Flight times from Koh Samui to Pattaya

Bangkok Airways operates direct flights from Koh Samui to Pattaya. The scheduled flight time is 1 hour 15 minutes.

Flight Schedule from Koh Samui to Pattaya

Click on the Koh Samui – Pattaya link in the timetable below for more information and to buy tickets.

Koh Samui - Pattaya ฿ 4,460 1h 20m
  •   Economy 11:10

Koh Samui Airport

Flights from Koh Samui to Pattaya depart from Samui International Airport, Bo Put, Ko Samui District, Surat Thani 84320.

Google Map of Samui International Airport

Pattaya Airport

Flights from Koh Samui to Pattaya arrive at U-Tapao–Rayong–Pattaya International Airport.

Google Map of U-Tapao–Rayong–Pattaya International Airport

About Travel to Pattaya

Pattaya is a beach side tourist destination and a large city in its own right. Around 120,000 people are registered as living permanently in Pattaya city centre, although the actual number of people living there at any given time is far greater. The city attracts a lot of migrant workers, foreign and Thai, as well as lots of holiday makers. The city centre is believed to have over 100,00o hotel rooms.

Tourism in Pattaya

Estimates of the number of tourists coming to Pattaya vary. In 2018, Pattaya’s busiest ever year, just under 10 million people went there on holiday according to some sources. Whether that estimate is correct or not we don’t know, however, Pattaya is generally considered to be Thailand’s third popular tourist destination after Bangkok and Phuket.

The popularity of Pattaya has a lot to do with it’s location. You can drive to Pattaya in around 3 hours from Central Bangkok and in about 2 hours from Suvarnabhumi International Airport. The first large group of foreign tourists was American soldiers on leave from fighting in Vietnam in the 1960s. This group of visitors set the tone for Pattaya’s development as a tourist destination over the next 3 decades. Pattaya has a notorious sex industry centred around particular streets such as Walking Street and Soi LK Metro.

Sanctuary of Truth in Pattaya
Sanctuary of Truth in Pattaya
Pattaya as a Family Destination

Pattaya has started to move on from what it was during the 1960s through to the start of the 21st Century. The city’s focus has shifted from catering to single men from Europe and North America, towards attracting families, particularly from other Asian countries such as China and India. The economies of China and India have developed rapidly since the beginning of the 21st Century and there are now large middle classes in both countries with enough disposable income for leisure travel.

Tourist Attractions in Pattaya

In the area around Pattaya particularly there are some large high investment tourist attractions, many of which have been recently constructed.

For children, the main attractions in Pattaya are its large water parks, most notably Ramayana Water Park, and amusement parks, the best of which is Cartoon Network Amazone. For adults there are also some good attractions such as Nong Nooch Tropical Botanical Garden, which is arguably Thailand’s best botanical gardens, and Silverlake Vineyard, which is a winery in a beautiful location with European style building. Pattaya also has some good golf courses nearby.

Cultural attractions include the highly ornate wooden Sanctuary Of Truth, Buddha Mountain, which features a 109 metre tall carving of the Lord Buddha, and Wat Phra Yai, famous for its 18 metre tall statue of the Lord Buddha located on a hill top.

Pattaya Beach and the nearby Jomtien Beach are not Thailand’s greatest beaches. They are very busy and largely taken up with sun loungers and umbrellas which you rent for the day. A better option is to take the cheap public ferry from Pattaya’s city centre ferry pier to the island of Koh Larn, 5 km off the coast. Koh Larn has 8 beaches, all of which are good for swimming.

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