What's The Koh Samui Guide?

1. You get an instant PDF download

No waiting for shipping and totally portable – The Koh Samui Guide is an instant PDF download.

Downloading the guide takes just 3 steps and less than 3 minutes (even if your computer hates you). Find out how to download your copy!

2. No ads, no sponsorship

We don't accept any perks, compensation or advertising of any sort – ever.

We're totally independent and always anonymous. We don’t accept perks or freebies of any sort. Every recommendation in The Koh Samui Guide is there because it’s genuinely worth your vacation time – there’s nothing in it for us. We pay for everything ourselves as normal, totally incognito guests or customers.

3. Lots of animal love

Calling all crazy cat ladies and dedicated dog people! (Fine, and vegans, too).

We do our absolute best to steer you towards ethical companies and travel products that aren’t tested on animals (like our favourite mosquito repellent). You'll also learn dozens of ways to help Koh Samui's animals and environment (if that's your thing).

How did The Koh Samui Guide get started?

Short answer: More or less by total fluke (and a naked grandma).


We first visited Koh Samui in 2003 on a family holiday. We packed all the wrong things, got badly sunburned and wondered about everything from 'is the water safe to drink', to 'where can we buy champagne?’.


In 2008, after many subsequent visits, we started a Thailand travel blog – Koh Samui Sunset – to help other travellers avoid common Thailand travel mistakes. We had no idea how to make a website, but Alex had a new Macbook and it came with – cringe – iWeb... The blog started with two posts:

What to pack for Thailand
What to wear in Thailand?

We had got this horribly wrong on our first visit, and thought it might help other travellers. The blog really took off a year or so later, after writing a story about a naked grandma enjoying Koh Samui a little too much. You can’t un­-see stuff like that.


Eventually, the blog gave birth to The Koh Samui Guide – a rum-induced flash of genius meant as “just a quick weekend project”. Combine an obsessive streak with fantastic reader feedback, and that "weekend" has spanned 7+ years of updates and refinement. We never imagined it would become Alex's full­-time job.


Today, The Koh Samui Guide has been downloaded in 93 countries – including islands we had to Google – feeds Alex and her dog, and continues to receive amazing feedback from the loveliest people worldwide.

From the Aland Islands (Google it), to Curaçao, Guam to Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia to Samoa, The Koh Samui Guide has been downloaded in 93 countries, territories and islandy places (and 49 U.S. states!)


Just Released! 5 New Thailand Books for April
Just Released! 5 New Thailand Books for April

April 20, 2019

Beach books? We'd rather they're set in Thailand. Thai cookbooks? Better if the author learned to walk and talk in Bangkok, right? And a totally updated 2019 travel guide for Thailand, too. As we head towards summer travel season – here are 5 hot-off-the-press books to enjoy this month.

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The Koh Samui Guide is in 93 countries and 49 states!
The Koh Samui Guide is in 93 countries and 49 U.S. states!

April 18, 2019

As anyone with a nanny cam will understand – you want to know what your ‘baby’ gets up to. Our baby? Since 2012, it’s been racking up some miles, quite literally zipping from Andorra to Papua New Guinea to the UAE. Out of pure fascination, we occasionally look at where The Koh Samui Guide has been downloaded. Considering we’ve never advertised and put our product on the internet “just to see” – the global interest seven editions later is astonishing.

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Koh Samui Easter Events 2019: Where to Celebrate Easter on Koh Samui?
Your Guide to Easter on Koh Samui (+ Finding Your Eggs)

April 17, 2019

You'll find Easter events all across Koh Samui this weekend – almost all of them geared towards families with kids. Choose from batik Easter egg painting, egg hunts, Easter buffets and Sunday brunches (with or without yoga). Pro tip? As it's the hottest time of the year on Koh Samui, make it snappy with the egg-hunting! Otherwise? It's your chocolate eggs vs full-strength Thai sunshine ... guess which wins.

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