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.
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