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My Experience in Koh Samet, Thailand

My Experience in Koh Samet, Thailand

Thailand is an amazing country filled with historical wonders, gorgeous temples, amazing food, friendly people and so much culture! Back in July 2017, I traveled to Thailand where I was immersed in some of the most unforgettable adventures I’ve participated in and visited the most beautiful sites that are authentic and sacred to Thai culture.

During my two weeks in Thailand, I traveled with a group where we visited the cities of Bangkok, Damnoen Saduak, Phitsanulok, Chiang Mai and the island of Koh Samet. In this blog post, read all about the good and not-so-good experiences about my time on the island of Koh Samet.

**Please note that this blog post uses affiliate links meaning that if you make a purchase via my affiliate link, I receive a small commission at no additional cost to you. I only promote and talk about products and services that I have used and like.


My Experience in Koh Samet, Thailand

Getting to and around Thailand:

My Experience in Koh Samet, Thailand

Since I did a group tour to Thailand, all of my fights and hotels were taken care of beforehand. What I highly recommend you do is set your desired travel dates into Skyscanner ahead of time and wait to see when the prices are low enough to purchase. I flew from Newark Airport to Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok with a 3-hour layover in Hong Kong. It took us 16 hours to get from Newark to Hong Kong and then another 2.5 – 3 hour flight to Bangkok.

It is fairly easy to get around Thailand. Since I was with a group, we traveled around via private coach, but the country is filled with railroads. Most locals recommend you travel via train as it offers a safer and more comforting experience. Other ways to get around is by taking the bus, ferry, local transportation or renting a car. Click here to discover the best ways to travel around Thailand.

After spending a few days in the mountains of Chiang Mai, we were ready to relax at the beach. From Chiang Mai International Airport, we flew an hour to Bangkok and then took a two-hour bus drive to a port where we took a small boat to the island of Koh Samet. I will admit that things got a little crazy because we had haul our heavy luggage and bags onto the dock and the crewmembers would throw them onto a smaller long tail boat.

My Experience in Koh Samet, Thailand

The boat ride from the port to Koh Samet was around 20 minutes and we were lucky to get a beautiful sunset over the beautiful Thai mountains. When we finally arrived at our resort, our boat docked in the water. In Thailand, whenever you travel to an island by boat, you have to walk through the water to get to the beach. When I was first told this, I was slightly confused as I was trying to figure out how we would do that without all of our stuff getting wet. Well, the water surrounding the island is very shallow and the boat pulls close up to the point where the water is barely ankle high. You just take off your sandals and walk through the water, while the crewmembers will help carry your luggage to the main lobby of the hotel. It was actually pretty cool!

Where to Stay in Koh Samet:

My Experience in Koh Samet, Thailand

The four-star hotel we stayed at in Koh Samet was called The C Samet. It was a villa-style resort, which is normally where you would stay in on an island in Southeast Asia. The grounds are absolutely beautiful and so is the beach area, but I will admit that this resort itself is advertised as being nicer than what it really is. Even though it is pretty common in Thailand, the shower and the toilet was in the same area in the bathroom, so when you showered, the toilet would be soaking wet. Because of this, our bathroom started to smell really bad. I did enjoy their morning beachfront breakfast though! The fruit platters they offered as well as the noodle and rice dishes were amazing.

My Experience in Koh Samet, Thailand

You could find a plethora of different hotels and resorts in Koh Samet based on your budget on Hotels.com. There are also a wide range of Airbnb options on the island.

What to do in Koh Samet:

My Experience in Koh Samet, Thailand

One of the biggest mistakes when planning my trip to Thailand was that I went during the country’s rainy or monsoon season. If you are planning a trip to Southeast Asia, I highly recommend you go during the wintertime (in the Northern Hemisphere) if you want perfect weather. Since I traveled there during July, it rained almost every day while we were on the island. We did, however, get to squeeze a few memorable activities in during our time in Koh Samet.

Visit the island of Koh Thalu:

My Experience in Koh Samet, Thailand

After our breakfast during our first full day in Koh Samet, we hopped on a boat that took us out to sea. The first island we stopped at was called Koh Thalu. The water there was crystal blue and there were views of the beautiful mountains from afar. There were also beautiful seashells and sand dollars scattered around the beach. This is the Thai islands I have always dreamt about.

