Transport on Koh Samui
Taxis on Samui a lot, but compared to mainland resorts of Thailand, it is much more expensive to ride less than 500 baht from beach to beach almost impossible, and prices are constantly rising in recent years. The machine is equipped with a taxi meter (taxi) meter, and more profitable to ride them, but taxi drivers on the island love to offer trips without a meter, at a bargain price, and it's safe to say that this trip will cost you half to two times more expensive. If you decide to take a taxi at a bargain price, you should bargain half of the first named driver prices.
If you get a taxi from Samui airport, it is better to use official taxi Desk at the airport, although there prices can not be called humane.
Cheaper alternative to car taxis on the island is motorcycle taxi.
This is the most convenient way to move around the island. On the island you can rent a car and a motorcycle. In Thailand without restrictions, the Russian national law of the relevant category (read more about this in the article, renting of transport in Thailand), but renting a motorcycle it is important to have an open category "A", otherwise there will be problems.
Traffic on Samui is very quiet, so no problems in this regard, you will not experience. The whole island surrounds the perimeter of the nice ring road with a length of about 50 kilometers, all of them have both Thai and English signs, free maps available all tourist spots.
Renting a bike will cost 150 baht per day, for a long period of time make discount up to 100 baht. Find the bike rental is possible almost everywhere, even on the Nathon pier, where ferries arrive most tourists. So you can immediately arriving on the island to rent a motorbike, and return it when you leave.
Renting a car will cost slightly more expensive than on the mainland (from 1000 baht per day). You can rent a car at the airport or Chaweng beach. Cheap car rentals can be found near Nathon pier. For car rental in necessarily require an international driving permit (IDP). Is such a law, made in the form of booklets in several languages that are issued in addition to the regular national rights of the bodies of the traffic police. They act only when presented together with your national (domestic) rights, so don't forget to take with you on a trip. To get an IDP is not required to write any exams, you only need to pay a fee. Order them easiest website public services.of the Russian Federation, the value of discount will be 1120 rubles. You can contact the traffic police or the MFC personally, but then the IDP will cost 1600 rubles (price 2018). To pick up right after their manufacture in the traffic police or in the MFC.
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It is the only public transport on the island, and the most inexpensive way to travel around the island without your own transportation, however, their route network is very limited. Besides, in the evening they begin to work as a taxi, transporting tourists at a higher contract price.
They are converted to carry passengers trucks plying between the main settlements of the island. You have no stops, and they stop anywhere along the route. There are three main regular route:
- Pier Nathon – Lamai beach (going South ring road)
- Pier Nathon – Chaweng beach (going North on the ring road past the beaches of Maenam, Bophut)
- Nathon pier – the beach of Bang Rak (Big Buddha) - Chaweng beach (going North ring road past the beaches of Maenam, Bophut, Bangrak)
In addition to these routes there are other irregular, for example, from the pier, Raja Ferry also possible to go by taxi, but only when it comes to steam. Continuous route between the beaches of Lamai and Chaweng is not, however, cars still come across.
The fare for all three routes in 2014 100 baht (at least as much demand from tourists). For smaller distances you can travel cheaper, but you should agree a price before the trip with the driver. Keep in mind that, as everywhere in Thailand, drivers of songthaews love to drive tourists as a taxi, so once you talk to them about price or about the destination, they can offer you to drive anywhere, but, of course, for the price of a taxi.