Transportation Guide of Samui Island
Whether it is because of the splendor of temples, the profoundness of religious culture, the refreshing view of beaches, or the exoticism of folk customs, Thailand just has this unique charm. The hospitality, warm-hearted Thai-styled smile, and meticulously services would make tourists feel at home. Various interesting Thai snacks and fresh and yet cheap seafood are another reasons why Thailand is so popular, let alone those fashionable-retro-styled clothes. You can enjoy your vacation in your own way in this magic country – Thailand. In this article, I am going talk about transportation and recommend some trip schedules.
Samui Island is the third largest island in Thailand surrounded by around 80 small isles. The coconut-related industry is one of the main industries here; hence Samui Island is also known as “the island of coconut forest”. Compared with Phuket Island where the tourism industry is well-established, Samui Island is more primitive and attracted numerous tourists from all over the world. There are many beaches, marvelous temples, forests and falls. It would be also great to travel to nearby isles to enjoy the primitive tropical views.
Transportation: on Samui Island
There are Tuk Tuk, Red Car and taxi. Usually, people would choose carpooling. It would also be great to rent a vehicle – motorbike or car.
It usually costs 150 B a day to rent a motorbike. You need to use your passport as a temporary collateral. Your passport would be returned to you when you return the motorbike. However, if you shop and need to get rebate, you also need to use your passport. So it is important to schedule your trip. As for a small jeep, it costs 500 B to 700 B a day. You would be asked to check the scratches on the jeep and to sign a document. Please do take a picture of the jeep and all related scratches before signing your name as the evidence in case you might be conned later. There are many gas stations on the island, you can simply use google map to find them.
1. Please do wear helmet while riding the motorbike because the speed of other motorbikes is pretty fast. Also you would get fined by the police in the downtown area. When you shop or have meals in the restaurant, you can simply leave the helmet on the motorbike.
2. Before you return the motorbike, please do check the opening hour of the shop. Since the local shop starts late in the morning, so if you need to catch the plane in the morning, it would be better for you to return the motorbike the night before.
Transportation: Airport to Downtown
Since it is a bit expensive to take taxi on Samui island (it costs around 500 B to reach Chaweng Beach from airport), many people would choose Red Car or Mini bus, which usually costs 150 B to 200 B. You could also ask the front desk of the hotel to rent a mini bus for you, it costs around 1000 B to reach BoPhut Beach from the pier; the distance between airport and Chaweng beach is shorter than that of Bophut Beach and pier, so the price would be a bit lower.
You could also book the pick-up service of the hotel in advance. The fare is around 250 B per person. There are three advantages: 1. The car is waiting at the gate of the airport before you arrive. 2. You don’t have to negotiate with the driver with Tuk Tuk and Red Car. 3. You don’t have to drag your luggage and hail for cabs.
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