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How to get there by plane

Koh Samui Airport (USM) is a private airport originally built by Bangkok Airways  which is still the main operator and was for a long time the only airline with services to Koh Samui from Thailand until Thai Airways started in February 2008 to operate some flights between Bangkok and Koh Samui. They have near-hourly departures to & from Bangkok and tickets are expensive by Thai standards, with advance bookings costing 2000-3500 Baht, while a walk-in booking may be twice as much. There are also daily flights to & from Phuket for 2200 baht, U-Tapao, and Singapore; four direct flights a week from Chiang Mai (but no direct flights in the opposite direction); and twice weekly flights to & from Hong Kong.

Besides Bangkok Air, Koh Samui is served two flights a day from Bangkok with Thai Airways as well as by Berjaya Air  from Kuala Lumpur and Firefly from Penang and Subang airport (Kuala Lumpur) in Malaysia.

Ground transportation from the airport is readily available. A seat in a minibus for the 20 minute ride to Chaweng costing 100 Baht per person; a faster taxi will cost 150-300 Baht. Be sure to negotiate the rate to your destination before you get into the taxi since many drivers refuse to use their meters.

A cheaper but less convenient option is to fly to Surat Thani and connect by road and then ferry.

How to get there by boat

From Surat Thani train station and Surat Thani Airport (URT), there are combined bus/ferry services to Koh Samui cost 200-300 baht - some entail a 60 minute bus ride followed by a 90 minute ferry crossing, others a 30 minute bus ride but the ferry takes extra time. Tickets are sold by numerous agents that meet each train and airport. Should cost less than 300 baht (return combo ticket to either Surat Thani city, airport or train station bought on the Na Thon pier on Samui normally costs 220 baht) There are two Ferry companies (departures every 30 mins).Cont: next page

 

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