Car Hire at Koh Samui Airport
This information is correct as of September 2015
Hire a car at Koh Samui Airport and see parts of the island that most tourists don't. Forget about crowded public transport: it's just you, air con and the open road.
Where to hire a car at Koh Samui Airport
Sixt, Avis and Budget are among the companies offering car rental from Koh Samui Airport.
Petrol stations near Koh Samui Airport
If you select a 'full to full' car rental agreement you will need to hand your car back with a full tank.
There are Shell and Caltex petrol stations on the main 4169 road, about 15 minutes drive south of the airport. Try to resist the urge to buy bottled petrol from the road side sellers, as it's overpriced.
Driving around Koh Samui Airport
Traffic drives on the left in Thailand, just like in the UK, so it shouldn't take you long to acclimatise. There are no major highways or dual carriageways on the island. The biggest road is the 4169 ring road, which circles most of the island. You can have an adventure packed day just exploring the sights off this road.
Getting to your destination
With a rental car Koh Samui is your oyster, but first you've got to get to your hotel. We've put together a quick guide on reaching some of the island's most popular travel destinations.
The most popular beach on Koh Samui- and for good reason. Chaweng is home to the longest, most beautiful beach, all white powder and clear waves. After a day of soaking up the sun you can enjoy the buzzing backpacker nightlife.
It takes about 15 minutes to drive to Chaweng from Koh Samui Airport. The town has a one-way system which can be quite confusing. Parking is easy and usually free. Avoid parking on red and white lines and you will be fine. Some hotels in Chaweng also have guest parking, although due to the ease of parking it's not essentail.
Another popular beach resort, Lamai has plenty to keep you entertained. It's also near two of Koh Samui's biggest attractions: the Grandfather and Grandmother stones.
It takes about half an hour to drive to Lamai from Koh Samui Airport. There are lots of places to park in Lamai. Like Chaweng, you can basically leave your car anywhere: just look out for road markings indicating restricted spaces. Some of the larger hotels have guest car parks, but again it isn't essential to seek one out.
Peace, quiet and water sports can be found on this northern beach. It's just five minutes away from the famous Big Buddha statue. Nightlife is chilled out and restaurants are abundant.
It takes about ten minutes to drive to Cheon Mon from the airport. Cheong Mon is very peaceful, and parking is abundant. Choose from car parks or on street spaces, and keep an eye on local signage to ensure you're not parking somewhere that you shouldn't.