Getting Around in Koh Samui

Getting Around in Koh Samui

There are Several Ways for Getting Around in Koh Samui, either through using Public or Private ways of Transportation. Koh Samui is the Second Largest Island In Thailand after Phuket, That’s why knowing how to get around is important.

Below are the Possible means that you can use to get around the Island:

1) Songthaews 

Songthaews are not only existing in Koh Samui, They exist in most of the Provinces all around Thailand. It is a popular way of transportation For locals and Tourists as well. Songthaews are also Popular in other Countries in South east Asia Such as Vietnam, Cambodia and Myanmar.

In Koh Samui, This Songthaews are Considered to be the Only way of Public Transportation around the Island. It replaces the Buses. Its Capacity is Maximum 10 Passengers at the Same time. However, Some People just Jump and Hang on the Back of the Truck (Especially during the Rush and Busy Hours).

In Case the Passengers have Luggage that take Space. They can put it at the top of The Songthaew to save Space so everyone can Sit. This is the Cheapest way of Transportation that you can use to get around the Island.

The main route of this Mean of Transportation is the Ring Road which Connects the Island together. However, Sometimes the Drivers Change the Route depending on the number of Passengers going to the Same Place, or for Other reasons like Drivers’ preferred routes.

Songthaew Koh Samui
Photo by David McKelvey (CC BY 2.0) Modified

2) Renting a Car or a Bike

If You are Planning to move a lot and explore the Island by your own, Then the Best way to do that is by renting either a Motorbike or a Car. If you are planning to rent a motorbike, Make Sure that you are a professional Driver and make sure to wear the Helmet. It is one of the most popular ways to get around the Island for Both Locals and Tourists.

You can also rent a Car if you don’t know how to ride a motorbike, However motorbikes give you more freedom to go around alleys and narrowed roads. There are plenty of Cars and Motorbikes Renters all around the island.

Getting around in Koh Samui with Motor Bike

3) Taxis

Taxis are existing everywhere in Koh Samui. They are good way to get around especially for Long Distance Trips. Same as in most of the Cities in Thailand, Taxis don’t use the Meters most of the times. Therefore, You have to agree with the Driver about the Price of the Trip before getting in there, And you Definitely have to negotiate the rate offered by the Driver.

4) Motorcycle Taxi

For a Quick Short Trip, Motorcycle Taxi Can be a very Good idea. If you are Going to take a main road during your trip, Make sure that the driver has an extra helmet that you can wear for your safety.

motorcyle Taxi in Koh Samui
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