NaviGo Samui is a simple mobile app that lets users secure comfortable and fairly affordable transport around Koh Samui. It allows you to choose a precise pick-up point and destination and then alerts nearby drivers to your needs.
The app is free to download and works for Apple’s iOS, Android and Windows Phone. It is also free and very simple to register an account. The app will generally use your present location as the default collection point and you can search for your destination using Google Maps or Foursquare. It will then give you a rough estimate of the journey price, which includes the 100 baht booking fee and 25 baht per kilometre charge.
While very similar in nature to GrabTaxi (which is used in other destinations around Thailand, including Phuket, Bangkok, Pattaya and Chiang Rai), NaviGo is a locally developed taxi booking app in Samui. At the time of the app’s launch in December 2015 there were only a handful of cars using the service, so it would be wise not to bank your transport needs exclusively on its use until it has had time to grow. However, it still provides a much easier means of getting around Koh Samui, removing the need to wait around in the sun for a cab which is willing and able to go where you want to be.