Koh Samui is a beautiful place to go on a holiday. Every turn on the island can be an adventure, making it one of the most leading tourist destinations in the world. However, on the first visit, not everyone is prepared for the lurking dangers that can happen in the city.
Much like many heavily populated cities, the beautiful island of Koh Samui is not 100 percent safe. And there are many mistakes made by first-time travelers that can ruin your Koh Samui experience. Here are a few of them to avoid.
Not Being Careful When Traveling
Just as there is an adventure in any corner, there is also the potential for danger. Koh Samui roads, for instance, are not the safest to drive in. Most of them are in poor condition due to the wear of many vehicles passing by. This, coupled with the heat of the tropical climate, may damage road surfacing.
While Samui roads are not completely treacherous to drive in, it can’t hurt to be extra careful. Make sure you pay attention to any road blockages that could cause potential accidents. Be mindful that motorists in Koh Samui can act quite differently from those in your home country.
It is especially vital that you are more cautious at night. Constant vigilance is your protection from any nighttime incidents such as pickpockets. Applying proper precautions will save you from an incident, and make sure you have access to the authorities should anything happen.
Not Preparing for Insects
Being a tropical country, Koh Samui is home to many wildlife. Unfortunately, this includes a host of insects and reptiles. There is no guarantee that you won’t encounter them during your travels on the road.
While many of Koh Samui’s accommodations are clean and safe, there’s no telling where you can encounter these insects during your visits to public places. To be on the safe side, make sure you have the right equipment to combat any creepy crawlies. Make sure you pack enough mosquito patches or ointment to avoid any insect-related diseases.
A peak time for these insects is between 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., which is worth noting when planning your itinerary.
Not Knowing How Samui Taxis Work
Koh Samui is home to many unique modes of transportation. In particular, there are two types of taxis on the island. There are your typical taxi meters, and there are songthaews. Songthaews are pick-up trucks that double as buses.
Whenever you plan to use any of these taxis, it’s best to remember the proper etiquette. For taxi meters, make sure you always watch the meter or accept any discussions of fare beforehand. If your driver asks for a price without turning on the meter, calmly ask for them to do so. Otherwise, it’s smarter to find another taxi.
On the other hand, songthaews will be much cheaper. However, it is important to note that they have their own set routes and might not run through your destinations. Still, it is important to be wary of drivers that double their price for tourists.
On average, songthaews will cost you around 60 baht, if not less. You can opt to simply pay this amount to avoid any double pricing.
Koh Samui is a beautiful place to help you unwind and get away from the notions of your daily life. Still, it is always important to stay on your guard and avoid any mistakes that could cost you, physically and financially.
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