Depart Pattaya in the early morning to maximize your time on Koh Samet, situated off the coast of Rayong. Start your 13-hour excursion with hotel pickup by a driver and guide and relax on the 1-hour drive to the pier at Ban Phe. (Upgrade for a private vehicle transfer.) In just a few minutes you're whisked away to 'Paradise Island' where palm trees line the warm water and fine white sand.
Spend the day at your leisure in this idyllic setting: relax in a hammock; take a lazy stroll along Hat Sai Kaew and the adjoining beaches that stretch to the tip of the island; or purchase a drink at a beachside bar (own expense). The island is traffic-free, apart from a few pickup trucks that double as local taxis. In addition to swimming and sunbathing, you can participate in a number of water activities (payable direct) such as snorkeling, windsurfing, and sailing. A typical Thai lunch will be served at a local restaurant.
When it is time, head back by boat to the mainland and continue onward for another 1-hour drive to Pattaya, with drop-off at your hotel lobby.