as Koh Samed
or Ko Samed
or Koh Samet
(, ), is one of the Eastern Seaboard
Islands of Thailand
. It is located in the Gulf of Thailand
off the coastline of the Thai
province of Rayong
, approximately southeast of Bangkok
. Ko Samet is part of the Phe () Subdistrict of the Amphoe Mueang Rayong
(, the capital district, or Amphoe Mueang
), of Rayong province. Ko Samet is the largest and westernmost of a cluster of islands not far from the coast.
The island derives its name from the cajeput tree
found throughout the island, as the Thai language
word for cajeput
(the cajeput tree is formally known in Thai ต้นเสม็ดขาว). In the past, this island has also been referred to by its colloquial name, Ko Kaeo Phitsadan (), or the "Magic Crystal Island".
Popular with foreign tourists and as a weekend getaway for residents of nearby Bangkok
, most of the island (excluding the Na Dan area) belongs to the Khao Laem Ya - Mu Ko Samet National Park
. In 1981, the Royal Forest Department declared the archipelago
of Samet, along with nine other small islands, the headland of Khao Laem Ya, and the Mae Ramphueng Beach to be a National Park, and is thus Ko Samet is under the protection of the National Parks Division of the Thai Government.
Travel to and from Ko Samet is typically via the small local port at Ban Phe () on the coast. Travelers from Bangkok... Read More