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Bangkok to Samui...Bangkok Airways or Thai Air?

Bangkok to Samui...Bangkok Airways or Thai Air?

May 27th, 1999, 09:21 AM
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Bangkok to Samui...Bangkok Airways or Thai Air?

We are going from Bangkok to Koh Samui in December. I have heard conflicting reports about the direct flight from Bangkok to Koh Samui on Bangkok Air. Does anyone have any advice?
May 28th, 1999, 11:46 AM
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I haven't flown with Bangkok airways before, but it should be the fastest way to get you to Samui, and there are many times a day for flight frequency. If you fly by THAI, you have to go to Surat Thani and catch a boat/ ferry service to Samui. I went there 5 years ago from bangkok by train to Surat thani.
May 28th, 1999, 09:18 PM
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Bangkok Airways has a directed flight to Koh Samui, but it's expensive (~6,000 Bth., round trip). If you take Thai Airways, it'd fly to Surat Thani. Then, you'd catch boat/ferry to Samui. I don't know the ticket price for Thai Airways. Probably total cost for Thai Airways+ferry is cheaper than taking Bangkok Airways.
Jun 25th, 1999, 08:44 PM
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We went to Koh Samui in '96. We tried to use Bangkok airways but could not get confirmed flights ahead of time. We spent the entire morning at the counter of Bangkok airways and were kept waiting flight after flight with no certain times. We walked over to Thai airways and bought tickets and were on a flight to Surant Thani within an hour. There are buses or taxis at the airport to take you to the ferry which is a beautiful 2 hour trip to Koh Samui. We thought it was a great way to go. Another plus is mileage on the star alliance.
Jul 13th, 1999, 10:08 AM
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We were just in Koh Samui last month and took the Bangkok Air flight. It was not cheap. The reason you can't get confirmed bookings is because they don't seat assign until checkin...so it won't show as confirmed by most travel agent computers. It took us several phone calls to find our why we weren't comfirmed. Our friends had book their flight in the US and flew Thai Airways to Surat Thani...then took the ferry..all told about 3 hours from landing to the island. We had no problems with BA...and would do it again. Word of warning...they have very small overhead storage compartments on the their planes...so for carry-on luggage..what works on normal airlines..won't "fly" with BA..so scale down you carry-on!
Jul 14th, 1999, 05:36 PM
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We took Bangkok Air last summer to Koh Samui from BKK, and in our opinion, it is the only way to fly in spite of being roughly twice the cost of most in-country Thai flights, but still a good deal. It was fast, reliable, and comfortable. No way did we want to take a flight of the same duration on another airline, then sit on a ferry in uncertain seas for hours more. Pay the extra, and take the flight. The planes were ATR turboprop commuters, which are fine for the short haul. Taxis at a fixed price will await you at the airport to take you to the resort where you are staying. In season, you will need a reservation, since the flights are always full, sometimes well in advance, but we were able to show up early at the airport and walk on a flight as stand-by with no problem.
Jul 29th, 1999, 09:12 AM
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I flew to Samui on Monday, July 26, (early) and back on Tuesday, July 27 (late afternoon) on Bangkok Airways, the only airline that flies directly from Bangkok to Samui. It cost US $180 and took 80 minutes. (Samui has a departure tax now of 400 Baht [roughly $11].) Be sure to make your reservations early, because all flights seem to be fully booked. P

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