The Koh Samui Guide: an Amazon best-seller!


The Koh Samui Guide 2015
[The Koh Samui Guide 2015 – published January 09, 2015] We wrote The Koh Samui Guide‘s 1st edition, in February 2012, to give visitors the confidence to enjoy a new culture, country and climate while making sure they loved every moment of their vacation. Despite ‘palm tree paradise’, many people find a gap between the brochure and reality. We’d often see…

  • Frustrated honeymooners watching the sky fall down for another day of rain.
  • Travel forums dismissing Koh Samui as being “too touristy”.
  • Miserable tourists walking in noon sun along a busy road.

Writing The Koh Samui Guide seemed the best way to share our advice, experiences and tips for how to enjoy your Samui vacation with any group of people, at any time of year, on any budget. When the first customer email rolled in, we just about fell over:

“It blew us away how good the book was. It covered everything… This book needs to be in as many people’s hands as possible.” – Stephen

Since then, The Koh Samui Guide has helped people in 49 countries (from Austria to Malaysia to Samoa) plan their best possible Samui vacations. Readers include parents, honeymooners, retired couples, single people setting out on yoga retreats and a particularly vocal set of bird-watchers.

“I’ve gone from knowing nothing to feeling like I know Koh Samui like I know the back of my own hand.” – Lecinda

If we didn’t have this download I really don’t think we would have such a great time. We saved valuable time as you had done all the research for us. We have booked again next year on the back of a fantastic holiday which would not have been so great without your book.” – Karen

“It’s a bit like meeting up for coffee with a travel savvy friend who knows Koh Samui REALLY well and is happy to chat with you about it for hours.” – review

Today, our 4th edition is brand new for 2015 – our best yet!

Inside The Koh Samui Guide

What’s inside The Koh Samui Guide?

15 chapters: When to visit // Where to stay // How to get around // What to know in advance // What to bring // Your arrival and departure // Food and drink // Exploring Koh Samui // Activities and excursions // Nightlife options // Shopping // Enjoying rainy days // Island events // Koh Samui with kids // Bird-watching and more // Resources: Thailand reading list // About the authors // Accommodation booking details // Footnotes and further reading

The Koh Samui Guide: What's Inside

100% honesty (and then some)

12 years of Koh Samui research, exploration and food-finding (we’ve been getting to know Samui since 2003!)

Beach-by-beach comparisons, 3 island maps, 4 helpful charts and around 178 photos (the Kindle version has 44 photos).

It’s ‘dual voltage’ – whether you work in degrees Celsius or Fahrenheit, miles or kilometres, we’ve converted every fact and figure in two directions.

Whether you’re coming as a couple, a family, are on a budget or celebrating something special, we’re certain you’ll find our travel guide helpful, reassuring and insightful. Get all your required research in one place, whether you want to plan in advance or wing it from your pool bed.

The Koh Samui Guide: free updates all year!


What’s the difference between the PDF and the Kindle versions? The PDF and Kindle versions have the exact same content, with slightly different photos. (As most Kindle models have black and white screens, certain photos lend themselves to grayscale more than others).

  • The PDF version has around 178 photos, 3 maps, 4 charts and is a bigger file size. PDF customers also receive free updates throughout 2015: you get an email with a new download link whenever we make changes (as when places close overnight – a common occurrence on Samui).
  • The Kindle version has around 44 photos, 3 maps and 3 charts.

Other than photo content and download time, it’s simply a matter of choosing your preferred device.

What’s different from the 2014 (3rd) edition? The 2015 version is nearly 200% longer (177 pages vs 91 pages). Read the full answer here.

Do you offer a hard copy of this book? Can you mail me a paperback? No, but you can very easily print the PDF version on your home printer. Choose to print the entire book, or just take the pages you want to reference while on Samui (perhaps the maps and restaurant suggestions?).

I bought the PDF copy of The Koh Samui Guide and you still haven’t mailed me a real book. I’m irate. We cannot emphasise enough that we will not be mailing you, or anyone, an actual book. The Koh Samui Guide has but 2 earthly forms: (1) an instant PDF download that you can choose to print, or (2) an instant Amazon Kindle download. Both are beauties, neither arrive via mailman.

What forms of payment do you accept? Easily pay with PayPal, all major credit cards (Visa, Mastercard, AMEX, etc) and some debit cards. We use the fantastic, extremely secure and very mobile-friendly Gumroad service for payment processing.

How long does it take to get my book? Assuming you have good Internet, you’ll have it in seconds. To download the PDF version, you’ll receive a link (and an email with the link) immediately after payment. As for Amazon Kindle, if you’re a Kindle user you know the drill.

Reader reviews for The Koh Samui Guide

“We loved the guide – it’s by far the most helpful thing we’ve found on Koh Samui.” – ANNA

“Thank you for a great ‘guidebook’….it has lots of practical info…it was like having a friend telling me all the good ‘stuff’…” – JACCI

“We love your guide! It kept us interested and made us laugh!” – KERRY

“Thanks to your guide I am more excited for my trip than ever, it just had all the information I wanted.” – MICHAEL

“Thanks for creating such a fabulous guide book. I downloaded it to my Kindle and loved every page. My only wish was that it was longer, as I felt rather sad when I’d finished it!”  – TOR

“Excellent guide book will take with me on iPad on Boxing Day…. the best guide I have found far better than lonely planet…” – ANDREW

“VERY readable and clearly written by people who have spent a lot of time there.” – DAVID

“We purchased your Koh Samui Guide and really enjoy reading it, so factual and practical!” – PHILIPPE

“We found your guide very helpful for understanding how the songthaews and taxis negotiate—this was crucial for us as we ventured all around the island.” – LUNA

“Very entertaining! I am sure we will refer to all the practical details once we arrive but for now, on a rainy wet November Sunday in Wales, the Guide is a really great ‘spirit lifter’!” – BARRY & MELANIE

“We found it invaluable. Admittedly it was a bit hard to leave the luxury of our room/resort to explore, but we enjoyed tooling about”. – RICK

“I am planning my honeymoon at Samui in August and I believe our trip will be surely benefited by this book”. – GEORGE

“The guide is proving an interesting and informative read. The only thing missing was where the good bird viewing spots were (LOL). A bit specialised I know. Now if only we can get our heads around a few Thai phrases we’ll be right”. – RAFAEL >> Update: after popular request, bird-watching details have been added to the current edition (2015)

“Obviously written by two people who know the area extremely well. I thoroughly recommend this book to anyone who is looking to visit the area”. – WENDY

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