Getting around Koh Samui is as easy as getting off at the plane at the airport, head to the nearest train station and making your way to Koh Samui resort in-style, Right?
No, not quite, well not in Koh Samui anyway.
On the popular Thailand Island, there aren’t any trains, there are no luxury coach buses, excepts those shuttle buses run the resorts and day tour operators. However, there is no need to threat; you’re not alone on this small paradise Island they call Koh Samui in Thailand, or for you Americans out there, Ko Samui.
Despite not having the convenient public transport the modern world, you’ll still find that getting around to see all the awesome things in Koh Samui to be quite simple and convenient. Therefore, you can enjoy your time getting out and about, feeling stress-free and with the realisation, you’ll get home safely when the time requires.
Before we go any further, check out this Koh Samui Travel guide from Amazon, to help with your adventures on the island of love.
Getting Around Koh Samui in Thailand
Hail a Koh Samui Taxi
The yellow top and maroon Koh Samui taxis are everywhere on the Samui island, and with any taxi services around the world, it’s the most efficient way to get from one location to another. While it isa comfortable and convenient way around the island, the taxis are not the cheapest mode of transportation in the area compared to a few other modes of transport further down the list. It’s not that expensive if you compare it to those extreme prices in the Western world.
A Samui Taxi runs on set prices, but that doesn’t mean you can’t try to haggle the price, however, in my experience they were quite steadfast in their ways and usually the price would stand. You can except for the few extra dollars of travel or select other modes of transport.
Take a Ride on the back of the Ute
The maroon coloured utes or Tuc-tucs are seen all over the island are safer than they appear upon taking your first glance at the unique vehicle. The canopy covered utes are set-up at various locations on the island and are seen often throughout the day in popular tourist zones. To organise a lift, you tell the nearby driver of your intended location point and pay a set fee upon sitting on the back, before heading to your next location, whether it’s your Koh Samui accommodation or Chaweng for a little shopping or fun at the beach.
The fees are pre-determined for this mode of transportation, but it is half the price of a regular taxi service and while it won’t take you directly to the lobby of the resort, but it will get you close enough as these vehicles never veer off the main road. In other words, you could call these utes the buses of Koh Samui.
Try your luck on a scooter or motorcycle
Ride at your peril along the Samui roads, especially if you are an inexperienced rider that is unaware of their surroundings or even worse, do not have travel insurance. Road rules don’t exist on the island and standards of the road conditions aren’t much to get excited about either. However, it’s convenient and cheap on the fuel and affordable to hire with fantastic daily rates.
You can find various hire locations everywhere you go and naturally, it’s much cheaper at places and stores or the main street than your Koh Samui resort.
Hire a Car – It’ll be safer
You may have heard of them, they have been around a while, you know a four-wheeled vehicle that is enclosed all around you and has an engine front. Driving a car is an excellent way of getting around the island, you can go where you want and do what you want when you want. It’s like being your own Koh Samui guide.
It is the freedom that comes with driving your 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. To hire a car around the island, check this link and be pre-prepared for when you visit Koh Samui.
Go for a joy ride on a cruise boat
Whether you are catching a ferry to the mainland of Thailand to further your travel experience or enjoying a day trip on a Koh Samui ferry to blissful islands such as the incredible Angthong Marine National Park. Enjoying a great day out on the waters around Samui is very popular and sort after an adventure that is strongly recommended for an epic cruise in paradise.
To save money on any ferry day-tours around the island, book at travel agencies on the streets of Chaweng or through the internet, it’s much cheaper than booking through the resort, with a substantial amount of commission coming off the price.
Get on a shuttle bus and Get Around Koh Samui
The only coach you’ll find on the island unless things change shortly. Generally, the shuttle buses are used by Koh Samui resorts or for day-tour companies to get their guests around in the comfort of air-conditioning, it certainly is the most stylish way of getting around the island, and usually, you’re going to top places to visit in Koh Samui.
There you have it, the major alternatives of getting around Koh Samui from your Fair Dinkum Traveller, stress-free and hopefully in one piece. However, please heed to this warning, if you’re travelling by your means, respect the roads, other motorists and the laws of the country.