Koh Samui International Airport was built in April 1989 on a former coconut plantation in Surat Thani province, one of the largest islands in Thailand. It was constructed and is owned privately by Bangkok Airways Public Company Ltd. which has been operating the airport ever since, along with Sukhothai Airport and Trat Airport.
Due to its open-air pavilions that blended in with the tropical island’s environment, Koh Samui International Airport was dubbed a “Garden Airport” and was considered one of the most beautiful and best-designed airports of Thailand.
Most flights at the airport are operated by Bangkok Airways - flying to several international destinations such as Chengdu and Chongqing in China, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia. It also holds domestic flights from and to Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Phuket, Krabi, and Pattaya.
Other airlines are Chengdu Airlines, Lucky Air, SilkAir, Tibet Air, and chartered flights by Berjaya Air.
Flag carrier Thai Airways used to fly between Koh Samui and Bangkok via Suvarnabhumi Airport, but it ceased operations between the two points only in June 2019. This made Bangkok Airways the sole airline flying between Koh Samui and Bangkok.
At present, Bangkok Airways is underway with the expansion of the airport to accommodate the higher volume of passengers.
Basic facilities are offered at the airport such as retail stores, restrooms, dining areas and cafes, Wi-Fi, duty-free shops, and a spa service.
The airport is open from 6am to 10pm.
Private and shared minivans are a cheaper option for transportation. Both can be booked online or through the transportation counter at the arrival hall.
Private minivans can carry a maximum of six passengers, while the shared option would need a minimum of five passengers before departing.
On some occasions, the shared minivans wait for at least 30 minutes, depending on the number of passengers and the destination. Fares for shared minivans range between 100 baht and 600 baht per person.
Taxi cabs are one of the most convenient options for transportation. Taxi cabs are easily located at the ground transportation area of the airport.
Taking the private car is the most expensive option in transferring from and to the airport, with the lowest fare at 400 baht and could go as high as 1,000 baht. Private cars can be booked online or at the transport counter at the arrival area.
Car rental counters are available inside the airport, with services offered by Hertz, Avis, Budget, and Sixt.