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 163B. 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. Malibu-Garden Resort, on Samet, owns Samet Island Tour, in Pattaya (tel. 03871-0676; www.malibu-samet.com), from which they run regular minibus transfers (250B one-way, 460B round-trip, or 600B round-trip including boat). Private cars can also be arranged. From Khao San, travel agencies offer minibus seats to Ban Phe for around 250B.
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 at Ban Phe, ferries leave for Na Dan every half-hour (trip time: 40 min.; 50B one-way) or when full. Scheduled ferries also run at 9:30am, 1:30pm, and 5pm to Ao Wong Duean. Rates are one-way for 70B or 110B for a round-trip.
Speedboats to Ao Prao Resort can be booked at their dockside office in Ban Phe; prices vary. If you fancy whizzing over to Na Dan, it'll cost around 1,200B.
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./fax 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. There are plenty of Internet places, great nightlife, and seafood eateries by the beach. 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.)
Island transport is limited to shared pickups 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.