Koh Samui lies 700 kilometers south of Bangkok in the Gulf of Thailand and 50 kilometers from the Gulf’s western shore city of Surat Thani. Daily flights are the most convenient way to arrive on the island. For the more budget conscious, trains, buses and boats are available. Independent car or motorcycle drivers can use one of several car ferries.
Koh Samui’s small open airport welcomes both domestic travelers and international arrivals from Singapore, Hong Kong and Kuala Lumpur.
Hourly flights depart Bangkok’s Suvunarbhumi International Airport for Koh Samui between 6am and 9pm daily. Bangkok Airways offers flights almost hourly and Thai airways offers two to three flights a day. Prices range between 2200 and 3500 baht on Bangkok Airways and can rise as high as 7400 baht on Thai Airways. Flight time is approximately 1.15 hours.
Bangkok Airways also serves Koh Samui with daily flights from Phuket, Chiang Mai and Pattaya. Twice weekly flights are available between Krabi and Koh Samui
For travelers with both time and price constraints, Air Asia’s inexpensive flights (600 baht to 900 baht) from Bangkok (Suvunarbhumi) Airport to Surat Thani make an attractive choice. From Surat Thani, travelers take local shuttles or taxies to Donsak Pier or Samui Ferry Pier and jump aboard for the remainder of their trip to the island.
Bangkok Airways flies direct flights from Hong Kong (Monday, Wednesday and Friday), Kuala Lumpur (Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday) and Singapore (Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday).