Ko Samui Travel Guide

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Ko Samui Things to Do

  • Big Buddha

    Built here in 1972 on the site of the Wat Phra Yai Temple, the Buddha sits at 12 metres high at the top of a staircase and can be easily seen coming in to land at Samui airport. One of the most popular sites on the island, it shows in the tacky t-shirt and souvenir shops that sit alongside the meditation shrine.

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  • Beaches

    The Full Moon Party is held on KO PhaNgan on the eve of the Full Moon, and what a party it is. I was tempted to jump on one of the speed boats and participate in the fun, But my Dad thought i was still a little to young for that kind of stuff. Plus he still remembers what had happened just a few months earlier when he was here with a couple of his...

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  • Angthong National Marine Park

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Koh Samui! Koh Samui! I like Koh Samui. This is the second biggest island in Thailand. Kingdom of coconuts. Koh Samui have a lot of small islands with white sand, crystal clear water. I love it!!! And Koh Samui have a marine national park (Angthong Marine National Park) with Lagon lake (a wonderful view on the sea). A paridise of snorkeling,...

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Ko Samui Hotels

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  • Four Seasons Resort

    After days of activities and excitement in Chaweng , i tried for something different. And yes, four...

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  • Hansar Samui Resort

    101 / 28 Moo 1, 84320

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

    Hotel Class 5 out of 5 stars

  • Rocky Resort

    I arrived at Rocky Resort with high expectations after reading the 14 pages of testimonials on the...

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Ko Samui Restaurants

  • 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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  • Good, simple food.

    Always a warm welcome here from the manager to the cook (his mum), to the waitresses. Very good food, always done how you want it. (Don't forget to learn how to say - not too spicy).This place was recommended by so many people and fully lives up to those recommendations. 90% Thai food with a smattering of international. I couldn't believe the...

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Ko Samui Nightlife

  • 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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  • Green Mango

    Just a tip for those who want to go to this etablissement: Beware of waitresses shortchanging at the Green Mango. Yesterday I gave a waitress a 500 THB bill for a beer (which costs 100 THB) and when she did'nt show up with the change within 15 minutes, I complained to her and then the manager. She blandly denied having gotten 500 (said it was 100...

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  • LONG TIME FRIEND

    If you like Thai boxing like I do, then chances are you be near this bar. It is one of two bars that are located right outside the main boxing stadium on Chaweng. I met one of the owners Emma at a different bar during my first trip, and just by chance ran into "her" again when I went to the boxing on my second trip. The bar is owned by Emma and her...

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Ko Samui Transportation

  • Airplanes

    Firefly from Kuala Lumpur to Ko Samui and Air Asia from Bangkok (don Muaeng) and Kuala Lumpur to Surat Thani (on the mainland near Ko Samui, there is a bus/ferry connection from Nathon to the airport) are a bit cheaper then Bangkok Airways. http://www.fireflyz.com.my/flights/routes-schedules/

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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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  • 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.asiasold.com/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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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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  • Please be a Respectful Temple Visitor

    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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Ko Samui Warnings and Dangers

  • On The Roads

    Taxis on Samui don't have meters so you have to bargain but usually they will charge you a fix rate like 500 baht.They will try to tell you where your going is so far or the price of petrol is expensive...blar blar...most of these taxis hang around the pier or airport waiting for tourist. The general fix rates. Airport > Chaweng > Bophut >...

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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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  • 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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Ko Samui Tourist Traps

  • 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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  • 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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  • 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

  • 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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  • How to avoid Mozzies, Blisters, Sunburn,...

    Light back pack to keep water, camera, etc. with you, and to stow-away your prized acquired possessions from shopping! Sandals, but also a good pair of walking shoes are highly recommended, no matter if you're "trekking" from shop to shop, or if you're planning to travel to the centre of the island.For clothes: the lighter and thinner, the better!...

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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

    There are 2 Na muang waterfalls: The first one is the largest and you can swim underneath it which is very refreshing and cooling on a hot day. It has a fall of about 79 metres so it is quite a big drop. The second you have to climb up to along a very steep pathway. There are little statues all the way up like the one in the second photo and at the...

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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 General

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  • 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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  • Wildlife & Nature

    I could not pass up adding these pictures of one happy elephant. What was interesting to me was that the Thai helpers set out the bucket of water, but that was it.... the elephant seemed to take his bath all by himself (or herself!). Nothing like a cold shower on a hot day!

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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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  • 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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