Koh Samui, Thailand

Safety & Health


Drinking Water
Tap water is generally not potable. Liquids from sealed bottles nearly always are and should be used wherever possible. Take care in restaurants as some may use unsafe tap water to make ice for drinks, otherwise made with bottled or safe ingredients. Tap water in most hotels should not be used for drinking or brushing teeth unless explicitly labeled as safe.

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At a local eatery in Koh Samui by schmuela

Medical Attention
Samui has the well-regarded Bangkok Hospital and 
Samui International Hospital. Their addresses and contact numbers are as follow:
  • Bangkok Samui Hospital - 57 Moo 3, Samui Ring Rd, Chaweng, Bophut. Tel: +66 774 29500
  • Samui International Hospital, 90/2 Moo 2, Chaweng Beach Rd, Bophut. Tel: +66 774 22272
For those who are just a little sick or need treatment for a minor ailment, there are the countless clinics and pharmacies, especially in Chaweng.

Motorbikes are somewhat risky but jeeps, trucks and other cars for rent are readily available at very reasonable rates, and are considerably safer. If you must use a motorbike always wear a helmet and never drive drunk. Beware that the roads can be hazardous with many large potholes. A recent development has been the appearance of quad bikes to rent for use on the roads. These do not appear to be registered for road use, so take care.

After a good time drinking in the party areas of Chaweng, Bophut and Lamai, taxis are readily available to take you home. Be careful, taxi drivers generally tend to rip off drunks. It's not rare for tuk tuk drivers to charge you 50 baht for just a kilometre journey.

Chaweng Beach by jetalone

Crime & Theft
Be careful on the beaches at night time as crimes often occur there. 
If travelling to Ko Samui, Ko Pha Ngan or Ko Tao by bus, do not store any valuables in your luggage. Do not let your valuables out of your sight when transiting from the train to the islands.


Guide to
Koh Samui
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