Wondering how to rent a car to explore this beautiful island? All you need to do is to read this article to find all the answers for your questions.
Fortunately, it is a lot easier than you think because there is a huge demand for renting cars in Samui, and at Boutique Yachting, we are going to let you know how to do it and how to get the best deals!
The Basics of Car Rental in Samui:
When you want to rent a car in the island, you have two options:
- Big rental chains
- Local rental shops.
Each option has its own advantages. With large chains, you have an outstanding variety of vehicles at your disposal, you find them right at the airport and you can be 100% sure that they are legit. However, these benefits come at a price: they are more expensive.
If you want to save money, then local rental shops are the way to go. They have cheaper prices, and even though their selection of cars is not as big (mostly compact automatics, pick-ups and 4X4s), it is decent enough. On top of that, you will be subjected to easier rental terms. However, there is a drawback: some of them won’t look very trustable.
When it comes to the largest rental chains like Budget, Avis and Herz, you have to visit the local website instead of the international one, because it will bring you better prices and a better experience.
However, why should you rent a car on Samui? What advantages is it going to offer you? Here you have a nice and concise list:
- You will be able to transport yourself to any part of the island as you please
- As there is a lot to explore, it will be a lot easier to do with your own car
- If you are coming with kids, it will make your trip easier and more enjoyable
- You can plan your own excursions.
Now that we have covered the basics, it is time to talk about the car rental process.
The Process of Renting a Car: Everything Explained
First off, you need to make a list of the features that your car must have. For example, if you require it to have car seats for your kids, make sure it offers it. The same if you prefer a vehicle with airbags and A/C, ensure it has them. It will take a while until you find the vehicle that meets all of your requirements, but it will be worth it.
Secondly, identify all the car rental shops that have the vehicle you are looking for and compare prices. If you want to save big time, then you need to compare, because this is how you will pick the best price. You will be surprised by how much they can vary from company to company.
Finally, once you have found the perfect deal, simply sign the lease agreement and that is it. Make sure to ask as many question as you need, so you can feel comfortable with the agreement.
Now, here are some important points to take into account:
- Make sure that the car you are going to rent is fully insured
- Bring your ID, passport and driving license
- Take note of the contact info of the rental shop, so you can contact them in case of any problem.
- If you are planning to drive to other parts of Thailand, then you might want to include a GPS, because it is going to be very useful.
We recommend you to start exploring your options at least one week before coming to Koh Samui, because you will have enough time to compare enough options and pick the best deal. As we said, it is going to take some shopping, but it will be worth it.
Of course, the basics rules: if you want to save money, then local shops are the way to go; if you want to make it as convenient as possible, then large chains are the answer.
What to Consider When Driving on Koh Samui?
If you are from the UK, then you will have an easy time, because you will have to drive on the left. If you are not used to it, then you will need to practice a little bit.
What about the traffic? Unlike major cities like Bangkok or Phuket, it is not that bad. Only take into account that the roads are small and people drive slowly. You will not complaint about being stuck for several hours, because the traffic flows smoothly. The only place of the island that might be challenge is Chaweng, because the roads are especially small and have many vehicles passing through.
However, your biggest obstacle will not be local Thai drivers, but tourists, especially younger ones, because as they are not used to driving on the left. They can cause a bit of a mess on the road.
What about the roads? You already know they are small, but they also have different conditions, so take that into account. Furthermore, from time to time, you will encounter a water buffalo or other typical animals of the zone in the middle of the road, as well as pedestrians, because in many parts there is no pavement.
Conclusion and Final Words:
Now you know everything it takes to rent a car on Koh Samui for your vacation. As you can see, it is very easy, and on top of that, you also know what to expect when driving in the island. You are fully prepared for this experience!
If you have any question or doubt, feel free to comment below and to contact us. We will get back to you as soon as possible.