Coral Cove Beach, Ko Samui Coral Cove Beach, Ko Samui – Image courtesy of Fabio Achilli/Wiki Commons

How to get to Ko Samui

Ko Samui is located in the Gulf of Thailand around 84km northeast of Surat Thani, and is easily reached by air with up several flights daily from Bangkok, Phuket and Singapore.

Getting to Ko Samui

Ko Samui receives up to 17 flights daily from Bangkok on Bangkok Airways and Thai Airways; two daily flights from Phuket on Bangkok Airways; and several daily flights from Singapore on Silk Air.

A ferry and high-speed catamaran operate from Surat Thani on the mainland to Ko Samui.

From Australia: The most convenient flight from Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney is on Thai Airways via Bangkok. Etihad Airways offers a flight from Brisbane to Singapore with connecting flight to Ko Samui on Bangkok Airways; Jetstar offers a flight to Singapore from Melbourne with connecting flight on Bangkok Airways; and Qantas offers a daily flight from Perth to Singapore with connecting flights on Bangkok Airways to Ko Samui.

From New Zealand: The most convenient flights from Auckland are via Bangkok on Thai Airlines or via Singapore on Jetstar with connecting flights on Bangkok Airways to Ko Samui.

From the UK: The most convenient is Thai Airways with twice daily flights from London Heathrow to Bangkok, with connecting flights to Ko Samui. British Airways, Qantas and Thai fly non-stop between London and Bangkok.

From the USA: Numerous airlines offer connecting flights from New York to Ko Samui via Bangkok including Etihad Airways and Air France. From Los Angeles, the most convenient is the daily Thai Airways to Bangkok and Ko Samui.

Flight time to Ko Samui

Bangkok to Ko Samui is 1 hr, direct flight

Brisbane to Ko Samui is 11 hrs 45 min, with connecting flightˆ
Sydney to Ko Samui is 12 hrs 30 min, with connecting flightˆ
Melbourne to Ko Samui is 12 hrs 35 min, with connecting flightˆ
Perth to Ko Samui is 8 hrs 40 min, with connecting flightˆ

Auckland to Ko Samui is 14 hrs 30 min, with connecting flightˆ
London to Ko Samui is 14 hrs 5 min, with connecting flightˆ
New York to Ko Samui is 21 hrs 55 min, with connecting flightˆ
Los Angeles to Ko Samui is 20 hrs, with connecting flight
(ˆIncludes layover time.)

Flying in

Ko Samui Airport is located in the northwest corner of the island, near Bo Phut. Hotels and resorts provide pre-arranged transport for guests. Airport shuttle buses and hire cars are also available.

Entry requirements

A passport valid for at least six months beyond intended period of stay, a return/onward ticket and proof of sufficient funds. No visa is required for a stay of up to 30 days.

Getting around

You can easily rent cars, motorcycles and bicycles. Songtaews provide an efficient way to get around the island. Driving is on the left-hand side of the road.

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Latest update: How to get to Ko Samui: 18 November, 2018

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