Getting in to Koh Samui
Australia – Indirect via Qantas, Virgin, KLM, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, and Emirates
Hong Kong – Bangkok Airways, Cathay Pacific, Malaysia Airlines, Singapore Airlines, Thai Airways
Indonesia – Indirect via Silk Air, and Malaysia Airlines
Japan – Indirect via Bangkok Airways, Japan Airlines, Malaysia Airlines, Singapore Airlines and Thai Airways
Korea – Indirect via Cathay Pacific, Malaysia Airlines and Singapore Airlines
Malaysia – Malaysia Airlines
Singapore – Bangkok Airways, Silk Air
Taipei – Indirect via Bangkok Airways, China Airlines, and Singapore Airlines
United Arab Emirates – Indirect flights via Qatar, Cathay Pacific, Emirates, and Malaysia Airlines
USA – Indirect via Cathay Pacific, Qatar Airways, and Singapore Airlines
Tickets from either of Bangkok's two airports can cost around 2,482 baht one-way if booked well in advance, or around 3,750-4000 baht (including taxes) if bought on the day of the flight. Flights from Bangkok Airport: Thai Airways and Bangkok Airways. Flights from Phuket: Silk Air and Bangkok Airways.
Private car taxi rates from the airport typically range from 500-1500 baht depending on your destination. Shared minivan rates range from 100-600 (per passenger) depending on destination. Additionally, car rental counters (Hertz, Sixt, Budget, and Avis) are located in the arrivals area.
A train system links many cities across Southeast Asia. Train tickets can be purchased from www.thailandtrainticket.com or in person at Bangkok station. Travelers will need to arrive by train to either Chumphon or Surat Thani before boarding a ferry service to arrive in Koh Samui. The ferry departs every hour and takes approximately 90 minutes to complete its journey.
Getting to Koh Samui by coach is perhaps the most economical. Many companies offer services from popular locations including Suratthani (100 baht – one way – ferry inclusive), Hat Yai (270 baht – one way – ferry inclusive), and Phuket (390-450 baht – one way – ferry +55 baht). The trip from Bangkok departs 2-3 times per day, taking 10-12 hours and costs 355-660 baht including ferry.
Travelling by car from Bangkok to Koh Samui will provide travelers a scenic route south with the water on one side and Malaysia’s abundance of natural beauty, including Lenya National Park, on the other. The journey is over 700km and takes approximately 10-12 hours including ferry. Car rental can range from 900-2000 baht per day depending on vehicle selected.
It is usually cheaper to ferry to Koh Samui than to fly directly from Bangkok. A ferry terminal located in Surat Thani transports passengers directly to the island. Train-to- ferry and bus-to- ferry options are enticing for many visitors as they are less expensive and tickets can be bundled. Ferry companies that travel from Surat Thani to Koh Samui include: SeaTran Ferries, Lomprayah Ferries, and Raja Ferries.