I think we should have an article for each beach, since they're kind of small towns. --Evan 11:35, 13 Apr 2004 (EDT)
Inter-village Songthaew from Bus Terminal to Ban Phae
The inter-village songthaew from the in-town bus terminal out to Ban Phae is not based on a pickup truck. It is more like a troop transport or a dump truck. 184.108.40.206 03:43, 27 Aug 2005 (EDT)
I reverted  the addition of the following paragraph:
This gives the impression that if you go to Ko Samet you won't see anyone walking barefoot, that the sea is full of raw sewage, and that the beaches have an unpleasant smell, which is completely untrue. It's an extremely popular destination so for sure it's never going to be litter-free, but this is unremarkable compared with other popular destinations. ~ 220.127.116.11 11:47, 31 August 2007 (EDT)
I have walked all over the island in 9 days and found it extremely dirty and full of garbage everywhere. In the middle of the island is a large place where all types of garbage are exposed and burned (it looked like "smoky mountains" in Manila), it is a shame and one wonders why the tourists have to pay 200 Bath entry fee to this so called National Park. The big majority of tourists, Thais and foreigners alike, just stay at the beaches and don't care about the rest of the island. However, everything has to be imported from the mainland and therefore the environement is suffering severely and the prices for everthing are rather high. This island is unfortunately completely overloaded with hotels, restaurants and shops, it has not the size to accomodate so many infrastructures and the authorities seem unable and probably unwilling to protect and preserve the environment and natural beauty of the place. Niki, March 2010
I tried editing the beach info (to remove obvious advertising and explaining the fireshow) but after I click save, it reverts back to the old one. What am I doing wrong?
FYI, this is what I see as obvious advertising. A fireshow at the renowned Ploy Thalee Restaurant/Bar on Saikaew Beach. They are held twice a night around 8.30PM and 10.30PM. The kids that do the show walk up and down the beach and can be seen from any restaurant.
My updates are now visible. Thanks Mods.
Leave in the security warning
The warning about armed robberies in the far end of Ao Pai Beach is very much valid and up to date. I have been robbed there in the describe way in 2013 and I feel it's important for travelers to be aware of the situation. In retrospective I would go as far as saying those robberies are not random but carried out by organized gangs. After it happened I realized that I had just run into their spotter a few hours before the incident. The group of robbers was waiting for me!