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    Koh Samet suggestions?

    Thinking of having a few days in Koh Samet in October and wonder if anyone has a suggestion for good accommodation? Don't want to spend much more than 1000 a night, and hoping for some nearby bars and beach. Any recommendations would be welcome. Thanks.

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    You could stay in the main village, there are several guesthouses for less than 1,000 baht per night. You would not have to pay a taxi fee as its walkable from the main ferry pier plus you don't have to pay the national park fee.

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    Had Sai Kaew is the main beach where there is the greatest choice of restaurants, occasionally good, and where most folk go. Accommodation is expensive in Thai terms and generally poor value but it is a captive market so that's the result. Basic rooms with aircon and dribbling tepid water cost approx 900 - 1,200 bt. An average hotel, on par with something in Bangkok or Pattaya costing 1,500, is around 3,000bt and the so called de luxe places come in at around 5,000bt.
    Bars are really extensions of restaurants and line the beach which is adorned with tablecloths by 1700hrs ready for people to eat by the water's edge. Fire malarkey and the odd music bar continue on through the evening but most places go quiet by midnight or thereabouts.
    It can get relatively crowded at weekends and is popular with Thai office/factory outing depending on season. Nevertheless, the beach is big enough to cater and never feels congested. It is also popular with daytripping Chinese tour groups and Russians from Pattaya but they tend to bugger off before darkness falls.
    Best time to go is not near a public holiday and between Mondays and Fridays.
    The water is beautiful as is the beach and the sunset skyscape is the stuff of postcards.
    Moving down the island the beaches get smaller, quieter and the choice of accommodation less but the standard is more or less similar. Moving about is limited by the extortionate cost of pigtruck which negotiates the various tracks linking resorts. There are no roads to speak of.
    You can walk from the pier to Had Sai Kaew in 10 mins and scout out a place to stay. Weekdays without booking are generally no problem. The village behind the main beach has everything you might need, ATMs, internet, 7 - 11 and pharmacies.
    Stick with Had Sai Kaew to begin with and explore if you feel the need.
    The island is effectively owned by 3 families and the various restaurants all seem to be the same. An exception is Buddy's Bar which is consistently good and offers great value seafood and steaks etc at modest prices.
    In fine weather and off peak it's a great place for a few nights.
    I tend to get a Thai style villa at Grand View Samed at about 3,000 and is OK for Samed but wouldn't compare with anything at that price anywhere else in Thailand - accommodation is really the downside here but there you go....at least you don't have to fly to get there or spend hours in a bus.

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    We haven't been for a few years but the wife and i used to stay at Tub Tim.
    Should tick all you boxes.
    The fan type rooms offer good value.
    Tubtim Resort

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    Good replies lads. Many thanks.

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    thegent has really summed up the place nicely. I don't think you could possibly find a better review anywhere. Good work fella.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pattayardm
    You could stay in the main village,
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    you don't have to pay the national park fee.
    I didn't know that was avoidable? They seem to snag you as soon as you hit the beach. Is there another landing point on the island away from the national parks officer?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Agent_Smith View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by pattayardm
    You could stay in the main village,
    Quote Originally Posted by pattayardm
    you don't have to pay the national park fee.
    I didn't know that was avoidable? They seem to snag you as soon as you hit the beach. Is there another landing point on the island away from the national parks officer?
    Yes I did this many times when visiting friends who ran a restaurant there. If you walk from the main ferry pier and take the soi on the left which leads past the temple you will by-pass the national park ticket office.

    Alternatively, If you check into a place in the main village and then walk past the ticket office without your bags - you will not be asked to pay.

    I once took a private speedboat from Ban Phe to Had Sai Kaeow and also did not have to pay the national park fee. Arriving by speedboat onto that beautiful beach was a very pleasant experience.

    By the way, the last time I was there 2 years ago there were 2 fantastic coyote bars with phenomenal service by stunning angels from Chiang Mai and Bangkok. Plus a great pizza place run by an Arab guy - my friends and I asked him to make one of his specials and it remains one of the most delicious pizzas I have ever had.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Agent_Smith
    I didn't know that was avoidable? They seem to snag you as soon as you hit the beach. Is there another landing point on the island away from the national parks officer?
    Quote Originally Posted by pattayardm
    I once took a private speedboat from Ban Phe to Had Sai Kaeow and also did not have to pay the national park fee. Arriving by speedboat onto that beautiful beach was a very pleasant experience.
    Never paid it once, used the speed boat every time. Stuff waiting around for a crappy ferry.

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