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 (52mi) northeast of Surat Thani, and is easily reached by air with several flights daily from Bangkok, Phuket, Singapore and Hong Kong.

The most convenient route to Ko Samui is by air to Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi International Airport (BKK), followed by a connecting flight to Koh Samui International Airport (USM).

By sea, a ferry and high-speed catamaran operate from Surat Thani on the mainland to Ko Samui. There are also several ferries and fast speed boats operating from the mainland ports of Chumphon and Donsak.


Flight times to Koh Samui

The following are the most convenient flights to Koh Samui, Thailand.

Within Thailand: Bangkok Airways offers numerous daily flights from Suvarnabhumi International Airport to Koh Samui.

Bangkok to Koh Samui is 1 hr 5 min, direct flight


From the United States: Cathay Pacific, Singapore Airlines and Bangkok Airways offer the most convenient daily flights to Koh Samui.

Atlanta to Koh Samui is 24 hrs, with connecting flight via Bangkokˆ
Boston to Koh Samui is 22 hrs 35 min, with connecting flight via Hong Kongˆ
Chicago to Koh Samui is 23 hrs 55 min, with connecting flight via Hong Kongˆ
Dallas-Fort Worth to Koh Samui is 24 hrs 55 min, with connecting flight via Hong Kongˆ
New York to Koh Samui is 21 hrs 35 min, with connecting flight via Hong Kongˆ
Los Angeles to Koh Samui is 19 hrs 55 min, with connecting flight via Singaporeˆ
San Francisco to Koh Samui is 19 hrs 35 min, with connecting flight via Singaporeˆ


From Canada: Air Canada, Cathay Pacific and Bangkok Airways offer the most convenient daily flights to Koh Samui.

Toronto to Koh Samui is 21 hrs 45 min, with connecting flight via Hong Kongˆ
Montreal to Koh Samui is 22 hrs 55 min, with connecting flightˆ
Vancouver to Koh Samui is 19 hrs 5 min, with connecting flight via Hong Kongˆ


From Australia: Singapore Airlines, Qantas, Silk Air, Bangkok Airways and Scoot Tigerair offer the most convenient daily flights to Koh Samui.

Adelaide to Koh Samui is 11 hrs 30 min, with connecting flight via Singaporeˆ
Brisbane to Koh Samui is 11 hrs 30 min, with connecting flight via Singaporeˆ
Sydney to Koh Samui is 11 hrs 5 min, with connecting flight via Singaporeˆ
Melbourne to Koh Samui is 11 hrs 50 min, with connecting flight via Singaporeˆ
Perth to Koh Samui is 8 hrs 45 mins, with connecting flight via Singaporeˆ


From New Zealand: Air New Zealand and Silkair offer the most convenient daily flights to Koh Samui.

Auckland to Koh Samui is 14 hrs, with connecting flight via Singaporeˆ


From Singapore: Silk Air and Bangkok Airways offer the most convenient daily nonstop flights to Koh Samui.

Singapore to Koh Samui is 1 hrs 45 min, direct flight


From the United Kingdom: Thai Airways International, EVA Air, British Airways and Bangkok Airways offer the most convenient daily flights to Koh Samui.

London to Koh Samui is 13 hrs 35 min, with connecting flight via Bangkokˆ


From France: Air France, Thai Airways International and Bangkok Airways offer the most convenient daily flights to Koh Samui.

Paris to Bangkok is 14 hrs, with connecting flight via Bangkokˆ

(ˆincludes layover time.)


Flying in

Samui International Airport (USM), also known as Ko Samui Airport or Koh Samui Airport, is located in the northwest corner of the island, around 2km (1.2mi) north of Chaweng.

Hotels and resorts provide transport for guests by prior arrangement. 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: 31 May, 2019


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