Being a popular holiday destination, prices are higher than other locations in Thailand where visitors are rare. Prices of certain products can be slightly higher in Koh Samui due to extra transportation charges from the mainland, but nothing too noticeable.
Comparing Koh Samui to other popular holiday destinations in Europe, prices are substantially lower for most services. Explore our activities and events for the best deals or buy a KohPlanner Secret Deals Passto savethousands of Baht.
Does Koh Samui fit my budget?
A destination for all budgets.
Koh Samui provides accommodation, services, activities and entertainment to fit all budgets. Travelers can choose from budget to luxury accommodation, from street food to fine dining, from renting a moped to hiring a private luxury yacht. Visitors can go as far as they wish.
Koh Samui can deliver a great holiday to all pockets. Make sure you set the right expectations to your standards and budget and you won't be disappointed
Is it expensive to fly to Koh Samui?
Flights to Koh Samui can be expensive, but there are many ways to get here.
The reason behind the higher flight prices than usual is that Bangkok Airways owns and operates the International Samui Airport. Bangkok Airways built the Airport in 1989, that today receives more than 1M travelers per year and is considered one of the most beautiful airports in the World.
Being privately owned, airport fees are set up for profit, not to boost the local economy, hence the higher price than other destinations.
There are many alternatives to flying to Samui including train, bus, and ferry combinations to make travelling to Koh Samui more affordable
Is Koh Samui value for money?
Again, it depends on what you want to compare it with.
Once flight tickets are paid, Thailand offers an unmatched value for money and Koh Samui is no exception. The island offers beaches, activities and events to be entertained for a long holiday. We have often visitors spending a month or more in Koh Samui coming back for more year after year. Koh Samui prices are more affordable than any other destination in Europe and the island offers entertainment to everyone and great weather 9 months per year - Koh Samui Weather.
Are Koh Samui prices seasonal?
Prices in Koh Samui go up during peak season
As is common in other Worldwide popular locations among holiday makers, prices in Koh Samui are subject to changes depending on the season. Prices tend to be higher during peak times on Christmas, February, Chinese New Year and Songkran.
The best deals can be found during September, October and November when the island is quieter. Great time to indulge yourself with some of the best SPAs in Southeast Asia or World famous yoga retreats, at great prices.
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Book in advance
Koh Samui can get busy during certain times of the year. Book online in advance to secure the best local suppliers at the best price. If you leave reservations to the last minute you may have to accept the suppliers available at a higher price. KohPlanner works only with local businesses we trust and we provide a best deal guarantee
Let the haggling begin...
Haggling and negotiation are expected in Thailand. As a rule of thumb on street stands try to slash prices by half of the asking price to start with. If you feel you can go even lower go for it to see what happens
Forget about taxis using meters
In Koh Samui you need some wheels. The best way to move around is by car or moped (only if you are an experienced motorbike driver). Driving can be dangerous in Thailand. If you decide to use taxis, be prepared to haggle in Koh Samui because no taxi uses meter here. If you want to save yourself from the constant haggling with drivers we suggest you use an app called "NaviGo Samui". Uber style app only for Koh Samui. Prices are lower and cars are equipped with GPS tracking and on-board camera.
Sound like a local
An instant saving technique in Thailand is to sound like a local. 3 things to remember: 1 Smile when you address Thais - 2 Use the Thai greeting which is SawasDee Krab if you are a man or SawasDee Kaa if you are a woman - 3 point at what you want to buy and ask: TaoRai Krab if you are a man or TaoRai Kaa if you are a woman. You will sound more like you know about local prices and probably you will get a better deal, still be prepared to haggle...
Thai is almost always cheaper
Import taxes in Thailand can be quite high and international styling can be expensive. Stick to local products and you will get better and fresher. Note: Thailand is a member of ASEAN where there is a free trade agreement on goods produced in other member States such as Indonesia or Malaysia.
Avoid tourist traps
Tourist traps offer lower value at a higher price and exist in Koh Samui like in any other popular holiday destination in the World. Many of these places rely on premium location only, but you can have both quality, value and location. Follow KohPlanner's Favorite for guidelines and ask the locals when you have the chance.