Koh Samui Airport Passenger Reviews and Koh Samui Airport Traveller Reports
KOH SAMUI AIRPORT customer review : 13 September 2012 by Krittanai Ponpisit (Thailand)|
Rating : 10/10
It's not too big and also not to small it just fits as the regional hub which also include international flights
to Hong Kong, Kula Lumpur and Singapore. First impression are those blissful buildings, I've to say that at first
I was quite worried about the heat (because it's open-air) but when I arrived it wasn't that hot. Last but not
least Samui airport also has a shopping area for last-minute items! I flew Bangkok Airways so lounges are
available for everyone.
KOH SAMUI AIRPORT customer review : 25 June 2012 by D Brown (UK)|
Rating : 9/10
Compared to many small airports in Asia, USM is superb. Off loading of the aircraft is very quick and luggage
appears rapidly. The only bottleneck is if you arrive internationally behind another international flight then
immigration can take 45 minutes. There are many transport options once you have exited the terminal. Leaving the
airport, the check-in area is clean and large and quite quick. You then have a 200m walk to the gate and security
area, but this is down a main street that is filled with shops and eating places. I suggest you spend time here
as there is very little at the gates. Once in the gate area there are free drinks and snacks, smoking area,
toilets and the such like. Boarding is easy and efficient as the small trolley buses used to take you to the
aircraft split the loading in to small groups. Overall, on the best airports around - but be aware - it's all out
doors and so quite warm - there are fans and a/c units but stay in light clothing and change on the aircraft if
you have to.
KOH SAMUI AIRPORT customer review : 14 February 2012 by C Wajsberg (Israel)|
Rating : 9/10
One the only airports in the world being stress free even if during peak tourist seasons lines can be somehow
longer, we did not have to wait for more than a few minutes . Arrival and departure procedures are easy here and
service is fast . After security checks, a lounge is available for all passengers with complimentary soft drinks
coffee and cake, fruit and or some other nacks are usually also available. Plenty of sofas available.
KOH SAMUI AIRPORT customer review : 2 August 2012 by Johannes Nooitrust (Holland)|
Rating : 10/10
The most relaxed and client-friendly airport we (family with two daughters) have ever been! While waiting for
our plane to BKK, the ground stewardess of Bangkok Airlines comes to you to check your boarding passes.
Free buffet with soft drinks, coffee, tea, small bites etc for every-one. Good prices and perfectly clean - free -
KOH SAMUI AIRPORT customer review : 28 November 2011 by D Moore (UK)|
Rating : 5/10
After check-in there is an unavoidable open air walk of at least 200 metres to get from the check-in area to
the departure lounges - too hot if it is not raining, potentially very wet if it is raining. The waiting areas
(except for the business class lounge) are open air and therefore not air-conditioned - again, very hot and
sticky. The transfers to the plane are in open sided buggy type vehicles. Finally, with no airbridges the walk
from the buggy and up the steps to the plane can be dangerous on the slippery metal steps. At arrivals the
walkway to the taxi pick-up area is at least covered so you might not get wet, but there, as others have
reported, you will get ripped off by the local taxi mafia - best book a hotel pick up.
KOH SAMUI AIRPORT customer review : 22 February 2010 by Ian Hunter
Customer Rating : 5/5
This is a really pretty little airport. It is all open-air and appears to be constructed out
of local materials such as palm tree trunks. You are taken from your plane to the terminal by
means of an adapted golf cart, or tourist-train type vehicle. You then transit quickly out
where you will find it hard not to pay an extortionate amount of money for your taxi ride.
Barter with them - although they may be smiling and laughing these are hard-nosed rip-off
merchants. On the way out of Samui you will encounter very pleasant waiting areas, a nice
shopping street and a courtesy area where you can pick up free drinks and snacks, while
listening to some chilled-out music while the Thai breeze gently cools your brow (and this is
for economy class passengers!)
