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How to travel around Koh Samui

Travelling in and around Koh Samui

By Rochell MeganPublished 3 years ago 3 min read

Depending on where you might be based and where you wish to reach, travelling in and around Koh Samui by foot will present one with a plethora of experiences to call by. Although, travelling and transportation facilities in this area of Thailand come in all forms and thus, must be factored into one's travel schedule long before one touches down on these shores. Elucidated below is a quick run-through of what a prospective traveller will be able to lay claim to.

Hop onto a Songthaew

If you exclude walking, a ride in a songthaew which is pronounced 'song-tao' will be the cheapest means of getting about Koh Samui. If you're wondering as to what a songthaew is, the vehicle basically denotes features of a pick-up truck comprising a converted bed, two back benches that can accommodate a maximum of 10 people, luggage racks on its hood, and even a back bumper; in the event, one is daring enough to want to tempt fate and enjoy riding out in the cool breeze. Once you arrive at your destination, be sure to ring the bell and pay your driver in change.

Look to a scooter taxi

Should you want to move around at a much faster pace than in a normal taxi in the area, then obtaining the services of a scooter taxi ought to be considered. Affording a quicker and not to mention wilder ride, the scooter taxi provides one the ease of navigating through traffic if you are not wary of clutching onto a complete stranger for the duration of any journey.

Hail a taxi

When in Koh Samui, hailing a taxi will not be too difficult a task given that you bring the very best of your bargaining skills to the table. This is because although such taxis are fitted with meters, these are rarely used, and hence, it is vital that you arrive & agree at a set figure with the driver based on the number of stops or the time that you will be found using the vehicle for. These are truly convenient ways to commute in the region if you do want to make it to lunch or dinner looking your very best.

Rent out a car or motorbike

Depending on one's preferences and skills, renting a car or even a motorbike will place you in a position of unparalleled convenience. This is largely in part to the fact as travellers like you will be able to take a tour of the entirety of the island with little or no fuss whatsoever. To cut a long story short, you can decide on how best to cover your travel schedule given that you agree on the duration from any service provider at the very outset. Although, in the case of a motorbike, be mindful that you must be seen sporting a safety helmet at all times, just to alleviate any form of risk whilst you snake in and out of traffic or pass tricky segments along a certain route.

Go where your feet go

As pointed out above, discovering all that Koh Samui represents and that too on your own feet will be quite the adventure indeed. Against such a revelation, thrill-seekers will delight in the ease of dictating the pace at which they reach a particular attraction as opposed to being taken there via public transportation. Thus, for example, should the intricate carvings and astounding jewellery of Koh Samui's local markets be to your fancy, then opting to go there by foot from even a well-placed resort Samui has to offer will be an amazing experience indeed. In this case, choosing a luxury resort such as Anantara Bophut Koh Samui Resort will surely have you soon on your way.


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Rochell Megan

writer who loves to travel the world

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