Only Bangkok Airways operates direct flights from Koh Samui to Bangkok. Bangkok Airways charge relatively high prices for this very convenient service. A cheaper but much longer way to get to Bangkok is to take a joint ferry and bus service.
Flight schedule: Koh Samui to Bangkok
Click on the Koh Samui – Bangkok link in the timetable below for more information and to buy tickets.
|Koh Samui - Bangkok ฿ 3,638–7,846 1h 5m – 1h 35m|
Koh Samui Airport
Flights to Bangkok depart from Samui Airport, Bo Put, Ko Samui District, Surat Thani 84320.
Flights from Koh Samui arrive in Bangkok at Suvarnabhumi Airport, 999 Soi Mu Ban Nakhon Thong 1, Nong Prue, Bang Phli District, Samut Prakan 10540.
Giant Swing in Bangkok
The Giant Swing, or Sao Ching Chaa in Thai, is located in the Rattanakosin district of Bangkok in front of Wat Suthat Thepwararam. The structure is 21 metres high and made of teak. This iconic Bangkok landmark was constructed in 1784 for use in an ancient Brahmin ceremony. Brahmin are Hindu priests and they play an important part in many traditional ceremonies in Thailand including the coronation of the King. The structure has had to be rebuilt many times since 1784 most recently in 2005 when the wood was entirely replaced using 6 teak tree trunks and reinstated in a ceremony attended by King Rama IX.
The ceremony for which the swing was constructed involved local men swing from the top of the structure to catch a bag of gold coins in their teeth. This was annual ceremony attended by the Thai Royal family who came to watch men swinging up the bag of coins attached to a pole nearly the same height of the top of the swing itself. Needless to say this was a horribly dangerous activity for the participants and many died. The ceremony stopped in 1935 for safety reasons.