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Koh Samui Travel Guide

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If you prioritise tranquility over crowds, Koh Samui is definitely a must to visit. Being the second largest island in Thailand, Koh Samui is abundant with beautiful beaches that are more peaceful as compared to Phuket’s. Famous beaches like Chaweng and Lamai beach will definitely be filled with tourists, but Koh Samui has hidden beaches along the coastlines for those who need a respite from the hectic everyday life. The island is also known to be a favourite destination for couples to spend their honeymoon due to its serenity.

Local Custom & Slang

Sawadee-ka (for females), Sawadee-krap (for males)

Meaning: Hello!

Khop kun ka (for females), Khop kun krap (for males)

Meaning: Thank you!

Round food in local’s household

Locals in Koh Samui have many round food in their households as it is believed to bring luck and happiness. If you’re on a vacation on the island, buy some eggs or oranges to usher in luck and happiness!

Buffalo fighting

Although the origins of Buffalo fighting in Koh Samui is unknown, it is a ritual linked to Buddhism. There is no fixed date for the fighting season, but chances of witnessing a Buffalo fight are around New Year's Day or during Songkran.

Trip Essentials

  • Weather
  • Currency
  • Visa
  • Electricity

The dry season in Koh Samui stretches from December to February while the summer season falls on March and April. The monsoon season is from September to November. The best time to visit Koh Samui is between February and March.

Transportation

By Taxi

  • Taxis in Koh Samui can be distinguished by the yellow-red colours.

  • Set the fare in advance, then get their phone numbers for easy contact and negotiations in the future. This will definitely make your trip more hassle-free! An estimate of the fare would be 400 baht for 10 kilometres.

Motorbike Taxi

  • This is the cheapest and most convenient option for solo travellers. Motorbike Taxi drivers wear fluorescent vests that are usually in yellow, orange or pink. Fares start from around 100 baht.

By Bus

  • Song Thaew is the local public bus in Koh Samui. It is a blue-coloured open-air bus that runs regularly from 7:00am to 6:00pm daily. With no designated stops, free and easy travel is more feasible as you are allowed to stop anywhere along the bus route. A tip is to negotiate your price first before boarding the bus! Fares are usually cheaper than taxi fares by half.

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