Samui is an explorer's dream. It is just big
enough to offer 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, while
hardly ever losing sight of sea. Below are some ways in which you can do this.
For many reasons, the least suitable for
exploring, but the safest and easiest way to get from point A to B if you don't
know where B is! Drivers of public (red) taxis have operated uncontrolled for
years. Regrettably they have been the source of many complaints. These have
included rudeness, overcharging, and occasionally worse. Efforts are now being
made to address all these problems. In the meantime however: obtain a copy of
our TAKS "Getting the Most from Samui" guide booklet when you arrive.
Use the instructions and the chart inside to ensure that you pay fair rates and
If you rent a Jeep
Available from many family-owned agencies and
some large companies whose names you will recognize, the rental of a 4 wheel
drive vehicle will allow you a lot of freedom. It will serve as your basic
transport, but you can also use it to circumnavigate the entire main ring road
of the island (about 1 hour) and more. You can visit many hillside natural and
man-made attractions which are easily accessible from the ring road. You can
stop at them all, going at your own pace. If you are especially adventurous and
have experience in off-road driving, you may head up unto the mountains. (Rented
dirt bikes are another option for those who want to go off-road.)
you can negotiate the ruts and sometimes seemingly impossibly steep inclines,
you will be rewarded with spectacular views of the surrounding islands, as well
as flora and fauna that is overwhelmingly beautiful. If Samui is paradise, its
mountains are its Shangrilah.
Some of these vehicles come with insurance,
but the coverage is limited. You had better ask for the details.
Many of those who remain down on earth, seem to opt for
motor bikes to get around town, go to the beach and go out for the evening;
making these inexpensive rentals the most popular option by far. They are fast,
fun and easy to park. But BEWARE. Many local drivers have not received proper
instruction in traffic safety, and tourists are often riding these bikes for the
first times in their lives. Many SERIOUS ACCIDENTS happen. People are killed,
and the statistics are alarming. However a prudent person need not panic. These
accidents are almost always due to a serious lapse in judgement. Remember that
while Samui may be a paradise you are still a mortal. Upon your arrival, see the
TAKS Guide Booket for the safe driving tips you will need.