The Gulf of Thailand hosts 3 popular Islands of which Koh Samui is the largest one. Not only is it the largest, it is also the only island with an airport and often used as a hub to reach the other nearby islands.
While the other two islands are mostly known for its full moon parties (Koh Phangan) or for its miracle diving (Koh Tao), Koh Samui is the place where you can relax at popular white-sand beaches or drive around with your motorbike to explore its many viewpoints. It’s often referred to as the Resort Island of the Gulf of Thailand.
Arranging your transfer from Koh Samui Airport can be a bit tricky, and here’s why: regular taxis are not allowed to queue at the airport.
This means you can’t just walk out of the airport and hop in the first taxi you see. You will need to either book a taxi through one of the travel companies designated at the arrival area or ask your hotel to arrange for a transfer.
Booking a taxi at Koh Samui Airport can be more pricey so we suggest asking your hotel in advance to arrange your ride. Prices start at $13 when booking online.
Koh Samui Airport is located on the northeast side of the island, close to the popular Chaweng Beach. The journey by taxi from the airport takes somewhere between 15 minutes and 1 hour. This completely depends on which part of the island your hotel is located.
Instead of booking a taxi, there is also the option of using a shared van. The shared minivan will save you some money, but you’ll have to wait until the van is full.
Metered taxis are not permitted to queue at Koh Samui Airport, which means you’ll either have to use the transport services that are offered by the airport or arrange your transport in advance.
Prices range from 395 THB – 1,000 THB ($13 – $33), depending on your destination and the number of persons.
If you book online with Klook, you can get a 3-seater car for only 395 THB ($13) and a 10-seater van starting at 440 THB ($14.50). Aside from being cheaper, another advantage is that the driver will be waiting for you with a sign once you enter the arrival hall of Koh Samui Airport.
If you’re looking for a fun and social atmosphere, this is the perfect hostel! On-site swimming pool, bar and lounge area for socializing with other travelers. Extremely close to the beach, restaurants, bars and all amenities. The hostel offers very comfortable beds and is extremely clean. The hostel staff is very friendly and will assist with arranging tours and forward travel plans.
If you’re traveling alone but prefer a little more luxury and a quiet place then The Rock Hostel is a perfect choice. This hostel offers private beach access with lounge chairs, a swimming pool, and stunning sea views. The location is perfect, the hostel is quiet and relaxing and the staff is amazing. Treat yourself to a few days of luxury and relaxation here.
This adults-only beach house located in Taling Ngam Beach comes with countless recommendations. The beds are extremely comfortable, the hostel is very clean and a small breakfast of fruit with bread and jam is provided daily. There is an on-site bar, lounge and bbq area and the beach is right next door. The host is known to be exceptionally friendly, even taking guests on tours or dropping them off at the pier on departure day.
Located on a hill, this hotel offers amazing sea views from your private balcony and room. The outdoor pool is the perfect place to relax and enjoy a drink from the on-site bar. The restaurant offers a variety of western and Thai food to choose from. This hotel is the perfect getaway for rest, relaxation and rejuvenation.
These beautiful beachfront bungalows, located at the Bophut area of Koh Samui, are an absolute luxury! Relish in the privacy these bungalows offer while still being just steps from the beach. There is an on-site swimming pool, bar, beachfront restaurant and a lovely terrace for guests to enjoy. Soak up the luxury, stunning views and comforts this resort has to offer.