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There is a few things you should know about Koh Samui hostels and the city in general. Besides comparing you the best and cheapest hostels in Koh Samui, we also highlight what we have liked, disliked and things to look out for.Ko Samui is one of the most beautiful islands in Thailand, located on the southeast-coast area. The easiest way to get here is by plane, but try to book your flight in advance to have better rates. Ko Samui is well known for its beautiful beaches with transparent waters and an amazing vibe -- it's much quieter and less touristic compared, for example, to Phuket, but for this reason becomes much more beautiful and special.
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Here is a few more tips from the community. Other travelers share their best tips on backpacking Koh Samui:
I don't know how to describe this island -- tropical paradise, beach lovers' utopia, or scuba divers' heaven? I guess it's all that and more! Chewang (beach) was a bit too crowded for me, so after staying for a night I shifted to Lamai (beach), which is less crowded, more serene and placid for the senses. I managed to find a cottage as close as possible to the beach for less than $20 and I guess that is cheap considering the fact that I visited in February, the peak tourist season for all of Thailand. A word of caution though -- the locals tend to rip you off. I hopped in on a tuk-tuk for less than a kilometer and when I got off the driver demanded an exorbitant sum and forced me into paying up. On another occasion while visiting this waterfall I fell off my bicycle and bruised myself. The locals, realising that I couldn't ride, offered to drop me back to my cottage in their pick-up for a price! There's always a devil or two in paradise, isn't there? And yes, there are some excellent scuba diving opportunities for both amateurs and professionals with phenomenal underwater visibility.
Dr. Maajed J. Wani