A range of Koh Samet Hotels have sprung up on the small island of Koh Samet that cater to the discerning Bangkok tourist who is looking for a few days outside the city at a nice Thailand beach.
The Samed Group currently have five resort properties on the island, each with stunning locations and so there is something for everyone.
Enjoy your day walking on the fine white sand, playing a game of ball on the beach or just relaxing in a chair under a Bangkok beach umbrella.
Stay on the West side of the island if you like fabulous sunsets.
On the weekend the main beach on the island can become busy with tourists from Bangkok, but during the week it is not so hectic and things quiet down.
There are a range of water sports available and boat tours that will take you snorkeling around the coast of the island.
Around the other side of Koh Samet is small prawn and fish farm that you can visit on a boat tour.
The enclosures are joined by a narrow walking board, so be careful not to lose your balance and fall in the water.
It is good fun to go on the boat trip and visit the working farm in the sea, but keep your eye on any small children.
There is also dining on the beach and live music at various bars in the evenings.
Take your choice from relaxing reggae bars or visit the Ploy Talay restaurant and bar with live music and fresh barbecued seafood.
Shopping is limited to visiting the 7-11 and using the ATM.
If you find yourself in Bangkok, but with a few days to spare to visit one of the nearby Bangkok beaches, then give Koh Samet a go.
The Samed Group have a range of suitable hotels with different facilities to choose from, so you are sure to see something that you like.
Relax in one of the forty 5-star luxury Paradee Villas decorated in natural materials.
With each villa covering 100 sqm and having the choice of two excellent beaches on hand.
Enjoy your own private Jacuzzi and pool.
With a choice of dining experiences, Paradee Resort Cottages is for couples to come for some serious relaxation,
From USD $308
Ao Prao Resort is located on the northern headland of Ao Prao Beach and is less than 2.5 hours from Bangkok.
Stay in one of the secluded beach cottages and start to unwind from the stresses of life.
Enjoy diving, fishing or simply take things easy, resting under a shady umbrella.
From USD $82
The award winning Le Vimarn Cottages are located on the raised hillside overlooking the quiet bay and white sandy beach of Koh Samet.
Relax on the outside balcony of your cottage and take in the view or treat yourself to one of our spa treatments to reinvigorate and energise you.
From USD $320
The Sai Kaew Beach Resort is well placed at the quiet end of Sai Kaew beach and is ideal for those who like to relax.
Take breakfast each morning looking out over the pristine sands of Koh Samet.
Enjoy a choice of water sports, the fitness centre or just lounge about on the beach.
From USD $70
The resort of Baan Ploy Sea is facing North and is on the same side of the island as the Na Dan pier.
The location is well placed with views back to the mainland and is ideal for those who like to relax.
Enjoy a choice of water sports, take a tour around the island or just take rest on the beach to recharge the body.
From USD $87
I have stayed at Sai Kaew Beach Resort three times over the past few years and I certainly recommend it.
There are around 57 Koh Samet hotels on the island, so if you didn't see what you want, then check out the Agoda website for more choices.