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13 years' Samui experience
(5 years = non-stop guide book updates)
"By far the most helpful thing we've found on Koh Samui"
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The Koh Samui Guide
How will it help you? Whether you’re totally spontaneous or a list-making travel fiend, a parent, a honeymooner, a retired couple, a solo traveller with a backpack and a yoga mat – even an obsessive bird-watcher – The Koh Samui Guide makes sure the reality of your trip is even better than you hope. Your guide downloads instantly – a PDF to print or read on your preferred device. “We have just had an amazing holiday on the island. Your guide was invaluable.” - Ruth, via Amazon
Arrive an island expert
In 2012, we’d been visiting Koh Samui regularly for 9 years – writing The Koh Samui Guide was the best way to share what we’d learned (and eaten). We never planned for this travel guide to become ‘our baby’, but we’ve expanded and updated The Koh Samui Guide with obsessive love, care and attention for 5+ years and counting. Our 5th edition is brand new and truly our best yet! We’re really, really proud of it. Since our first edition in 2012, The Koh Samui Guide has helped people in 73 countries plan and enjoy incredible Samui vacations.
Love every minute of your trip
Today, put our 13 years’ island experience in your back pocket, gaining instant confidence to enjoy a new culture, country and climate. It’s ‘dual voltage’ – whether you work in degrees Celsius or Fahrenheit, miles or kilometres, we’ve converted every fact and figure in two directions. Find out how to enjoy your time on Koh Samui with any group of people, at any time of year, on any budget.
Use every tool in our arsenal to have a happy, healthy trip (plus tips for emergency preparation).
Avoid tourist traps?
Learn how to avoid the madding crowds, and their tour buses.
Is it raining?
You hadn’t noticed. Find out how to enjoy every kind of tropical weather, plus rainy day activity lists.
Find your perfect beach, with hotels for every budget, plus ideal choices for romantic or family trips.
Updated island maps
Easily get your bearings with island maps and helpful charts, plus everything you need to know to get around.
Your faqs: answered
Become a walking Wikipedia: Sunset spots? Vegan food? Views? Rabies? The thing making a squeaky noise? Driving?
For First-Time Visitors: “We just didn't know where to start when planning a trip to Samui, but after reading The Koh Samui Guide I felt like I already knew the island. This is a wonderfully entertaining, informative and well written guide. It's a bit like meeting up for coffee with a travel savvy friend who knows Koh Samui REALLY well and is happy to chat with you about it for hours. I love the way they cover not only all the practical aspects of the island (transport, when the stores open, how to hail a taxi etc.) but also the cultural etiquette in Thailand (something that other guide books don't seem to touch on very much, but is clearly essential). We'll be taking those tips on board I can assure you! Great book. Fabulous. And clearly written by people who know Koh Samui very well. Will read it again before I go to Thailand.”
– VCW Miller, via Amazon
For Repeat Visitors: "I’ve been to Koh Samui 5 times now and this is definately the best guide I have ever used. I hired a car this time (first time) and downloaded the guide to my laptop and Kindle. I discovered loads of great new places including amazing much cheaper fantastic Thai Massages in Nathon, the dog and cat rescue (amazing place .... everybody should go there) and some great new beaches. Thanks to the authors :-)”
– K, via Amazon
For Couples: "This guide is not just for the backpacking wanderlust. My husband and I downloaded this to use on our honeymoon in Koh Samui this February. Gives great advice about local restaurants, bugs, drinking the water, grocery stores, etc. Even if you're staying at a resort this will still come in handy for you."
– Tang Tang, via Amazon
For Parents: “Your travel book was brilliant as it mentioned family activities quite often and places to eat, most travel books have a small piece on families and then concentrate on couples or back packers. I think there is a real need for books that concentrate on families that are wanting their kids to experience different cultures rather than sat on the beach.”
– Karen, via Amazon
For Fears and Concerns: “You have no idea how much you have helped me – Thailand is my dream holiday and I just cannot wait to go but was always apprehensive but you have taken all those fears away and I am eternally grateful.”
For Every Last Detail: “We were totally confused where to go, what to do in koh samui untill we read this book! Really helped us make the decisions on what to do and where to go! Easy great read!”
– Christopher, via Amazon