Travel Safely

• Hire a bike you can handle + make sure the tires and brakes are in good condition.
• It is Thai law to wear a helmet + ride with the bike
head lights on day and night - though most do not. Thisis periodically enforced + non compliance may result in an on the spot fine of THB500 + a two hour detention at the Police station. Fun it may be to ride around without a helmut remember the ground is as hard here as back home.
• Remember to slap the sun bloc on your face, back of your neck, arms, hands, feet + legs whenever you are on the bike, wear sensible footwear.

Travel Safely

• The use of a mobile phone while riding a motor bike or driving a car is against the law and will result in an on the spot 5,000 Baht fine if caught by the Police.
• Expect the unexpected. Samui drivers do not obey any form of driving code - except "I should
be at the front". People pass in crazy locations
and pull out onto roadways without looking. Motorbikes pass on the left and right and many car drivers seem to drive as if they are riding a motorbike. Expect this craziness and all will be fine. Stay calm + let the others do what they will. After all you are on holiday and there surely is no need to get anywhere in a hurry.

Travel Safely

• Samui roads are not in the best of condition so keep your eyes on the road ahead - watch for potholes. If on a bike do not brake or turn suddenly when riding through sand. Apply equal pressure using both front + back brakes in sand to prevent the front wheel tipping.
• If a minor accident happens it is more than likely that you - the foreignor - will be held responsible - even if this is not so. This is just the way it is. In the confusion and fuss that will ensue stay calm and try to keep up and go with the flow. Avoid being used as an ATM and it is not a good idea to argue with the Police - this will just make things more difficult for you.

TravelGetting Around


One of the most wonderful things to do on Samui is to hire a motor bike and ride around the quieter parts of the island. The warm air, smell of the landscape, tranquility and big vistas are intoxicating. Early morning + dusk have a special magic + after rain the landscape smells heavenly so stop + take it in along with the quiet. Explore small lanes off the main road + discover small seaside villages. Even getting caught in a downpour is fun - stop and shelter in a road-side sala along with locals doing the same.