Affiliate Disclaimer: This article may contain affiliate links, which means we may earn a small commission if a reader clicks through and makes a purchase. See full Affiliate Disclosure here.

Getting Around Koh Samet, Thailand

Koh Samet, Thailand is a small island located in the Gulf of Thailand. It is wide at the top then gets progressively narrower towards the southern tip. The island measures just 6.8 kilometres (4.2 miles) from top to bottom!

As it is a relatively small island, options for travelling around it are limited. In this post we discuss the best ways to get around and explore Koh Samet.

Want more info on Koh Samet – check out my ultimate guide to Koh Samet.

Quick Links: How To Get Around Koh Samet


Whilst on the island, the main mode of transport would be to take a songthaew – these are green pick-up truck taxis that have 2 benches in the back for passengers to sit on.

They are available throughout the island to pick up passengers and drop them off at hotels or various beaches on the island. If you need one, head to one of the main roads and you’ll likely see them riding around.

Prices are fairly reasonable and vary on distance travelled. They generally cost between 20 baht ($0.60) and 100 baht ($3) per person depending on your destination. You usually will have to share with other passengers and at times you may have to wait for other people. Private trips can cost a little more with prices being up to 600 baht ($18). 

These are the only type of taxi on Koh Samet – you will not see normal car taxis.


You can hire motorbikes on the island however be aware that many of the roads on the island are unpaved, rocky and hilly so it may not be the safest option especially if you’re not that experienced. The roads are a lot better in the north of the island but get worse the more south you go.

However if you’re experienced, it can be a good and easy option to explore the other beaches on the island. If you do decide to rent a motorbike, prices are cheapest at the rental shops (rather than renting from a resort).

Expect to pay between 250 baht (~$7.60) and 300 baht (~$9.20) per day. Note that fuel is included for free. Rental prices also tend to be better in the north, close to Na Dan Pier and prices will increase as you move away from the main pier.

There are also a few options for renting golf carts or 4-wheeled ATVs rather than motorbikes. These are a lot more expensive and can cost in the region of 1000 baht ($30) to 1200 baht ($36) for the day.

This is a fantastic way to explore all that Koh Samet has to offer. Check out this post for things to do in Koh Samet for more inspiration.


Photo by Taneli Lahtinen on Unsplash

Depending on how far you’re wanting to go, walking is probably one of the best options for getting around the island. Many of the beaches on Koh Samet are close by and within walking distance, especially in the north. Check out our Koh Samet beach guide here to plan your journey.

It is also pretty easy to find your way around as there is essentially one main road that runs from the north to the south of the island. If you’re living in the north, you’ll have no problems walking from the main town to nearby Sai Kaew or Ao Phai beach.

Walking is one of the best and safest options especially if you don’t have much (or any) experience riding a motorbike as the roads on the island are very rocky and bumpy.

Also, if you’re budget travelling then walking is the cheapest option as it’s completely free!

Thanks for reading this guide on how to get around on Koh Samet island. We hope you enjoy your trip!

Don’t forget to check out our ultimate Koh Samet travel guide for more information on Koh Samet!