Koh Samui – Drive from Bang Rak market to Chaweng Beach Road, North – songthaew taxi

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We are on the island of Koh Samui in Thailand. This video footage is of the drive from Bang Rak Market (just next to the entrance to The Big BuddhaTemple, Wat Phra Yai) to Chaweng Beach Road (the northern part of the beach by the Chaweng Regent Hotel and the Red Snapper Restaurant). Bophut is also the location of the famous Fishermans Village.

The footage is filmed out of the back of a Songthaew public transport pickup. On Koh Samui the most common form of public transport is the Songthaew which is used by most locals also (however the price paid by tourists and locals appears to be rather different sometimes (we experienced that prices had doubled from one year to the next). Other transportation possibilities on Koh Samui include normal taxis, taxi motorcycles, car rental or just renting a scooter. Scooters appear to be the favorite when renting.
Wiki writes about a Songthaew taxi, “A songthaew (Thai สองแถว is a passenger vehicle in Thailand and Laos adapted from a pick-up or a larger truck and used as a share taxi…It takes its name from the two bench seats fixed along either side of the back of the truck; in some vehicles a third bench is put down the middle of the seating area. Additionally a roof is fitted over the rear of the vehicle, to which curtains and plastic sheeting to keep out rain may be attached. Some vehicles have roofs high enough to accommodate standing passengers within the vehicle…”.

The price of the journey from Bophut to the Northern part of Chaweng Beach Road is 200 Baht for two persons and the trip takes just over 10 minutes. The price for a standard private air conditioned taxi is 300 Baht (as can be seen there is not much difference between the “public transport” price and the private taxi price. We always choose to take a Songthaew tuktuk taxi as it is more fun sitting in the back of the pickup feeling the wind blowing in your face while looking at the surroundings.

On the drive between Bang Rak Village and Chaweng Beach Road watch out for Koh Samui Airport, a Water Buffalo and an Elephant driving past on the back of a truck (anythings possible on Koh Samui). I will mark these areas in the video when it´s live.
Wiki writes about Water Buffalo, “The water buffalo or domestic Asian water buffalo (Bubalus bubalis) is a large bovid found on the Indian subcontinent to Vietnam and Peninsular Malaysia, in Sri Lanka, in the Philippines, and in Borneo…”
Wiki writes about Big Buddha Temple, “Wat Phra Yai, known in English as the Big Buddha Temple, is a Buddhist temple on Ko Phan (also spelled Koh Fan or Koh Faan), a small island offshore from the northeastern area of Ko Samui, Thailand, connected to that island by a short causeway 3 km north of Samui International Airport…”

If you have any questions about how to get around on the island of Ko Samui please feel welcome to ask in the comments field below and we will do our best to answer your questions.

This road footage between Bang Rak Village and Chaweng Beach is filmed from the back of a Songthaew on the island of Koh Samui, Thailand.

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