Some useful information before you travel
We represent your villa owner’s and look after their guests in resort, organise transfers and any extras you may require during your stay.
We have put the following information together for you, before you arrive on the beautiful island of Koh Samui, and we hope you will find it useful.
Our local contact details
Firstly the contact details of our local guest services team Sue, Ning and Oi from Samui Diamond Properties.
Sue, Ning and Oi are there to assist with any needs or questions you may have. From moped and car hire rental to excursions, if you fancy a private catamaran for a full or half day we can also organise this for you.
If you book a car this will be delivered direct to your villa once you have arrived, or if you been before and you know your way you can pick it up at the airport. If you wish to book a car we recommend you book early as in busy period’s there is limited availability, choice and prices also tend to increase.
+ (66) (0) 8 8983 6418
Before you arrive
Before you fly, and if you are flying with Bangkok Airways, we suggest that you join their Flyer Bonus Scheme. On Bangkok Airways the hold baggage allowance is 20kg per person, however if you join the scheme you will be entitled to another 10kg hold baggage for every person who joins. So follow the link and join today.
Staying in touch
If you have an old/extra mobile phone, it might be a good idea to bring it with you. When you arrive at Koh Samui Airport, you will likely find that, True Move mobile phone company, are handing out free sim cards, they already have a few minutes call credit on them. Extra top up time can be bought in any 7/11 shop, and it is only a few Baht to call anywhere in the world, so handy for calling home, and local calls.
There are a few options for getting around the Island and local towns.
One is the local Songthaews, the cheaper alternative to taking a taxi on Koh Samui. These serve as the islands local buses and are basically a pick-up truck that has been painted red and have seats in the back for people to sit on. They operate till late in the evening.
Even though the Songthaews follow an official route around the islands roads, there are no official bus stops, so in order to get the Songthaew to stop you need to wave them down by the side of the road and once on the van either press the button inside the vehicle or bang on the roof to get the drivers attention to get off. Songthaew fares can range from about 50 to 100 Baht and this is paid to the driver when you disembark the vehicle.
If you have been out late during the night you will find Songthaews outside the main night hot spots, at this time at night they mainly do private transfers which again means you will have to agree a price before getting on, and depending where you are going you are looking to pay a higher price.
Another option is taxis, for those who want to travel around the island in air conditioned comfort using one of the islands many yellow taxis will probably be the best option for you.
Taxi’s usually drive around the islands main roads and towns, they operate both day and night.
The downside with using a local taxi on Koh Samui is that the fares can be extraordinarily high and even though most of the taxis have a meter, and it does say taxi meter on the taxis, the drivers never turns them on.
If you do decide to use a taxi always negotiate a price from the outset.
However we use the services of a lady taxi driver and her or her team are very reliable and very reasonably priced. Kate can be contacted on 086951 7122, she speaks good English and knows all our villas. You can arrange with her to any of your requirements such as a shopping run where Kate will take you to one of the large shopping centres and collect you later at an agreed time.
A third transport option especially in resorts is a motor cycle taxi, very handy for getting around the main areasin towns, you can spot these drivers easily as they will have a vest on with taxi & and number on it.
In Chaweng Noi you will find the famous Jungle Club, here you will have amazing views over the Bay of Siam, Chaweng and towards the Island of Ko Phangan in the day time, and at night time, all the lights of Chaweng and beyond. “Chill out” in the restaurant and bar where traditional Thai and French Cuisine is served, or relax in the shade of a candlelight atmosphere while listening to cool international and local music.
The Jungle Club is often described as one of Samui’s best kept secrets. An experience not to be missed! If you just want to go for a drink, lunch or dinner we can recommend it as being worth a visit. They Offer a pick-up service from the main road for a small fee.
66 (0) 81 894 23 27
If you would like a trendy night out for a few drinks, we can highly recommend the W retreat, Koh Samui, Bophut, here you can sit in the Lotus Pond and sip cocktails.
On Thursday nights they have Mojito night. From 19.00 till 23.00 you can drink all the different kinds of Mojito’s they have, all for Baht 1,300. (Do check if the Mojito night is on and if any price changes, if you want to go on a Thursday, get there for 19.00 for the best seats)
Or just go there on a different night for a cocktail around sundown time to experience the ambience and the view.
Phone: (66) (0) 77 915999
Another place to be seen is Nikki Beach for their “Amazing Sunday Brunch” you will need to book, as it gets very busy.
Their award-winning Amazing Sunday brunch is simply a must. There are over 50 items to choose from including a pasta station, omelette station, waffle station, seafood and sushi assortment, carving table, dessert table, Thai station, and an “around-the-world” table featuring a different ethnic cuisine every week. For tablereservations: (66) (0) 77 914500
If you are more into the clubbing scene, there is theGreen Mango complex in Chaweng on the beach road, inside this area you will find open air bars and discos, they normally close at 03.00 and other clubs around Green Mango will open for a few hours. Taxis andSongthaews can be found opposite the main Green Mango entrance on the Chaweng beach road.
For shoppers there is a new shopping centre in Chaweng,
Here you can find and large selection of air conditioned branded shops, restaurants and bars, or just in front of the shopping mall on Chaweng beach road you will still find all the small local stalls/shops with their copy goods, and here you can haggle for a better price.
For food shopping you will find both Tesco/Lotus – Big C and Macro on the main road in Chaweng, both Tesco/Lotus and Big C are within small shopping malls, Macro is more a whole sale supermarket for bulk buying, however no membership needed. There is also an abundance of 7/11 and FamilyMart’s on the island, they are all open 24/7, and stock everything you might need to tie you over before getting to the big supermarkets.
Samui also offer a few local “walking street markets” one is in Bophut Fisherman’s Village, on Friday nights they hold a “walking street” where the village is closed off for traffic. Here you will find many stall’s selling everything from local food and drink to craft items. You can also find an excellent selection of restaurants.
Another “walking street market” can be found in Maenam on a Thursday here you will find similar offering similar to Fisherman’s Village.
In Chaweng you will also find a smaller walking street of the beach road offering goods, food and drinks for sale.
If you fancy a private catamaran for a full or half day wecan organise this for you.
A trip to the national park is a two hour boat trip each way, there are many tours with different operators you can go with. Our preferred one is with Seatran’s yacht, it is an excellent trip with good food, on a lovely boat.
Royal Samui Golf & Country Club has been constructed in the mountain side above Chaweng and Lamai, this Samui golf club offers spectacular views of both beaches and of the surrounding island. Each hole offers panoramic picture views of adjacent and neighbouring holes with many breath-taking drops in elevation. Royal Samui Country Club holds little margin for error, so be sure to hit the fairways and greens on approach shots. The tees, fairways and rough were built using mountain green grass providing high resistance to drought and heavy rains.
The 18 hole championship golf course at the “SantiburiSamui Country Club” (Par 72 and 6.930 Yards) is known as one of the most beautiful courses in Asia, and has been an essential stop on the PGA Asian Tour for many years. It is set in the gentle mountain landscape inland inSamui, where a soft cool wind is always blowing.
There is no reason to be afraid of extreme heat during the game. There is no handicap requirement to be able to play on our course- beginners should however start on the somewhat easier 9 hole variant of the course due to its the demanding nature.
We hope the above information is useful to you when planning your trip, who knows, once you have arrived in Samui as one guest said “We don’t want to leave”.
Whatever kind of holiday you are looking for we wish you an excellent stay.
On behalf of your Samui Diamond Properties Team.
Sue, Ning, Oi, David & Tonny