Khao Laem Ya: The serene side of Samet
While tourists flock to the famous and pricy Koh Samet, Khao Laem Ya stands beautifully and peacefully on the mainland.
Covered by grassland, the cape of Laem Ya reaches into the Sea like a long finger pointing at Koh Samet. Its tiny cape offers a prime Sunset viewpoint and a picturesque oasis for picnicking. The protected area inside makes it a sanctuary for nature lovers.
The blue water laps onto the crescent-shaped sandy Beach, which is shared with the adjacent Rayong resort. Right on the peaceful shore, you can pitch your tents steps from the water and fall asleep comfortably under the stars.
An elevated wooden boardwalk runs alongside the rocky coast and headland. The path leads to the top of the hill, an open field with scattering rocks. Enjoy the gentle sea breeze and beautiful view. The Landmark is also an excellent point for the sunset scenery. The lovely mainland beach is surprisingly peaceful, allowing you to laze or swim in complete privacy.
The national park is large. It includes Mae Rum Phung Beach and Ban Khon Ao, as well as many coastal islets. But this side of the Khao Laem Ya –Mu Ko Samet National Park is always pretty peaceful.
With accommodations, campgrounds, restaurants, and tourist facilities, Khao Laem Ya is a nice place to linger for a day or longer with a minimal budget.
How to get there: Khao Laem Ya – Ku Ko Samet National Park is 125 miles southeast of Bangkok accessible via Highway 7. Van service from the Bangkok Victory Monument costs 160 baht per person. The National Park’s admission fee is 200 baht. The Song Thaew drives from Rayong Bus terminal to Had Mae Ramphung, passing by the National Park headquarters. It charges 25 baht per person.