One of the most regularly asked questions I come upon when booking rental properties on Koh Samui for my consumers is about transport and getting round the island. Unless you are planning to spend your entire excursion in your chosen hotel, villa or a nearby beach, you will want some form of transport to get round Koh Samui to see the neighborhood attractions, surroundings and to go to locations of interest. There are countless picks available to site visitors consisting of neighborhood public transport, taxis and car, motorbike or minibus rental.
Public transport on Koh Samui is in the form of ‘song-taew’ vehicles (literally translated as ‘two rows’). Song-taews are pick-up vehicles which have been customised with a roof and two benches geared up on the back, allowing passengers to sit down in relative comfort with protection from the solar or rain. Song-taews on Koh Samui circulate round the predominant island ring road, most regularly on the east and north coasts between Lamai and Chaweng to Bang Por. There are also song-taews which serve the beach road areas of Chaweng, Bangrak, Choeng Mon. Depending on your locality, song-taews can also omit with the aid of each five to twenty minutes and can then be flagged town to take you to your destination. Song-taew fares depend on distance travelled and ought to be round the 20 – 50 Thai baht per man or woman for the journey. On flagging down the song-taew, you have to tell the driver the place you are going and agree a price. When drawing close your destination, certainly ring the bell located in the returned of the truck and the driver will cease to let you out and ask for payment.
Koh Samui taxis have pretty a bad recognition on Koh Samui as the taxi drivers refuse to use meters. Drivers declare they are pressured into this exercise due to the fact of high living costs on the island. In the past, there have also been fairly publicised instances of taxi drivers attacking their clients when they refuse to pay high fares. Generally, taxi drivers on Samui might not even let you into their cabs for much less than 200 Thai baht with traditional journeys costing as plenty as 500 – 1,000 Thai baht. To put this into perspective, not lengthy in the past I hired a taxi from Bangkok to Chonburi, a journey of 200km, for a total fee of 1,000 Thai baht. If you are going to use Koh Samui taxis, make certain you agree on a charge with the driver before placing off to avoid any problems on arriving at your destination.
Vehicle apartment is the last alternative for getting around Koh Samui with the alternative to lease a car, bike or scooter or to appoint a minibus with driver. Insured vehicle condominium fees range from about 850 – 2,300 Thai baht per day relying on the age and mannequin of the rented car. Cheapest car condominium fees are for basic, worn Suzuki jeeps and the most high priced models are luxurious Toyota Fortuners which have room to sit down seven people comfortably. Scooters are available to hire for 200-350 Thai baht per day, once more relying on the age and mannequin of the bike. It is very necessary to observe that scooter rentals on Samui are not insured and so if you cause an accident, it is your responsibility to repair no longer solely your bike, however any different car involved and the medical costs of any different character involved. For massive groups, minibuses are additionally on hand to rent, with a driver, for single journeys, by using the half-day or full-day. Rates, which encompass diesel and a driver, work out at round 300 Thai baht per hour for half-day or full-day apartment with costs for single journeys, such as grocery store runs, working out cheaper than taxis.