Samui Airport: infrastructure, how to get, reviews
Samui Airport (Airport Koh Samui) is located on Koh Samui and is among the ten most beautiful airports in the world. He gained the world fame of the most unusual, fabulous airport. The terminal is located in a pristine rainforest.
The terminal building is a relatively small one-story covered gazebo, made in Thai style, without interior spaces and exterior walls. The original photo of the airport is a mandatory attribute of tourist avenues on Samui.
Samui Airport — private, commissioned in 1989. It ranks sixth in the kingdom by workload and carries up to a million passengers a year. The number of daily flights is no more than 36. The authorities jealously follow the preservation of the environment, in view of the prospects of this tourist destination.
Airport on the map of Koh Samui
Samui Airport, Airport Koh Samui, code — USM, the length of the runway — 2060 meters, located at an altitude of 20 meters above sea level. It was built in the northeast of the island, between Chaweng and Bo Phut, about 2 km north of the island’s main village, Chaweng.
Nearby is the Big Buddha Pier, located on Bang Rak Beach. From here, there is a ferry to Koh Phangan. Also nearby is Chong Mon Beach. Six kilometers north-west of the airport is the pier of Maenam beach, here you can take high-speed ferries and get to Tau Island or Chumphon.
Samui Airport is equipped with two terminals: domestic and international, located 50 meters from each other. At Samui Airport, tourists from the CIS countries use mainly the domestic terminal. There are no direct flights from these countries to Samui.
Tourists usually arrive at the capital’s Suvarnabhumi Airport, and from there by domestic flight to Samui. In this terminal there is no customs control, and things are issued without delay. In the international terminal, official procedures will take you about an hour.
The Arrivals Hall is a round room, in the center of which is a baggage claim, on the inner walls there are a lot of informative stands. Departure hall is a separate indoor area, designed in the style of minimalism: the reception, soft sofas and comfortable wicker chairs. The cozy atmosphere of the airport is felt even in the photo. Cashiers here work under small canopies that look like beach umbrellas.
The waiting room is equipped with a large electronic scoreboard, it provides information about the flights of the airport in English. It is very convenient to use the airport board. In the photo you can see electric cars in which passengers are brought to the aircraft. They look like small wheeled trams without windows and doors.
The airport is well-kept: there are flowers, lots of greenery, fountains, ponds with water lilies, neat elegant streets, lawns, improvised benches. Be sure to in the album a tourist who visited Thailand has a photo from Samui Airport, which rightfully bears the title of one of the most unusual airports in the world.
For the convenience of passengers — several currency exchange terminals. There are also cafes, restaurants and bars at the airport. Here you will be offered both traditional Thai dishes and European. For small passengers, there is a bright playground equipped with slides, swings and a fabulous house.
Passengers are offered a free buffet (drinks, snacks, sandwiches, pastries). Everything is clean and tidy, the food is covered with transparent caps, disposable dishes are used.
Samui Park Avenue (Samui Park Avenue) is a shopping area at Samui Airport. There are small boutiques and shops offering clothes, bags, bijouterie, cosmetics from world famous brands. Jim Thompson sells silk fabrics and products from it. Here are located souvenir and bookstores.
In the absence of a computer, you can contact the Internet cafe in the station. Airlines flying to Samui:
- Bangkok Airlines is the main carrier. The company’s aircraft fly to Suvarnabhumi, Chiang Mai, Hong Kong, Krabi, Kuala Lumpur, Pattaya.
- The airline Thai Air International connects the island with Bangkok (2 flights per day).
- China Southern aircraft fly from Guangzhou during the high season.
- Airline Firefly transports from Kuala Lumpur and Penang (Malaysia).
- Airline Silk Air — from Singapore.
Some airlines offer to go through registration to Samui Airport: Malaysia Airlines, Qatar Airways, Etihad Airways, British Airways, Airberlin, EVA Air, Air France, KLM, Cathay Pacific. Using this service, the flight Bangkok-Samui will be carried out on board the airline Bangkok Airways.
How to get to the hotel
When you walk along the covered path to the taxi and bus stops, pay attention to the stands with maps and all sorts of avenues, everything is free. Take in handy.
If you are traveling by “package”, then most often it is already included in your tour package. If you are a proud independent traveler, then you can order a transfer yourself by phoning the hotel or using the online transfer service. Transfer online makes it possible to order a transfer machine convenient for you from anywhere in the world. At the airport, you will also be offered a transfer with fixed prices to all hotels on the island.
The price will depend on the distance, but the usual price category is from 400 to 800 baht. This is the price for the car, if you are traveling by company — it is convenient to divide the amount. You can take the car yourself, or you can order it at the airport at the “Taxi” counter. The taxi driver you will only need to present a ticket receipt. Service employees will show you everything, and if necessary, they will take you to a taxi.
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Cost, 1 USD = 36.26 THB