Koh Samet & Le Vimarn Cottages & Spa
Here are three great reasons why you should visit Koh Samet – before rushing off to Pattaya or down to the southern islands of Thailand.
1. The number one reason to visit Koh Samet is that the island is so conveniently close to Bangkok. Within just a couple of hours after breakfast in the capital, you could be relaxing on a gorgeous paradise beach, happily sipping on a fruity drink under a palm tree – or, enjoying a relaxing seaside massage.
2. Koh Samet is part of the region’s National Park and offers all the perks of a subtropical island: crystal clear water, palm tree lined beaches, and, on the west coast, spectacular sunsets!
3. Though the beach on Ao Phrao is one of Koh Samet’s smallest, that turns out to be a really good thing! The bay surrounding Ao Phrao is perfect for swimming, stand up paddling, canoeing or just chilling with that fruity drink mentioned above. Though not ideal for long beach walks, you can easily go for a nice stroll along the main road where traffic is light.
We stayed a couple of nights at the beautiful boutique resort Le Vimarn Cottages & Spa. They have a small collection of roomy bungalow villas just above the beach with panoramic sea views and all the amenities you’ll need to enjoy your stay, including a surprisingly fast Internet connection!
By the large pool are a dozen parasol shadowed chaise lounges, a sala with two massage beds and a few steps from there, a small, but well-equipped gym with an amazing view of the sea below.
Special mention for the resort’s friendly and kind staff and the excellent breakfast buffet.
Koh Samet is a long-running favorite weekend getaway among Bangkokians, both Thai and with the city’s large expat community. Ao Phrao is one of the island’s calmer beaches and a perfect choice for winding down, filling your lungs with fresh air and appreciating a genuine relaxed atmosphere.