Ko Samui (Koh Samui), a small island in the gulf of Thailand is a popular place for tourist from all over the world. The airport is private owned by Bangkok Airways (PG) and because of that situation the airline variety is very low. PG is responsible for almost all flights using there A320´s and ATR72, responsible for around 90 percent of the traffic.. Other carriers are Silk Air, Lucky Air and Tibet Airlines with a handful of flights.
The airport welcomed more than 2 mio. passenegers and is located between Chaweng on the east and Boh Put in the north.
Wrtten by Julian Mittnacht and Lucas Bunk / Last update Jan 2019
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|2.060 m (6.759 ft)|
|Terminals||Bangkok Airways, Firefly, Thai, Silk Air|
|Spotting Informations||Ladder||Not needed|
|Car||Not needed, taxi is cheap|
|Restrooms||Inside the terminal and the restaurants around the airport|
|Drinks/Food||All around the airport|
|Season||many rainshowers between October and January|
|Runway Usage||17/35||used in all directions (mainly RWY 17)|
|Spot #1 – Airport Parking – all runway movements|
|WHERE||It isn’t a problem to find this spot as its next to the departure terminal parking area. So just follow the signs to the airport depature and park your car here for free. Walk on the meadow south of the parking and you will stand directly before an overflow basin for rainwater.|
+++UPDATE JAN 2019: Sadly they build a huge fence (see photo below) at this spot so easy spotting is nearly impossilbe. You are very close to the action and you need a lens with a small diameter that you can put through the mesh. 12 Departures are possible if you walk back a few meters to the road+++
|WHAT||You are almost in the middle so all runway movements are possible. Koh Samui doesn’t have a taxiway, so all planes have to turn on the runway.|
|TIME||A good spot from the morning until noon (depends on time of the year)|
|MISC.||Closest facilities are in the terminal. There is no shadow or something to sit down.|
|FOCAL LENGTH||70-150 mm|
|Spot #2 – runway road – 17 arrivals&departures|
|WHERE||There is a dirt road which cross the airport areal at the end of runway 17. It will be closed for traffic, when planes are going to arrive or departure. You can’t stop on the road as security protects it. In the morning use the east side for spotting. The gate is close to the Sanam Bin Road and the Bangkok Airways offices. When the sun turns around just cross the road to the other end.|
|WHAT||Usually the aircraft arriving from the north/ocean and you are very close. When they departure from RWY17 they make a turn at the end of the runway and are within your focus at both spots.|
|TIME||These two spots are good for the whole day.|
|MISC.||Security guys knows that this is a famous spot for the tourists and spotters and usually they won’t bother you. So just be friendly and they will let you do your job. There are many shops at the main road of Bo Put.|
|FOCAL LENGTH||50-150 mm|
|Spot #3 – Forrest – 35 arrivals&departures|
|WHERE||It’s on the top of a hill with a Buddah temple called Wat Khao Hua Jok. You can reach it by car and park for free along the road which leadsa round the temple. From there you‘ll find stairs where you can reach the top (don‘t worry, not many).|
|WHAT||You have a beautiful sight over the southern part of the airport. Perfect for arrivals on 35 with a lovely background. Line-Up and departures on 35 are no problem at all.|
12 departures should are fine as well. Even all arrivals on 12, except the ATRs, should be within your focus as they turn at the end of the runway (
Due to the distance humidtiy and distortion is a big issue.
|TIME||From afternoon until sunset.|
|MISC.||There are stands where you can buy refreshments. Please be respectful while visiting this hallow place.|
|FOCAL LENGTH||As there are only narrowbody aircraft at least 400mm are necessary.|