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Getting There

By Bus -- Buses leave Bangkok every 30 minutes between 4am and 10pm for the 2 1/2-hour journey, departing from Ekkamai, Bangkok's Eastern Bus Terminal, on Sukhumvit Road, opposite Soi 63 (tel. 02391-2504). The one-way trip to Ban Phe costs 157B. From Pattaya, either flag down a passing public bus from the corner of Sukhumvit and North Pattaya roads, or book a minibus at any agency. After the bus you'll take the ferry (see below).

By Car -- Take the Suvarnabhumi Airport tollway from Bangkok east to Pattaya, then Highway 36 to Rayong, and then the coastal Highway 3145 to Seree Ban Phe (for about 3 hr.).

Getting to Ko Samet

By Ferry -- From the Saphan Nuan Tip ferry pier, there are many ferry companies to choose from, but they all offer the same service and price, so don't hem and haw too long. One-way rides are 70B (roundtrip tickets for 100B) and take 40 minutes to reach Na Dan, Samet’s main pier. Ferries leave from 8am to 5pm daily; the last boat from Samet to Ban Phe departs at 6pm.

If you’ve booked a resort on the southern part of the island, catch a ferry to Ao Wong Deuan—sometimes spelled Ao Vongdeuan—beach (90B; one-hour; three times daily). Speedboats drive direct to your beach of choice charge 200B to 500B one-way, and the driver might wait until the boat is full to leave. Typical travel time is 10 minutes.

Fast Facts

Ko Samet has a few ATMs. The easiest to find is at the 7-Eleven at the Na Dan pier. The post office is at the Naga Bungalows (tel. 03864-4035), south of Had Sai Kaew; and there's a satellite phone for overseas calls at the visitor center in the National Parks office. A clinic is just south of the Na Dan pier before Had Sai Kaew. (Though the island is no longer supposed to be malarial, it's plagued with mosquitoes; take plenty of repellent and an antihistamine-based cream to treat bites.) The police station is on the main road near the health center.

Getting Around

Island transport is limited to shared pickups (between 20B and 70B per ride) or rented motorbikes, but many people simply choose to walk -- it takes about 3 hours to walk the length of the entire east coast, which has most of the island's beaches. Motorbike rental prices are very high compared to the rest of the country (about 100B per hour, 300B per day), and staff at your resort can help arrange this. However, the roads are in poor condition, so drive carefully.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.