KOH SAMUI AIRPORT customer review : 11 September 2009 by Russell Marriott
Customer Rating : 5/5
More like a resort than an airport with its tropical gardens, thatch roofs, no walls etc. Only
thing I don't like is the taxi rip-off to Chaweng, Lamai etc. A set price system would make it
KOH SAMUI AIRPORT customer review : 8 September 2009 : by Toby Price
Customer Rating : 3/5
Beautiful airport the first time you use it but if you are a regular traveller to Samui it
becomes just another airport with one or two problems. Firstly charging taxis a large amount
of money to allow them to pick up from the airport and therefore the cost being passed onto
us. 400bhat for a 5/10min taxi to Chaweng is crazy. Why not introduce meters. Secondly not
allowing other airlines to use the BKK-USM route apart from Thai air who have been allowed
only 2 flights. Bangkok Airways have a monopoly therefore keeping the flight price high.
KOH SAMUI AIRPORT review : 31 July
2009 : by Peter Böhm
Customer Rating : 5/5
Efficient organisation and wonderful environment. It looks more like an 5* holiday resort with
botanical garden than an Airport. Transfer to the airplane by several small carts is well
organised which provides fast and stressless entering of the plane.
KOH SAMUI AIRPORT review : 18 October 2008 : by Helen Bowles
Customer Rating : 4/5
Very stress free airport, probably the most stress free in the world ! It's such a pretty place for
an airport. Our bags were on the belt within 10 mins of us landing and we were out of the airport
and off to our hotel within 20 mins. On way back same stress free experience, the courtesy corner is
a very nice touch too.
KOH SAMUI AIRPORT review : 15 July 2008 : by J Henson
Customer Rating : 5/5
Very picturesque as it is set in a tropical setting with the runway overlooked by a Buddhist temple.
Arrivals - luggage arrived in a few minutes, out of the airport in 15 minutes after arrival. Just
make sure that you barter the price for a taxi (as you would anywhere in Thailand) and remember that
if the taxi driver offers to show you accomodation they are probably operating on a commission basis
from one of the hotels. Return - check in very quick. You walk straight up to security. Walked
through the new shopping street which is very nice (although by Thai standards very expensive). The
terminal is barley recognisable as a "terminal". Like a huge group of beach huts linked by bridges
over streams. Bangkok airways have large seating area, best lounge ever with huge seats and you walk
up to gate. Not an airbridge in sight.
KOH SAMUI AIRPORT review : 6 May 2008 : by K Ward
Customer Rating : 5/5
A beautiful airport with very friendly personnel. Baggage took just a few minutes to arrive after
we deplaned. When we left, we were transferring from Bangkok Airways to Lufthansa and they checked
our baggage all the way thru. Cool juice drinks are offered (free) at the departure area as well as snacks.
Koh Samui Airport by A Marshall
27 January 2008 Customer Rating :
There are about 4 or 5 domestic terminals and a couple of international. But it's still very nice,
open and different. They are building some up market shops around there and a "Boutique Hotel" so
it's geared up for the money that's in Samui now! Bangkok Airways own the airport that meant only
Bangkok Airways could land but now they have firefly from Penang and from Feb Thai Airways will be
flying twice a day to Samui from Bangkok.
Koh Samui Airport by Lisa Dunlop
28 August 2007 Customer Rating :
It was a pleasure to arrive in Samui Airport - the most beautiful airport in the world and fascinating
how simple it is in this Hi-Tech age. I do hope it keeps its tropical look and feel.
Koh Samui Airport by Lynne Brisco
5 May 2007 Customer Rating :
I agree with most comments - Koh Samui airport the most picturesque in
the world. So quaint, been here many times. Relatively small but quite
organised and the gardens are beautiful.
Koh Samui Airport by Christopher Hertzog
26 March 2007 Customer Rating : n/a
Samui Airport is indeed the quaintest , most picturesque, and most
relaxed in the world. I hope it will not have to change too radically in
the near future, catering as it will have to, with yet more flights.
