15 Things To Do in Koh Samet Island For A Fun Filled Vacation!

Koh Samet Things To Do

Scuba Diving, Snorkelling,Try Jet Skiing,  Sailing, Windsurfing, Deep-sea fishing, Parasailing, See the Big Buddha, Relax at Beach and many more.

Are you looking for the best things to do in Koh Samet Island to rediscover yourself and have crazy experiences? If yes, you'll be glad to know that there are tons of adventurous and relaxing activities that you can enjoy on this heavenly island. If you want to explore the underwater world, you can enjoy scuba diving at the heavenly beaches of this island. Inject an overflowing dose of adrenaline rush to your vacation by trying jet skiing at Koh Samet Island or get ready for a bone-chilling adventure by opting for parasailing.
 
You can also appreciate the breathtaking views of the beach, relax on the sunbeds and soak the sun to get the dose of vitamin D. If you still feel all of this to be a part of a storybook, then come on, get up of your darkest sleep and come along with us on a ride where moments of adventure will keep you awake until you visit this smiling land.

Here is the list of best things to do in Koh Samet:

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Scuba Diving

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If you get your kicks from flicking on beaches and fantastic marine life, then the world of scuba diving will freak your heart out like never before in Koh Samet Island. The island has shallow corals making it perfect for open water divers who want to explore the underwater world.

There are many PADI centers around this place where you can learn the tips and tricks of scuba diving for a safe underwater experience. As you dive in the water, small plants will tickle your body with their fury touch, and batfish, oysters, and sharks will wave at you gleaming with joy.
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Snorkelling

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One of the best things to do in Koh Samet Island is enjoying snorkeling to have an up-close interaction with the water beauties. Whether you're taking your young and aspiring marine biologist to explore the underwater ecosystem or want to get up close and personal with sharks, snorkeling in Koh Samet Island gives you a chance to immerse yourself in nature.

The East and West sides of the island are the best place for snorkeling as they have low waves and tides. The expansive beaches here offer many opportunities to catch a glimpse of coral reefs, spiny lobsters, and even the shark. 
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Take an Island tour

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One of the best things to do in Koh Samet Island is taking a tour of Koh Samet Island. With luxurious resorts, bars, restaurants, and numerous sightseeing attractions to explore, Koh Samet will make you fall in love with Pattaya. This island is best known for its laid-back environment and beautiful cream-white beaches.

On the eastern side of this island, you'll find low-rent beachside bungalows, high-end spas, beautiful Buddhist temples, and bawdy cabaret shows. During the island hopping tour, you can go fishing or snorkeling in Koh Talu, enjoy the beautiful views of Koh Samet and sunbathe on a beach in Koh Kudee.
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Try Jet Skiing

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Inject an overflowing dose of adrenaline rush to your vacation by trying jet skiing at Koh Samet Island. There are many places along this island's beautiful beaches like Ao Phai and Sai Kaew that will allow you to rent the equipment required for jet skiing.

Grasping you at high speed, the jet ski will take you on an adventurous expedition where you'll ride the powerful waves. The best part is that both experienced and beginners can enjoy this adventurous activity. Experienced trainers will be there to guide you and ensure you a safe jet skiing experience.
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05

Canoe & Kayaking

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Canoeing & Kayaking are eco-friendly and fun ways via which you can sail around Koh Samet Island and visit remote beaches. You can enjoy canoeing on the eastern shores of this island because it isn't as rocky as in the western part of this island.

Explore rugged beaches, navigate in and out of the beautiful coastlines and let the steep currents of the water take you downstream at Koh Samet Island. You can opt for both single and double kayaks depending on your need over here. As you paddle through the gentle bay, propel yourself into whole new views in search of secret ocean inlets or deserted islands.
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Sailing

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End your search for the best things to do in Koh Samet Island by embarking on a sailing adventure at its beautiful beaches. Sai Kaew beach is the ideal spot for sailing in Koh Samet Island as it has a strong current and offshore winds perfect for sailing.

The lush scenery, a laid-back vibe, and vibrant reefs of this beach make it the ultimate sailing destination. There are many centers close to this beach that will provide you with the necessary equipment you need to spend an afternoon sailing along the giant waves.
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Windsurfing

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End your search for the best things to do in Koh Samet Island by enjoying windsurfing at Koh Samet Island. The island's northern part has offshore winds and strong currents perfect for windsurfing.

