Reminders On Your First Trip to Koh Samui


Koh Samui is a paradise, but it’s more an international destination than many Thai islands. It means that some rules you’re used to at home might not apply in the same way here.

Koh Samui is part of Thailand, but it is different from Bangkok or other parts of the country you may have visited before. There are some significant differences.

Here are a few things you should always keep in mind when planning on going there.

Koh Samui has a busy nightlife

A view of a city street filled with lots of traffic

Koh Samui is popular with tourists from all over the world, so it gets busy after dark. Bars and clubs stay open late, and there are often live music performances or other events going on at any time of day or night.

It may remind you a bit of home, except that here, loud music and other noise are 24/7. Unfortunately, this means that sometimes you won’t be able to sleep as well as you can at home.

If possible, try to stay close to where you’ll be partying, so the noise doesn’t keep you up all night. Or if it does, make sure your hotel provides earplugs so you can still get to sleep. There are even noise-canceling earbuds that can block out loud noises.

Koh Samui has strict regulations about beach fires and BBQs

A group of people posing for the camera

The beaches in most places are beautiful. However, some have been damaged by careless fires. To preserve the natural beauty of the beach, you cannot light a fire anywhere, including barbeques.

In general, you must have permission from local authorities before you can light a fire anywhere on the beach. If you do not, you could be fined as much as 1,000 baht (the US $31).

Be sure to ask before lighting anything that might resemble fire or grill. Even cooking food with an open flame is restricted in most places, you must have permission from local authorities before you do so.

Koh Samui has zero tolerance for drugs and illegal substances

The island is famous for its white-sand beaches and clear waters, but it’s also known as one of the places in Asia to find drugs. The problem is that this draws drug dealers from all over Southeast Asia. Local authorities are very interested in cracking down on illegal drug use, possession, and sales.

As a result, it’s dangerous to buy drugs anywhere in Koh Samui, even if you’re trying to have fun with friends. Police are known for using spot searches and checkpoints to catch people carrying drugs. You can also be caught if you are hanging around in a place where you know drugs are being sold or used.

Drugs have ruined many lives on Koh Samui, so if someone offers to sell you something, politely refuse and walk away. When in doubt, don’t risk it!

Beware of the dangers of Samui’s roads

Samui has a low rate of car accidents for its size, but people are used to staying off the roads at night. There are cars everywhere during the day. However, be careful when crossing the street or riding in a taxi or tuk-tuk.

Do not drink and drive, even if you think you can manage a short trip on your own. Many resorts have bars and clubs on their premises, so it’s easy to party until late at night. If you’re going out for a big night, make sure you have a designated driver who won’t be drinking at all.

Dress appropriately for the beach

Although Samui is famous for its beaches and water sports, the water can be rough. If you want to swim or play in the ocean, wear appropriate clothing and protection against jellyfish stings.

Hot weather is common here, so take care not to get sunburned. Sunscreen lotion will be available at hotels and resorts for free, but if you’re traveling on your own, create a beach bag with all the essentials you might need to protect yourself from the sun.

Final Words

Having fun is the most relevant part of your first trip to Koh Samui! If you follow some safety tips, be courteous to others, and are aware of local laws, you’ll have a great time!

These are just a few things to remember when you go to Koh Samui. Follow these guidelines and enjoy your stay in paradise! Have fun!

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