good rooms on koh samet
I have stayed on ko samet a few times in the past but always used rooms advertised on the usual websites asiarooms,sawadee.com etc. lots of the rooms on the island are not advertised on the net and some are probably much cheaper and of the same if not better standard as those on the net.does anyone have any recommendations from previous visits? preferably on hat sai kaew as we prefer this beach, we would want a contact number at least secure a room in advance.any help much appreciated, thanks,
Just got back from there, when are you going, how long for and what would you like to spend per night? Fan room or Aircon?
We didn't book and its supposed to be high season - we had no problems finding a decent Aircon room 50m from the beach for 2000 per night. It was also a weekend when a lot of Thai's go there - many resorts put the prices up at the weekend for that very reason.
I saw rooms advertised from 250 baht per night but I doubt they're your cup of tea. Seriously, I wouldn't book. For some strange reason I've always managed to get rooms cheaper direct on Samed and Chang - I book everywhere else.
My previous visit was 2 years ago and the place seems to have changed since then. The rip-off merchants have moved in. Motorbikes 400 per day - 150 per hour - they are 150 per day in Pattaya. I shopped around a bit and got one for 250 including petrol but it took some doing. Everything seems to be a lot more expensive.
One result - I showed my visa and was charged 40 baht (National Park Entry Fee) instead of the Tourist Prevention Authority's usual 400 (I did also lie my ass off and tell them I was a teacher).
I will looking to stay during late may , we will have our 2 year old daughter and my mother with us so dont fancy walking around when we arrive looking for rooms, really need contact numbers to book ahead. last summer we paid about 34quid for a bungalow on another beach on samet , was hoping to find something no dearer than that.thanks for your response.
You should be able to get something decent at that time for that price but take account of the exchange rate. I'll have a look through my stuff and post some numbers.
We stayed here a couple of times, I'm sure you will know it. They did used to have their own website but it does seem like agents are handling all the bookings now. One of the big pluspoints for us was the fact that they have their own speedboat which will take you straight from Ban Phe onto the sand in front of their impressive entrance. Really nice way to arrive, no clambering over ferries and back-jarring pickup rides from the pier. Obviously comes at a price but .......
White Sand Resort
We have stayed here http://www.samedvilla.com/bungalow-reservation.htm before. 24hr electric and water.
That used to be the regular destination for the staff at the first school I worked at, was decent then and I'm sure they've upgraded it a lot over the years. Couldn't believe it the first time we were taken there, left school at 3, hopped in the chauffeur-driven school minibus and were eating barbecued seafood on a stunning beach for dinner a few hours later!
Originally Posted by fish
Happy Daze .......
The place we stayed at a couple of weeks ago was:
Samed Sand Sea Resort at Sai Kaew. Its not on the beach but its only 50m from it. Accomodation is log cabins which were fine - not superb but good for the price and I would stay again. Aircon was 2000 per night and they have some smaller units for 1600.
Restaurants are right outside the gate and as you will probably know - all along Sai Kaew beach.
Tel: 038 651 126 Fax: 038 651 136
Hi Flip what is this national park tourist tax and when and how do you pay it and more important WHO to as were thinking of going in april
From the Koh Samet website.....
When you arrive at Koh Samet, you will have to pay a small fee to enter the island and the National Park. Tourists pay about 400 Baht and Thai citizens pay about 40 baht. If you arrive with the regular ferry to the pier, and go from there with a taxi or a pick up truck, it will stop at an office where you are able to pay the fee.
But if you travel by a speed-boat and arrive directly at the beach, you will probably meet an officer who will collect the fee. The boat trip from Ban Phe to Koh Samet will last about 30-45 minutes, depending on weather conditions.
When you purchase the boat ticket, the sales persons might try to sell you the entrance fee to Koh Samet. But our advice is to buy it when you are on the island already.
Here we go again dual pricing. any way thanks for info.. after thought Westminster Abbey £2 locals £20 Thais sounds good
I don't want to inflame the "dual pricing" argument, but I think the Thais discriminate on a "where you live" basis, maybe more than a "who you are" basis. I'm certainly not condoning it, but maybe they think that a falang here for two weeks who has say 20 times the annual income of the average Thai, can afford to pay up to 10 times the amount a Thai would for whatever. That may go someway to explain why (in my experience) a falang living in Thailand will, in the vast majority of cases where dual pricing applies, be charged the same as a Thai. i.e. living here (and therefore contributing to the Thai coffers everyday), confers the benefit of paying Thai prices.
Originally Posted by squadie
I would imagine that dual pricing may put off an insignificant number of falangs visiting Koh Samet, but I don't think many Thais on holiday in the UK would pay up if the same applied to Westminster Abbey. The Japanese might.
As others have said, the charge for a foreigner in 400baht in high season - 200 baht in low season. I flashed my Non Immigrant O Visa and was only charged 40 baht. However, the Mrs also told the guy I was a teacher :-)
Fish says an officer will probably meet you to collect the fee if you arrive by speedboat. This may be the case on some occasions but I've probably been to Samed 5 times - twice by speedboat and didn't see any officer. Maybe I was just lucky?
And a bit short of mod-cons?
Originally Posted by Gary & Nok
When i last stayed on Koh Samet we had a lovely chalet on the beach. 1800 per night (3 years ago and 73 baht to the £)