Airplanes, Ko Samui
A recently introduced service provided by Bangkok air & particapating international airlines (except Qantas ) is the option of checking your bags through to your next destination when leaving Koh Samui.
There is a sign next to the check in desk listing particapating airlines, most times Bangkok air staff will offer you this option but if they don`t, ask them. Then you are given a sticker & you become a CIQ passenger which means that you go through customs at Samui instead of BKK , it also means that you only have to pay the one departure tax 500THB same as you would in BKK this saves you having to pay that lovely? 300 THB Samui departure tax.
You then proceed to the international terminal (NO 2 it`s called ) check your bags through customs & wait till your picked up seperate from the other people not using this option.When your plane lands in Bkk you are taken to a seperate bus and ferried to the international tterminal for check in to your next destination,the only requirement is that you have to stay in the transit area as you have already cleared & been stamped by customs in Samui.
This option is excellant as you don`t see your main luggage till your at your next destination (very handy after a holiday of shopping )
The Airport in Koh Samui is so nice. It's like another world. It has almost no walls, just small buildings with rooftops. And if it starts raining they just roll down the see through plastic curtains.
The airport has connections to the major Thai cities and with a few international as well, such as Singapore. Was very happy with Bangkok Airways. At the airport in Koh Samui (and in Bangkok) you have free access to Internet, fruits, limonade and cakes!
The Bangkok Airways departure lounge is a comfortable place to while away the time whilst waiting to board your flight to Koh Samui
The Bangkok Air departure lounge at Bangkok Airport offers you a nice range of free pastries & drinks/juices & also free internet use,they ask you to limit your use to 15 mins at a time this is not really enforced but I have found most people generally adhere to this request.There is also a travel & information desk if you need to know somemore about your destination or you haven`t yet booked your accomodation.
To access this area you need to locate gates 1-4 (easy)go through a hand luggage & person screening then show your passport & boarding pass but be aware that once inside you can`t leave.
Bangkok Air normally start boarding 30 mins before your flight time so if you enter this area about 1 hour you`ll be fine.
Before this trip even started I had decided that I wasn't going to take the bus/boat ride to Koh Samui. Instead I booked a flight with Bangkok Airways for 3500bht one way.
The total time for the flight was estimated at 50 minutes, however we ended up being delayed for about 45 minutes due to heavy rain.
Once we got going on this short fight it as aready around 8:00pm and dark outside, so unfortunately no pictures. The service was very good and they provided us with a meal on the plane. The baggage area in Samui was something to see for sure. As I work for an airline in Canada, it was quite the shock to arrive in Koh Samui and see it, but whatever works.
Once again, once it was determined that I will go to Samui, I again chose to fly rather then waste the time going by bus/boat. I flew with Bangkok Airways again for about the same price. One thing I forgot to mention before was that there is an airport fee to be paid when you leave Samuis airport (500bht).
This is a picture from Samui's airport. The airport "hall" doesn't have any walls - just a roof. It is a really nice and small airport with friendly staff. It's so different and unique than any other airports in the world where I've ever been.
One of the coolest things about flying into Samui is that the airport is done in what you would expect Thailand houses to look like. Thatch hut roofs and all-outdoor facilities, such as baggage claim, add to the allure of the island from the second you step off the plane.
There are over 40 flights per day from Bangkok and several other departure points into Samui.
Not really a tip but this is a very unique airport. Everything is in an open grass hut--the luggage conveyor, the check in desks, the terminals, etc. You definitely know you're in the tropics when you land here. If all airports were like this, maybe people wouldn't mind flying as much.
When arriving Koh Samui by plane, especially if arriving from Bangkok, the beauty and easy-going feeling of the island fullfills you already in the airport.
Instead of normal cold, unpleasant ugly passenger factories, Koh Samui Airport is full of sunshine, trees and flowers.
Everything tells you that RELAX!
This is a sector monopolised by Bangkok Airways, being that Bangkok Airways owned the airport on Koh Samui and has refused to let any other airlines land on it.
You can get there by berjaya time air... it is from samui straight to kuala lumpur, but actually they will landing at subang airport
There is a really small airport with connections mainly from the mainland. The view of the island is super duper from the sky.