MOVING AROUND KOH SAMUI
There is no public transport in Koh Samui.
Walking on the road sides is not a good idea...
Driving in Koh Samui is easy, 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. Koh Samui becomes an expensive place to visit if you are planning to move around using taxis. Koh Samui taxi prices are very high in Samui. As in many other locations in Southeast Asia, the taxi gill is run by mafias. Taxi meters are for decoration. Expect heavy and frustrating haggling with taxi drivers that will end up always in you 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 rental: Safe, comfortable, and versatile. Book in advance to get a good price and when available, try to rent with a well known rent a car company such as Avis, Hertz, Sixt, National or Eurpecar. 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.
A RISK FREE KOH SAMUI CAR RENTAL
CAR HIRE IN KOH SAMUI THE LEADING RENT A CAR COMPANIES
AVIS - HERTZ - NATIONAL - EUROPCAR - THRIFTY - BUDGET - SIXT
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Finding a car hire in Koh Samui can be challenging. It involves taking risks and sometimes painful negotiations. You never know for sure if the car has the right insurance, if the dealer has a car rental permit or if the car history is “clean”. Horror stories renting cars and motorbikes in Thailand happen everyday.
We work with large car rental companies like Avis, National, Budget, Sixt, or Hertz, and local car rental companies in Koh Samui we know and trust. Book a well known brand now or send an inquiry to our car rentals partners. With big car rentals you can book instantly. For smaller Koh Samui car rentals, let us know your needs and preferences and if they have cars available they will send you a quotation and rental proposal.
FEW WORDS OF ADVICE
Thailand is safe, but be smart and take precautions
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 many other services and activities.
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. Make sure your car hire in Koh Samui has the right level of insurance. Make sure your dealer is registered as a Koh Samui car rental company in Thailand.
If you chose to rent a scooter, think twice if you are not an experienced driver. Driving in Thailand can be reckless. Thailand is not the place to learn how to ride a motorbike.
Feel free to ask us any questions you may have, we are here to help!
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CAR RENTAL TYPES
Popular choices for your Koh Samui car rental.
Compact Car Rental
Economy car rental option, perfect for light use on well maintained roads. Easy to park and cheap to run.
Sedan Car Rental
Good value car rentals with comfort and responsiveness. Ideal for family use on well maintained roads.
SUV Car Rental
A top all rounded car rental perfect for all conditions drive, including off-road and monsoon season.
Pick Up Car Rental
All surface winners and Koh Samui rental favorites for versatility in all driving conditions.
Special Car Rental
This category may include high end manufacturers like:
There is limited availability of this type of cars but if you are looking for something extra special our local suppliers may help
We are working on a section for boat rentals and private bespoke tours in Koh Samui and the surrounding islands.
Give us some time to get this category ready!