Car hire in Koh Samui

Moving Around The Island

There is no public transport in Koh Samui.
Walking on the road sides is not a good idea…

Driving in Koh Samui is easier than Surat Thani. There is a convenient “ring road” that goes around the island to get you anywhere without complications. There is no public transport on the island and walking around is dangerous. So what are the options to move around the island?

Taxis in Koh Samui: An expensive option that lacks independence. The island becomes an expensive place to visit if you are planning to get around by taxi. Prices are very high in Samui. As in many other locations in Southeast Asia, the service is run by mafias. Taxi meters are for decoration. Expect heavy and frustrating haggling with taxi drivers with you always overpaying.

Renting a scooter: Very dangerous and not rain suitable. Scooters are an inexpensive and enjoyable option to move around the island, but extremely dangerous. Koh Samui roads have one of the highest motorbike accident rates in the World. Not for beginner drivers or families.

Koh Samui car hire: Safe, comfortable, and versatile. Book in advance to get a better price and when available, try to rent with a well known rent a car company such as Avis, Sixt, National or Eurpcar. If you have to rent from a local supplier, make sure to check the rental agreement and conditions carefully and walk away if anything looks dubious. NEVER let your passport or any ID as deposit.



There are advantages using a well known global car hire company. Take 0 risk and hustle, renting your holiday car in Koh Samui or anywhere in Thailand using our search engine powered by RentalCars to complete your reservation. Avalilable cars from the most consolidated car rental brands, at the best prices with the best conditions. Vehicles from stablish brands benefit from premium locations for pickup and returns including Samui International Airport, Chaweng Beach, Bophut or delivery to your resort.

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Thailand is safe, but be smart and take precautions. “Too good to be true” deals, or unreasonable deposits / guarantees are a big NO.

Plan and reserve online to have access to more and better choices. Waiting to be on-site will narrow your options to whatever is available, including car rentals and other services and activities. Remember you need an International Driving Permit to drive in Thailand.

NEVER leave your original passport as a deposit to ANYONE. It is accepted to leave 5,000 to 10,000 Baht insurance excess as a deposit. We have seen many local companies requesting tourists original documents. Be aware if something goes wrong or if the vehicle is damaged, you will be in a vulnerable position and will have to accept anything to get your documents back. Make sure your vehicle has an adequate level of insurance before completing a reservation. Ensure your dealer is registered as a Koh Samui car hire company in Thailand. Again, if you want to avoid the hustle and risks book your car instantly through our reservation engine.

If you chose to rent a scooter, think twice if you are not an experienced driver. Drivers in Thailand can be reckless. Thailand is not the place to learn how to ride a motorbike.

Feel free to ask us any questions, we are here to help!

Renting your car safely

Finding a car hire in Koh Samui can be challenging. It involves taking risks and sometimes painful negotiations. If you try to find a private car rental on your own, you never know for sure if the vehicle has the right insurance, terms & conditions, if the dealer has a car rental permit or if the car’s history is “clean”. Horror stories renting cars and motorbikes in Thailand happen every day…

We work with large car rental companies like Avis, National, Budget, Europcar and Hertz through one of the largest, most respected online car rental aggregators. With well known car rental companies you can go ahead and reserve your car online. You may find a slightly cheaper vehicle if you look for a local company but trust us, a slightly cheap car rental is not worth the risk.

We do endorse however, a number of local car rental companies in Koh Samui we know and trust. Book a well known brand through our reservation booking engine or send an inquiry to our car rentals partners. With big car rentals you can book instantly. For smaller Koh Samui car rentals, fill the form with your needs and preferences. If the local rentals have vehicles available, they will send you a quotation and rental proposal. *Note KohPlanner is not directly involved in the quotation process or car rental operations.