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Download a PDF Map of Suvarnabhumi Airport, Don Muang Airport (old Bangkok Airport), Phuket Airport, Chiang Mai Airport and Chiang Rai Airport. The airport maps include arrivals area, immigration and customs, left luggage, shops, currency exchanges and much more.
Go to our pages for Suvarnabhumi Airport, Bangkok Don Muang Airport, Phuket Airport, Chiang Mai Airport and Chiang Rai Airport. Summaries for the Pattaya, Samui, Krabi and Hua Hin Airports follow below:
Koh Samui Airport
Koh Samui Airport is a private airport built by Bangkok Airways, which is still the main operator and the only airline with services to Samui within Thailand. They have near-hourly departures to/from Bangkok, though tickets are expensive by Thai airline standards. Advance bookings cost 2000-3500 baht, while a walk-in bookings may be twice as much. There are also daily flights to/from Phuket, U-Tapao (near Pattaya), and Singapore; four direct flights a week from Chiang Mai (but no direct flights in the opposite direction); and twice weekly flights to/from Hong Kong.
Samui is served by Berjaya Air from Kuala Lumpur and Firefly from Penang, both in Malaysia.
Ground transportation from the airport is readily available. The 20-minute ride to Chaweng in a taxi will cost about 150-300 baht. Be sure to negotiate the rate to your destination before you get into the taxi as many drivers refuse to use their meters.
Krabi International Airport is about 10km from the city limits and 15km from city centre. It is 40km from Ao Nang (the major beach area). Air Asia and Thai Airways operate daily direct flights to/from Bangkok. Tiger Airways flies direct to/from Singapore nearly every day of the week and to/from Darwin on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. One-Two-Go Airlines operates daily flights to Krabi from Bangkok (Don Muang). Krabi Airline, a newly established airline will start its operations in January 2008. Tentative 1st Flight Operations are from Oslo, Norway and Munich, Germany on the 19th of January 2008, respectively. Destination Air Shuttle, Thailand's only seaplane service also routinely flies in and out of Krabi (Au Nangh) from Phuket and to a numerous outer islands.
National Car Rental has a branch at the airport and Krabi Limousine (tel. +66-75692073) has a desk inside the terminal providing "limousine taxi" (using large air-conditioned sedans) transport to Krabi for 500 baht; Ao Nang for 800 baht; Phuket for 2500 baht.
U-Tapao Airport is sometimes incorrectly described as "Pattaya Airport" - it's actually at Sattahip, just off the main Sattahip - Chanthaburi (Sukhumvit) highway, 30km south of Pattaya. Primarily a military facility, it's the closest airport fielding commercial international passenger flights, but only to and from a handful of destinations. There are no commercial passenger flights connecting U-Tapao directly with Suvarnabhumi or Don Muang. Most people access Pattaya from Suvarnabhumi Airport which is on the east side of Bangkok and quite a bit closer than Bangkok's Don Muang Airport.
Hua Hin Airport
Only one carrier flies regularly to Hua Hin: SGA Aero provides - at present - three return flights per day in a 12 seat Cessna Caravan. Back to pioneering days you go! The flight from Bangkok takes about 35 minutes. As with all airports in Thailand - request either a metered taxi - and make sure they use it - or negotiate the service rate before getting in the car.
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