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Samed Cabana Resort
Ranked #9 of 20 Hotels in Ko Samet
Reviewed 3 June 2014

We've always loved Koh Samet for the clear waters and beautiful sand. Samed Cabana Resort offers both direct beach access and a nice plunge pool which stayed warm well into late night - a most enjoyable night swim to gaze at the stars after a post-dinner stroll on the beach.

Poolside rooms were recently renovated with adequate facilities and amenities. We’d also enjoyed lunch and dinner there – the dishes were simple but delicious. Breakfast was sufficient.

Our only issue was with getting to and from the island.

The public ferry required a last stretch transfer via basic wooden boats to shore, where passengers are packed in, holding dearly onto their belongings. We’d opted for the speedboat service from Bang Phe Pier due to its more flexible schedules, for THB350 per person. The pier at Bang Phe was extremely basic, requiring some risky, and rather wobbly, maneuvers over wooden planks perched over unsecured surfaces. There were no life jackets provided, or in sight, for the trip to and from the islands. On reaching the beach closest to their resorts, passengers were asked to disembark right into and wade through thigh-high waters to shore, with all their belongings. On our return journey, the speedboat we were in took a few more than 35 people. Despite an indication of maximum capacity of 35 for the speedboat, it would have been difficult to seat more than 20 average-sized adults on the boat. Quite a few people had to stand, or sit on the steps, throughout the bumpy ride back to the mainland.

While this is in no direct relation to Samed Cabana Resort, it would help if the hotel, along with other resorts on Koh Samet, could find a safer solution for their guests to get to and from the resort. I’d think twice before booking my next beach holiday and probably head somewhere else a bit easier and safer to get to.

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 27 May 2014

This is good by beach bungalow standard so do not expect a big brand western hotel .
Great location , friendly relaxed atmosphere. Great seafood restaurants on the beach . Local c-store next door . Fire jugglers were incredible . Speed boat takes you straight to beach in front of hotel.

Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
1  Thank Philip E
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Reviewed 10 May 2014 via mobile

I reached the hotel around 11.00 am. Employees do not smile. I asked if it was about a few here. I do not feel satisfied, and confer no good. Asking that because I saw it available. I booked a Beach front, but no guests at all time 1 pm. Walk asked again and he said there were already booked to come. We also have another book like it was a walk-in guest room, he sent it to. And what is worse, we are booking up, but we did not stay until almost 2pm feel to the hotel. If others see it, we still worse.

  • Stayed: March 2014
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Thank Sookalaya K
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Reviewed 24 April 2014

