Samae San (แสมสาร) is a small island located in Sattahip District, Chonburi Province of Thailand. The island is very small but excellent sightseeing and clean and tidy compared to Koh Larn. It is one of nine islands in the Plant Genetic Conservation Project under the Royal Initiative of Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, the Princess Debaratanarajasuda with the objectives of promoting the island as a place for learning and conservative traveling.
Formerly there was a fishing village on Samae San Island, but it was vacated and the island is now under control of the Royal Thai Navy. Number of tourists are restricted to approximately 500 people a day.
Samae San Island consists of 5 beaches, but only two beaches are allowed for visitors to access where you can swim and dive: Haad Tien and Luk Lom Beach. Haad Tien is the beach where the pier is located, while Luklom Beach is on the other side of the island. There is free shuttle service between the two beaches which takes less than 5 minutes. Luklom Beach is the island’s most beautiful beach, the sand is powdery white and water is clear and blue.
The island is very beautiful and suitable for someone who is looking for pristine beaches and easy access to snorkelling sites (I only tried the glass bottom boat for which the weather was bit too rough to really get to see all the beauty you get to witness when the weather is clear). If you enjoy the nature itself without bars, jet-skis and other commercial trappings, this is well worth while place to visit.
What to do:
There are facilities provided such as snorkel sets, life jackets for small children and adults, floor mats, beach chair, bathrooms, showers, and a small shop providing non-alcoholic drinks, snack and simple fresh-cooked food such as deep-fried chicken, Som Tam and sticky rice. You can bring your own food with you as well.
- Snorkeling (50 Baht)
- Floor mat renting (20 Baht)
- Beach chair renting (20 Baht)
- Kayaking (100 Baht/hour)
- Riding on a Glass bottom boat to see fish and corals (20 Baht)
- Beach volleyball
- Walking up to enjoy the view from the view point (super easy short walk)
How to Get There:
Visitors are welcomed to Koh Samae San every day and every season. I stayed one night in a beachfront hotel in Na Jomtien area. The next morning after breakfast I drove to the pier going to Samae San island called ท่าเรือเขาหมาจอ Khao Ma Jo which is situated in the Thai Island and Sea Natural History Museum. The drive from Na Jomtien was about 45 minutes. I bought the ticket for 11 o’clock boat and the boat ride to the island was only under 15 minutes. The last ferry back is approximately 4.30 p.m.If you miss it you might have to sleep under the stars, or swim back. 😛
- Khao Ma Jor Departure Time: 09:00, 10:00, 11:00, 12:00 and 13:00
- Samae San Departure time: 12:00, 13:30, 15:30 and 16:30
If you want to get on the first boat on weekends or national holiday, you might have to prepare to be at the ticket office early as the queue card for buying ticket will be given at 6 a.m. For more information, call +66 38-432-473 or +66 38-432-475.
Thai : Adult (18+) 300 Baht, Children 220 Baht, Children under 3 years old is free
Foreigner : Adult and children, 600 Baht
The price include the entrance fee for Museum Island and sea Thailand
- Foreigners cannot buy tickets by themselves; you have to be accompanied by a Thai.
- The ticket is for one-day travel. You cannot stay overnight on the island.
- No alcohol / no bikini is allowed on the island.
Something relaxing I did in Na Jomtien
Stop by for a drink at Tutu beach bar where everything is in pink! and take a short walk from there to enjoy a sunset dinner at the Glasshouse. I highly recommend dinner at this place if you are looking for a restaurant on the beach with lovely music and relaxing vibe.
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This looks absolutely beautiful, and I like the fact that they restrict the number of visitors/day. The beach photos are stunning… especially the ones with you! 😉
Thank you for your kind words. 🙂
Wow, Tutu beach bar look so call. I’m taking my gf next time we’re in Pattaya !
Great! Enjoy! 🙂
Lung Duk Dong says
Is it possible to swim naked there? We have no freedom to do that at Hong Kong beaches.
You can’t swim naked on this island as it is under control of the Royal Thai Navy. Actually getting even half-naked on a beach in Thailand is a big cultural no no as Thailand is a conservative country. You might find some places that are not popular among Thais and it is might be fine to swim naked such as Nui beach in Phuket.
Robby aka Taksin says
Excellent information for tourists and Thais alike. Thank you.
Hi Mod, looks so beautiful a d quiet wish I was there 5555. Have you ever been to koh kam island in Ranong province? I think it’s the most amazing place in Thailand. Have a nice day Mod your looking good!!
I have never been to Ranong!! I have been wanting to visit for a long time. Thank you for your comment.
Christian Collins says
… nice post Mod, very desirable location for those that want to experience Thai waters without the “hype” or commercialism that has become somewhat common in the Kingdom. I just hope it remains that way… it will be a nice place to take my Thai wife so that she can become more comfortable with the ocean as opposed to just getting wet. 🙂 The snorkeling looks absolutely breathtaking… I just hope I can get her to indulge… I did get her to fly on a jet so maybe there’s hope! Thank you so much for sharing and khap khun khap! I wish more expats understood the concept of being a guest in the Kingdom…
Thank you for your comment. Your wife should like this island. It has friendly vibe and they have navy staff to keep an eye on visitors for safety reasons.
Is there some places like that here we can stay long time ..?
In the same district on the mainland, there is a quiet and clean beach called Nam Sai beach (หาดน้ำใส). If you prefer going to an island, you can try Ao Phrao in Koh Samet in Rayong province.