Colourful slow boats take you from one of the Ban Phe piers on a 30-minute hop to Na Dan pier on the northern side of Ko Samet island. Consequently, this is the side of the island where most development can be found. For those looking for a crowded beach with ample possibilities to go out in the night, this is the right corner of the island. If, however, you prefer more peace, a quiet beach, you have to make an effort. Either taking a songthaew south, or just walking along the coastline will bring you to another ten beaches on the eastern coast of the island.
The further south you go, the less people you encounter and you can drop your anchor wherever you prefer. Walking on will ultimately bring you to Ao Kiu, one of the last beaches of the island. Unfortunately, this bay is now dominated by a luxurious resort, so when I reached it, I returned back to the north of Ko Samet. Personally, I probably liked Ao Nuan most, a small, secluded beach, not easily reached, yet not too far off the north. Not many people arrive here, and just inland there is an out-of-the ordinary place to have delicious Thai food.
Life on one of the beaches of Ko Samet is not hard, it is actually very relaxing. Especially because vendors pass by regularly with fresh fruits and drinks, and women offering their massaging services (obviously, the further south you go on Ko Samet, the less of the services are available). It becomes very easy to spend hours on the beach, retreating to a shadowy place to have your back, shoulders, and/or feet massaged, having a cold coconut as a drink, taking a dip in the irresistible sea or laze on the beach with a book.
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