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What is the best way to get around Koh Samui?
Join a guided tour
Don't want to figure out the semantics of getting from point A to point B? Explore Koh Samui with a guided day tour. You'll get picked up straight from your hotel and whisked away to some of the island's top sights. While it is the more expensive option, it's a hassle-free way to enjoy the island and experience a stress-free holiday.
Songthaews are one of the cheapest ways to get around Koh Samui. This traditional mode of transport is akin to pick-up truck, with a roof covering and two benches on the back. You'll need to flag one down to hop o- board, and prices start at 40-50 THB ($1.92 to $2.40 AUD). While songthaews are mostly used for short distance trips around town, you'll find drivers at Koh Samui Airport (USM) and the ferry terminal.
While motorbike taxis are cheap to hire, it's not the safest option. Always make sure the driver gives you a helmet, and double-check your travel insurance policy before departing on flights to Koh Samui to ensure you are covered in case of an accident.
Rent a car
Having your own set of wheels is one of the most convenient and comfortable ways to explore Koh Samui. When booking your return flights to Koh Samui with Webjet, you have the option to add car hire at check-out. You can choose from a fleet of cars available at Koh Samui Airport (USM), or you can organise a vehicle in town once you're settled in from your flights.
You'll find plenty of drivers waiting to meet arriving flights to Koh Samui and at various points around town. Before getting into your taxi, always make sure the driver turns on the meter. If he refuses, you should negotiate a fixed rate or flag down another driver.
What are the best places to stay in Koh Samui?
Chaweng is one of the most popular areas on Koh Samui for travellers. There are dozens of bars, restaurants and nightclubs and accommodation options ranging from hostels to luxury resorts. If you're buying airfare to Koh Samui for a more relaxed vibe, you should rather book a hotel towards the south of the island.
Lamai is an excellent option for travellers who care more about massages and restaurants than nightclubs and bars. The beach in Lamai is beautiful and big enough to never feel crowded. If you want to get out and explore, there are some spectacular waterfalls nearby.
Silver Beach is a perfect area for beach-lovers with flights to Koh Samui. It’s known as having one of the prettiest beaches on the island. Stay here if you're buying tickets to Koh Samui looking for a holiday spent relaxing and soaking up as much sunshine as possible.
Booking cheap flights to Koh Samui as a romantic getaway? Stay in Maenam Beach. It's much quieter than other parts of the island, and there aren't as many beach vendors. It's a great option if you're looking for tranquillity to reconnect with your partner and stay far away from the crowds in Chaweng.
For families travelling to Thailand on tickets to Koh Samui, Choeng Mon is one of the best areas to stay on the island. The water is calm and perfect for young swimmers, there are good dining options, and the bustle of the island isn't nearby.
What should I know before visiting Koh Samui?
Getting to Koh Samui
The easiest and quickest way to get to the island is with plane tickets to Koh Samui. Koh Samui Airport (USM) welcomes both domestic and international flights.
The best time to visit Koh Samui is usually July to August and December to March. If your return flights to Koh Samui fall over these months, book your hotel in advance. It's high season during those two periods, and the best resorts fill up months ahead.
You won't have a hard time finding free WiFi at most hotels and cafes. However, if you want to stay connected while exploring, you should buy a local sim card from Koh Samui Airport (USM) once your flights to Koh Samui land. The sim cards are cheap, and you'll find a vendor inside the arrivals hall.
How many days to stay on Koh Samui
How many days you spend on the island is up to you. You can book flights to Koh Samui for five to seven days and have an action-packed adventure exploring the island. You’ll have more than enough time to see it's natural wonders and going on island hopping tours.