Just get off at the plane at the airport, go to the nearest train station and make your way to the resort. NO, not quite, well not in Koh Samui anyway. No trains, no buses, excepts those shuttle buses the resorts and day tours have. But don’t threat, you are not alone on this small paradise Island they call Koh Samui.

Despite not having the convenient public transport the modern world is blessed with. Getting round in Koh Samui is simple and below are the best ways of getting around Koh Samui.

  • Taxi.

The yellow top and maroon taxis. They are everywhere on the island as are any taxi company around the world. And while they are the easiest and most convenient way around the island, Koh Samui taxis are not the cheapest of transportation.

Getting around Koh Samui is easy in a taxi.

Getting around Koh Samui is easy in a taxi.


  • Back of the Ute.

The maroon utes that are seen all over the island are safer than you think. Sit n the boards on the back of the tray, which is protected from the sun by a tarp and feel the swift breeze flow into the back of your head, it’s better than an air-conditioner. It is half the price of a taxi and while it won’t take you directly to the resort it gets you close enough. I guess you can call it the buses of Koh Samui.

Get a cool breeze riding around in the back of these vehicles

Get a cool breeze travelling around in the back of these vehicles


  • Scooters and Motorcycles

Ride at your own peril, especially if you are an inexperienced rider. Road rules don’t really exist on the island and standards of the roads aren’t much chop either. But it is convenient, cheap to un and cheap to hire. you  can find a place to hire a scooter everywhere you go and naturally it is cheaper at places outside the resort.


  • Drive a Car

you may have heard of them, they have been around a while. Driving a car s a great for getting around the island, go where you want, do want and when you want. It is the freedom that comes with driving your own car. As with the bikes, a car can be hired all around Koh Samui including the resort. Just a memo, in Thailand they drive on the left, which is great for Aussies like me.

  • Cruise Boats

Whether it a ferry to the main land of Thailand or a day trip to the Angthong Marine National Park or other islands near Koh Samui. Cruises are very popular and sort after in Samui and I definitely suggest you take full use of  a cruise.

An old cruise ship to get around Samui.

An old cruise ship to get around Samui.

  •   Shuttle Bus

The only bus you’ll find on the island. Generally only seen at resorts or for day tour companies. It certainly is the mot comfortable way of getting around the island.

Not the recommended way of travelling.

Not the recommended way of travelling.