My Experience in Koh Samet, Thailand

After our boat docked, we walked through the water onto the beach where we were given snorkeling gear. I was so excited to snorkel and see what treasures hid in the Gulf of Thailand. The water was so warm from Thailand’s heat and I loved how I was able to see my feet at the bottom of the sea. I was so used to the murky brown waters on the main land that it was nice to finally be able to swim in island-blue waters.

My Experience in Koh Samet, Thailand

During our snorkeling adventure, we were able to see beautiful fish, coral and sea urchins, which we had to watch out for as they ended up stinging a few people. The other thing we had to watch out for was the jellyfish. One of the big differences when you swim in Southeast Asia compared to the East Coast of North America is that you have to always be on guard since there are definitely deadlier creatures. These guys were huge!

My Experience in Koh Samet, Thailand

When we were finished snorkeling, the locals had a nice spread of fresh pineapple, cantaloupe and watermelon waiting for us in the shade. We were also able to enjoy our fresh fruits and the stunning views of the island on the wooden swings.

My Experience in Koh Samet, Thailand

Enjoy the Beach on the Other Small, Surrounding Islands:

My Experience in Koh Samet, Thailand

After our fun adventure in Koh Thalu, we headed back on the boat, which took us to a cove with much deeper waters. When we got there, you can tell the water was deeper as it was a darker blue. The cool thing about this area is that there were bigger fish swimming around us. One of the crew members dumped leftover watermelon into the water and we got to see a whole school of fish swim up to us. It was hilarious watching them swim around my legs, but I think I was laughing more at the fact that my life vest was way too big that I started to sink into it. (Imagine that!)

My Experience in Koh Samet, Thailand

I am not a fan of wearing life vests since I can swim and float in deep waters for a long period of time, but it was required that we wear them when we were snorkeling. I ended up feeling a little sick after that adventure since my body was sinking into the vest and I was rocking back and forth way too much from the tide. I honestly couldn’t wait to get to the beach and take a short nap.

My Experience in Koh Samet, Thailand

Luckily, the next island on our boat tour was where we were going to relax. Prior to visiting Koh Samet, I was looking online and saw that the island offers a beautiful dock with mountain views and crystal blue water. When we arrived at this island, the pictures of Koh Samet came to life. The sand was warm and welcoming, so I laid my towel down and let the sun hit my face for a bit. We also got to walk on the dock and admire the views. Before we left, we also enjoyed delicious coconut ice cream from one of the island’s vendors.

Enjoy the Island Nightlife:

My Experience in Koh Samet, Thailand

During our evenings on the island, we took tuk tuks to downtown Koh Samet where we enjoyed dinner on the beach, bon fires and fun beach parties.

One thing I did not know prior to going to Koh Samet was that it is run by the Cue – also known as Thailand’s government. Since the government runs Koh Samet, the entire island has a curfew of 10:30pm. I was definitely disappointed that there was a curfew, but I still made the best of the situation.

When we first got to the beach, we enjoyed our time singing and dancing the night away at Lido Beach Bar. They played a variety of American and Spanish music and they were running a great happy hour special on tropical drinks.

My Experience in Koh Samet, Thailand

Since we only had a few days on Koh Samet, we didn’t want the night to be over at 10:30pm, so we ended up finding a nearby black light bar called Naga Bar. Since Naga Bar is open later than the curfew, we assumed that it was owned by the Cue. It didn’t stop us from having a good time though. They had a variety of different colored body paint (they painted a tribal print on my face). The music that played at this fun spot was the kind of music that was played at the house parties I attended in college, so it was a good time!

My Experience in Koh Samet, Thailand
My Experience in Koh Samet, Thailand

Located all throughout the island were beachfront restaurants where you could enjoy amazing Thai seafood. I will never forget the amazing seafood fried rice that I had served in a pineapple (pictured above). It was probably my favorite meal during my time in Thailand. I also enjoyed an amazing dish of glass noodles, crab and fresh veggies another night.

My Experience in Koh Samet, Thailand

In addition, if you get to the public beach area at a specific time, there will be an amazing fire show right by the water. It was so magical and all of the people performing were so talented!

