Utopia Resort

Koh Samui - Lamai Beach

Getting There & Around

Koh Samui has a very pretty international airport (it is a private airport operated by Bangkok Airways) and most visitors arrive via plane (there are flights from Bangkok almost every hour). A so-called limousine counter (in reality the vehicles are minibuses that make a round trip tour to the hotels and drop the passengers off according to their wishes) is located in the arrival hall and you should book your transportation to Utopia Resort there.  Bangkok Airways built its first airport at Koh Samui, a major resort island in the Gulf of Thailand. Samui Airport, located at the northern part of the island near Bo Pud Beach, began construction 1982 and was officially commenced operations on April 25, 1989. The airstrip is 2,100 meters long; while the main facility is outfitted with the highest safety-standard equipment, modern communications, and open-air passenger terminals—its architecture built to naturally blend in with the island's surrounding flora and fauna. On September 25, 1997, Samui Airport was upgraded into a customs airport. The resulting enhancements comprise of immigration facilities, customs services, new passenger terminals, and additional direct flight routes into Samui. Samui Park Avenue, a breezy outdoor promenade of 2,285 sq.m. opening since July 2008 features the best dining, shopping and entertainment venues on the island. Air travel inevitably involves a certain amount of waiting, and Bangkok Airways wanted to offer our passengers some innovative options – not just the crass row of duty-free outlets that is so typical of airports these days. Samui Park Avenue is not only for passenger but for everyone. It will be used as a venue for monthly activities such as concerts and art exhibitions. The facility offers 2 dining 3 cafes and 12 shops such as Whittard Of Chelsea, Swensens , Jim Thompson, Bookazine, Harnn, Firenze and Relax Massage etc.  



You can also reach Koh Samui via ferry from Surat Thani on the Thai mainland. The express ferry (a passenger ferry) departs three times a day and is probably best. The crossing takes about 2 hours and takes you directly to the pier in Nathon (where you can easily get transportation to Utopia Resort). The express ferries leave from Tha Thong Pier 4 kilometres away from Surat Thani (whereas the pier for the vehicle ferry from Son Sak is located 60 kilometres - and a 2 hour bus ride - from Surat Thani, and drops you off at a pier 10 kilometres south of Nathon). You can reach Surat Thani either by plane (with Thai Airways) or by train from Bangkok.  

There are a handful of taxies in Koh Samui (a relatively new development) The most common means of transport are Songthaews (lorries or vans with wooden benches for sitting). You must always determine the fare before you enter! Of course, Utopia or a rental car agency can provide you with a rental car or a motorcycle (though you should be warned that the traffic conditions are somewhat tricky it is probably better to hire a driver as well). A lot of tourists rent motorcycles in Koh Samui, but driving a motorcycle is really dangerous if you are not thoroughly familiar with both a) the art of riding a motorcycle, and b) the traffic conditions in Asian countries.