Ko Samui Travel Guide

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Ko Samui Highlights

  • Pro
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     Lovely beaches, great atmosphere, nice people, amazing food 

  • Con
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     Can get a bit crowded during peak season 

  • In a nutshell
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     A holiday with something for everyone! 

Ko Samui Things to Do

  • Angthong National Marine Park

    I didn't go with this company but picked up their leaflet and can tell you what they have to offer. Most companies going to the National Marine Park have the same or similar activity schedule and we actually came across two other groups of people when we were there ourselves, but everything is timed so that the tourists are not kayaking or...

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  • Grandfather & Grandmother Rocks

    Between Lamai and Hua Thanon lies two famous rock formations: Hin Ta and Hin Yai also known as Grandpa and Grandma rocks. These formations look like the male and female genitalia, respectively. What makes these rocks even more strange is that they are close to each other, giving way to a legend explaining how they came to be.

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  • Waterfalls

    The second waterfall is over 4 times higher than its sister at around 80 metres. It is in fact a double fall, both roughly 10 metres wide that can be seen on the road up to the base of the fall. The road up is easy enough, although a little steep, and parking here is free. You will be assailed though by the sellers of , elephant treks, 4X4 jeep...

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Ko Samui Restaurants

  • Luna Restaurant and Bar Mae Nam

    This Luna Restaurant and Bar in Mae Nam was convenience place to go and have dinner because it was just next to my hotel. The location is nice by the water pond, but this also guaranteed some ants on your table and mosquitoes in the air. However, we were well prepared for jungle conditions so this did not bothered us too much, the service was...

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  • Crowded tables but.....

    Right next to the girlie bars, not far from the evening market is the food centre. About 20 stalls set out where you can pick and choose from the different stalls. Main dishes are cheap, around 50 bahts + a bowl of rice. At the far end there are a dozen tables set out with chairs where you go sit and wait for the food to be prepared, and they'll...

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  • Very, very local but good.

    This was one of the closest restaurants to our place and a fine discovery. Pom, part owner speaks very good English so it was easy enough to know what we were eating at the beginning of our stay. Another brilliantly cheap place averaging also 2 euros for a meal. In fact we were spending more on beer a night than food......Pom has always a large...

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Ko Samui Nightlife

  • Green Mango

    This place is a big night club. here you can buy their famous and delicious buckets with alcohol. After some buckets you can full of surprises, wild and drunk of course. It is a mix of local liquer, coke and some other drink. Be prepare for a wild night when you drink it. Summer clothes.

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  • Reggae Bar

    The Reggae pub is a great way to ease yourself into a good night out. It starts off really at about 10.30 with some Reggae music and some rock ballads. They have a very good house band caaled "Big Roots" that has been playing there nightly for quite some time now. As the place fills up a bit the band plays more funky dance tunes and some newer...

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  • Tropical Murphy's Irish Pub

    Tropical Murphy's Irish Pub located in the centre entertainment street Chaweng. It is obviously the no. 1 crowded places with Anglo Saxon travellers enjoying their cold beer. It is also a good meeting point to start you party evening and from here just few steps to the dancing places, just follow the music and you will find them.

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Ko Samui Transportation

  • Motorbikes & Scooters

    hi, i found a very affordable scooter rental(atutomatic) starting at 100 baht per day for yamaha mio and 125 a day for honda click, price per month is 2000-2500 baht. http://www.bahtsold.com/en/view/automatic-motorbike-to-rent-2000-2500-per-month-90903 the guy is from belgium and delivers the bike or pick you up around the island.

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  • Boats & Ferries

    It's possible to get a bus/ferry combo ticket to Krabi from Ko Samui. I booked mine through a travel agents in central Chaweng which cost 500 baht. I got picked up early in the morning from my hotel and we picked more people up and headed towards the ferry pier in Nathon. We then transferred onto an oldish looking bus that then took us south to...

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  • Taxis

    Getting around Ko Samui is cheap and cheerful. Anything from around 100-250 bahts for short journeys. The taxi's are fun, jump on the back and away you go. Around Chaweng you'll never have trouble finding a taxi as they call out and honk their horn at you all day long! If you fancy a change there are also lots of mo-ped taxis, although I gave them...