Get a Well-Needed Thai Massage on the Beach:

My Experience in Koh Samet, Thailand

During the last couple days in Koh Samet, we had a ton of fun activities planned such as parasailing, banana boating and jet skiing, but because it rained heavily on and off, these activities were unfortunately called off. I was bummed out about it, but figured that it would be my opportunity to relax, read, enjoy great food and get a well-needed Thai massage.

One of the most amazing parts of Koh Samet was that there was an area on the beach dedicated to Thai massages. They were super cheap, so I bought quite a few services. I got a full body massage, facial as well as head and neck rubs. The massage services ranged from 400 – 600 Thai baht, which is equivalent to around $12 – $18 USD. (That is NOTHING compared to massage services you get in the States.) It was seriously an amazing deal and we even got to listen to the small waves crash along the shore. You definitely can’t get that at your local spa at home.

My Experience in Koh Samet, Thailand

On a side note: In Thailand, there are a lot of stray dogs and cats wandering around the different areas. No matter where you go, you can be sure you will see a cute animal strolling by. Around the massage area, was a litter of newborn puppies wandering around. They were all so adorable and just made the massage experience even better! Luckily both the mother and father dogs were near them and always searching for food. There were a lot of warm souls on the island that kept feeding the puppies and giving them fresh water. (I had a photo of the puppies on my old iPhone, unfortunately it didn’t transfer over to my new phone, so I couldn’t include these cuties in this blog post.)

Click here to discover more to see and do in Koh Samet, Thailand.


My Experience in Koh Samet, Thailand

Even though my experience on Koh Samet wasn’t what I had hoped it would be, mainly because of monsoon season, it was still nice to see a Thai island. I definitely want to get back to Thailand and experience more of the island life one day! This is a prime example that not all travel experiences will be what you expect it, but it is always important that you could still make a situation better.

My Experience in Koh Samet, Thailand

I hope you all enjoyed reading this blog post. If you have any questions about my time on Koh Samet or my trip to Thailand in general, please feel free to email me at info@browneyedflowerchild.com, contact me via social media or leave a comment below.

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Taylor Takes on Thailand

My Experience in Koh Samet, Thailand

My Experience in Koh Samet, Thailand

Thailand is an amazing country filled with historical wonders, gorgeous temples, amazing food, friendly people and so much culture! Back in July 2017, I traveled to Thailand where I was immersed in some of the most unforgettable adventures I’ve participated in and visited the most beautiful sites that are authentic and sacred to Thai culture.

During my two weeks in Thailand, I traveled with a group where we visited the cities of Bangkok, Damnoen Saduak, Phitsanulok, Chiang Mai and the island of Koh Samet. In this blog post, read all about the good and not-so-good experiences about my time on the island of Koh Samet.

**Please note that this blog post uses affiliate links meaning that if you make a purchase via my affiliate link, I receive a small commission at no additional cost to you. I only promote and talk about products and services that I have used and like.


My Experience in Koh Samet, Thailand

Getting to and around Thailand:

My Experience in Koh Samet, Thailand

Since I did a group tour to Thailand, all of my fights and hotels were taken care of beforehand. What I highly recommend you do is set your desired travel dates into Skyscanner ahead of time and wait to see when the prices are low enough to purchase. I flew from Newark Airport to Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok with a 3-hour layover in Hong Kong. It took us 16 hours to get from Newark to Hong Kong and then another 2.5 – 3 hour flight to Bangkok.

It is fairly easy to get around Thailand. Since I was with a group, we traveled around via private coach, but the country is filled with railroads. Most locals recommend you travel via train as it offers a safer and more comforting experience. Other ways to get around is by taking the bus, ferry, local transportation or renting a car. Click here to discover the best ways to travel around Thailand.

After spending a few days in the mountains of Chiang Mai, we were ready to relax at the beach. From Chiang Mai International Airport, we flew an hour to Bangkok and then took a two-hour bus drive to a port where we took a small boat to the island of Koh Samet. I will admit that things got a little crazy because we had haul our heavy luggage and bags onto the dock and the crewmembers would throw them onto a smaller long tail boat.

