58 rave reviews
What our lovely readers have to say...
1. Booked again next year
“If we didn’t have this download I really don’t think we would have such a great time. We have booked again next year on the back of a fantastic holiday which would not have been so great without your book.” – Karen
“We found it invaluable. Admittedly it was a bit hard to leave the luxury of our room/resort to explore, but we enjoyed tooling about”. – Rick
3. My new bible
“Just a quick note to say this is the best guide by a mile!!! It was so fun to read and makes the most sense. Koh Samui is my dream holiday and I just cannot wait to go (next week!) so just a thank you really for writing my new bible! Thank you so much again for making me feel so much more relaxed about my trip to Thailand! I have recommended your guide to about 10 people so far! 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.” – Jenna
4. Helped make our holiday
@kohsamuiguide is fantastic and helped make our holiday so enjoyable. Huge thank you. We are going back for 3wks next year and can't wait Yippeee
5. The most helpful thing
“We loved the guide – it’s by far the most helpful thing we’ve found on Koh Samui.” – Anna
6. Feel totally prepared
“Downloaded your guide yesterday and so pleased I did. We are biding in 5 weeks and feel totally prepared now! ☀️”
7. From knowing nothing
“Hi guys! Just wanted to drop a line to say THANK YOU for preparing this guide! I have spent hours trawling through your articles on your site and reading your guide, and I've gone from knowing nothing to feeling like I know Koh Samui like I know the back of my own hand. Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge, it's truly appreciated!!! I now know everything (and more) that I wanted to know about Koh Samui/Thailand, and you have increased my excitement and enthusiasm for our upcoming holiday so much!! I don't know how I'm going to wait four more months!! =D” – Lecinda
8. A huge help
9. Very helpful
“Worth the cash – They know the area well,and very helpful packing guide.. in Koh Samui now using it.”
10. Didn’t know where to start
“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.” – Mrs VCW Miller, via Amazon
11. An amazing holiday
“We have just had an amazing holiday on the island. Your guide was invaluable.” - Ruth, via Amazon
12. Perfect guide
"Thanks for the great Koh Samui Guide. We are coming next week..perfect guide! Could not find anything decent in London bookshops!!" - Ilpo & Anneli
13. The only thing missing...
“The guide is proving an interesting and informative read. The only thing missing was where the good bird viewing spots were (LOL). A bit specialised I know. Now if only we can get our heads around a few Thai phrases we’ll be right”. – RAFAEL
*Update: after popular request, bird-watching details have been added!
14. Made us laugh
“We love your guide! It kept us interested and made us laugh!” – Kerry
15. Finally choose our beach
Good morning from " not sunny "Ireland. Great guide : we will finally be able to choose our beach for what we need (family with 18 months and 7 year old): the photos of the sand makes it easy, unlike descriptions in guide books and website.” – Dominique
16. More excited than ever
“Thanks to your guide I am more excited for my trip than ever, it just had all the information I wanted.” – Michael
17. Better than ...
“Excellent guide book will take with me on iPad on Boxing Day…. the best guide I have found far better than lonely planet…” – Andrew
18. Three more copies!
We like your guide so much that we just downloaded three more copies for our traveling companions!
19. Amazing recommendations
“I have already found a few amazing recommendations through your guide.... Thank you again for your beautiful guide book (I particularly loved the graphics on types of sand!)....I look forward to trying out these adventures on New Years.” - Ale
20. Cultural etiquette
“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!” – Mrs VCW Miller, via Amazon
21. Can’t wait to go
“I just want to say Thank You for all the information in your book. I really enjoyed reading it. We (my Partner and I) are going to Koh Samui in March and now I cannot wait to go. It was a great read with great tips and everything you need to know.” – Ann & John
22. Most useful thing ever
“Your website has been the most useful thing I've ever found!”
23. Blew us away
“It blew us away how good the book was. It covered everything… This book needs to be in as many people’s hands as possible.” – Stephen
24. Like having a friend...
“Thank you for a great ‘guidebook’….it has lots of practical info…it was like having a friend telling me all the good ‘stuff’…” – Jacci
25. VERY readable
“VERY readable and clearly written by people who have spent a lot of time there.” – David
26. Really helpful
“Really helpful information regarding all the things I want to know and lots of things I didn't even think about.” - Janey, via Amazon
27. Very happy
“I am very happy with your guide: seems very useful information to me!”
