Stuck on a layover at Ko Samui Airport (USM) on the island of Ko Samui in Thailand? The airport is located approximately 2 kilometers north of the main village of Chaweng, and most places on the island are very accessible for those stuck on long layovers. If you’re trying to determine whether you can leave the airport during your layover, click here for useful tips.
The Samui Airport is unique in that aside from a gift shop, the airport is largely outdoors with beautiful award-winning naturally designed structures (click here for photos). The airport is privately owned by Bangkok Airways, and also serves Thai Airways International, beginning in February of 2008. Thai Airways has two daily flights between the island and Bangkok.
If you’re looking for a hotel or resort to rest at during your layover, there are tons to choose from including the Muang Samui Spa Resort and and the X2 Samui Villas by Design.
If you’re looking to leave the airport and travel around the island during a long layover, here’s a basic map of island. As for transportation, taxi (price is negotiable) and private car transfers can be arranged in the arrivals area. A sampling of relative minibus and private car fares can be found here. In addition, car rentals can be arranged at arrivals, as well.
LayoverGuide.com’s Suggestions Of Things To Do On A Ko Samui Layover:
Wat Phra Yai (Big Buddha)
Probably the best known temple in Samui, the Big Buddha is 12 meters high and you can see it from miles away. There are also shops and restaurants surrounding the temple for a quick bite or souvenir.
Laem Sor Pagoda
Located right along the beach and decorated with thousands of golden bricks, this temples shines brightly and is a great place to visit.
Aquarium And Tiger Zoo
A combination of fish and coral collections as well as tigers in their cages, there’s a lot of wildlife to be seen at the Aquarium and Tiger Zoo. You can take a photo with a tiger for 100 baht, and can see a collection of exotic birds as well.
Yup, you read that right. On the island, a popular betting sport is the Fighting Buffaloes. Entry is roughly 100-150 baht for men and free for women, the buffaloes fight until one turns over, before harm is done.
For more island attractions such as rock formation that look like genitalia, butterfly garden, crocodile farms and more, click here!
For the Bangkok Layover Guide at the New Suvarnabhumi International airport, click here.