There are many picturesque beaches on this island that are legendary surf spots that offer endless fun rides on longboards. You can easily rent a board and paddle out on the magnificent beaches of this island. The best part is that everything is close by, including restaurants, shops, hotels, and casual beach bars for refreshing after-surf cocktails.

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Enjoy a Sunset Cruise

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Embark on an unforgettable sunset boat cruise to Koh Samet Island to fall in love with the splendid beauty of nature. Most cruises from the island's mainland arrive at Na Dan Pier, which is located on the northeast tip of the island.

Enjoy the company of a knowledgeable and friendly crew while soaking in the magnetizing beauty of the sunset. You will also be served luscious drinks and delectable food to make your experience even more worthwhile. 
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Deep-sea Fishing

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Make your deep-sea fishing dream come true at Koh Samet Island that is famed for its magnificent beaches. During deep-sea fishing, you will encounter a sheer variety of marine species, and you'll get a chance to target the biggest fish in the world.

Step aboard a fisherman's boat, and if you are lucky, you may catch the more exotic fish –parrotfish, dorado, grouper, trevally, etc. You can also go on a squid fishing expedition if you're a night owl looking for the best things to do in Koh Samet Island.
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10

Relax at Beach

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One of the best things to do in Koh Samet Island is relaxing and unwinding at the beautiful beaches of Koh Samet Island. You can appreciate the breathtaking views of the beach, relax on the sunbeds and soak the sun to get the dose of vitamin D.

To take your love to new heights, you can also stroll around the magnificent beaches hand in hand with your partner. The white sand, rugged rocks, azure blue sea, and cajeput trees will provide you the necessary shade. 
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Ride an Atv bike

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A great way to see Koh Samet island is by hiring an ATV quad bike and riding around the beautiful island. Whether you crave the adventure of intense G-force of world-class roller coasters, want to go for thrilling rides, or want to experience the treasure of racing memorabilia – an ATV ride will satisfy your craving for the thrill.

During the ATV ride, you'll discover some hidden viewpoints, wildlife, secluded beaches, and nature. Be aware that some roads towards the south are quite unstable and difficult to ride, so you should not try this activity if you're inexperienced.
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Beachside massage

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Whether you need a Thai massage to shake off your last night party hangover or want to trim and tone your muscles, you should definitely try a beachside massage at Koh Samet island.

Find a shady place on the magnificent beaches and flag down the passing hawker carrying a beach blanket and low stool to have relaxing massage therapy. While enjoying the massage therapy, you can also enjoy a splendid view of the beach.
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13

Fire Show At Ploy Talay

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If you're looking for one of the most chilling and mind-blowing things to do in Koh Samet Island, you must enjoy the Fire Show At Ploy Talay. Ploy Talay is a famous restaurant located on Saikaew Beach renowned for its enthralling fire show that only takes place during the night.

This restaurant sets many small dining tables on the beach in the evening to let customers see fire show closely. Before the show started, DJ and a live music band create an interesting atmosphere in the restaurant. 

Location: 82 Moo 4, Hat Saikaew Beach, Ko Samet 21160 

Timing: 8.30 pm- 9:30 pm
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Parasailing

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Get ready for a bone-chilling adventure by enjoying parasailing at Koh Samet Island. Sai Kaew Beach is the ideal spot for parasailing in Koh Samet Island as it has a full-time service providing operators of parasailing. You can also take skydiving lessons over here and unwind your hidden spirals.

In seconds you will be gently lifted into the air, and you can enjoy the magnificent views at over five hundred feet high overlooking the pristine waters and beaches here. While enjoying this adventurous activity, you'll get a chance to have a glimpse of the unadulterated natural beauty of Koh Samet island.
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See the Big Buddha

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End your search for the best things to do in Koh Samet Island by visiting the Big Buddha Temple. The statue is around seven meters tall, and you will get a chance to meet friendly monks here who might sometimes give you amulets as a souvenir.

It is also a unique photo spot where you can click beautiful pictures with your family. The Big Buddha is popular with people who want to see the intricate design of this statue, and it is also revered by spiritual enthusiasts who come to pray at the temple.

