Because Koh Samet is considered as a national park, there is an admission fee of 400 Baht per person to be paid to the authority on the island. Sometimes you can avoid this by booking a hotel direct, also ask for a receipt.
Traveling by a private car or van is also another option. At Ban Phe, there are a number of parking lots that provide rental space for the vehicle for a few hours or even for many nights. The fares among these parking lots are vary.
There are numerous boats running back and forth between Ban Phe and Koh Samet. The ferry schedule varies depending upon the destination on Koh Samet. The boats, leaving for Na Dan Pier, departs from Ban Phe every hour and vice versa.
Ferry Schedule from Ban Phe to Koh Samet:
Ferry leaves at 9:00, 12:00, 13:30 and 17:00 every day to Vong Duern Beach at 40 Baht per ticket
Ferry leaves at 11:30 and 14:00 to Ao Wai at the cost of 80 Baht per ticket
Ferry leaves at 10:00 Ao Kiu at 100 Baht per ticket
Ferry leaves at 08:00, 11:00, 13:00 and 16:00 to Ao Prao at 80 Baht per ticket
Ferry Schedule from Koh Samet to Ban Phe
Ferry leaves Vong Duern Beach at 08:30, 12:00, and 15:30
Ferry leaves Ao Wai at 14:00
Ferry leaves Ao Kiu at 08:00 and 12:00
Ferry leaves Ao Prao at at 10:00, 12:30, 15:00 and 17:00.
Getting Around Koh Samet
There are two methods to get around the island. The first is by songthaew, this is just a pickup truck with the passengers sitting in the back. It costs 200 baht for a private trip, or between 20 and 60 baht per person for a full car, depending on which beach you are going to. This is a rather expensive method to get around the island, and the dusty roads can make it an uncomfortable trip. The second way is by renting a motorcycle. Signs advertise 300 baht per day or 100 baht per hour, but when you go to enquire about renting they will often say 400 or 500 baht per day. Insist on paying 300 baht. You will usually be able to rent it from the hotel you are staying at. Leaving your passport or a deposit is not necessary or advisable.