Rent a car in Samui: personal experience + prices + verified office

About renting a car on Samui long wanted to writejust hands did not reach. Even in the first month of living there, I grappled with a man who claimed that it was impossible to remove a normal car on the island for 12,000 baht per month and that I was lying about it on the blog. And after this conversation, I went and took off just for 12,000 baht, as I had to. After talking a little bit with him, I understood where his claims came from, it turned out that we had different ideas about what a normal car is. :) But I will tell about it below.

Also, in this post I will describe my personal experience.searches and rentals and give the contacts of a small office (at the time of treatment only two cars), where I took the car for myself. General information (insurance, deposits, documents, roads, etc.) read in the article - car rental in Thailand.

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What I rented on Samui

I remind you if you are looking for a car for rent andIf you want to book it in advance and via the Internet, then the easiest way to do this is through Economybookings. Then on the spot, upon arrival, you will already get your car from a well-known company at the airport, and not from a small rental point.

First car

Our first car was a Chevrolet Lacetti,which we shot in half with friends. It turned out at 6000 baht / month per family. Not bad, is it? The inconvenience is only that you need to live side by side and agree on who she is and when you need it. But, if you do not intend to use the machine every day, then there will be no problems. So, if you have friends with whom you can withdraw in half, I recommend this method of saving.

Lacetti was an old 9-year-old with a boxautomatic, with high mileage and without insurance ... Despite these nuances, everything was fine with me, for such a price. But this, however, is not advice. On the contrary, I advise you to search with insurance, you never know what. We rented it from homeowners, a special case, but it also happens.

Chevrolet Lacetti for 12,000 baht / month

Chevrolet Lacetti for 12,000 baht / month

Second car

The second car I took off alone and in smallrental office. She was Honda Jazz for 12,000 baht / month. I will not hide, I did not find this rental point myself, but suggested to me. Nevertheless, I did not have any discounts, that is, it was not due to cronyism, but simply from the street. And they asked me how much I would take it, I answered 12 thousand, they agreed.

Black Jazz, 6-year-old, with a mileage of 80 thousand, withinsurance with a liability limit of 10,000 baht (deductible). Despite the year and mileage, I was completely pleased with her, ran very well, and the state was excellent.

Honda Jazz for 12000 baht / month

Honda Jazz for 12000 baht / month

The contract concluded at the box office

The contract concluded at the box office

They handed me a copy of my passport and without anycash deposit. Approximately in the middle of the month they called, said that the car should be taken for a scheduled inspection in Suratkhani, and supposedly, I'm sorry, you will have to ride a Toyota Vios. This new girl is white, with a mileage of only 17 thousand kilometers. I was not too happy, because Vios is larger and more difficult to park, but the car is also good. Replaced it to me without any additional payments (since it costs 16,000 baht / month) and with apologies that disturbed. I gave both cars, each time waiting for a trick, however, there were no complaints to me, we quickly looked around, looked inside and that was it. But I did not scratch, did not drive and did not damage anything, I treated it carefully. Maybe that's the thing?

Toyota Vios brand new

Toyota Vios brand new

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Car rental office in Samui

Car rental office in Samui

About car rental on Samui

Most people prefer to ride a bike, and I was among them before Egor was born. I already wrote a comparison, what to choose car or bike. The machine is much more convenient for solving domestic affairs.(transportation of the child, purchase in the supermarket with a large number of products and things), although it is on the island that the distances are small and you can easily get by the bike (all about renting a scooter).

Rental locations

There are a lot of points in all resort towns.rolled products, ranging from private individuals with one machine, to large network companies. Samui is no exception. You can shoot directly from the Thais, but you can through intermediaries, the type of Samuideys and their ilk. On the topic of where and how best to do it, a lot of discussion on the network. I personally prefer to do everything without intermediaries and the Thais directly, to do without overpayment, and more confidence. And another important point - I was ready to spend time searching.

Rent a car on Samui is found at every turn

Rent a car on Samui is found at every turn

If I take a car by the day, then, as a rule,I rent it at the airport through the Economybookings, so that immediately upon arrival I should sit down and go. Although it happened so that specifically then for her driving to the airport. In general, it is me that the large network distributors can and should take the car to minimize the risks and time to search. Everything will be in order with the insurance and the rental agreement, the inspection sheet will be, the machines have never seen the dead people from them. And the price of the network, if taken through brokers is the same as local ones, if not lower (this is about daily rent by itself).

