For vacationers in Pattaya and province Rayong there was well new excursion direction which has quickly gained popularity not so long ago. It is the island of  Ko Samae San having at once two informal names. He is also known as «the island of the princess» and «Turtle Island».


What is interesting Princess Island for a tourist?

How to get there

Ko Samae San is absolutely small piece of sushi only 1 km and 4 km long, in a form if to look from above, reminding a turtle. It is located in the Gulf of Thailand, at a distance of 1.4 km from the mainland, surrounded by another 7 islands that make up the so-called Samae San group. In the neighbourhood there are even more than dozen of islands. Administratively all of them are a part of the area Sattahip District of the Chonburi Province.

It is often possible to hear that the island belongs to the Thai princess. However, apparently, it is only the PR-move calculated on involvement of tourists. It is known that all earth of Thailand belongs to the king. In due time here the small fishing village was located, but today the island is uninhabited. Any princesses on Ko Samae San never were.

Nevertheless, the reference in the title to the princess has a right to exist. The territory in which the group of islands with included it Ko Samae San  was stretched has the status of the national underwater park (Ko Kham Undersea Park) and is under patronage of the princess Makha of Chakri Sirindkhorn.

After more than 1200 fishing families have been moved on the mainland, The island of Princess was given over to the military department of Thailand.. Here various drills and collecting naval divisions of the Thai army are staged. For this reason Ko Samae San located so close to the central regions of the country (and from Bangkok he is separated by only 2,5 hours in way), isn’t tourist in the true sense of the word. There are no hotels and a bungalow. From tourist infrastructure there is only a cafe in which the tourists coming during the day can have a bite something simple and inexpensive.

The best time for visit of the island of the Princess is the period from November to April inclusive.  There are almost no rains at this time, and air temperature seldom rises higher than +33 degrees of Page.

самуиWhat is interesting Princess Island for a tourist?

Visit Ko Samae San is an ecotourism in pure form. On the island there are 5 beaches. Tourists are brought on the most beautiful of them — Hat Luk Lom – which the soft white sand reminds coasts of the Andaman Sea. Near the coast there is a beautiful coral reef inhabited by numerous sea inhabitants.

What can you do in Thailand on the island of Princess:

Swimming, including with a mask;

Departure by the boat for snorkeling over a coral reef;

For persons interested to float more deeply – visit of the neighboring island with the diving center working at it;

Walk by the boat with a transparent bottom;


Cyclings along the laid routes with stops on the best places for the review;

Pedestrian tracking deep into islands (forest landscape);

Beach games (volleyball, soccer, darts);

The Thai lunch in specially equipped place on the beach (cafe).

On the beach is available several canopies protecting from the sun. To services of visitors chaise lounges are offered.

Visit of the island of the Princess is the main, but not the only element of the excursion programs offered by travel agencies.

As a rule, on the way to the island and back tourists visit:

The Temple of Luang Pam in which there is an opportunity to participate in a ceremony on cleansing of a karma and in the ceremony of making a wish;

The turtle farm located in the territory of military base;

The place of mooring of warships with an opportunity to be photographed against the background of the aircraft carrier;

The Mountain of Gold Buddha (Kao Chi Chang).

самуиHow to get there

The island of the Princess is located in 40 km from Pattaya. The road from a continental pier Sattahip to Ko Samae San takes from 10 to 30 minutes.

The island of the Princess is limited to visit. Tourists are allowed only as a part of the excursion groups following accompanied by guides.

Stay on the island is authorized from 9:00 till 16:30.

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