You will notice up and down the strip and around the restaurants of the beach, men with either iguanas, snakes or monkeys drapped around their necks and a camera. If you you're not keen on these animals then take a wide berth because if you get too close you could end up getting these animals forced on you to take picture, which of course you will have to pay for. Although the monkeys look quite cute they can bite!
On Koh Samui there are large signboards all around the island's roads warning about Dengue Fever but none of these signs are in English as they don't want to alarm the tourists. In my 6 trips to Samui I have had no problems but I do know of farangs that have come down with dengue fever but they are certainly in the minority. I don't now much about it but have been told the mozzies that carry dengue are very small and only around during the day. So the solution is to use a strong repellent all the time. Make sure you have good medical cover too.
To me Dengue Fever isn`t a great concern on Samui just something (as in every Asian country) you need to be aware of.
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I've lived in Koh Samui for four years. Here is some facts and tips.
1. There is no bus service from the airport because of the taxi mafia who probably pay off/intimidate the locals officials
2. ALWAYS agree a price before you get in. Even then this is not binding with some of them.
3. NEVER get angry or into an argument with these guys. They can/will do serious damage to you. (20 to one is not funny)
4. The police are on their side.
5. A songthew (open back small buses) service goes around the Island for approx 40 baht for medium trips.
6. After 8pm they (songathew) will charge you private taxi hire without telling you if you dont ask and even have the cheek to pick up fares on the way!
This tip implores you when your are leaving Koh Samui be it airplane or bus please make sure that you place anything of value in your hand luggage EG cameras ,cam corders etc because at the airport your bags will be checked & sometimes that lovely Thai smile isn`t an honest one & also some people have reported things missing after a bus trip (men underneath in the luggage area of the bus)
It is better to arrive one day before and book a room because almost everyone is drunk after the party,only take the amount of money that you need and don't accept drinks or anything else from strangers (live your bad habbits at home)police is also there
Drugs are widely available on Samui, and if you're young there's a high chance of locals approaching you and offering you all sorts, especially on the beach, where they'll slyly show you what they have in their hand. Some of them are thought to be undercover police trying to trap tourists into breaking the law. If you're sensible you'll stay clear, before ending up like Bridget Jones in a Thai prison...
Don't mess around with drugs in Thailand. DANGER!! In the past there are lots of people the try to sell some pills the are very danger. The call it 'Java' and this pill comes from Myrnamar. The incrediants are mixed very careless, and some people the try it, the died already or are not able to remember there name and where the come from. If somebody offers you some pills step away.
The mosquitoes here are vicious ,there's no real escape from the little b@stards ,as soon as the sun sets , despite the heat its a good idea to wear trousers as they come out in swarms.
There is nothing more annoying than the combination of sweat and mosquito bites ,that makes you do a St Vitus dance trying to stop them itching.
Sadly all that white sand and clear blue sea and blazing sun can lead to a form of blindness due to the overpowering glare. Refuse to buy expensive ones as you'll break or lose them and just get a crappy pair ( preferably with pink plastic frames )
July 2011, honrymoon trip to Koh Samui. We faced horrible experiences out there. The people are mostly extremely, openly and abusively racist. Being Muslim ad veiled I was denied assistance from any of the locals.. Like asking very politely about labels on food products on a supermarket. But the most horrible experience came when we bargained with a taxi driver, my husband, and I. He took us through scary inside deviation in the middle of a totally dark night. We were there at his mercy in the middle of a jungle.. He then started insulting us, our race, religion, country as well as a couple of neighboring countries of ours.. He stopped suddenly in the middle of nowhere and asked my husband to walk out of the taxi and go looking for assistance to get direction.. My husband refused since it was obvious he wanted to attack me. Once, finally we got to the resort which was a few kilometers away from down town, he cursed us in English using extremely bad language and threatened us that he will be back.. All that because I told him that he shouldn't have insulted us.. He then went to the back of the car it looked like he was lloking for some hidden knife or arm.. We just RUNNN .. I did not quit the resort for 3 days.. had nightmares and now I hate Thailand and mainly koh Samui. I wouldn't advise anyone to go there. Malaysia is far better in matters of local security and treatment. They spoilt my honeymoon and I had paid them for it.
If you go to a GoGo bar you know what you are doing, if you go to a hostess bar you are normally there for a reason and if you are with a partner normally you are left alone...but if you go to a nightclub you will find lots of single women either barworkers who have finished work or 'freelancers' these girls will not leave a single bloke alone and can get annoying as they can get very pushy as they try to win over other women
Virtually all of the local population and a large number of the tourists seem to travel around on these little motor cycles. No-one wears protective gear and it’s not unusual to see people using their mobile phone or smoking while riding along. The record number of people I’ve seen on a motorcycle here is 4 adults or 3 adults and 2 small children. Add to this, the lack of traffic laws (or at least the lack of obeying them), it’s obviously not a safe way to travel.
You’ll see holiday makers on a daily basis with “road-rash” around one elbow and one the lower leg (usually the left). Apparently, about 1 person a day is killed in accidents on the road.
You hear a lot of rumours about Mekong Whisky and i don't know how much of it is true. However after drinking a shed-load of it i can say that it feels like drinking a couple of pints of Vodka and Red Bull and turns you into the scooter version of Evil Kneival
While riding your scooter at anything up to 70 mph you will encounter various hazards , wildlife will appear in the middle of the road ( elephants and giant pigs ) , street sellers will harass you , pink bar girls will solicit you , tranvestites will scare you and dogs will chase you down the road.
Thai people are culturally very big on politeness , they are naturally polite so rudeness can provoke an extreme reaction.
One nasty incident i witnessed was outside a nightclub where a taxi drew up with four english tourists ( public school ) who argued with the taxi driver over the fare ( difference of about 20p ) ,when they started abusing the taxi driver he went absolutely mental and started chasing them around with a pipe.
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