Most bungalows on Koh Samet have their own dining areas for inexpensive, fresh seafood (don't miss the locally caught squid and cuttle fish, which are barbecued on skewers) and standard Thai rice and noodle dishes. All restaurants on the island turn into all-night party affairs at beachside (depending on the crowd) and Vong Deuan Beach in particular hosts a good little selection of cozy bars with floor seating and mats out on the sand. (very romantic)
The dauntingly painted cement Naga has the cheapest rooms, but is most prized for its bakery and coconut grove bar . The nightlife is groovier on Ao Phai, where Silver Sand hosts a beachside disco with cocktails served in plastic ice buckets. Its topless gigolo fire jugglers are rather keen on teaching Western women their swinging techniques..
Out of earshot to the south are the timber lodges of Samet Villa and the gay-friendly Tubtim Resort, which serves great seafood on the beach.
An Wong Deuan still suffers dowdy resorts and daytrippers, but also hosts raves with Bangkok and foreign DJs. On the northern rocks, Oasis bar is a private spot to chat and bop. Bay Watch is the liveliest bar amid the central clamour of seafood restaurants, while a suavely minimalist dance room opens on to the terrace of Talebure Bed & Bar where retro-chic garden bungalows have stunning views but average service.