There are various reasons why Rayong province's Koh Samet is one of the all-time favourite islands among Thai holidaymakers. Of course, I have a few of my own too, for example, the fine sand there is unmatched and, unlike other popular islands, virtually all the beaches are accessible to the public; the sea is among the clearest in the Gulf of Thailand; it's not very far from Bangkok, and accommodation is affordable.
Oh, one more thing _ it's great for mountain biking!
Have a look at the accompanying map and you'll see the road that runs along the length of this elongated island. This dusty road is not only the main transport route between the resorts along its course and the main pier at the top of the island, but also a popular trail for hikers as well as other tourists exploring the island on rented motorbikes and ATVs (all-terrain vehicles).
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