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Mini Guide for Koh Samui Airport

Known as the world's most beautiful airport, Koh Samui Airport is privately owned and operated by Bangkok Airways who operate most flights to and from the island. What makes the airport so beautiful and indeed totally different to almost every other airport in the world, is that, except for the shops it is all outdoors!  It is located only 2km from Chaweng which is the main village on the island and has both a domestic and an international terminal.  Despite its unusual appearance, the airport is now the sixth largest in Thailand. Koh Samui, Thailand's second-largest island, offers an idyllic tropical getaway with its palm-fringed beaches, crystal-clear waters, and lush rainforests. From the bustling beach scenes of Chaweng to the tranquil stretches of Maenam, Samui is a diverse destination that caters to both adventure seekers and those yearning for relaxation.

 

Koh Samui by Hire Car: The Pathway to Island Exploration

Renting a car upon arrival at Koh Samui Airport is the key to unlocking the full potential of this island retreat. With your own set of wheels, the island’s treasures, from hidden coves to hilltop temples, are readily accessible, without the constraints of tour schedules or the island’s taxi fares.

Koh Samui Airport to Your Destination

Koh Samui Airport, with its open-air terminals and thatched roofs, reflects the island's charm. Located near the northeastern corner of the island, it is conveniently situated just a short drive from major beaches and hotels. Chaweng Beach, for example, is less than 15 minutes away by car, and you can reach Lamai Beach in under 30 minutes.

Road Conditions and Driving in Koh Samui

The roads in Koh Samui are generally in good condition, with the main ring road circling the island ensuring an easy navigation. However, some secondary roads, especially those leading to more secluded spots, can be narrow and steep. Exercise caution when driving, particularly during the rainy season when roads can become slippery.

Driving Tips and Local Insights

When driving in Koh Samui, it’s important to remember that Thais drive on the left side of the road. The island's laid-back nature is reflected in its driving culture, but always stay alert for motorbikes, which are a popular mode of transport for both locals and tourists. There are no toll roads on the island, so exploring is straightforward and stress-free.

Attractions and Distances from Koh Samui Airport

  • Big Buddha Temple (Wat Phra Yai): Located approximately 3 km from the airport, this iconic golden statue is a short drive away and offers a serene experience.
  • Hin Ta and Hin Yai Rocks: These natural rock formations are about 13 km south of Chaweng and provide a picturesque setting along with local folklore.
  • Na Muang Waterfalls: Around 30 km from the airport, these falls are nestled in the island's jungle and are accessible by a rewarding drive through the island’s interior.
  • Ang Thong National Marine Park: While not accessible by car, you can drive to the pier and take a boat trip to this breathtaking archipelago, which is well worth the effort.

Car Rental Policies: Smooth Sailing on Your Journey

Upon hiring a car in Koh Samui, familiarize yourself with the rental policies:

  • Excess and Insurance Coverage: Basic insurance is included, but it’s prudent to consider additional coverage for comprehensive protection.
  • Upgrade Options: Choose a vehicle that suits your preference, from economical hatchbacks for short trips to sturdy SUVs for comfort and space.
  • Deposit and Payment Card Information: A security deposit will typically be required, so ensure your credit card has sufficient funds and is in the name of the driver.
  • Breakdown Assistance: Rental agreements include breakdown assistance, providing peace of mind that help is on hand should you need it.

One-Way Rentals: Explore Beyond

For those who wish to combine their stay on Koh Samui with a visit to the mainland or neighboring islands, Rhinocarhire offers the option of one-way rentals, giving you the flexibility to start your journey on the island and continue your adventure elsewhere.

Conclusion

Car hire at Koh Samui Airport is the beginning of a holiday filled with freedom, convenience, and the allure of discovery. From beach hopping to temple visits, and everything in between, your rental car is the promise of a personalized Thai island experience. Make sure to check the 'Important Information' for your rental to ensure a seamless trip, and consider the practicality of one-way rentals to broaden your horizons. Embrace the enchanting beauty of Koh Samui at your own pace, with the comfort and liberty that only a private car can offer.

 

Current Rental Rates at Koh Samui Airport

Mitsubishi Mirage

4 Adults, 5 Doors

From 26.47 EUR/day
Mitsubishi Mirage

7 Days rental at 185.31 EUR from 22/04/2024

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Nissan Almera

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 28.80 EUR/day
Nissan Almera

7 Days rental at 201.65 EUR from 22/04/2024

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Yaris

5 Adults, 3 Doors

From 28.80 EUR/day
Toyota Yaris

7 Days rental at 201.65 EUR from 22/04/2024

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Key Highlights for Car Hire at Koh Samui Airport: Making the Most of Your Journey.

  • Koh Samui Airport is known usually only as Samui Airport. located a mile from the nearest resort of Chaweng.
  • Unusually, it’s one of Thailand’s only privately owned airports.
  • It’s the fifth busiest airport in the country with a million passengers annually.
  • The only indoor part of the airport is the airport shop!

 

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Koh Samui Airport car hire information

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    Best Rated Agent:
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  • € 185.29
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