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The Ultimate Guide to Samet Nangshe Viewpoint

The Ultimate Guide to Samet Nangshe Viewpoint

Samet Nangshe Viewpoint is breathtaking, and that’s an understatement. The adventurous summit in southern Thailand is an atmospheric viewpoint highlighting Phang Nga Bay’s stunning beauty, or for that matter, Phuket’s overall charm

But such out-of-this-world beauty is like a hidden gem that needs a bit of effort to find. So, we’ve come up with this detailed guide; that way, you don’t miss one of the most visited tourist spots not only in Phuket but in the whole of Thailand. 

Things to Know

Currency: Thai Baht
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Time Zone: Indochina Time (UTC/GMT+7)

Language: Thai (Central Thai)

Calling Code: +66

Location: 9/3, Khlong Khian, Takua Thung Dist, Phang Nga 82130

Distance From Main Road: 500 meters

Nearest Airport: Phuket International Airport (45 km)

Admission Fee: 30 baht (90 baht if taking the pick-up truck service to the summit)

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What can one expect at Samet Nangshe Viewpoint?

Samet Nangshe Viewpoint frames a perfect panoramic view that captures the beauty of Thailand’s Phang Nga Bay. From this viewpoint, you can appreciate the display of the mountainscape floating atop the surrounding verdant waters and vast greeneries.

This scenery is a must-see for tourists visiting Thailand, especially those traveling to nearby hotspots in Phuket. We dare say you’d miss half of your life if you don’t. 

For sure, Phang Nga Bay’s assortment of distinct limestone cliffs, rock formations, mangrove forests, and tiny islands makes it a popular tourist destination.

But we dare say Samet Nangshe Viewpoint’s spectacle puts Phang Nga Bay’s beauty on another level. Small wonder this viewpoint is a spot every serious globetrotter includes in their must-visit bucket lists in Thailand.

It’s absurd how this place can stay under most people’s radar. After all, you can only understand how jaw-dropping the view of Phang Nga Bay is once you witness it in person from this scenic viewpoint. 

Best Time to Visit Nangshe Viewpoint

The view from Samet Nangshe Viewpoint is scenic all year round, so you can witness the beauty of Phang Nga Bay regardless of the time of your visit. However, you can’t deny how pleasant traveling here is when it’s not the monsoon season.

After all, you don’t want to climb the steep hill to the viewpoint’s summit when it’s muddy and slippery. While the sunny days don’t make hiking to Samet Nangshe Viewpoint much easier, having one less thing to worry about is always welcome.

Regarding the time of the day, going there earlier is ideal if you don’t have a pre-booked accommodation. Otherwise, climbing the summit at four or five in the afternoon is best if you want to witness the breathtaking sunset over Phang Nga Bay.

How to Get to Samet Nangshe Viewpoint

Buses: Buses around Phuket and Phang Nga can only get you to their designated terminals, so you can’t board them to reach Samet Nangshe Viewpoint in one go. Instead, you must hire another public transport that leads directly to the viewpoint.

Taxi: The most reliable way to reach Samet Nangshe Viewpoint is to take taxis around Phuket and Phang Nga. You can book them regardless of your starting point, mainly if you use a private taxi service, which costs a minimum of 2000 baht.

If you choose a standard metered taxi, going to Samet Nangshe Viewpoint from Phuket will cost an average price of 1000 baht. 

Car: Rental cars are a popular transportation option in Thailand because they let you get to places according to your whims. The average rental car costs 800 to 2000 baht daily, but they can go over 3000 baht if you choose an expensive car model.

To reach Samet Nangshe Viewpoint from Phuket, you must cross Sasarin Bridge and follow Threp Krasattri Road until you reach Phet Kasem Road. Turn into the Ban Tha Yu and Khlong Khian path until you see the signpost for the Samet Viewpoint.

Tuk-tuk: Tuk-tuks are everywhere in Thailand and are a reliable transportation option for those visiting Samet Nangshe Viewpoint. It’s advisable to negotiate with the tuk-tuk driver before boarding to avoid absurd fare prices.

It’s important to note that tuk-tuks are open vehicles, so you can’t enjoy an air-conditioned ride. Regardless, the fare price that tuk-tuk drivers ask is similar to standard metered taxis around the Phuket and Phan Nga provinces.

Pro tip:

All vehicles can only take you to Samet Nangshe’s base point. You must pay 30 baht to hike up the steep hill or 90 baht to board the designated pick-up truck service for a quick, bumpy ride to the viewpoint’s summit.

What to Do in Samet Nangshe Viewpoint

Enjoy the view at the summit and take pictures

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The main reason for visiting Samet Nangshe Viewpoint is to bask in the glorious sight of the beautiful cliffs and rock formations of Phang Nga Bay. This viewpoint is excellent for sightseeing and watching the sunset because you can get a panoramic view of the bay.

You can capture scenic photographs of Phang Nga Bay and its surrounding mountainscape and greeneries. In particular, this viewpoint is fantastic for photographers who enjoy capturing “golden hour” photos of gorgeous landscapes.

Don’t worry; even amateur photographers can’t go wrong framing the stunning display from this viewpoint. Any photo angle or composition is bound to be breathtaking when you take it from Samet Nangshe Viewpoint.

