Took the bus from Bangkok to Koh Samet- this involved a four hour bus ride, and they supply you with a bottle of water and some cookies. Once the bus ride is over, everyone takes a ferry across to Samet. You can buy the ferry tickets at the bus terminal in Bangkok or at the pier itself. There are also fast boats to the island but cost a lot more to do. Everyone that was on my bus waited for the regular ferry to come.
The Vongdeuan Resort is located in a small beautiful bay, along with about 6-8 other small resorts. To walk from one side of the bay to the other takes about 5-10 minutes, and the beaches are a beautiful powdery white sand, and the bay itself shallow and very warm....almost like a bath. If you are looking for a quiet place to relax, this is a good place to go. Moving around the island is difficult as there is only one dirt/paved road which gets washed out if it rains. So most people stick to the beaches of their resort. If you are looking for a little more action, I would suggest staying closer to the main town or the Silver Sands Hotel- which is where the "nightlife" is. It is a quiet island remember.
The hotel itself is very nicely kept with many western and Thai style huts in the jungle a few steps from the beach. I could hear the waves at night, which was nice. The rooms are of a good size, very clean and comfortable. The beds are very firm, as are the pillows. There is a shower with hot water if you need it, and a spacious changing area with a desk. There are no safes in the rooms, but the front desk will be happy to provide a box with a deposit.
Breakfast is served at the restaurant located along the beach, and is included in the rate. They have a nice selection of Thai/ Western foods, and plenty of fruits and vegetables to make your meal complete. There are also a number of tours that leave from the hotel, you just have to reserve the day before and these are all very inexpensive.
Enjoy Samet, it is a really beautiful place not far from Bangkok!! Oh beware of mosquitoes that come out at dusk.
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