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Koh Samet, Changwat Chumphon, Thailand

How much does it cost to travel to Koh Samet?

You should plan to spend around $99 (฿3,504) per day on your vacation in Koh Samet. This is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors.

Past travelers have spent, on average for one day:

  • $28 (฿1,000) on meals
  • $71 (฿2,500) on local transportation
  • $66 (฿2,343) on hotels

A one week trip to Koh Samet for two people costs, on average, $1,386 (฿49,051). This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

All of these average travel prices have been collected from other travelers to help you plan your own travel budget.

  • Average Daily Cost Per person, per day
  • One Week Per person
  • 2 Weeks Per person
  • One Month Per person
  • One Week For a couple
  • 2 Weeks For a couple
  • One Month For a couple
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How much does a one week, two week, or one month trip to Koh Samet cost?

A one week trip to Koh Samet usually costs around $693 (฿24,526) for one person and $1,386 (฿49,051) for two people. This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

A two week trip to Koh Samet on average costs around $1,386 (฿49,051) for one person and $2,772 (฿98,103) for two people. This cost includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

Please note, prices can vary based on your travel style, speed, and other variables. If you're traveling as a family of three or four people, the price per person often goes down because kid's tickets are cheaper and hotel rooms can be shared. If you travel slower over a longer period of time then your daily budget will also go down. Two people traveling together for one month in Koh Samet will often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

A one month trip to Koh Samet on average costs around $2,970 (฿105,110) for one person and $5,939 (฿210,220) for two people. The more places you visit, the higher the daily price will become due to increased transportation costs.

Independent Travel

Traveling Independently to Koh Samet has many benefits including affordabilty, freedom, flexibility, and the opportunity to control your own experiences.

All of the travel costs below are based on the experiences of other independent travelers.

Is Koh Samet expensive to visit?

Prices in Koh Samet are reasonable and comparable to your average travel destination. Hotels, food, and sightseeing are generally within normal price ranges.

Within Asia, Koh Samet is a moderately priced destination compared to other places. The overall cost of travel here is fair for the region and comparable to Kyoto or Koh Tarutao.

For more details, and to find out if it's within your travel budget, see Is Koh Samet Expensive?

How much money do I need for a trip to Koh Samet?

The average Koh Samet trip cost is broken down by category here for independent travelers. All of these Koh Samet travel prices are calculated from the budgets of real travelers.

Category Cost
Accommodation 1 (Double Occupancy) ฿2,343 ($66)
Local Transportation 1 ฿2,500 ($71)
Food 2 ฿1,000 ($28)
Entertainment 1 ฿329 ($9)
Alcohol 2 ฿86 - 257 ($2 - 7)
Accommodation Budget in Koh Samet
Average Daily Costs

Calculated from travelers like you

The average price paid for one person for accommodation in Koh Samet is $33 (฿1,171). For two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room, the average price paid for a hotel room in Koh Samet is $66 (฿2,343). This cost is from the reported spending of actual travelers.

  • Accommodation1 Hotel or hostel for one person
  • Accommodation1 Typical double-occupancy room

Hotel Prices in Koh Samet

Looking for a hotel in Koh Samet? Prices vary by location, date, season, and the level of luxury. See below for options.

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Actual Hotel Prices
The average hotel room price in Koh Samet based on data provided by Kayak for actual hotel rooms is $41. (Prices in U.S. Dollars, before taxes & fees.)

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Transportation Budget in Koh Samet
Average Daily Costs

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  • The cost of a taxi ride in Koh Samet is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $71 (฿2,500) per person, per day, on local transportation in Koh Samet.

  • Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.

Flights to Koh Samet
How much does it cost to go to Koh Samet? Naturally, it depends on the dates. We recommend Kayak because they can find the best deals across all airlines.

Rental Cars in Koh Samet
The price of renting a car in Koh Samet will depends on dates, the type of car, the location, and your age. We recommend Kayak because they can find the best deals across all car rental companies.

Food Budget in Koh Samet
Average Daily Costs

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  • While meal prices in Koh Samet can vary, the average cost of food in Koh Samet is $28 (฿1,000) per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Koh Samet should cost around $11 (฿400) per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Koh Samet is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.

