Koh Samui Travel Information
Travel and Local Information Guide
It is strongly advised to gather as much information about Koh Samui as you can before you visit. The same could be said of anywhere in the world, but the best way to get the most out of your time on the island is to do your research. Fortunately, our team of locals and long-term expatriates have complied this comprehensive guide to give you all of the local knowledge you’ll need.
Although Koh Samui was little more than an extended coconut plantation and a backpackers' destination only a short time ago, it now has a solid infrastructure and all the amenities you can desire to facilitate day-to-day life. It is very easy to get to and around, enabling you to take advantage of the wide range of attractions and activities on offer, as you will see in the Koh Samui information below.
Samui has several hospitals of varying quality. By far the best is Samui International Hospital in Chaweng (North Beach Road, Tel. 077 422 272), which can deal with most medical needs. Anyone requiring long term or highly specialised treatment should get to Bangkok as quickly as possible.
Visa extensions are available at the Immigration Office in Nathon. Thanon Thaweeradphakdee, Tel. 077 421 069.
There are many sub-post offices all over the island, which are fine for buying stamps and sending postcards. For anything more urgent, go to the main post office in Nathon, which also has a telecom centre for international calls. Seaside Road. Open 08.30 - 16.30 Mon - Fri and 09.00 - 12.00 on Saturday and Sunday.
There are police boxes or stations in most towns, but many of the officers in them won't be able to speak any English. To overcome the language barrier, see the tourist police in Nathon. Thanon Thaweeradphakdee, Tel. 077 421 281.