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Ko Samui Shopping

  • Try Out the Trendy Threads

    When walking the streets of Chaweng ,there will be shops after shops to lure and seduce the compulsive shopper.A lot of these shops sell basically the same things.But there was one store that was ableto attract this nomad who tries to travel with what she only needsand that was “Try-Out”Being an ex-South Beach-Miamian,and formerly diplomatic of the...

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  • Lamai, chaweng and Nathon

    WEll basically every shop is a good shop. Make sure you wanna buy heaps cos you will always get it cheaper. bargaining is the best here. i went there with an empty bag with my suitcase and came back both filled up. the good thing was that i only spent $600 australian. this included food aswell and going out. Hire a motor bike but be carefull. they...

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  • Butterfly Garden

    I'm not a real big fan of honey but this, made by the bee's at the Butterfly Garden, golden necture has converted me. We purchased a small glass during our visit to the Garden but first opened and sampled the honey when we arrived back home. MM MM good, a real taste treat for the taste buds, wish I had bought more than just this one glass. Glass...

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Ko Samui Local Customs

  • Religion & Beliefs

    One of the things that I have never understood about travellers is their desire to break the rules, or guidelines of the local people. Out of respect to the people who look after this temple, and also the buddhists, please remove your shoes and wear non-revealing clothing. It is not too much to ask to do this, but please do be a respectful...

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  • Language

    As with any foreign country it is an advantage to learn some basic communication terms.In thai it is handy to know the following terms. Sa-wa-dee khap for males,Sa-wa-dee ka for females(hello or goodbye). Kap kun khap for males,kap kun ka for females(thank you). Other handy one`s are Cow jye my(do you understand) Cow jye(yes i do) My cow...

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  • The Fish Market

    The Fish Market in Mae Nam is a good place to go and get fresh fish & vegetables if you are on an apartment holiday and cooking your own food. You get it here very fresh and cheap as well as the spices you need for a good Thai dish.

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Ko Samui Warnings and Dangers

  • Katoeys (Ladyboys/Transvestites)

    The Lady boys that entertain you can be fun to watch but whatever you do don't take the p**** as they can get nasty, also you may be hassled for a photo with them.........if you do you will have to pay and 2 ladyboys in the photo thats 2 payments.

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  • Animals & Wildlife

    On the way to the area where the elephants are kept i had eaten a banana and afterwards wiped my hands off on my pants as we kids like to do. As you can see in the photo, these elephants are kept on a short chain and that's all, so when this little guy got close enough to me to smell the banana on my pants he pulled on my pant leg towards him until...

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  • On The Beach

    Hi ! I just got back from a trip to Koh Samui and was unfortunately involved in a JET SKI Scam. Me and 5 of my friends rented jet skis and paid about 850 baht for 30 mins, little did we know what we were getting into. In the middle of the ocean, while the jet skis were stationary they barely touched each other due to a wave. I dont think that...

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Ko Samui Tourist Traps

  • Changing Money

    I`ll describe 2 traps in 1 tip, 1st one - check your money before changing 2nd one- The amount of money you carry No 1 -- Always double check the amount you are about to exchange,this is common sense, however on my last trip I went to exchange $150AUD(3 $50 notes) counted twice went to F/X , signed reciept & was about to walk away,luckily I hadn`t...

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  • Shopping & Bartering

    Because chaweng beach is the most popular place in samui many shops charge 2-3 times more than it's regular price. Bargain at least for half-price or compare from prices from other shops You can try Lamai or Nathon market

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  • taxi driving

    the taxi Buisiness is like a big mafia.the capes dont have taximeters on samui.thats illegal.therefore ask for the price at first.make bagaining.because the charge is everytime verry expensive.from airport to lamai almost 800 bhat.thats crazy.to take a taxi is the biggest trap on ko samui.the better&cheaper way is to take a truck taxi the day...

