The Samed Cabana is located at Vongduean Beach, which is not the most popular beach but with more then a few resorts. You arrive here directly via Ferry, which is offered by Malibu or Vongduean Villa and Resorts. Both Ferries cost about THB 80 per one way. Do not book via any travel agent as well not through Malibu Travel. They will charge you almost twice the amount.
The ferry take about 30-45 minutes from the ferry pier to the island. You will need to change onto a smaller boat to go to the beach as there is no pier. The staff will assist you with any luggage you have. Therefore I would not worry about how to get there.
The Samed Cabana is located at one end of the beach. They have bungalows with sea view as well as second row bungalows. We booked one in the second row. As they have only 2 ferries a day we decided to catch the 9:30 ferry. We where aware that our room might not be ready. The staff greeted us friendly and we have been able to check-in a bit earlier at 12pm instead of 2pm. We just went to a late breakfast/early lunch at Vongduean Villa at the opposite end of the beach.
At 12pm we have been able to check in. The room is quite nice. A bit older but still in good condition. The fridge working and not to noisy. The safe is secured to the floor, which makes it a bite harder to reach as it is inconvenient to knee down to get access to it. The bathroom is nice.Not too small not to big. the right size for only one person. The bathroom has open windows, which cannot be closed. This is not an issue, as they have nets to prevent mosquitos coming inside and due to its Thailand it will never be cold too. We had an issue with the bathroom door lock as it was locking by itself and we have not been bale to open it anymore. The handyman cam a few minutes after we let them know of the issues. They fixed it immediately and for the remainder of our time we had no issues with it. We had warm water, even though it was not needed. There is no wi-fi in the rooms but in the common area/restaurant. The restaurant is overlooking the beach and is quite nice. The breakfast is basic but good. They changed some of the menu item on a daily basis so that we had every day something new. Do not expect anything fancy but it is still a good breakfast. They even have a fresh egg station but you need to keep in mind that the chef might not be around as she has something to do in the back. Not sure what. We had as well lunch there. The thai food was quite good and the fish fresh. Not sure about the western menu. They offer as well bbq dinner but the service was non existent and we therefore decided to eat somewhere else. If the manager is not around it might get tricky to receive good service but I am not too sure about that. They have as well a pool, which is quiet and relaxing if you like to have clear clean water to swim. We used it once but I preferred the salt water. About 150meters from the resort is a small convenient store with the absolute basic necessities. Drinks, Snacks, Suncreme, bathing stuff. No food items though.
Overall for a weekend or long weekend it is great. Not sure if I would like to stay there for over a week.
Be mindful though that most people do not speak a lot of english and their Thai might as well not be that good. Most of the employees in the hospitality industry are from Cambodia or Myanmar. The managers and desk personell speak english quite well and during the day time they are always around.
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- Also Known As:
- Samed Cabana Hotel Koh Samet