Try roughing it out

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Address: 9/3, Khlong Khian, Takua Thung Dist, Phang Nga 82130

Operating Hours: 6:00 AM to 10:00 PM

There are accommodations near Samet Nangshe Viewpoint, but nothing beats the raw camping experience with nature. Luckily, you can rent tents and plastic chairs from the nearby Samet Nangshe Boutique and Samet Nangshe Resort.

You can rent a tent that’s good for two people for 350 baht or one that can fit three people for 450 baht. These tents are already on site, but they allow you to bring a tent and set it up for 100 baht.

Don’t worry about keeping yourself warm while camping because they provide insulation mattresses and pillows to visitors renting tents. The perk of staying the night here is you can witness the sun rise over Phang Nga Bay the next day.

Go stargazing

Speaking of photographs, you’ll love the night sky view from the summit, perfect for those who enjoy star trail photography. 

However, the clear sky’s breathtaking view offers a fantastic stargazing experience, even for those who don’t dabble in photography.

Fortunately, they allow camping at the summit, so you can set up a tent for 100 baht. Otherwise, you can rent the nearby tents and wooden bungalows that cost between 300 and 500 baht.

Pro tip: 

If you plan to stargaze at Samet Nangshe Viewpoint, you shouldn’t visit during the monsoon season.  Stargazing during the dry or summer season is best because that’s when the skies are clear. 

Where to Stay in Samet Nangshe Viewpoint

Samet Nangshe Boutique

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Address: 90/2, Khlong Khian, Tha Yu, Phang Nga 82130

Contact Number: +66 63 229 8855

Operating Hours: 6:00 AM to 10:00 PM

Visitors who prefer renting a room over camping can do so at Samet Nangshe Boutique, which you can access after a short hike from the viewpoint. The view here is lower than the summit, but you’re closer to the waters of Phang Nga Bay.

You can take pictures from the comfort of your room and the other facilities available at Samet Nangshe Boutique. They have a cafe and restaurant serving mouth-watering Thai dishes and an outdoor pool where you can watch the sunset at Phang Nga Bay.

Furthermore, they have a wine bar if you want to enjoy a drink or two before heading to bed. Samet Nangshe Boutique has luxury rooms, bungalows, and villas or just about everything you’ll ever need. 

Samet Nangshe Viewpoint 

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Address: 9/3, Khlong Khian, Takua Thung Dist, Phang Nga 82130

Operating Hours: 6:00 AM to 10:00 PM

Aside from rental tents, the small restaurant in Samet Nangshe Viewpoint’s summit lets visitors rent their basic bungalows. These wooden bungalows are far from luxurious, but they’re an upgrade over the rental tents.

A basic bungalow costs 500 baht per night and can accommodate two people. Unfortunately, most visitors book them over the tents, so you must arrive early at Samet Nangshe Viewpoint if you want a chance to rent one of these wooden accommodations.

The downside of staying at the rental accommodations on Samet Nangshe Viewpoint is the lack of proper division between the occupants. For instance, rude and noisy visitors near your spot can be a nuisance at night.

Where to Eat in Samet Nangshe Viewpoint

There are just as many food options as accommodations on Samet Nangshe Viewpoint. You can go for the more sophisticated menu in the nearby Samet Nangshe Boutique or enjoy simple meals and snacks at the summit.

Bay View Cafe

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Address: Tha Yu, Takua Thung, Phang-nga

Phone: +6676220832

Pricing: $

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Bay View Cafe is a cafe at Samet Nangshe Boutique that serves cakes and pastries. They serve good coffee here, perfect for breakfast while watching the sunrise at Phang Nga Bay after staying in their hotel room for the night.

They have various breakfast options, but their chicken Thai basil is a standout dish that most people will enjoy. Note that Bay View is as Instagrammable as you want your pictures to be, so take a snap and share those. 

If you love the view at Bay View, then be prepared to fall in love some more with the food. They serve mouthwatering dishes that perfectly match the panoramic view: seafood cuisine; don’t skip the salad shrimp, right from the getgo. 

Thamkeaw Champoon Restaurant and Bar

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Address: Tha Yu, Takua Thung, Phang-nga

Phone: +6676220832

Pricing: $

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Thamkeaw is a restaurant and bar in Samet Nangshe Boutique, so you know it offers a scenic view of Phang Nga Bay. The tables on their terrace are the perfect spot to enjoy the combination of excellent food and view.

We can recommend their chicken satay, fried shrimp, and crab curry. Various drinks are also available in their bar for reasonable prices.

Samet Nangshe Viewpoint Restaurant

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Address: 9/3, Khlong Khian, Takua Thung Dist, Phang Nga 82130

Pricing: $

As mentioned, there’s a small restaurant or cafeteria at the summit of Samet Nangshe Viewpoint. It’s a humble place that serves coffee, smoothies, and various snacks.

You can eat a decent meal in the tiny cottages or enjoy fresh coconut juice after the tiring hike to reach the summit. Think of the place as your prize for all the effort; It’s a breather to recharge and take in needed carbo after a long hike. 

Apps to Download for a Trip to Samet Nangshe Viewpoint

  • Grab App – Leading ridesharing app in Thailand
  • Line and Whatsapp – These are the popular apps in Thailand. In particular, Line is the go-to messaging app of most establishments, like restaurants and cafes.
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