-speed train expected to be in operation in 2023, it will be even more convenient to visit Rayong. This province in eastern part of Thailand is renowned for several things including its all year-round fruits, best fish sauce, the 3rd largest petrochemical industry in the world, and the stunning marine national park. For most holidaymakers, Ko Samet which is part of Khao Laem Ya - Koh Samet National Park is no doubt the most popular destination in Rayong. Established in 1981, Khao Laem Ya - Ko Samet National Park became the 34th national park in Thailand. It can be said that more than 90% of the park’s total area is the marine boundary. Apart from Ko Samet, there are many breathtaking islands perfect for a day-trip getaway.

What to see and do?

Most visitors skip Khao Laem Ya and go straight to Ko samet, but if you are not in a hurry, you should spend some time even a night here. There is a nature trail leading to a viewpoint blanketed with vast grassland overlooking Koh Samet. A coastal campsite with magnificent sea views is also provided. Situated 6 kilometres off Ban Phe shore is the main attraction Koh Samet known for its towering cliffs and scenic beaches. You may go kayaking, enjoy a banana boat ride, or ride a jet ski. There are many bays: Ao Prao, Ao Phai, and Ao Wong Duean to name a few with white sandy beaches and calm, shallow water ideal for sunbathing and swimming. Some are great for coral reef snorkeling such as Ao Wai, Ao Thian, and Ao Kio. With many marine species, coral reef, secluded beaches, visitors may opt for snorkeling and diving adventures in nearby islands like Ko Kudi, Ko Thalu, Ko Makham, and Ko Chan.

Most visitors stay in Ko Samet and take a tour to those small islands because no accommodation is available there. You would be amazed by clear water and natural beauty of the marine boundary. Traveling on Koh Samet is easy as you can take a Song Taew ride from one bay to another from 10 - 70 THB depending on the distance.
The national park opens daily, and the entrance fee is 200 THB for adults and 100 THB for children. In monsoon season around May to September, some islands in the national park, such as Ko Kudi and Ko Thalu may be closed.

Samet Transfer offers taxi from Pattaya, Bangkok, BKK airport to Ban Phe (pier to Samet).