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How to get around Koh Samui

Songteaw in Koh Samui

1. Taxis

Taxis are readily available on the island. You can easily get one along the road or ask your accommodation to arrange one for you. Make sure to agree on the fare before starting the ride, as many taxis in Koh Samui do not use meters.

2. Song Thaews

These are shared open-air trucks with two rows of seats in the back. They operate on fixed routes and are a cost-effective way to get around the island. Just wave one down and hop in.

3. Renting a Scooter or Motorbike

Renting a scooter or motorbike is a popular choice for independent travelers. It offers flexibility and convenience, but be sure to wear a helmet and drive safely. The rent for a scooter on the island starts from 200 THB per day depending on the season and number of days.

4. Renting a Car

If you're comfortable driving in Thailand, renting a car is probably the most convenient way to travel around the island. You may rent a car from Samui airport or can just simply contact your accommodation for an arrangement. Car delivery at the villa is also common on the island. When staying in a mountain villa in Koh Samui, renting a 4-wheel drive vehicle is advisable for easier access since some places can be pretty steep. However, if you're not staying in the mountains, a standard 2-wheel drive car suffices. Restaurants on the hill like the Jungle Club and The Roof Samui often offer 4x4 pick-up services for mountain diners.

5. Private Drivers

Some visitors hire private drivers for a day or more to explore the island at their own pace. This can be a comfortable and stress-free option.

6. Bicycles

If you're up for some exercise, you can rent bicycles to explore the island's quieter areas. Keep in mind that some parts of Koh Samui are hilly.

7. Walking

In areas like Chaweng, Bo Phut Beach (Fisherman Villiage) and Lamai, you can easily explore on foot, as many attractions, restaurants, and shops are within walking distance.


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