Koh samui (Thailand)

Koh Samui is the third largest Thai island, located in the western parts of the island at the Gulf of Thailand, about 700 km from the capital Bangkok to the south. The island's biggest attractions are a tropical climate, numerous coconut trees, fringed sandy beaches, the central part of the lush jungle, a small, but beautiful waterfall, as well as the warm and bright turquoise sea water. In addition to the sandy beaches, almost every usual water sport can be practiced in the area, also personal watercraft diving. However, most good dive sites are located just outside the main island, because the view on sandy beaches of the main island is often reasonably low. The island also has a number of slightly questionable animal shows. The best among them might be the domesticated elephant jungle tours and the worst might be a monkey theater and water buffalo fights. At most of the beaches the nightlife is due to the large number of tourist very boisterous.

Population: 62,500
Beach : Yes
Mountain : No
Popular destination: No
Official language: Thai
Skill level of the English language : Moderate
Emergency numbers: 191 (poliisi), 1669 (ambulanssi), 199 (palokunta)
Currency: Thai baht (THB)
Electric plugs: A, B, C, F
Voltage: 220 V
Tipping in a restaurant: In a cheaper restaurant you can leave small change behind if you want. In high-end restaurants there is an expected tip of 10%, minimum.

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Monthly Weather Conditions

Month Average Temperature °F High Temperature °F Low Temperature °F Rainy Days Rating
January - 87.8 - 7 -
February - 91.4 - 3 -
March - 93.2 - 5 -
April - 95.0 - 8 -
May - 93.2 - 18 -
June - 91.4 - 17 -
July - 91.4 - 20 -
August - 91.4 - 18 -
September - 91.4 - 21 -
October - 89.6 - 23 -
November - 86.0 - 20 -
December - 86.0 - 14 -

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Price Level

Compared to prices worldwide, Koh samui is quite a cheap destination.

On a tight budget, the daily budget is approximately $41.29, which includes hostel accommodation, budget meals and public transportation.

On a moderate budget, the daily budget is approximately $150.26, which includes a moderately priced hotel, meals at moderate priced restaurants and transportation costs.

Estimated prices:

  • Basic hotel: $40.34
  • Taxi ride (3 miles): $7.00
  • Taxi ride (6 miles): $12.83
  • Beer in a restaurant (16 ounces): $2.33
  • Meal, McDonalds: $6.66
  • Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant: $2.16

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Koh samui has been classified as safe with security classification 4/5.

Safety index values (higher is better):

  • General: 64.7 (better than United states average 47.9)
  • Walking alone during daytime hours: 96.9 (better than United states average 69.6)
  • Walking alone at night: 62.5 (better than United states average 41.7)

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Car Rental

Things which affect the renting of the car:

  • Direction of traffic: In many countries in Asia the traffic is left-handed. In countries like China, Vietnam, the Philippines and Laos the traffic is right-handed.
  • Age restrictions: The minimum age for renting a car is usually 18 - 25 years. Drivers under 25 years of age and over 65 years of age are charged an extra fee or get rental terms and conditions, which include to take an additional insurance for damage / collision.
  • Driving abroad: Without special contracts a rental car can almost invariably only be driven inside of the country in which it is rented.
  • Driver’s license and documents: An international driving license, passport and credit card are mostly required to rent are car. The exception is China, where only a Chinese driving license is valid, so for driving in China it is either a Belgium or a Hong Kong driving license required, which can be translated to Chinese.

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