The Samed Cabana is located at Vongduean Beach, which is not the most popular beach but with more then a few resorts. You arrive here directly via Ferry, which is offered by Malibu or Vongduean Villa and Resorts. Both Ferries cost about THB 80 per one way. Do not book via any travel agent as well not through Malibu Travel. They will charge you almost twice the amount.
The ferry take about 30-45 minutes from the ferry pier to the island. You will need to change onto a smaller boat to go to the beach as there is no pier. The staff will assist you with any luggage you have. Therefore I would not worry about how to get there.
The Samed Cabana is located at one end of the beach. They have bungalows with sea view as well as second row bungalows. We booked one in the second row. As they have only 2 ferries a day we decided to catch the 9:30 ferry. We where aware that our room might not be ready. The staff greeted us friendly and we have been able to check-in a bit earlier at 12pm instead of 2pm. We just went to a late breakfast/early lunch at Vongduean Villa at the opposite end of the beach.
At 12pm we have been able to check in. The room is quite nice. A bit older but still in good condition. The fridge working and not to noisy. The safe is secured to the floor, which makes it a bite harder to reach as it is inconvenient to knee down to get access to it. The bathroom is nice.Not too small not to big. the right size for only one person. The bathroom has open windows, which cannot be closed. This is not an issue, as they have nets to prevent mosquitos coming inside and due to its Thailand it will never be cold too. We had an issue with the bathroom door lock as it was locking by itself and we have not been bale to open it anymore. The handyman cam a few minutes after we let them know of the issues. They fixed it immediately and for the remainder of our time we had no issues with it. We had warm water, even though it was not needed. There is no wi-fi in the rooms but in the common area/restaurant. The restaurant is overlooking the beach and is quite nice. The breakfast is basic but good. They changed some of the menu item on a daily basis so that we had every day something new. Do not expect anything fancy but it is still a good breakfast. They even have a fresh egg station but you need to keep in mind that the chef might not be around as she has something to do in the back. Not sure what. We had as well lunch there. The thai food was quite good and the fish fresh. Not sure about the western menu. They offer as well bbq dinner but the service was non existent and we therefore decided to eat somewhere else. If the manager is not around it might get tricky to receive good service but I am not too sure about that. They have as well a pool, which is quiet and relaxing if you like to have clear clean water to swim. We used it once but I preferred the salt water. About 150meters from the resort is a small convenient store with the absolute basic necessities. Drinks, Snacks, Suncreme, bathing stuff. No food items though.
Overall for a weekend or long weekend it is great. Not sure if I would like to stay there for over a week.
Be mindful though that most people do not speak a lot of english and their Thai might as well not be that good. Most of the employees in the hospitality industry are from Cambodia or Myanmar. The managers and desk personell speak english quite well and during the day time they are always around.

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank TobiasML
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Reviewed 3 April 2014

I would say the good thing first which is only the location but only at Wongduen area not the whole Samed Island... So that is the only good thing about this resort!!!!!

Do Not Stay Here!!!!!!!! If you want a to have good time in Samed. Most of the staff barely to understand even Thai or English as we made an orders for food and I swear that they have to take it back to make a new one more than 3 times (simple menu fried rice with fried egg !!!) Many staff but no one seem to care to service you and when they come they don't understand the language !!!

The room we pay $100 (3,000) per night it looked lovely out side but inside is horrible !!! The bed is very very very hard, towel is hard and dirty, no hair dryer, no spray horse, no in room telephone, no room service ... Basicly just room with the cover !!!

Breakfast is terrible orange juice is mixed with water (OMG) go eat somewhere else.

Well overall if you have $100 per night book other resort I would recommend Tubtim resort at Tubtim beach or Samed villa.

For Samed Cabana the best thing is location... Villa they can do touch up.. Service if they could train or unless staff learn how to speak Thai or English ... Breakfast is the must to improve so that they can add the price for this expensive. I have plan to come back to Samed but never to this resort ever again!!!

  • Stayed: April 2014
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Reviewed 21 March 2014 via mobile

Samed cabana is at the end of wongduen beach. I stayed in seaview bangalow which was a good choice. You can see the beach with more privacy than beachfront bangalow. Wongduen is not that beautiful but with this resort you will get that cozy beach feeling as its more on a quiet zone and this hotel own the best part of wongduen. The service is not to talk about as we don't really have much interaction with the staff. They did their job and there's nothing to be complained. We did a motorbike trip around the island and seen many resort and well this one is quite a great choice. If you only want a quiet holiday on the beach relaxing i would recommend this one. But if you're looking for a place with fun vibe and party this is not a place for you.

  • Stayed: March 2014
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2  Thank Onicha
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Reviewed 12 March 2014

To be honest, the hotel was not what we expected. The hotel was more simple than what you see on pictures. And we have to say that the island bored us. The citycentre has nothing to offer, people are spoiled by tourism and effects the service. Snorkling was for me the best option to enjoy the stay.

Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Address: 13/20 Moo.4 Tambol Pae | Vong Duean Beach, Ko Samet, Thailand
Region: Thailand > Rayong Province > Ko Samet
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Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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#4 Top resorts Hotel in Ko Samet
Price Range: £59 - £152 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Samed Cabana Resort 3.5*
Number of rooms: 38
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