Location: Moo 10, 20150

Timing: 9 am- 5 pm
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This was a great experience and I found the cheapest ticket on Thrillophilia. There was no admission issue. When showing the voucher printout at ticket window, we found that they already had a list of online bookings and they verified our names against it and let us enter. The ocean tunnel was great - we saw sharks, sting rays, large fishes and "giant of siam" - huge fishes bigger than humans. the feeding shows were awesome! the sting rays were cute and the diver hugged them and fed them small shrimps. The fishes were fighting for the bread crumbs and small fishes that the diver was feeding. It was worth visiting and truly a memorable experience. It may not be as big as the Sea Life Bangkok Ocean World in Bangkok but the price is really very cheaper than it. A must visit for anyone visiting Pattaya.
10 May 2019
Excellent
This was a great activity and one of the most budget friendly options for water sports. There was parasailing, sea walking, jet ski, banana boat ride, water slide, glass bottom boat and snorkeling activity. Sea food lunch was good - 1 fried chicken leg, 1 crab and 1 prawn for each, and noodles, rice, lettuce, chicken soup with medium chicken pieces, and a fish to be shared on the table with 5-6 people. Please note Free hotel pick up is only provided if you stay along North Pattaya road, Central Pattaya road, South Pattaya Road or along the beach near these roads. Otherwise you have to pay 200 THB per person (so better to take taxi/Grab/songthaew tuc-tuc if more than 1 person). Also for snorkeling, if you have glasses and high negative power (Mine is : -3.5), you would not able to see much as you have to leave your glasses to wear the snorkeling mask. If you know swimming it is better, they do provide life jackets to all (it keeps you afloat always) and net rafts to non-swimmers. Since I was a non-swimmer I had to hold the rope and row the net raft with my hands to roam. If you know swimming you can roam around and view the corals properly. For snorkeling your nose is covered in mask and you have to breathe through mouth with a pipe. My father was uncomfortable with it and came out of water soon. Just take a note. This was a great experience.
From the humid tropical heat of Thailand to the freezing Antartican climate, it was a short but wonderful experience at the Frost Magican Ice of Siam. Hard to miss, this wonderful tourist attraction is between the Dolphinarium and the Sriracha Tiger Zoo. So we were able to visit it on the same day. It is hard to miss as it is on the highway. Redeeming the voucher was a breeze. We got our tickets at the main gate. The first zone - The Himmapan - has white structures / sculptures. But since we went in the mid afternoon heat, we did not spend much time here. We were then handed knee length hooded coats to wear at the Frozen zone. A tip - bring some mittens and boots. I was wearing open footwear and struggled with the cold. You can rent gear at additional cost. There is a step-up zone to allow your body to acclamatize before stepping into the sub-zero room. The ice sculptures are wonderful. They have placed non-skid mats at places to stand and take pics - a very thoughtful gesture. An ice slide, an igloo and a tuk-tuk made of ice were the main attractions. The ice bar serves soft drinks in an ice glass for a coupon. There is a tiny amount of soft drink. But its the experience that counts. We then went through a step down room before going out to the food zone. This place has some snacks and drinks. All thought it is a lovely place, the main reason to come here is for the ice sculptures. These are placed close to each other in not-a-large room and so one cannot stay inside for long. The experience was short, but memorable.
19 July 2019
Excellent
Beautiful show, although I feel it isn't the same as it used to be! This is my second time at Alcazar and the show was just as much fun. The glamour quotient seems to be lesser this time, but the music, the costumes and the dances were still beautiful. Some of the numbers are same as my visit over 5 years back, but they are good unique numbers and were worth watching again. The photos with the models after the show is day-light robbery (It used to be voluntary gifts earlier). There were a few tech-styled numbers which have been recently added and they were brilliant. The show used to have a lot of ladyboys, but this seems lesser now.
A beautiful place to visit in Pattaya especially for children. You can see all the fishes while moving through tunnels within the pool. The fish feeding shows were lovely. In fact the diver even hugged the fishes while he was feeding them. Another attraction is the anti-gravitation tank where water does not overflow from the bottom of the tank and you can directly feed the small fishes. Their main attraction is the Giant of Siam, an Amazon fish. You shall enjoy its feeding show as well. The sting rays were really big, sometimes covering you from the top like an umbrella! Overall a very good place to visit. Note that there is no issue in tickets as the counters already had the information of my arrival. They'll scan the QR code in the ticket and give the tickets.
The place is just lit with people and colours and the food is mindblowing. Thanks a lot to Thrillophilia for making my trip comfortable and truly memorable!!”
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15 February 2020
Excellent
Do not miss this show, one of the best you would see in world.
15 February 2020
Superb
Great experience, trainer was good, carry swim suits. Water wasn't too clean. Pick up was late, I was initially scheduled to morning but the driver didn't show up and had to move to evening but was worth it. If it's your first time - I would recommend it.
15 February 2020
Excellent
Pretty good experience, pick up was on expected time. Food was great. Book the complete package, else you may end up paying more on spot. Price difference would be around 500-1000 bahts. Seawalking/parasailing is highly recommended.

