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Koh Samaesarn : Hidden Haven of Sattahip
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Koh Samaesarn: Hidden Haven of Sattahip

 

The island of Samaesarn is a well-kept gem off the coast of Sattahip. The pristine wilderness and picturesque bays make it a hidden haven for sea lovers. Here are some tips you should know before exploring the island.

-Koh Samaesarn is one of nine islands protected by the Plant Genetic Conservation Project under the Royal initiation of Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn (RSPG). It is only open for a day visit.

-A ferry ticket to the island can be purchased from 6 am at the Thai Island and Sea Natural History Museum. The boats leave at 9, 10 and 11am. The ticket costs 600 baht each and includes the ferry entry as well as the museum admission.

-Koh Samaesarn has five beaches. Two of them, namely Hat Thian and Hat Look Lom are open for public visits. Hat Thian, next to the pier, has few facilities and rental equipment while Hat Look Lom, a kilometer away, is widely considered the most beautiful with soft white sand.  There are dive sites off the beach. A snorkeling boat service is available at Look Lom Beach.

-Tourists can enjoy a day on the beaches, swimming or snorkeling, kayaking, trekking or cycling to explore the nature. By bike you can enjoy quietly the magnificent views, especially the meadow at Hat Look Lom. The glass-bottom boat offers an interesting ride over colorful reefs and underwater life.

-Koh Samaesarn has a capacity of 500 people a day. Weekday is a better choice to avoid the crowd.

 

How to get there: Ban Chong Samaesarn is 180 kilometers from Bangkok accessible via Highway 3 or 7. Ferries leaves from the pier located close to Thai Island and Sea Natural History Museum.