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Cheap flights to Ko Samui, Thailand

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Koh Samui Airport

Samui Airport is located on the northern part of Koh Samui Island, about 1.5 miles north of the main village of Chaweng. It is regarded as one of the most beautiful airports in the world, carefully designed to blend into the stunning natural landscape. The recently upgraded terminal can cope with nearly 16,000 passengers a day, with the number of tourists expected to rise, this should mean there will be more cheap flights to Koh Samui available. From the airport there are minibuses available to take you onto your destination with prices starting from 70 baht for the closest places. Taxis are also available, but more expensive. There is also a selection of car hire companies operating such as Hertz, Budget and Sixt.

Getting Around Koh Samui

Koh Samui is quite small and you could travel around the more built-up coastal areas in about one hour. The interior, which consists of jungle, is much more difficult to travel through. Car hire is available after your Koh Samui flights have landed, but beware that the international companies charge much more than the local operators. Another viable option is to hire a car through a professional tour agency and arrange a driver. A cheap way to get around the island is by the 'sogathew', which are large red trucks. These are effectively the bus system on Koh Samui, although you have to flag them down and ring a bell to get on and off. Many people also rent motorbikes to travel around, as it is much cheaper than a car.

Attractions of Koh Samui

The idyllic island of Koh Samui has beautiful sandy beaches. These include Chaweng, Bophut, Lamai and Maenam beaches. If you enjoy scuba diving then Ang Thong National Marine Park is well worth a visit. These are a collection of 40 smaller islands so you will need to book a tour, which will include fishing opportunities as well. If you enjoy food and cooking then the Siam Kitchen at Lamai Beach gives you an authentic experience of a trip to the local markets and there you can take lessons on Thai cooking; a great reason to get flights to Koh Samui.

Shopping, Dining and Nightlife in Koh Samui

If you are looking for good nightlife then Chaweng has a lively beach scene with busy bars and clubs. Bar Ice Samui is an unusual experience, consisting of unique ice sculptures within the bar and should get you cooled down after time at the beach. There are many restaurants set in beautiful surroundings serving traditional Thai food around the island. The Spirit House Restaurant has a wonderful ambience, and is set in attractive gardens. The menu is a fusion of Thai cuisine mixed with modern food ideas, such as prawns in a coconut batter. Koh Samui is not a great place for shopping but after experiencing a relaxing holiday in an exotic island you will be glad you spent your airfare to Koh Samui.

Major airlines flying into main airports serving Koh Samui Airport

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Flight information for Ko Samui, Thailand and Key facts for your journey:
The Airlines...
  • From Bangkok 13 major airlines serve the Koh Samui area
  • From Phuket 5 major airlines serve the Koh Samui area
  • From Kuala Lumpur 3 major airlines serve the Koh Samui area
The Journey...
  • The flying time from Bangkok to Koh Samui is typically 1 hours and most direct flights leave around 6:00a local time.
  • Bangkok is 309 mi from Koh Samui
  • The flying time from Phuket to Koh Samui is typically 1 hours and most direct flights leave around 9:35a local time.
  • Phuket is 148 mi from Koh Samui
  • The flying time from Kuala Lumpur to Koh Samui is typically 2 hours and most direct flights leave around 8:45a local time.
  • Kuala Lumpur is 479 mi from Koh Samui
On Arrival...
  • Ko Samui is 7 mi from Koh Samui Airport (Ko Samui, Thailand).
  • Koh Samui Airport (Ko Samui, Thailand)
    • Right now, 19 airlines operate out of Koh Samui Airport.
    • Koh Samui Airport offers nonstop flights to 11 cities.
    • Every week, at least 1,008 domestic flights and 182 international flights depart from Koh Samui Airport.
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