Samui International Airport is one of the best-looking airports in Thailand. It’s privately owned and run by Bangkok Airways. The airport is located between Bophut and Chaweng beaches. Opened in 1989, it has a strong tropical touch as most of the buildings feature bamboo-and-thatch motives.
The 2 terminals are open-sided, with plenty of tropical flowers that give travellers a beach holiday vibe. There are few air-conditioned areas, except for the offices and gift shops. Samui Airport is considered an international airport as it receives flights from Singapore and Hong Kong.
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Samui Airport immigration and transfers
While Samui International Airport is one of the busiest airports in Thailand, the process to check out is smooth relatively easy. Going through immigration, customs, and baggage recovery usually takes a short time.
A wide choice of transfer options is available at Samui Airport. You'll find the following modes of transport in the arrivals area:
- Private car taxi
- Private minivan taxi
- Shared minivan transfers
- Car rental counters
Note that you’ll have to wait until the shared minivan has at least 6 passengers before it departs.
There’s a public bus service opposite the airport’s meeting building. Buses depart from the airport every hour from 7.30am and 9.30pm. You can also pre-arrange airport transfer or car rental before arriving at Samui International Airport.
Facilities at Samui International Airport
Samui International Airport hosts a dedicated shopping and dining area named Samui Park Avenue. You'll find here a good choice of plush boutiques, cafés, and restaurants. Those include a Jim Thompson shop, a Bookazine branch, a pub, and pizzeria. It’s pretty upmarket, sometimes hosting live jazz music.
Samui International Airport
- Location: Bophut, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84320, Thailand