NEW! Totally updated April, 2016 – our 5th edition!
174 A4 pages (56,000+ words!)
Instant PDF download
13 years’ Samui experience and 5 years of non-stop guide book updates
Since our first edition in 2012, The Koh Samui Guide has helped people in 71 countries plan and enjoy incredible Samui vacations:
“If we didn’t have this download I really don’t think we would have such a great time. We have booked again next year on the back of a fantastic holiday which would not have been so great without your book.” – Karen
Find out how to enjoy your time on Koh Samui with any group of people, at any time of year, on any budget.
“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
How will it help you? Whether you’re totally spontaneous or a list-making travel fiend, a parent, a honeymooner, a retired couple, a solo traveller with a backpack and a yoga mat – even an obsessive bird-watcher – The Koh Samui Guide makes sure the reality of your trip is even better than you hope.
“We loved the guide – it’s by far the most helpful thing we’ve found on Koh Samui.” – Anna
“I’ve gone from knowing nothing to feeling like I know Koh Samui like I know the back of my own hand.” – Lecinda
Want to arrive an island expert? In 2012, we’d been visiting Koh Samui regularly for 9 years – writing The Koh Samui Guide was the best way to share what we’d learned (and eaten). We never planned for this travel guide to become ‘our baby’, but we’ve expanded and updated The Koh Samui Guide with obsessive love, care and attention for 5+ years and counting. Our 5th edition is brand new and truly our best yet! We’re really, really proud of it.
“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.” – Amazon.com review
How to love every minute of your trip? Today, put our 13 years’ island experience in your back pocket, gaining instant confidence to enjoy a new culture, country and climate. 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.
- Too touristy? Learn how to avoid the madding crowds, and their tour buses.
- Mosquitoes? Safety? Use every tool in our arsenal to have a happy, healthy trip.
- Is it raining? You hadn’t noticed. Find out how to enjoy every kind of tropical weather.
Also included: Beach-by-beach comparisons, island maps, helpful charts and 300+ photos.
“You have no idea how much you have helped me – Thailand is my dream holiday and I just cannot wait to go but was always apprehensive but you have taken all those fears away and I am eternally grateful.” – Jenna
How to download The Koh Samui Guide? The Koh Samui Guide is an instant PDF download [174 pages, 39.3 mb] – if you have a decent internet connection, you’ll have it in seconds.
What forms of payment can I use? You can 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. You can read The Koh Samui Guide online and download it (and will receive an email with the download link) immediately after purchase.
How can I pay with PayPal? Click the ‘Download’ button (above) and you’ll be taken to a screen just like the one pictured below. We’ve highlighted the PayPal option for you in the photo – just click that and a PayPal pop-up window opens. Easy!
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. If it’s more convenient, we also offer a Kindle version of The Koh Samui Guide, available on Amazon (currently 4th edition, update coming soon / previously #3 on Amazon’s Asia books list).
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.
I’m travelling and have slow internet – how can I download the PDF? After a customer had the same problem, we wrote this list of ways to read the guide when you have slow WiFi.
“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
“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 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]
Whether you’re coming as a couple, a family, are on a budget or celebrating something special, we’re certain you’ll find The Koh Samui Guide helpful, reassuring and insightful.