They start arriving at 5.55 am, as I know to my cost, staying just
underneath the flightpath near Big Buddha! Very impressed with all the
facilities on offer; even a free buffet service for all passengers in
the thatched Terminal building, prior to the final informal call!
Koh Samui Airport by Ryan Chao
1 February 2007 Customer Rating : n/a
What a unique pleasant airport. I agree with the previous comment about
the road in and out of the airport. The road is so small. The road can't
handle more than two flight-load of in a same 30-minute time frame.
Those two flights mean Boeing 717 or ATR 72 type of planes. When Bangkok
Airways starts to fly A320 into this airport, this could bring chaos.
Koh Samui Airport by John Doe
8 February 2006
Lovely airport which blends perfectly with the tropical scenery.
Basically its just a few wooden/grass roofs with a nice arrangement of
canvas chairs and tables. Very relaxed atmosphere, transport from and to
the plane is by small and nicely painted electric wagons. As far as
security is concerned, it's fairly standard procedure. They do scan the
baggage on entering the departure area, but that's all. Connection
to/from the main road could need some improvement though.
Koh Samui Airport by Maree Morrison
24 November 2005
Have just returned from Koh Samui, what a lovely place. Our first
impression of this beautiful island was the airport. Unbelievable. There
are no walls, it is all open and so beautiful. We were so warmly
welcomed, delivered to the main terminal by open transport vehicle and
directed accordingly. The grounds are well maintained and it is a
perfect start to your holiday.
Koh Samui Airport by Kevin Houston
9 October 2005
I can only concur with other reviews. What a truly wonderful airport.
Even leaving was a joy (and that takes a lot for me to say returning to
work). Open, light, not unnecessarily oversized - we were on our plane 5
min after check in, including the bus to the plane. Staff efficiency and
pleasantness could not be faulted. I now wonder somewhat about security
but interestingly didn't even think about it at the time (it just proves
how pleasant the place is). Still great to know places like this still
exist and I hope it doesn't have to change.
Koh Samui Airport by Derrick Edwards
6 September 2005
I have been using Koh Samui airport for the past four years and agree it is the most
relaxed airport that I have seen anywhere. I even get there early to enjoy a last
massage in the very relaxing Spa located behind the cafe, then enjoy drinking a fresh
coconut! The potential stress of travelling and heat just disappears.
Koh Samui Airport by Josef Bauer
15 August 2005
What a wonderful airport - everything is open, no walls, no doors. Well, almost
everything is open - see the terminal 2 duty free shop. Two very clean glass doors,
inside two pretty Thai sellers, and air conditioning. After a few minutes on this
airport you are used to walking around without any barriers - but when you want to go
into the duty free shop something could happen just as it happened to my wife - she
didn't notice the closed glass doors, walked forward and injured her nose and had a
Koh Samui Airport by Håkan Ingevald
8 June 2005
I totally agree about the beauty and romance of this very special a/p. I just wonder about the staff
working here though, as almost every one is working outside (there are no actual buildings in this
airport, just grass roofing shading the sun). How come they all look so cool and unbothered in 40
degrees celsius without air condition? And what happened to the security? Well, this is a tropical
paradise and I have to say I'm glad there still are places like this in the world. If you ever get a
chance, go to Samui, if for no other reason, just to experience the airport!
Koh Samui Airport by M Ritter
23 May 2005
This airport is a romantic garden restaurant where you can even take a ride in a sweet little train
that takes you to a plane. Never seen anything like it.
We arrived late in the evening so that these qualities occurred to us only on the back flight and we
were delighted that we had (more or less by chance) come two hours early so that we could quite
deeply enjoy this fairy garden airport which is not only the loveliest airport of the world but by
far the most beautiful public place in Koh Samui.
Koh Samui Airport by Thomas Weber
15 April 2004
The airport of Ko Samui is the most beautiful of the world. Relatively small however with
marvelously maintained gardens it surrounds, a romantic transport vehicle that brings one from the
airplane to the terminal and nice helpful personnel. The new international terminal offers a perfect
Service by the Check in and the visa formalities.
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