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Cheap flights to Koh Samui

What's Koh Samui like?

No longer a secluded backwater, especially since it got its own airport, Koh Samui has never lost its rustic island charm.

It has all the hallmarks of a classic Thailand holiday, from massages to golden temples and white beaches, or you can escape the crowds by hiring a motorbike and riding through sleepy coconut groves. It's also the ideal base for island-hopping day tours and some of the best scuba diving in the country.

Which airlines fly to Koh Samui?

There are no direct flights to Koh Samui from New Zealand. The only 1-stop flights are from Auckland and Christchurch, stopping at Kuala Lumpur or Singapore. All other flights have an extra stop at Auckland or Australian airports first.

Airlines that fly this route include:

How long is the flight to Koh Samui?

Auckland to Koh Samui

13 hours 50 minutes (1 stop)

Christchurch to Koh Samui

15 hours 10 minutes (1 stop)

Queenstown to Koh Samui

17 hours 25 minutes (2 stops)

Wellington to Koh Samui

16 hours 15 minutes (2 stops)

What is the best time to visit Koh Samui?

Koh Samui is a year-round destination. High season is late December to January and July to August, when the island is busiest and discounts are scarce. The cheapest hotel deals can be found in October and November, but these are also the rainiest months.

Do I need a visa for Koh Samui?

You don't need a visa to enter Thailand as long as you don't stay over 30 days. Your passport also needs to be valid for at least 6 months when you arrive.

How expensive is Koh Samui?

Thailand's prices are considerably cheaper than New Zealand's across the board. Meals and beers only cost a couple of dollars, while soft drinks are less than a dollar. Koh Samui is a well-developed island, and as such prices are comparable to the mainland. The local currency is the Thai baht (฿).

Arriving in Koh Samui

Koh Samui Airport (USM) is a small, open-air facility that can be a breath of fresh air after connecting in busy international airports. Domestic and international flights have separate terminals, with a tram service linking both to the baggage area. The airport also has souvenir shops, restaurants and landscaped gardens that can be enjoyed before continuing to your hotel or resort.

The cheapest transport option is a shared minibus. These travel to all popular destinations and can stop outside your accommodation, with set fares from 130-200 baht depending on the distance. You can also take a taxi from 500-900 baht.

Useful tips about Koh Samui

For an authentic experience of life on Koh Samui, head to the night market at Bophut on Friday evenings, where you'll find plenty of street eats and handmade souvenirs.

Read Skyscanner's pick of 13 secret holiday spots in Koh Samui for lesser-known sights off the tourist trail, or head out to explore 6 Thai islands you probably haven't heard of before.

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Please note: all information is correct as of October, 2017.

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