Before you get all caught up in thoughts of sun-soaked days and beachside beers, you're going to need to know a bit about Koh Samui first. The following information may come in handy - especially when you go to pay for those beachside beers.

Visa Requirements

Australian passport holders entering Thailand via air are eligible for visa exemption and can holiday in the country for up to 30 days without obtaining a visa in advance. A similar exemption applies for overland travel, however the period of time is only 15 days. If you wish to stay longer, you must be granted a visa. Please be aware this information is only a guideline. For up-to-the-minute visa information, contact your local Thai embassy.

Currency

The currency used in Thailand is the Thai Baht. The exchange rate between the Australian Dollar and Thai Baht can change regularly so in order to get the best exchange rate, aim to monitor the rate in the lead up to your trip.

Food

Your taste buds are in for a treat in Koh Samui. Like the rest of Thailand, cuisine here takes on the spicy, sour, sweet and salty flavour combination and commonly includes freshly cooked stirfries, soups and curries. With an enviable island location, fresh seafood in Koh Samui is also a regular on the menu. For the ultimate in tropical dining, fill your plate up with coconut prawns at one of the beach buffets and enjoy a night of delicious food under the stars. To ensure your meal is fresh, make your way to the beach buffets early in the night.

Nightlife

While it might not have the wild reputation of Bangkok and Phuket, nightlife in Koh Samui can still get quite raucous. The full moon parties in particular are renowned for their lively atmosphere with DJs, jugglers, fire-eaters and impromptu fireworks creating an electric vibe on the nearby island of Koh Pha-Ngan. For more options, Chaweng Beach is where you need to be. The so-called ‘nerve centre of Koh Samui nightlife', Chaweng Beach boasts a range of venues from laidback bars to daggy karaoke lounges and pumping nightclubs. Just remember that venues on Koh Samui close at 2am so be sure to start early and dance up a storm before then.

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