Koh Samui, or Samui, is an island located on the east coast of Kra Isthmus, a narrow bridge of land connecting the Malay Peninsula with the rest of Asia. Part of Thailand’s Surat Thani Province, Koh Samui is the country’s third largest island following Ko Chang and Phuket.
The island is a tourist magnet, attracting as many as 1.5 million visitors each year. To accommodate these numbers, it has its own privately-owned airport, the Samui International Airport, found north of Chaweng, the island’s main village.
Samui International Airport, also known as the Koh Samui Airport, was built and is currently operated by Bangkok Airways. It officially opened as an international air hub in April 1989, and is now regarded as the sixth busiest airport in Thailand.
Operator Bangkok Airways has disclosed its long-term plans to turn Samui International Airport into Thailand’s secondary international airport next to Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport. As an international air hub for Thailand, the Samui International Airport will offer more medium-haul international flights, as well as direct flights to and from Bali, Dubai, Kuala Lumpur, and Shanghai to complement its existing routes to Hong Kong and Singapore.
The following airlines fly to and from the Koh Samui International Airport:
The Koh Samui International Airport has two terminals for domestic and international flights. Its international terminal is located 50 meters from its domestic terminal. The island’s Big Buddha Pier is nearby, where high speed ferries carry passengers to and from Ko Pha Ngan, another island in southeastern Thailand.
Airport facilities include passenger lounges, business centers, Wi-Fi internet, ATMs, public telephones, play areas for children, baggage claim and baggage handling departments, security lines, taxi stands, car rental booths, a parking area, hotel shuttle service, restaurants and bars, and a shopping strip.
Koh Samui’s rich natural resources, coral reefs, and white sandy beaches are responsible for the booming tourism trade that has resulted in a number of resorts, bungalows, and luxurious private villas to blossom all over the island. With 260 resorts and bungalows, Koh Samui has surpassed Phuket Island, and is second only to Bangkok in the resorts industry.
Apart from two golf courses and a shooting range, Koh Samui’s beaches, diving activities, Big Buddha, a mummified monk found at Wat Khunakaram, waterfalls, rock gardens, festivals and events comprise some of the island’s many tourist attractions.