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Why Fly to Koh Samui?
Koh Samui is the third largest island in Thailand, luring tourists with its pristine palm-fringed beaches, welcoming hospitality and tasty affordable cuisine. Koh Samui International Airport is located between Bophut and Chaweng in the north-east of the island. Most flights into Koh Samui come from Bangkok, although you can take an international flight direct to Koh Samui from other Asian hubs including Hong Kong and Singapore.
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Flying to Koh Samui from the UK
Flights to Koh Samui depart from several airports across the UK, although there are no direct flights. The best bet is to get a cheap flight deal from the UK to Bangkok, where you can then hop on a domestic flight to Koh Samui Airport. There are one-stop services to Koh Samui from London Heathrow airport taking around 14 hours in total. If you’re travelling from Manchester, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Bristol, Birmingham or Cardiff, you’ll need to take a 2-stop service.
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Which Airlines Fly to Koh Samui?
EVA Airways and Thai Airways offer one-stop services to Koh Samui from London Heathrow via Bangkok. From elsewhere in the UK, you will need to take a 2-stop service, so it may be best to look for a cheap flight to Bangkok and then hop on a domestic flight or boat over to Koh Samui.
Thai Airways and Bangkok Airways offer frequent daily flights to Koh Samui island from Bangkok, taking one hour.
Mini Travel Guide to Koh Samui
Whether you’re looking for a lively sun-soaked stay or a relaxing beach break, Koh Samui caters to all tastes. This popular south east Asian island has resorts dotted around the coast, and you’ll be spoilt for choice for great beaches where you can unfurl your towel.
The busiest resorts are in the east. Chaweng is the island's largest beach, and comes fully equipped with beach beds, umbrellas, watersports, beachside bars and restaurants. Lamai Beach to the south is in a similar vein though a little quieter. Ao Thong Sai beach is much quieter and popular with families.
The average daily temperature on Koh Samui is a consistent 25-30 degrees throughout the year, so the beaches are the main attraction of the island. If you tire of the sea and sand, you can explore the island's Buddhist temples, including Wat Phra Yai in the north or Wat Laem Saw on the southern coast of the island.
If you’re keen to sample some nature, the Namuang Safari Park offers elephant rides and live crocodile shows, or the Samui Aquarium in Maret also has a Tiger Zoo and aviary. The Ang Thong Marine National Park is also a popular day trip with an archipelago of over 40 islands is a pristine protected national park perfect for swimming and snorkelling.
Most of the better hotels boast their own restaurants where a range of international cuisines are available, but the best place to sample fabulous Thai food at a fraction of the price is at the street food stalls dotted all over the island. Alternatively, the Samui Institute of Thai Culinary Arts is perfect if you are looking to brush up on your cooking skills.
In the evening, Koh Samui comes to life with a buzzing nightlife, particularly in the resort of Chaweng, where you’ll never be short of a happy hour or some late-night drinking and dancing.