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Ko Samui What to Pack

  • Pack for the tropics

    Summer tropical gear. No need any warm cloths in this part of the world.Sandals are useful, trekking shoes if you plan some jungle walks. Mosquito repellent can be useful here

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  • No Overstuffed Suitcases.

    No overstuffed suitcases, stop packing stuff your not gonna wear, and if your bags are overweight at the check in counter, you'll wind up paying for the extra kilos.If your planning on doing some island hopping, travel lite, would recommend a backpack for easy on, easy off, when boarding boats. T-Shirts, Shorts, Sandals, maybe a hat, definitely...

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  • Mosquito Repellent

    I would bother bring any clothes to dress up in of an evening. Everywhere you go the dress code is relaxed and mainly beachwear especially in the clubs as it gets sweaty! No need to bring many toiletries as there are plenty of shops to buy them from. Suggest Imodium though, although again you can probably get this or some form of it...

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Ko Samui Off The Beaten Path

  • Beaches

    Koh Nangyuan is a small island about 1 and a half hour from Koh Samui. It has great snorkeling and diving. It's lovely and there is only a resort there. You can get there taking a catamaran sped ferry which runs twice daily for 550 baht. Another way of going there is to join a tour. There are several tours available in Samui to Koh Nanguyan, that...

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  • Wildlife & Nature

    Right up the top, on almost the highest point of Ko Samui, is the Magic Garden. A haven of peace inhabited by flowers and butterflies and very few tourists. Also the main reason for the visit are the dozens of statues hidden away on the trails. There is also a refreshing small waterfall. The garden was started only in 1977 by Nim Thongsuk and...

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  • Waterfalls

    This is a very small island so not place is too far to visit. This Waterfall Na Muang is just a short drive around the island and you do not require much walking to see it and catch up with it. You can join a trip or just ask a driver to take you there.

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Ko Samui Sports & Outdoors

  • Thai boxing (Muay Thai)

    An extremely tough sport, famous now the world over. The serious stuff takes place in Bangkok but smaller stadiums (many for the tourists) exist outside of the capital. This one is at Lamai Beach on Koh Samui.At a few places I have seen large westerners go into the ring to take on small Thai boxers. They almost always end up on the losing side!

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  • Football Golf

    Not far from Bohput on the back road to Chaweng via Chong mon there is a relativly new tourist attraction to Koh Samui.This is football golf.It is the same as normal golf wiith all the obsticles and hazzards except you have to kick the football into the hole.It is an excellent 18 hole course. All you need is a scoresheet and soccerball which are...

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  • Shaquille O'Neal plays for Thailand!

    In the US, many years have passed where Shaq has been the most dominate player in the NBA. His bull style of play could probably only be stopped by an elephant. Well... it now appears the Western Conference has began a training regimen for one of the newest NBA stars. This elephant can dunk as well as dribble (ok, so it was water).Look at those...

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Ko Samui Favorites

  • Beaches

    Chaweng is a busy and fun beach if you are interested in meeting people. Choeng Mon is a quieter beach that is relaxing and not far from the night-life. So many to choose from, one of the real highlights was the ready and sincere smile of the local people.

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  • Local People

    I would like to share this with you as it blew us away during our visit to Koh Samui. Being South African, we love good quality red wine and having visited Thailand before we knew that if you wanted good red wine in Thailand you either take it with you or blow half your budget on a half decent bottle. We legally imported our quota of two...

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  • Transportation & Getting Around

    This is were you can catch ferries to Surat Thani ,Ko Phangan or Ko Tao.Across the road from the Pier you will find a number of tour office ,restaurants,a little market and shops.There are also transportation to other beaches.Watch out for the Taxis ,they will charge you a fix price .It can be abit of a rip off if your going a short distance!

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Comments (1)

  • May 23, 2013 at 8:05 AM

    Hello folks. I've been to Bangkok, pattaya and Phuket..... what is koh samui like compared to these places? Any advise would be appreciated as im planning a trip.

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      May 23, 2013 at 1:51 PM

      Welcome to Vt. You'll want to ask your question on the Koh Samui travel forum here:

      Ko Samui Travel Forum

      where far, far more people will see it and you are sure to get some helpful replies.

 
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