I am just wondering what airline to take to Ko Samui,as we are now thinking of going there for a few days instead of Pattaya. And should we book ASAP when we first get to BKK from Australia. Or perhaps over the internet.
#1 Red has been a member since 22/5/2006. Posts: 46
hi again red,
bangkok airways is running a promotional fare on the 6 am or 10 pm flights to/from bangkok/samui for 2000 per person one way. that is as good a price as you can expect, so with any luck you'll be able to grab a seat on one of those flights at the promotional price. book as far in advance as you can. they have an excellent website, and you can book directly over the web. just keep in mind that there will be additional charges too, like insurance and fuel surcharges. also, the departure tax at samui airport is a maddening 300 baht per person, and the taxi ride to the samui airport will set you back from between 300 and 500 baht too. it isn't cheap to fly directly to samui, but at least the departure lounge on samui has free juice, biscuits, bananas, and even a few internet terminals.
another option is to book thai air asia on the bkk to surat thani leg of the trip, then take the bus/ferry combo directly from the airport for 280 baht per person. the advantage is that you'll save a bit of money this way, and also get to enjoy the scenery from the ferry boat ride (which i think is lots of fun but i suspect somtam doesn't ;). but this takes quite a bit of time unfortunately. we were on the 9 am flight from bkk to surat, and didn't arrive at our beach on samui until just before 3 pm - quite a big chunk or your few beach days.
have you decided against ko samet then? cheers.
We are really looking at all our options at the moment, as we have at this stage about 2-3 maybe 4 days to spare at the end of our trip. Even though we aren't great lovers of the beach we wanted somewhere to just relax at the end of our hols.
It also depends on how we are going for time and the finances. We like the sound and look of Ko Samui. So we are doing a lot of reading etc.
Thanks again for you both giving me all the info and help that I have been asking for.Look forward to hearing from you both again soon.
#4 Red has been a member since 22/5/2006. Posts: 46
We're in Samui right now and while we took the train/bus/ferry here, we've already booked a flight to return to BKK. The journey isn't bad at all, just long. The train took about 12 hours, and then another two hours for the bus and then another two hours for the ferry to samui. Like I said, all were perfectly comfortable and if you're looking to save money and you have some time to spare, this is certainly a good way to go. But, we're only here for two weeks and we've decided to upgrade to the flight out at 6am for 2000 baht.
Hope that helps!
#5 tokyobelle has been a member since 21/5/2006. Posts: 19
Thank you everyone for your great help and advice.
I have finally booked our flights from BKK to Ko Samui and also booked our accomodation via "Sawadee" for 4 nights at "Moonhut Bungalows" at Maenum. So i'm please all is done, now all we have to do is wait..... and wait.... and wait. But it will be so worth it.
I'm not wishing my life away, but ... ROLL ON DECEMBER.
Thanks again all. :)
I'm sure there will be more info that I'll need.
#6 Red has been a member since 22/5/2006. Posts: 46