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  1. What are the best adventurous things to do at Koh Samet island?

    1. ATV Ride: One of the most adventurous things to do in Koh Samet Island is riding an ATV bike around the beautiful island. During the ATV ride, you'll get a chance to discover some hidden viewpoints, wildlife, secluded beaches, and nature.

    2. Parasailing: Soar like a free bird in the sky and enjoy the splendid views as you enjoy parasailing at Koh Samet Island. During this recreational kiting activity, you'll be towed behind a vehicle while being attached to a canopy wing that resembles a parachute.

    3. Windsurfing: Chase the winds and get ready for a memorable adventure as you enjoy windsurfing at Koh Samet Island. The northern part of this island has offshore winds and strong currents perfect for windsurfing.

    You can easily rent a board and other safety equipment and paddle out on the magnificent beaches of this island.
  2. Which are the best places to eat at Koh Samet?

    1. Ban Ploy Samet: Take your dining experience to the next level by enjoying Thai delicacies at Baan Ploy Samed, a floating restaurant. The restaurant offers a wide selection of seafood dishes cooked in authentic Thai styles, such as tom yum soup, seafood fried rice, steamed mussels, spicy seafood salad, and more.

    2. Blue Sky Restaurant: Blue Sky Restaurant has become a staple among visitors and locals in Koh Samet owing to its brilliant décor, tasty food, and warm hospitality. You can enjoy the amazing view of the beaches while enjoying lip-smacking delicacies over here.

    3. Jeb's Bungalow & Restaurant: Whether you wish to enjoy perfectly cooked lobster crab or dig into the flavorful mocktails, Jeb's Bungalow & Restaurant should be your go-to option. It has dim lighting, bohemian vibes, and a huge selection of dishes to satiate your appetite.

    4. Samed Villa Restaurant: A line-to-table menu, a family-style casual atmosphere, and brilliant décor make Samed Villa Restaurant the favorite destination for seaside dining.

    You can dine with your toes in the sand, sample crabs prepared on the wood-fired grill, or join your friends for sunset cocktails on the beach before venturing for an intimate dinner.
  3. Which are the best watersports to do at Koh Samet island?

    1. Deep-sea fishing: Get ready for a memorable deep-sea fishing adventure at Koh Samet Island, famed for its magnificent beaches. During the deep-sea fishing adventure, you will witness a sheer variety of marine species, and you'll get a chance to target the biggest fish in the world.

    2. Kayaking: Navigate in and out of coastlines and let the steep currents of the water take you downstream at Koh Samet island. This rugged island is blistered by amazing white sand beaches that glisten like gold, and you can opt for both single and double kayak depending on your need over here.

    3. Scuba Diving:  Glide through the waters of the heavenly beaches of Koh Samet Island to have an up-close and personal interaction with the water beauties. The island has shallow corals making it perfect for open water divers who want to explore the underwater world.
  4. What is the best time to visit Koh Samet island?

    November to February is the best time to visit Koh Samet island because it's neither too rainy nor too hot, giving you the chance to enjoy outdoor activities. The humidity level is also low during these months, making your beach vacation even more enjoyable.
  5. Is Koh Samet worth visiting?

    Yes, Koh Samet is absolutely worth visiting as it is home to sixteen virgin beaches where you can enjoy water-based adventure activities, tasty seafood, and relaxing massages. The island is a small Thai paradise where you can reconnect with nature, learn more about Buddhism, and enjoy breathtaking sunsets.
  6. Where is Koh Samet Thailand?

    Koh Samet Island is located 220 kilometers from the capital in the Gulf of Thailand. The island is situated off the coastline of the famous Thai province of Rayong. It is around 13.1 square kilometers (5.1 sq mi) in size and is shaped like the letter "t."
  7. How far is Koh Samet from Bangkok?

    The distance between Koh Samet and Bangkok is approximately 220 kilometers. You can travel to Koh Samet from Bangkok by bus, minibus, or taxi, which will take you to the pier, there after you can take a speedboat or ferry to the island.

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