Car Hire at Samui International Airport
This information is correct as of August 2015.
Samui is Thailand's third largest island, and the largest island in the Chumpon Archipelago. However it is small enough that it is possible to drive around literally the whole island in just a couple of hours. Why drive when you can walk or ride a motorcycle? Driving allows for a faster mode of travel, not to mention the convenience and comfort of being in an air-conditioned vehicle. You will, of course, need a car first before you can set off. If you book early, you'll be able to acquire one at Samui International Airport.
Where to hire a car at Samui International Airport
Car rental providers at Samui International Airport are Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz, and Sixt Rent-A-Car. Choices of vehicle models include Hyundai Accent, Ford Focus, Ford Fiesta, Volkswagen Jetta, Toyota Altis, and many others.
What to expect when hiring a car from Samui International Airport
Samui International Airport or Koh Samui Airport is located in Tambon Bo Phut, on the island of Koh Samui. It is approximately two kilometres north of Chaweng, the main city and largest resort centre on Koh Samui. The airport is a private airport built and owned by Bangkok Airways. There aren't many petrol stations in the island, but the one nearest the airport is Caltex, located at 102/2 Moo 6, Tambon Bo Put Amphoe Ko Samui Surat Thani, 84320.
Driving around Samui International Airport
It is really easy to get around Koh Samui, especially by car. This is a popular option for foreigners as it is a fun way to explore the island and you usually get your money's worth. The only problem lies in the road safety: reduce the possibility of accidents by always driving responsibly and with caution. Never take your eyes off the road while driving, and be wary of civilians or animals that may cause hazard on the road. Always wear your seatbelt and make sure you never travel without your license and registration document.
Getting to your destination
Koh Samui has many beautiful beaches, but one of the two major beaches on the island is Chaweng Beach. Now a commercialized area, there are hotels, Irish pubs, and Italian pizzerias that visitors can enjoy! Chaweng Beach is known for its night life, and is the place to go if you're looking for a reckless party scene.
Chaweng Beach is just an 8-minute drive south of Samui International Airport, passing by the Nora Beach Resort & Spa, Anantara Lawana Resort & Spa, and Kandaburi Resort and Spa along the way.
Lamai Beach is the other main beach on Koh Samui. It is also full of bars and tourists, but the beach is in much better condition than Chaweng and is less crowded. Lamai is great for swimming. You can explore the area south of Lamai to the Muslim Fishing village Hua Thanon. On the way, take a look at the two famous rock formations Hin Ta and Hin Yai, known also as the Grandfather and Grandmother rocks as they look like the male and female genitalia.
Lamai Beach is accessible via Route 4169.
Wat Khunaram Ko Samui
Wat Khunaram Ko Samui is the most famous temple on Koh Samui. Its main attraction is the mummified monk on display, which sits upright in a glass casket. The mummy belongs to the monk Luong Pordaeng, who died in 1973 in a seated meditative position.
Wat Khunaram Ko Samui is accessible further down Route 4169.