My Experience in Koh Samet, Thailand

The boat ride from the port to Koh Samet was around 20 minutes and we were lucky to get a beautiful sunset over the beautiful Thai mountains. When we finally arrived at our resort, our boat docked in the water. In Thailand, whenever you travel to an island by boat, you have to walk through the water to get to the beach. When I was first told this, I was slightly confused as I was trying to figure out how we would do that without all of our stuff getting wet. Well, the water surrounding the island is very shallow and the boat pulls close up to the point where the water is barely ankle high. You just take off your sandals and walk through the water, while the crewmembers will help carry your luggage to the main lobby of the hotel. It was actually pretty cool!

Where to Stay in Koh Samet:

My Experience in Koh Samet, Thailand

The four-star hotel we stayed at in Koh Samet was called The C Samet. It was a villa-style resort, which is normally where you would stay in on an island in Southeast Asia. The grounds are absolutely beautiful and so is the beach area, but I will admit that this resort itself is advertised as being nicer than what it really is. Even though it is pretty common in Thailand, the shower and the toilet was in the same area in the bathroom, so when you showered, the toilet would be soaking wet. Because of this, our bathroom started to smell really bad. I did enjoy their morning beachfront breakfast though! The fruit platters they offered as well as the noodle and rice dishes were amazing.

My Experience in Koh Samet, Thailand

You could find a plethora of different hotels and resorts in Koh Samet based on your budget on Hotels.com. There are also a wide range of Airbnb options on the island.

What to do in Koh Samet:

My Experience in Koh Samet, Thailand

One of the biggest mistakes when planning my trip to Thailand was that I went during the country’s rainy or monsoon season. If you are planning a trip to Southeast Asia, I highly recommend you go during the wintertime (in the Northern Hemisphere) if you want perfect weather. Since I traveled there during July, it rained almost every day while we were on the island. We did, however, get to squeeze a few memorable activities in during our time in Koh Samet.

Visit the island of Koh Thalu:

My Experience in Koh Samet, Thailand

After our breakfast during our first full day in Koh Samet, we hopped on a boat that took us out to sea. The first island we stopped at was called Koh Thalu. The water there was crystal blue and there were views of the beautiful mountains from afar. There were also beautiful seashells and sand dollars scattered around the beach. This is the Thai islands I have always dreamt about.

My Experience in Koh Samet, Thailand

After our boat docked, we walked through the water onto the beach where we were given snorkeling gear. I was so excited to snorkel and see what treasures hid in the Gulf of Thailand. The water was so warm from Thailand’s heat and I loved how I was able to see my feet at the bottom of the sea. I was so used to the murky brown waters on the main land that it was nice to finally be able to swim in island-blue waters.

My Experience in Koh Samet, Thailand

During our snorkeling adventure, we were able to see beautiful fish, coral and sea urchins, which we had to watch out for as they ended up stinging a few people. The other thing we had to watch out for was the jellyfish. One of the big differences when you swim in Southeast Asia compared to the East Coast of North America is that you have to always be on guard since there are definitely deadlier creatures. These guys were huge!

My Experience in Koh Samet, Thailand

When we were finished snorkeling, the locals had a nice spread of fresh pineapple, cantaloupe and watermelon waiting for us in the shade. We were also able to enjoy our fresh fruits and the stunning views of the island on the wooden swings.

My Experience in Koh Samet, Thailand

Enjoy the Beach on the Other Small, Surrounding Islands:

My Experience in Koh Samet, Thailand

After our fun adventure in Koh Thalu, we headed back on the boat, which took us to a cove with much deeper waters. When we got there, you can tell the water was deeper as it was a darker blue. The cool thing about this area is that there were bigger fish swimming around us. One of the crew members dumped leftover watermelon into the water and we got to see a whole school of fish swim up to us. It was hilarious watching them swim around my legs, but I think I was laughing more at the fact that my life vest was way too big that I started to sink into it. (Imagine that!)

My Experience in Koh Samet, Thailand

I am not a fan of wearing life vests since I can swim and float in deep waters for a long period of time, but it was required that we wear them when we were snorkeling. I ended up feeling a little sick after that adventure since my body was sinking into the vest and I was rocking back and forth way too much from the tide. I honestly couldn’t wait to get to the beach and take a short nap.

