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    4000 Thb iis a cheap hotel on SAMET

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    The only interest of SAMET is that it is so close to BKK an Pattaya.

    But rooms are overpriced there, look at what you get for 4000 thb.

    Also after visiting ALL Thai islands, I can confirm that SAMET is the dirtiest on the road side (behind the resorts), these people must be so retard to destroy what brings them so much money...

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    I used to like Ao lung dam on samet,away from the madness, good for family, but not after friday, the Thais invade the place.

    Koh sichang is also nice though only has one beach, but good restaurants around, same again good during the weekdays

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    Quote Originally Posted by the dogcatcher View Post
    I live 10 mins from Ban Phe.
    Samet was my favorite place on the planet.
    Not now, they've fucked it.
    Have'nt been in 3 years now.
    Couldnt agree more - used to go every year three or four times - stayed at Saikeaw Bungalows (around 600 baht for a nice bungalow). Last Songkran (2011) went to the same place - no bungalows - replaced by bloody great hotel blocks full of drunken arabs, lousy service etc. Horrible room with broken fan and cold trickle (could not be called a hower) 1200 baht.

    I'm done and will try some other recommendations from this thread.

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    I first visited Ko Samet in 1990... day trip only and it was mid week. We went to Hat Sai Khao and it was really peaceful and quiet. The water was incredibly clear (when snorkelling, I felt a kind of fear of heights or vertigo because the sandy bottom seemed to go on forever into the depths.

    I have been back many times and watched in disappointment as over the years it gets more crowded, more polluted and the prices rise to new ridiculous levels. I rarely visit now, especially when at one stage they tried increasing the foreign entry fee to 400 baht... I got away with the Thai price (half the time they don't even charge the Thais) but my friends weren't so lucky.

    Ko Chang is definitely my favourite in terms of price, scenery and activities. Second is actually Ko Si Chiang. It's a bit of an unusual island and it doesn't have fantastic beaches, but there are plenty of interesting sites to see.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aging one View Post
    3,000 to 4,000 for a good but in no way great room. Maybe fine for couples or people with small children, but there is no way in hell I am paying for 2 rooms at that price on that little island. Last trip was 10 years ago, and like many dont plan to go back. Much better deals and more to do on Koh Chang.
    Quite, AO. My brother and one of my best mates used to come over from Tokyo (late '80s), one could rent a bamboo hut with no elec or water for 50bt a night - right on the beach.

    When I started making the trip,it would cost a couple of hundred baht a night - elec from 6 in the evening to 6 in the morning with mattress on the floor (ealry '90s).

    We spent part of our honeymoon down there and quite liked the beaches around candlelight beach down the bottom and Tubtim resort about half way down. At this time (2000) rooms were around 500bt a night but still no electricity during the day. I believe its now 24hr electricity which is good news.

    During my visits, I have never found staff to be friendly, in general. Right from my very first visit, I got the impression that they knew that boat loads of new punters would be out there every day all year round and that all they had to do was take the money!

    They've obviously taken the British curriculum on hospitality and service.

    Have no desire to go back there!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BenBenBaa
    Yes Ao Phrao is a nice quiet spot, but prices there started at 4000 a night and went up. This was in high season of course. Where we were in Ao Phai the range was 3000-5000 a night
    Unbelievable! (not saying you are lying) people pay that to rent a house for a month, where I live

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    Quote Originally Posted by RickThai
    Haven't been to Koh Samui, Koh Tao, or Koh Phangan yet, but I plan to remedy that this December and January.
    I recommend Koh Lanta - the hordes don't seem to have landed, at this point in time

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    Quote Originally Posted by taxexile
    when they started enforcing the increased foreigner national park fees that naive falang simpletons smilingly hand over
    The idea of tourists paying more than locals is not unique to Thailand or even Asia. There are many museums and attractions in the west that have special entrance deals for anyone who can prove a local postcode. If tourism is an industry then tourists can expect to pay a tourist price. Should locals not be able to enjoy an attraction that 'belongs' to them (since they are locals) at a cheaper price?

    When you also factor in that western workers get paid more for doing the same job in Thailand as a Thai and I can't see how even long termers can have a complaint about the double pricing.

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    Thanks Looper, a refreshingly realistic response.
    Last edited by BenBenBaa; 02-05-2012 at 06:24 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Looper
    When you also factor in that western workers get paid more for doing the same job in Thailand as a Thai and I can't see how even long termers can have a complaint about the double pricing.
    Westerners can't legally hold a job that a Thai could do!

