Ao phrao ko samet island Thailand

This stingray-shaped island in the eastern Gulf is only 170 km southeast of Bangkok, making it convenient for a few days of beach time at the end of a trip.

Beaches dot most of the east coast and while Sai Kaew Beach in the north can get noisy with jet skis and parties, a host of quieter coves attract families to the more secluded southern reaches of Ko Samet. Kids get a kick out of the statues of a mermaid, a flute-playing prince and a giant ogress, all of which are characters from Phra Aphai Mani, a story by 19th-century Thai writer, Sunthorn Phu, that was partly inspired by the scenery of Ko Samet.

Family-friendly islands

Thai island escapes without the party crowds

There are many fabulous islands in both the Gulf of Thailand and the Andaman Sea. Some are heavily developed while others have only a handful of resorts, and sometimes the differences between any two islands are subtle. But it's hard to go wrong once you decide on the type of island that suits your family...read more

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