My Experience in Koh Samet, Thailand

Luckily, the next island on our boat tour was where we were going to relax. Prior to visiting Koh Samet, I was looking online and saw that the island offers a beautiful dock with mountain views and crystal blue water. When we arrived at this island, the pictures of Koh Samet came to life. The sand was warm and welcoming, so I laid my towel down and let the sun hit my face for a bit. We also got to walk on the dock and admire the views. Before we left, we also enjoyed delicious coconut ice cream from one of the island’s vendors.

Enjoy the Island Nightlife:

My Experience in Koh Samet, Thailand

During our evenings on the island, we took tuk tuks to downtown Koh Samet where we enjoyed dinner on the beach, bon fires and fun beach parties.

One thing I did not know prior to going to Koh Samet was that it is run by the Cue – also known as Thailand’s government. Since the government runs Koh Samet, the entire island has a curfew of 10:30pm. I was definitely disappointed that there was a curfew, but I still made the best of the situation.

When we first got to the beach, we enjoyed our time singing and dancing the night away at Lido Beach Bar. They played a variety of American and Spanish music and they were running a great happy hour special on tropical drinks.

My Experience in Koh Samet, Thailand

Since we only had a few days on Koh Samet, we didn’t want the night to be over at 10:30pm, so we ended up finding a nearby black light bar called Naga Bar. Since Naga Bar is open later than the curfew, we assumed that it was owned by the Cue. It didn’t stop us from having a good time though. They had a variety of different colored body paint (they painted a tribal print on my face). The music that played at this fun spot was the kind of music that was played at the house parties I attended in college, so it was a good time!

My Experience in Koh Samet, Thailand
My Experience in Koh Samet, Thailand

Located all throughout the island were beachfront restaurants where you could enjoy amazing Thai seafood. I will never forget the amazing seafood fried rice that I had served in a pineapple (pictured above). It was probably my favorite meal during my time in Thailand. I also enjoyed an amazing dish of glass noodles, crab and fresh veggies another night.

My Experience in Koh Samet, Thailand

In addition, if you get to the public beach area at a specific time, there will be an amazing fire show right by the water. It was so magical and all of the people performing were so talented!

Get a Well-Needed Thai Massage on the Beach:

My Experience in Koh Samet, Thailand

During the last couple days in Koh Samet, we had a ton of fun activities planned such as parasailing, banana boating and jet skiing, but because it rained heavily on and off, these activities were unfortunately called off. I was bummed out about it, but figured that it would be my opportunity to relax, read, enjoy great food and get a well-needed Thai massage.

One of the most amazing parts of Koh Samet was that there was an area on the beach dedicated to Thai massages. They were super cheap, so I bought quite a few services. I got a full body massage, facial as well as head and neck rubs. The massage services ranged from 400 – 600 Thai baht, which is equivalent to around $12 – $18 USD. (That is NOTHING compared to massage services you get in the States.) It was seriously an amazing deal and we even got to listen to the small waves crash along the shore. You definitely can’t get that at your local spa at home.

My Experience in Koh Samet, Thailand

On a side note: In Thailand, there are a lot of stray dogs and cats wandering around the different areas. No matter where you go, you can be sure you will see a cute animal strolling by. Around the massage area, was a litter of newborn puppies wandering around. They were all so adorable and just made the massage experience even better! Luckily both the mother and father dogs were near them and always searching for food. There were a lot of warm souls on the island that kept feeding the puppies and giving them fresh water. (I had a photo of the puppies on my old iPhone, unfortunately it didn’t transfer over to my new phone, so I couldn’t include these cuties in this blog post.)

Click here to discover more to see and do in Koh Samet, Thailand.


My Experience in Koh Samet, Thailand

Even though my experience on Koh Samet wasn’t what I had hoped it would be, mainly because of monsoon season, it was still nice to see a Thai island. I definitely want to get back to Thailand and experience more of the island life one day! This is a prime example that not all travel experiences will be what you expect it, but it is always important that you could still make a situation better.

My Experience in Koh Samet, Thailand

I hope you all enjoyed reading this blog post. If you have any questions about my time on Koh Samet or my trip to Thailand in general, please feel free to email me at info@browneyedflowerchild.com, contact me via social media or leave a comment below.

Leave a Comment





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