Koh Samui Airport, also known as Samui International Airport, is located on the island of Koh Samui just 2km north of the city centre. Primarily servicing the popular holiday destination of Chaweng, the airport is privately owned and was opened in 1989 by Bangkok Airways. An unusual airport, Samui Airport is one of the world's only airports to feature no indoor areas. Excluding a gift shop, the airport is designed to take full advantage of its stunning natural surrounds, immersing visitors in the beauty of its landscapes as soon as they arrive.
The sixth busiest airport in Thailand, Samui Airport services in excess of a million passengers each year. The airport features two terminals, an international and a domestic, with each located approximately 50m apart. The airport is conveniently located close to Big Buddha Pier where ferries operate transfers to Ko Pha Ngan. There are also high speed ferry services to Chumphon and Koh Tao which depart 6km northwest at the Maenam Beach Pier, just minutes from the airport.
Samui Airport is serviced by a number of major airlines including Bangkok Airways who operate flights to Suvarnabhumi, Krabi, Hong Kong, Chiang Mai, Kuala Lumpur, Phuket and Singapore as well as China Southern Airlines who operate seasonal flights to Guangzhou, Firefly who offer flights to Kuala Lumpur and Penang, Silk Air which operates flights to Singapore and Thai Airways International who also operate flights to Suvarnabhumi in Bangkok.
There is also a number of hotels near Samui Airport, approximately 20 minutes away and ranging from 3.5 to 5 stars including Baan Samui Resort, Bandara Resort & Spa Samui, Beach Republic, Bhundhari Spa Resort & Villas Samui, Centara Villas Samui, Centra Coconut Beach Resort Samui, Deva Samui Resort & Spa, KC Resort & Over Water Villas, Novotel Samui Resort Chaweng Beach Kandaburi, Renaissance Koh Samui Resort & Spa, Sareeraya Villas & Suites, Silavadee Pool Spa Resort, The Tongsai Bay and X2 Samui.