Chumphon Airport is one of the 47 airports in Thailand, serving primarily the islands of the Gulf of Thailand - Koh Samui, Koh Pha Ngan, and Koh Tao. It is located in Tambon Chum Kho, Pathio district in Chumphon, and is 40-kilometers north of the city center and 250 kilometers away from Hua Hin District.
Chumphon Airport primarily serves as a domestic flight hub, connecting passengers from and to Don Muang International Airport in Bangkok. Two airlines - Nok Air and Thai AirAsia - serve Chumphon airport daily.
Due to the increasing number of passengers flying in and out of Chumphon, the government of Thailand announced plans in 2015 to expand the domestic airport in a bid to accommodate the growing number of travellers.
The expansion program covers two phases, the first being the construction of a 2.5-billion baht runway, a flight training school, a hangar, as well as the expansion of terminals to cater to wider-bodied aircraft.
Meanwhile, the second stage will cover the establishment of a 200-bed hotel and a marina and seaplane terminal.
Chumphon Airport has coffee shops, fast-food restaurants, retail stores, ATMs, tours and services desk that offer transfer services, hotel services, and links to ferries. It also has car-rental and information booths.
Passengers have various options to choose from when getting into and out of the airport. They may choose the cheaper option - through the bus - or the more convenient option - through metered taxis and car rentals.
Upon arriving at Chumphon Airport, just head to the car-rental booths located inside to book your car rental.
Meanwhile, a transport desk is available inside the airport that would take you to two islands - Koh Samui and Koh Tao.
You may also opt to purchase a combined ticket for shuttle bus and ferry ride to the islands upon landing. Just head to the “Lomprayah” counter to book your tickets. With this mode, a bus ride from the airport will take you to the Chumphon Pier, where you will be transferred to a high-speed ferry to Koh Tao, Koh Samui, and Koh Phangan islands.