When is the Cheapest Time to Fly to Koh Samui?
Visiting during the wetter months (October, November and December) is most likely to get you the cheapest return flights to Koh Samui. The weather does have the tendency to be stormy at this time of year, but there are nice days to be had. If you prefer a balance of sunny weather and good prices then April, May and June are great because the heat and humidity keep most tourists away.
When is the Best Time to Book your Flight to Koh Samui?
It’s best to book your Koh Samui flights three or four months before departure if you’re after low-cost flights and want to secure your desired departure dates. If you are more flexible on dates, there are often great deals on last-minute return flights. Before booking, make sure to check the 2018 dates for the full moon parties on Koh Phangan as they’re great fun to attend.
Flying to Samui Airport (USM)
Samui Airport (USM), also known as Koh Samui Airport is situated on the small island of Koh Samui and serves both that and the many surrounding islands. Flying to Samui Airport from the UK is only possible with indirect flights via Bangkok, Hong Kong or Singapore. These are operated by Qantas, EVA Air, Thai Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Singapore Airlines and Malaysia Airlines with departures from London Gatwick, London Heathrow or Manchester. From London and other major UK airports, you can also fly with Etihad, Singapore Airlines, British Airways or Turkish Airlines, but all of these routes have multiple stopovers.
On Arrival and Getting Around the Airport
Upon arrival at USM, you will immediately notice that it is unlike most other airports in the world. With an open-air design, travelling through the airport is much like wandering through many of the stunning beach resorts that the island has to offer. The main shopping area within the terminal is located on an arcade-style street and houses duty-free and travel retail shops, a variety of restaurants and cafes, along with a newsagent’s and a local souvenir shop.
Getting to the City from Samui Airport (USM)
Located just two kilometres from the city centre, Samui Airport is extremely quick and cheap to get to. Due to the island’s small size and lack of public transportation, the only way to get to and from the airport is via car or minibus, whether privately hired, shared or rented. Access to all of these services can be found in the arrivals terminal or, if you prefer, they can be booked online beforehand.
Why Visit Koh Samui?
Have you ever wondered what it might feel like to sit on a sun lounger with a freshly picked coconut in one hand, a delicious spring roll in the other, and watch the warm, golden sun set over the Gulf of Thailand? Visit Koh Samui, one of Thailand’s most delightful little island resorts and you’ll never have to wonder again. Coconut trees and sandy beaches make up most of the island, with top class hotels, scenic dining hotspots and fascinating local markets occupying the rest.
If you’re feeling up to it, you can jump on a boat and explore the surrounding islands and secluded coves but no one would blame you for trying out local delicacies like rambutan and salted eggs from the privacy of your own beachside villa. When you’ve had enough of relaxing, the monthly Full Moon Party is the place to be; watch Koh Phangan’s beach come to life and dance all night with as many as 30,000 other party-goers.
Don't Forget Before you Fly
Before your arrival, it is advisable to have some of Thailand’s official currency, the Thai baht, on your person. This is easy to exchange either in the UK or once in Koh Samui, although we do recommend comparing rates beforehand in order to secure the best deal. When visiting Thailand as a UK national, you are free to stay for up to 30 days without a visa. This can be extended once for a second period of up to 30 days.