Public Transport on Samui
Koh Samui Transport | Sometimes public transport is the best option in Samui Islan
Though renting bikes seem to be the most cheapest and popular renting option to travel around Samui Island, remember that most of the local drivers have never received any proper traffic safety instruction. So tourists riding these bikes for the first time may end up in serious accidents.
So consider renting a bike only if you are a prudent person with a good sense of judgment. It is always better to have a look at the TAKS guide booklet of Samui Island to get an idea of safe driving tips on Samui Island.
Driving the narrow streets of Samui Island proves to be rather difficult
Some streets of Samui Island are rather narrow and crowded, making driving and parking of your car rather difficult. so if your hotel is not too far from the beach or destination in Samui Island, it would be better for you to rent a songtaew. This is a dark red pick up bus found on Samui Island which rents within 20 baht within Chaweng or Lamai.
There are no official songtaew stops as they are easy to catch as there is always one passing by, horning at you. on waving, they stop for you. however check the price of the fare before boarding the songtaew. Your fare should be anywhere between 20 to 60 baht, depending on your destination.
There are metered taxis on Samui Island, which are air-conditioned yellow limousine cars. They are comfortable; but ensure that the meter is switched off on departure to avoid endless quarrels on the fare. You also find public red taxis on Samui Island, which you should avoid using as the drivers are known to be rude, overcharge and have a bad temperament.
Avoid traveling at night in Samui Island as you may end up in an accident
You can get around Samui Island using motorbike taxis too, which are found near popular spots of Samui island. You can tell a motorbike taxi by the driver wearing colored vests and their cheaper fares of about 10 to 20 bahts. Renting bicycles is another option to get around Samui Island. However don't ride it at night as you will then be very vulnerable to accidents as many drivers drive without any headlights on Samui Island.
You can reach nearby islands of Samui Island like Koh Tao and Koh Phangan using speedboats that leave Bophut Bay everyday. There are hundreds of tour counters across Samui Island about details of the rent and departure times of these speedboats. On an average, a ride costs about 1,500 baht per person.