Koh Samui International Airport is the first thing that you will lay your eyes on as you arrive at the beautiful, picturesque island of Koh Samui. This uniquely designed airport immediately draws your attention with its subtle yet unmissable inclusion in the island’s already defined beauty. The architects had a profound understanding of the concept that there is no second chance for a first impression.

Koh Samui International Airport has a timeless nature to it, which makes it difficult to estimate how long it has been around. This beautiful structure was the brainchild of the CEO and President of Bangkok Airways, Dr. Prasert Prassarttong-Osoth in 1982. He wanted the new airport to help him establish Bangkok Airways, which by then was a new airline. His idea was brought to life seven years later with the aid of the Habita Company.

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The brilliant minds behind this project came up with a breathtaking design that took into account the natural environment. Koh Samui International Airport has been tailor made to fit exactly in its surroundings maximizing the space by having few buildings and was built using local materials like rattan, wood, and palm. The use of palm leaves and the natural, large open design acts as natural air cooling system, reducing the carbon footprint of the airport.

The airport had a new terminal that was constructed in 2008, which totally embraces the Polynesian architecture. The rounded forms are as important as the large openings in this type of design. Koh Samui International Airport is not devoid of modern comfort as the warm colors and the wooden interior blend to give a natural, relaxed ambiance.

Obviously, the adoption of the Polynesian architecture will not be without lush local vegetation, which makes it the best lounge one can ask for in any journey. Ingenious interior design ideas like the aquarium placed in the men’s bathroom is simply a fantastic touch of class.

Koh Samui International Airport has a limited number of airlines that are allowed to access it. The following are a list of the airlines that are allowed access:

  • Thai Airways International
  • Bangkok Airways
  • Emirates
  • Qatar Airways
  • British Airways
  • Malaysia Airlines
  • Xiamen Airlines
  • Etihad
  • Garuda Indonesia
  • China Airlines
  • Finnair
  • Eva Air
  • Silk Air
  • Tibet Airlines

The direct flights are mainly from Bangkok, Phuket, U-Tapao, Chiang Mai, to Koh Samui Island. The international flights are mostly from Kuala Lumpur, Hong Kong, Guangzhou, Singapore, Chengdu.



Koh Samui International Airport provides a unique sense of both nature, elegance, and functionality. It is not just an airport, but a natural hub designed to welcome people to the wonderful island. Koh Samui International Airport has been a vehicle in boosting the tourism sector of island due to the fact that the island can only be reached through boat before.

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The international airport is extending its reach and will soon cater flights coming from Dubai, Shanghai, and Bali. An increase in medium haul flights will soon transpire as well.

Photo Credit: The Samui International Airport