Call it a blueprint for your dream vacation. It's 14% as long as War and Peace (but much more readable).
The Koh Samui Guide is your comprehensive travel guide for Koh Samui, Thailand. Since its first edition in 2012, it has helped thousands of people in 96 countries plan and enjoy incredible Koh Samui vacations. The guide is packed with 16 years' Koh Samui expertise and has been an Amazon Asia travel best-seller (#3!!!).
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.
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).
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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:
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 96 countries – including islands we had to Google – feeds Alex and her dog, and continues to receive amazing feedback from the loveliest people worldwide.
I’m Alex – I talk to my dog.
In 2012, my brother Charlie and I wrote The Koh Samui Guide we wished we’d had on our first few visits to Thailand. To my surprise, the guide became “a thing” … and it’s been an ongoing labour of love ever since.