Getting around the island of Ko Samui only takes around an hour, so seeing the entire isle is perfectly feasible during a day or two of your holiday.Getting through jungle however, can be a different story. There are several different options for transportation to get you to see the island's different beaches and villages.

Rental car

Rental car options are available through internationally known companies or local companies.  Check insurance covreage, what you can and can't do, and have your international drivers permit; valid full drivers licence; passport and cash or credit card for a holding depoist and payment.  Some companies allow pick up at the airport and some will deliver and collect.


A great way to get about the island is in a "songthaew". Songtheaws are Ko Samui's answer to a bus system. They are pick up / utes that have a covred bag with 2 rows of bench seats.  These trucks only run regularly during the day and night.  Destinations are marked in English on the truck but please cehck with that driver if they go to that destination advertised.   Rides can be cheap running around 50-200 baht per person on the normal busy destination, i.e. Chaweng beach. They do not have any official stopping points. You will hear them beeping / honking their horns when looking for customers.  If you see one, pat your hand up and down as if patting a dog, if the driver has space he will stop, if not he will drive on, it is the only way to catch one. Tell the driver where you want to go, agree a price, get on, there will be others on the truck or the driver may well pick up more folks.  Just press the bell in the roof or tap the sides of the pick up when you want to get off.


There are several companies that will arrange a group or bespoke tour.   


Regular yellow or green taxis or any other Taxi in Samui  tend not to operate the meters on Samui, you need to bargain and agree on a price prior to getting in and it will end up expensive for Thailand standards.

Motobikes / scooters 

Renting a motorbike is cheap at 150- 250 a day but does not include any insurance coverage.   If you damage the bike you pay for it.  

If you never ride a motorbike do not learn how to drive in Ko Samui.   Samui have the highest rate of accident in the kingdom, with poor condition roods that can be crowded.   The last thing you need is to end the vocation in the hospital !!!

Make sure to read the rental agreement prior to agreeing to rent the motorbike:   Make sure you travel insurance covers bike hire:  Take the helmet offered. 

Watch out for some rental agencies that will do everything to get money from you.   Especially if you would like money back as the motorbike does not operate well.   If this happened, try to get the original contact.   When all else fail go to the tourist police, then can be helpful..


Here is guide on how to stay strictly within the law if operating any vehicle (car or motorcycle) on Thai public roads