Welcome to Samui; one of the coolest tropical holiday destinations on the world map. Samui is a cosmopolitan melting pot, attracting budget travellers that sometimes stay for a month or two in simple beachside bungalows as well as the mega rich, dropping by for a weekend at a luxury resort or beach villa. Koh Samui is unique among Thailand's islands in maintaining a broad appeal to everyone. This helps to foster the distinctive relaxed atmosphere that sets it apart. Samui has a wide range of accommodation, great nightlife, action sports, and beautiful scenery. Experience first-class spas, holistic activities, ladyboy
Koh Samui weather comes in three distinct seasons: dry, hot and rainy. Thailand is situated between the Tropic of Cancer and the Equator (slightly closer to the latter), making its climate warm and humid all year round. The humidity level is generally between 70 and 85 per cent, and the temperatures averages at around 28°C.
Located in the Gulf of Thailand, Koh Samui offers all that vacationers from cooler temperate countries could dream of regarding weather conditions. They are generally good year round, and the one thing you will rarely feel is cold. The optimum weather conditions can be enjoyed between December and August.
Getting around Koh Samui is not at all difficult thanks to a modest but adequate range of transport options. Being a mere 25 kilometres long and 21 kilometres across, most journeys around Thailand’s third largest island will be pretty short, but there is a choice available to suit any distance and any budget.
Most of the transport options which are common in Thailand’s top tourist destinations have also found their way to Koh Samui, though there are one or two notable exceptions. The island has no tuk tuks, for example, and no proper formalised bus service. However, the public transport will be able to get you to most of the key destinations and vehicle rental is available for those hard-to-reach places.
Songthaews (Pick-Up Taxis) in Koh Samui
The nearest thing Koh Samui has to a bus systems is the songthaew. Its name meaning ‘two benches’, they are generally little more than a pick-up truck with a roof covering two benches fitted in the back. During the day, they follow set routes and the truck will generally have its destination painted on the front in English. There are no official bus stops, so you can flag one down anywhere.
Using a Songthaew does require that you have a reasonably good idea of where you are going. The road network of Koh Samui is far from complicated, so this will not require much effort. The problem is that, with set routes and no route maps available, you have to just keep riding until it is as close as possible to where you want to go. When you want to get off, ring the bell (you’ll find doorbell-like buttons on the ceiling in the passenger compartment) or bang on the roof to get the driver’s attention.
Songthaews are the cheapest method of getting around Koh Samui, costing as little as 20 baht per person and generally no more than 60 baht. The usual practise is to just jump aboard without talking to the driver and pay 20 baht per person when you jump off – no discussion or haggling. In the evenings, some songthaews operate as private taxis. This means they will take you directly to your destination, but they will also charge you considerably more for doing so. You will need to discuss exactly how much with the driver before setting off.