Koh Samui Tourist Information
Koh Samui Climate
Thailand has a tropical climate with high humidity. Temperatures average 86° Fahrenheit. Although temperatures suggest that it's more or less "summer" on Koh Samui all year round, there are in fact three seasons: the dry season, the hot season and the monsoon season.
Koh Samui Currency
The currency in Koh Samui is the Thai Baht (THB).
Koh Samui Local Time
GMT + 7 hours
Koh Samui Flight Time from London
Flights to Bangkok from London take around 9 hours, then a further 1 hour to Koh Samui.
Getting Around in Koh Samui
Koh Samui is very easy to get around. It takes about an hour to drive around the whole island. Motorbike hire on Koh Samui is a pratical, cheap and fun way to explore the island, but beware of reckless driving.
During the day, red pick-up trucks, or "songthaews", serve as local buses. The destination is marked in English on the front and sides of the songthaew. They have no official stops, but follow fixed routes around the island. Flag down the first one you see, make sure it's going in the direction you're headed, and bang on the roof when you want to get out. Fares should be no more than 60 Baht.
Car hire is an excellent way of getting around Koh Samui, as it allows you to explore the small roads and hidden tracks leading into the jungle or down to one of Koh Samui's private coves and deserted beaches.
Perhaps the most popular - and most risky - way of getting around Koh Samui is to rent a motorbike for between 120-250 baht per day. Remember you are much more vulnerable than other road users if you're on a bike, and motorbikes do not come insured - so take care on the road.