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    We used to visit Samet often in years gone by, we stopped going because my wife was quoted a price more expensive than my quote, she was not a happy bunny.

    Some 12 yrs ago or so we got offered a plot of land on the island my wife was not interested 2/3 years later the same land had of doubled in price, another lost opportunity in Thailand

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bettyboo View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by BenBenBaa
    room was about 3000-4000B
    Looks very expensive; paid 800 baht in Cha-am for a not too different room. Is the island generally expensive? I've never been, always thought I'd be full of Bkk and Pattaya folk getting away for the weekend; I'd rather go elsewhere.

    The night-time beach pics look exactly like what I'd need to avoid, but you did say that other beaches looked quieter, so I suppose it comes down to personal preference.

    With the expense of the car, accom, boat there, boat back, etc, you seem to have made some strange choices... Just sayin like... Maybe I'm just poor and need to take more care with expenses...

    It's expensive but not that much. That room should be no more than 2000 baht.

    Why did he say about 3000-4000? Surely he would know

    I've stayed in better rooms for 1000 baht on Chang and in Krabi.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Looper View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by taxexile
    when they started enforcing the increased foreigner national park fees that naive falang simpletons smilingly hand over
    The idea of tourists paying more than locals is not unique to Thailand or even Asia. There are many museums and attractions in the west that have special entrance deals for anyone who can prove a local postcode. If tourism is an industry then tourists can expect to pay a tourist price. Should locals not be able to enjoy an attraction that 'belongs' to them (since they are locals) at a cheaper price?

    When you also factor in that western workers get paid more for doing the same job in Thailand as a Thai and I can't see how even long termers can have a complaint about the double pricing.

    local postcode is a lot different to a whole nation of bigotry

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    Quote Originally Posted by BenBenBaa View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Bettyboo View Post
    ^ no it's not, very true. But it is a close and easy drive from Bkk - the beach at Cha-am is just like a Southend trip really, nothing much unless you particularly like the sea; I'm sure an island is much nicer, but at what cost?
    About the same cost as a motel room in Sydney
    You can get a motel room for $100 which is about 3000 baht, cheaper than what you paid.

    That's the worst room I've seen for 4000 baht if that's what you paid but you said 3000-4000 so it sounds like you don't have much of a clue.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rocksteady
    I recommend Koh Lanta
    just had 5 days on lanta, liked it, its a bit like koh chang was before it got done over. worth a visit. had a further 3 days on an island further south, it was the best beach holiday ive ever had. not telling where though

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    Quote Originally Posted by sunsetter View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Rocksteady
    I recommend Koh Lanta
    just had 5 days on lanta, liked it, its a bit like koh chang was before it got done over. worth a visit. had a further 3 days on an island further south, it was the best beach holiday ive ever had. not telling where though
    kradan, mook, ngai or lipe?

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    Best kept secret in the world

    Quote Originally Posted by sunsetter View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Rocksteady
    I recommend Koh Lanta
    just had 5 days on lanta, liked it, its a bit like koh chang was before it got done over. worth a visit. had a further 3 days on an island further south, it was the best beach holiday ive ever had. not telling where though


    Wow, certainly the best kept secret in the world !

    Ridiculous.

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    Koh Lan. Does anyone recommend it?

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    sexy bum,

    never been there but would expect it gets lots of visitors being close to Pattaya

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    Quote Originally Posted by stickmansucks
    Wow, certainly the best kept secret in the world !
    yeah and im not telling, so fcuk off

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    Quote Originally Posted by waradmiral
    kradan, mook, ngai or lipe?
    none of those old chap, keep guessing

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    Quote Originally Posted by sunsetter View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by waradmiral
    kradan, mook, ngai or lipe?
    none of those old chap, keep guessing

    ko adang
    ko lao liang

    thanks I win

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yasojack View Post
    We used to visit Samet often in years gone by, we stopped going because my wife was quoted a price more expensive than my quote, she was not a happy bunny.

    Some 12 yrs ago or so we got offered a plot of land on the island my wife was not interested 2/3 years later the same land had of doubled in price, another lost opportunity in Thailand
    Unless your wife was a close relative of an islander I rather think you are talking complete bollocks.

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    you want to believe that thats fine, not have to prove anything to youjust for your info i knew a german guy who bought on the island and guess what his wife never came from Samui either, but hey thats complete bollocks as well

    We also got offered some land in Koh sichang but suppose thats complete bollocks as well.

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    samui and samet are different islands

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