Rent a car in Samui with a discount>

But if you need a car every month and want to save money, then cheaper, of course, only in small offices. But about this I will write below, about all the pros and cons.

Rental price per month

Most disputes arise over pricing. For example, some argue that a “normal” car costs about 20 thousand baht / month, no less. “Normal,” as it turns out later, is new, with full insurance, with a 1.5 engine and more, not a small car. But a no-brainer that if a person wants to save money, then he is ready to drive in a small car. I’m annoyed by people with a petty-bourgeois attitude, they say, if the car is simple, then you immediately goof, and, they say, it’s better to walk on foot than to go on an economy version. So, if you want to find a cheaper car, then immediately forget about Ponte. I hope everyone understands that in Thailand for 10-12 thousand baht / month they Porsche do not rent.

I do not know all the rental prices on Samui, but I specifically bypassed what gave up near our house and in a couple of other places nearby:

- Toyota Vios and Honda City 20,000 baht / month. Externally normal condition. There is no insurance for the car, only a third party (CTP). About insurance and franchises.
- Toyota Vios 24,000 baht / month with a new look, Suzuki Karibian 15,000 baht / month. Insurance with a franchise of 10,000 baht.
- Toyota Avenza 15,000 baht / month, apparently normal, but old by year. I don't know about insurance.
- Toyota Hilux 13500 baht / month, almost new, on the handle. Toyota Vios 15000 baht / month, new.
- Toyota Vios 16000 baht / month, Honda Jazz 12000 baht / month. Insurance with a franchise of 10,000 baht. This is where I took it.

I also asked other people who live onSamui and more I have experience in renting. Remove the car for 10-15 thousand baht / month is quite real. The whole question is whether there is time to search. Just keep in mind that 10-15 thousand - this is not the average price of rent on Samui, rather it is the lower threshold.

By the way, for those who come to live on Samui, not only the rental of transport, but also housing can be relevant. I have personally composed catalog of houses on Samui and a detailed review best hotels in samui. And you can search for a suitable hotel using RoomGuru.

Rental price per day

The average rental price is about 1200 baht per day. The compact car can be found for 800-1000 baht, pickup for 1000-1200 baht, sedan for 1000-1400 baht, minivan or jeep for 1500-2000 baht. Somewhere here is a deal, give or take.

How to rent a cheap car

  • First of all, you need to look for options, and not to take the first one. It can take quietly 1-2 days. Who does not search, does not find. If you are not ready to look for or not time, then pay more.
  • It is worth visiting not only those rental offices thatlocated on the main street and have a large and prominent sign, but also on those on secondary streets and alleys. They are less promoted, sometimes easier to agree.
  • Talk and ask, not forgetting a smile. Ask friends, acquaintances, landlord, in the cafe, where you go. Language, he can lead a lot.
  • It is noticed that the person who came not from the street, but fromsomeone may qualify for discounts. Moreover, if you don’t come from anyone, then sometimes it’s enough just to become familiar - they rent a car for rent a couple of times and without excesses, then you can ask for a discount for the next rental.

The nuances of renting in small companies

About large rental and rental experience with them, I wrote in the article car rental in bangkok. There you will find all the links to them, and instructions on how to book cars. Let the "Bangkok" does not bother you, such companies have offices in all popular resorts.

Small companies I call those that are notoffer reservations via the Internet with payment by card and are not online, that is, their office is only in the place where you go, in this case on Koh Samui. By the way, initially it’s better to focus on the prices of network companies, because if you don’t find a car cheaper from local distributors, then it’s better to rent from reputable networkers, it’s safer. Enumerate the pros and cons.


+ Come, learn and look for something right next to your rented house.
+ You can find an office that will pass without a deposit and without international rights.
+ As a rule, the cost of rent is lower than that of large network distributors, when it comes to monthly delivery.
+ All payments will be in cash, not by Although I do not like cash payments, it can be attributed to a plus, since a deposit frozen on the card (usually around 20,000 baht) can be returned to you within a month, while cash will be given away immediately.


- There is less trust for small distributors, sincenetwork on everyone's lips and on him a lot of reviews on the Internet. Still, it is safer to deal not with an individual, but with an international company and its branch. Therefore, I take daily rent only from network distributors.
- In small rolling offices there may not be a normal contract or a sheet for inspecting the machine, you have to invent something yourself.
- There may be ambiguity with the insurance or it may simply not be. While large all the conditions are written on the site.

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