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There are several different options for transportation to get you to see the island's different beaches and villages.
A decent map of the island is a good start to getting around. This map may assist --> CLICK HERE
Getting around the island of Ko Samui only takes around a couple of hours. So seeing the entire island is perfectly feasible during a day or two of your holiday. Getting through the jungle in the centre of the island, 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.
Samui does not have a bus service, but 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.
Regular yellow or green taxis or any other Samui Taxi normally do 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.
The international brands have offices on Samui and at the airport. There are many local companies offering car rental around the island.
Ensure that you are covered for insurance. Whilst hring that cheap jeep from Mr T might be your dream, the fact that you have no insurance when in an accident can make it much more expensive compared to that nice little compact car with full insurance for the international brands.
Read the small print, know what you are covered for! A good operator will only wnat to a copy of your passport and licences, a not so good one will want the real thing. International brands will take a holding deposit from a credit card, but this will be returned when the car is returned.
You will need your driving licence and may need a international driving permit. IDPs are available from driving organisations in your home country.
There are a small numbercompanies that will arrange a group or bespoke tour.
Renting a motorbike is cheap at 150- 250 a day but does not include any insurance coverage. If you damage the bike you will have to pay for it , but most of the time the charges are inflated.
Samui is not the place to learn if you have never ridden a bike or scooter before. 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 your holiday 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.
When all else fail go to the tourist police, then can be helpful.
NaviGo Samui is a transportation service which customers can simply book a private car from their mobile phones through the NaviGo Samui application. The Privatly owned car will come directly to your location using GPS. all have cameras installed.
App Features include estimate your trip costs, your driver's details, and live tracking.
Download NaviGo Samui App (For FREE Available on iOS & Android) and log in via Facebook
Here is guide on how to stay strictly within the law if operating any vehicle (car or motorcycle) on Thai public roads