  • Food2 Meals for one day

Entertainment Budget in Koh Samet
Average Daily Costs

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  • Entertainment and activities in Koh Samet typically cost an average of $9.28 (฿329) per person, per day based on the spending of previous travelers. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.

  • Entertainment1 Entrance tickets, shows, etc.

Alcohol Budget in Koh Samet
Average Daily Costs

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  • The average person spends about $4.84 (฿171) on alcoholic beverages in Koh Samet per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.

  • Alcohol2 Drinks for one day

Koh Samet On a Budget
Koh Samet Koh Samet, Thailand
The country of Thailand is full of some of the world's most stunning beauty and peaceful settings. So it begs the question, where the Thai people go to get away from it all? They go to Ko Samet on the eastern gulf coast. Located just outside of Bangkok, Ko Samet provides visitors an easily accessible and desirable weekend getaway spot. With white beaches and coral of every other color, this island has steadily developed over the last few years without an intense construction increase like many other Thai beaches. Once thought to be the home of pirates, this island provides plenty to wonder about including, are there hidden treasures under that gorgeous white sand?

In order to secure a place to lay your head, try to get to the island early, and keep in mind that the high tourist season is usually November to February and from June to August.
The sights in Ko Samet are found all along the east coast of the island. This is where you'll find the bays that make this area so popular. A good general rule of thumb is the more south you go, the quieter the beaches get. Northern beaches will have things like fire-juggling shows and barbecues while more southern beaches are home to monks.

One of the most popular beaches on the island is Hat Sai Kaew, or Diamond Beach. This beach is ready to cater to tourists with activities like jet skiing, windsurfing, catamaran sailing and more. It can get a little loud during the day and definitely comes to life at night.

If you had your heart set on some peace and quiet, go where the monks go. Just past the mermaid statue in Hat Sai Kaew is Ao Hin Khok. This beach is half the size and the monk accommodation along the sand have signs asking visitors to please keep quiet. It's the perfect spot for quiet sunbathing and inner reflection.

But if it's the local culture you're interested in, you'll want to visit Ao Karang. This beach located at the very tip of the island is extremely quiet where you'll find the best examples of traditional Ko Samet lifestyle.

As you travel along the east coast, you can follow signs for the "next beach," and experience all the bays Ko Samet has to offer. Ao Pai and Ao Wong Deuan are more popular tourist beaches, while places like Ao Put Sa, Ao Nuan, Ao Thian, and Ao Wong Deuan are quieter places for the traveler not looking for some peace and quiet.

The best experiences on Ko Samet are the ones spent exploring the island itself. Walk along out-of-the-way trails, or rent an ATV for a bit more of an adrenaline rush. Take boat trip, strap on a scuba suit and visit the land beneath the water. The calm waters of Ko Samet are perfect for those who have always wanted to scuba dive, but have never had the opportunity. It's an easy place for beginners to start their training. Classes are usually small, if not one-on-one, and the coral reefs of surrounding islands are not bad to practice on.
Food and Dining
As in most tourist destinations, you'll find food anywhere from local to completely Westernized. Almost every hotel has a restaurant and many will set up tables and chairs on the beach in the evening for some night dining.

If you find yourself in a happy little beach coma, no need to even get up. There are plenty of vendors selling fruits, chicken wings, dried squid, papaya salad and even ice cream to those who would rather not get up.

When the sun goes down, the Roti stands come out. These crepe desserts are typically filled with bananas and covered in chocolate syrup. If you see a stand, stop and treat yourself.

There is just one main road on Ko Samet with smaller, bumpier ones branching out to the beaches. The distance between town and the beach isn't very far, so walking is totally possible.

Songthaews are available for those who would rather not walk, and there's also the option to rent a scooter and/or ATV 4-wheeler. Gas is often included and the prices are better down by the pier. If they ask you to leave a deposit or your passport, find another rental spot.


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1 Categories averaged on a per-item basis.
2 Categories averaged on a per-day basis.
For example, the Food2 daily average is for all meals for an entire day, while Entertainment1 is for each individual purchase. Thus, the overall daily average cost is not a summation of the individual categories.

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