Getting Around Koh Samui Island
Koh Samui is an explorer's dream to discover something new. Offering a wealth of diversity of landscape, vistas, flora and fauna, and yet small enough to seek adventure in its many out-of-the-way places, Koh Samui is best seen by taking Songthaews (red local bus) which operate around the island. The fare starts at 20 Thai Baht, depending on the distance of the destination.
For many reasons, the least suitable for exploring, but the safest and easiest way to get to the destination is to go by taxi. The official taxi service time is until 9.00 p.m. Visitors are recommended to negotiate strongly for the fare and keep in mind that negotiation should always be dome before boarding. Note that the fare at night will be escalated.
By a rented Jeep
Rented Jeep, 4WD, is available from many family-owned agencies and some well known large companies. The vehicle will serve as the basic means of transportation taking visitors around many hillside natural and man-made attractions which are easily accessible from the ring road. Some of these vehicles come with insurance, but the coverage is limited. Always ask for details first. The minimum price is from 800 Thai Baht.
A more flexible way to get around the island, rented motorcycle costs approximately 200 baht / day. Beware, as roads other than the main roads on Koh Samui are quite rough in some parts.
Getting to nearby Islands from Koh Samui
1.1 Na Thon Pier (Koh Samui) -- Thong Sala Pier (Koh Phangan)
Songserm Travel Co. operates ferry boats and express boats between Na Thon Pier on Koh Samui and Thong Sala Pier on Koh Phangan, four times a day. The trip takes about 45 minutes for express boats, and one hour for ordinary ferry boats.
1.2 Bo Phut Beach (Koh Samui) -- Haad Rin Beach (Koh Phangan)
There is a ferry boat leaving Bo Phut for Koh Phangan twice daily at 9.30 a.m. and 2.30 p.m. The return trips depart Haad Rin Beach on Koh Phangan at 10.30 a.m. and 3.30 p.m
See related article: How to get to Koh Samui
Getting Around Koh Samui Island Information by Tourism Authority of Thailand