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What's The Koh Samui Guide?

Your Total Guide to Koh Samui: Become an instant expert on Koh Samui, Thailand – here's everything you need to know about The Koh Samui Guide.

Call it a blueprint for your dream vacation. It's 9.5% 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 92 countries plan and enjoy incredible Koh Samui vacations. The guide is packed with 15 years' Koh Samui expertise and has been an Amazon Asia travel best-seller (#3!!!).

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1. You get an instant PDF download

Your Total Guide to Koh Samui: Become an instant expert on Koh Samui, Thailand – here's everything you need to know about The Koh Samui Guide.

No waiting for shipping and totally portable – The Koh Samui Guide is an instant download. Find out how to download your copy: it takes just three steps and less than three minutes to get your guide (even if your computer hates you).

2. No ads, no sponsorship

Your Total Guide to Koh Samui: Become an instant expert on Koh Samui, Thailand – here's everything you need to know about The Koh Samui Guide.

I’m totally independent and always anonymous. I don’t accept perks or freebies of any sort in my guide to Koh Samui. Every recommendation in The Koh Samui Guide is there because it’s genuinely worth your vacation time – there’s nothing in it for me. I pay for everything myself as a normal, totally incognito guest or customer.

I don't accept any perks, compensation or advertising of any sort – ever.
3. Lots of animal love

Your Total Guide to Koh Samui: Become an instant expert on Koh Samui, Thailand – here's everything you need to know about The Koh Samui Guide.

I do my absolute best to steer you towards ethical companies and travel products that aren’t tested on animals (like my favourite mosquito repellent). If you talk to your dog as much as I do mine ... you’ll understand.

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How did The Koh Samui Guide get started?

Short answer: More or less by total fluke (and a naked grandma).
2003

Your Total Guide to Koh Samui: Become an instant expert on Koh Samui, Thailand – here's everything you need to know about The Koh Samui Guide.

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

2008

Your Total Guide to Koh Samui: Become an instant expert on Koh Samui, Thailand – here's everything you need to know about The Koh Samui Guide.

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

I had got this horribly wrong on my 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.
2012

Your Total Guide to Koh Samui: Become an instant expert on Koh Samui, Thailand – here's everything you need to know about The Koh Samui Guide.

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 6+ years of updates and refinement. I never imagined it would become my full­-time job.

A rum-induced flash of genius meant as “just a quick weekend project”
2018

Your Total Guide to Koh Samui: Become an instant expert on Koh Samui, Thailand – here's everything you need to know about The Koh Samui Guide.

Today, The Koh Samui Guide has been downloaded in 92 countries – including islands I had to Google – feeds me and my 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 92 countries, territories and islandy places (and 45 U.S. states!)
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About

Your Total Guide to Koh Samui: Become an instant expert on Koh Samui, Thailand – here's everything you need to know about The Koh Samui Guide.

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.

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