Ko Samui, Thailand
Ko Samui is a popular island off the east coast of Thailand in the Gulf of Thailand. Driving around you may see miniature spirit houses in front of some residences. These are provided to appease and shelter spirits.
Where You're Docked
Cruise ships anchor and tender to the town of Nathon (pronounced Naa-tawn) on the west coast where ferries from the mainland arrive as well.
Money and Tipping
Easiest and cheapest way to get around is by Songgthaew, covered pickups that serve as the local bus system. Try flagging one down going the direction you want. If it is empty, the driver may loop around a few times to try to pick up more passengers. Approximate fares should be 50 baht to the Big Buddha and 70 baht to Chaweng beach. Make sure you are heading clockwise and to the north from Nathon.
Taxis waiting by pier want to take you on an island tour so you may want to walk into town if they don't want to take you where you want to go. Make sure your taxi driver uses the meter.
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Shopping & Restaurants
Both Nathon and Chaweng beach have many shops and restaurants. There is a Tesco supermarket in Nathon two blocks east of the cruise pier and a post office near the end of the pier.
Central Festival mall opened at Chaweng Beach in 2014. This large open air mall features a Food Park food court, restaurants, lots of shops including a Central department store and a Tops Supermarket.
Try cafes and restaurants for WiFi. The closest restaurant to the pier in Nathon has free WiFi.
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Ko Samui Island
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