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Top Tips

  • Start your day on the east coast for sunrise and make your way west for sunset.
  • Avoid buying paracetamol, sunscreen and insect repellent from the rip-off pharmacies – try the convenience stores.
  • If riding a scooter or motorbike, just go slow and wear a helmet.

What to Take

  • Sun-cream – more than you may need, it's very expensive on Ko Samui.
  • Insect repellent
  • International Driving License
  • Electrical adaptor for two prong or flat sockets
  • Thai phrasebook
  • Hat and sunglasses
  • Sandals
  • Earplugs
  • Medical kit

What to Wear

  • Light, loose-fitting clothing
  • Clothes that cover your elbows and knees when visiting temples
  • A crash helmet if driving a scooter or motorbike
  • A sunhat

Pre-Departure Checklist

  • Ensure your passport is valid for at least six months.
  • Get a visa if visiting for more than 30 days.
  • Check your vaccinations are up to date.
  • Get driving insurance and an international driving permit.
  • Arrange appropriate travel insurance.
  • Get medical clearance if planning on scuba diving.
  • Inform your bank and credit card company of your travel plans.