With its emerald seas, languid breezes and blonde strips of sand, KoSamet (p230) is an easy weekend getaway for urban warriors. Small bungalows dot the various bays, which are connected by footpaths traversing rocky outcrops. You can claim a piece of sand and watch the day expire, dine at beachside barbecues and listen to the music of the hidden insects.
Hat Chao Samran (p241), a short jaunt from Phetburi, provides all the necessary elements of sand, cosy accommodation and cheap seafood necessary for a proper Thai-style beach getaway.
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