Koh Samui Travel Guides (Part 1)


Koh Samui is the third largest island in Thailand. It’s a collection of small islands surrounded by so many beautiful landscapes. Known as the Phuket’s Eastern Jade with the area of 229-kilometre squares, this island is suitable for relaxing with long beaches, white sand and charming coral reefs. These are useful guides for you when travelling to Koh Samui.

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Travel cost

The most convenient way to get to Koh Samui is to take the flight from Bangkok, Phuket, Pattaya or Singapore. There are over 20 flights per day from Bangkok to Koh Samui with the price about 3 -4 million dong. The average cost of travelling from Vietnam to Koh Samui is about 7 – 8 million dong (depart from Noi Bai airport) or 5-7 million dongs (depart from Ho Chi Minh city).

Or you can travel by train to Surat Thani then take the bus to the ferry to Koh Samui. That is suitable for those who combine travelling Bangkok with Koh Samui and other southern provinces. The cost for travelling by that way is about one million. It’s much cheaper than travelling by airplane buy it will take about 15 hours.

Unlike other places, there aren’t many public means of transport in Koh Samui. You can use songthaew or taxi to get the main islands. Traveling by songthaew is quite cheap, just about 20 baht per person. Another the option is to rent the car and you drive yourself. The cost is about 800 – 1500 baht. However, the traffic in Koh Samui is quite complex.

Flight to Koh Samui (via 12go.asia)

Traveling by boat is the only way to get to islands and beaches where there are no roads. Longtail boats, canoes and cruises are always available to offer you. You should ask the cost before you get on the boat.

Accommodation cost

You don’t have to pay much when you stay in Koh Samui. The popular places that are chosen by tourists when travelling there are Chaweng beach ( the largest and best services) and other beaches such as Bid Buddha, Maenam, Lamai and Bophut fishing village. The most expensive places are three-star resorts in Chaweng area with the price about 3 million per night. The cheapest price is about 200-300 or 500- 700 thousand dong per night.

Dining cost

Food and drink in Koh Samui are various. You can choose Thai traditional dishes such as pad thai, som tam and other European dishes. Besides, seafood is the pride and the highlight in Koh Samui cuisine. It’s about 300-500 bahts for a meal at the medium priced restaurants.

Book the entertainment ticket in advance

If you come to Krabi beaches, you will see a lot of interesting activities and entertainment services. Therefore, it’s difficult for you to choose the activities and you don’t know the cost of them. The tip for you is to choose before you travel. That also helps you arrange the time and plan rationally.

Restaurant in Koh Samui (via samuirestaurantguide.com

In addition, booking the ticket online can help you save money because the online ticket is much cheaper.

Try the street food

The delicious food which is sold everywhere is what you should try. Be a tradition of Thailand, street food is very cheap comparing to the food in the restaurant or bar on the beach. There are lots of dishes, so you can choose easily. The maximum price is about 200-300 bahts for sticky rice and grilled seafood.

Prepare water and snacks

Coming to Koh Samui, you will have the opportunities to experience tours to small islands in the neighbourhood. Normally, those tours will offer you water and a lunch. However, if you cannot book a tour or if you want to experience yourself, remember to prepare drink and food. You can buy a big bottle of water for your journey. It can help you save money.


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