28. So much to do
“After reading this there is so much to do! Wish I was there for longer. Great tips on what to pack and things to do that I would never of thought of.” – C, via Amazon
29. Looks great
“I just bought your guide and it looks great so far!
30. Crucial for us
“We found your guide very helpful for understanding how the songthaews and taxis negotiate—this was crucial for us as we ventured all around the island.” – Luna
31. Leaving tomorrow
“Huge thank you for a fantastic informative guide. We are leaving for Koh Samui tomorrow afternoon.” - Thomas
“I read the whole book last night and I was hoping to use it while away too. Fantastic book.” - Tania
33. Enjoying the read
“I just purchased your guide, already enjoying the read.”
34. Wise investment
"I just bought your book and really enjoyed it. The first thing I thought, once I really started getting into it was, “These folks have really spent time here.”It’s hard to find good, reliable, well-written , well-thought-out, easy-to-read travel guides like this one… and I now consider it a wise investment. Great job!" – Jason
35. Easy to follow
“Great guide, easy to follow. Excellent tips to follow” – Jain
36. Open and honest
"Nice insiders guide. Open and honest reviews of beaches and places in Kom Samui. Highly recommended." - Ao, via Amazon
"Very readable with great, down-to-earth advice." – C, via Amazon
38. Spirit lifter
“Very entertaining! I am sure we will refer to all the practical details once we arrive but for now, on a rainy wet November Sunday in Wales, the Guide is a really great ‘spirit lifter’!” – Barry & Melanie
39. Using it every day
“I’m using it everyday, it's brilliant - thank you :heart_eyes:”
“Thanks so much Alex! love love the guide btw! Thank you.” – Clare
41. Next month
"We will definitely be taking The Koh Samui Guide with us when we leave next month there is so much information in it it is definitely a great guide."
42. Very detailed
"I have just downloaded your book and find it very detailed"
43. Huge thank you
"Huge thank you for a fantastic informative guide"
"Just finished reading your lovely guide book for Koh samui! Can definitely see the effort put in, it is very well written:)"
45. Useful in planning
"I recently purchased the online Koh Samui travel quide, which I have found very useful in my planning for my trip to Koh Samui in July 2017."
46. So helpful
"I LOVE your guide, so helpful!"
47. Really enjoying
"I have bought your Koh Samui Guide and am really enjoying reading all the info. How cool to have this resource!!"
48. A little apprehensive
"Thanks Alex, I so appreciate your help....was in Koh Samui in 2004 so a little apprehensive of the changes, thought your guide looked a great way to get sorted !!"
"I just bought your guide. I just wanted to thank you for it, I found it real brilliant."
50. Looks great
"Have just downloaded your guide and looking forward to sitting down to go through it in detail, it looks great at first glance"
51. Will read it again
“Great book. Fabulous. And clearly written by people who know Koh Samui very well. Will read it again before I go to Thailand.” – Mrs VCW Miller, via Amazon
52. Helped me a lot
"Firstly, thank you so much for your lovely Koh Samui Guide. It helped me a lot in the process of booking a place to stay and to give me a good idea about the island."
53. Just perfect
"Hi , your guide is funny and just perfect for what we need. Well done for being so 'real' and thourough!"
"this has been wonderful information for our upcoming trip"
55. New Year’s
"Thank you so much, we are looking forward to New Year's in KohSamui with your guidance...... Merry Christmas"
56. Preparation for family trip
"I purchased your Koh Samui Guide a while ago in preparation for our family trip in March next year. It’s very informative and interesting, thank you."
57. Can’t wait
“Hi Alex, Just to let you know that I've downloaded the guide to my iPad without problems. We started going to Ko Pha Ngan and Ko Samui in the early 1990s and haven't been back since 2001. This time there are 3 kids in tow so I think your guide will be invaluable. Thanks so much for your help. The guide is excellent and can't wait to put it into practice!” - Steve
58. Such a good read
Loving your blog & The Koh Samui Guide - such a good read and definitely engaging.