With the addition of three new routes from mainland China, all Koh Samui residents and tourists will benefit from the approx 1-billion baht budget upgrade to our charming airport. Commonly referred to as one of the world’s most welcoming airports, the additional routes will raise flight capacity of the airport from 44 to 50 daily.
Thailand’s privately owned boutique airline, Bangkok Airways, has gained approval from Chinese authorities to start Koh Samui - Chengdu services four times per week from the middle of July.Next in line will be a Koh Samui - Chongqing and Koh Samui-Guangzhou flights, which are expected to launch by year-end, with three flights per week to Chongqing and a daily service to Guangzhou, a sprawling metropolitan area of nearly 24 million people. Needless to say Koh Samui can expect an increase in Chinese tourists as well as foreign residents of China.
"By the end of this year, Bangkok Airways will have 28 routes, 17 international and 11 domestic, including the three upcoming services." Bangkok Airways’ President, Capt. Puttipong believes Samui is starting to get a great deal of attention from Chinese tourists as an alternative to popular destinations such as Bangkok, Phuket, Chiang Mai and Krabi. "We hope to develop new traffic from western Chinese regions that are remote from the sea," he said.
These direct flights between Koh Samui and three of China’s most populous cities opens up Thailand’s premier island to those travellers looking to spend some time in paradise.
IVL Property predicts improvement to infrastructure on the island due to the influx of tourists and a more balanced high to low season spread of hotel and villa guests.
Named one of the ‘Best Islands in Asia’ by Tripadvisor in 2015, Koh Samui has something for everyone – fun for families and romance for couples.The island offers a wide range of hotels across all classes, but for true exclusivity, renting a private villa for your family or group of friends is the ultimate experience.
Samui boasts some of the most beautiful island villas in the world – and many come with a full complement of staff and luxuries including private cinema, infinity edge pools and incredible ocean views.
IVL Property specialises in the rental and sales of luxury villas across the island of Koh Samui. Our team of local and international specialists also have hands-on knowledge of what the island has to offer and how to get the most from your holiday, so there is always someone that speaks your language to ensure everything goes smoothly.
If you’re thinking of visiting the paradise island of Koh Samui, contact IVL for a tailored proposal.
Facts, figures and quotes extracted from The Bangkok Post