Visitors to the Land of Smiles can now opt for an eco-friendly island getaway as Koh Samet becomes Thailand’s first island destination to enforce a full ban on plastic bags and foam packaging.
Before the campaign launched, a study discovered approximately 1,500 daily tourists who visit the island use an average of eight plastic bags each – accumulating to 12,000 bags being dumped every day. The ban has already made a significant difference in the amount of waste the island produces. All hotels now avoid single-use plastics and visitors violating this rule can be served a THB 1000 fine.
Koh Samet is located in Khao Laem Ya–Mu Ko Samet National Park and offers some of the finest white sandy beaches Thailand has to offer. Although it is less visited by international tourists, the island is a firm favourite among locals due to its convenient location. The small tropical island is a short ferry ride away from Rayong’s southern tip and roughly 3-hour’s drive from Bangkok. Located just a stone’s throw away from Bangkok, Koh Samet is an ideal destination for guests with limited time.
This picturesque island’s beaches and resort life are its main attraction. Stay at Sai Kaew Beach Resort with over one kilometre of beach and opt for a spot of sunbathing and swimming or even partake in some of the water sports on offer including snorkelling and canoeing. Sample some of the freshly caught seafood at the restaurants along Ao Phai and Sai Kaew Beach before enjoying some of the vibrant beachfront nightlife. Or take in the spectacular sunset on the west side of the island with some of the impressive cliff-sides and beaches while staying at the 4-star Ao Prao Resort. Paradee Resort also offers a beachside haven of luxurious tranquillity for discerning guests seeking an escape.