Ending our wonderful holiday on the small tropical island of Koh Samui and just off the Gulf of Thailand, we found ourselves at the airport en route to Singapore. The airport is definitely a one of a kind and I never thought I would be referring to an airport as a beautiful place to be.
The airport is completely open air with the exception of the retail stores. It is one of the best airports. The green tropical gardens and potted flowers, outdoor sculptures and even birds around the place adds to the holiday feeling, an atmosphere that continues all over the island.
The arrival and departure’s pavilion is positioned on the side of the runway and it was a real thrill to see and hear those planes land and takeoff, that jet noise especially. On arrival to the island we disembarked the plane onto the tarmac and were ushered into these little motorised carts that whiz to and from the planes collecting passengers. Looking up towards the big hills or small mountains to some, I felt like I was in on the set of the movie Jurassic Park.
Before going to the departure pavilion we decided to wander along the shopping street called the Park Avenue, unfortunately we were too early and most of the shops were closed. Shame! I am a addict for airport shopping. We sat down at the Taste Internet Café for a few coffees. I found the coffee on the island to be okay and almost on par with Perth’s coffee standards.
It seemed so surreal to wander around Koh Samui’s outdoor airport compared to the modern age airports around the world where passengers can be confined to a building for hours on end. Koh Samui’s Airport is not a quiet one either, I believe it is the 6 busiest airport in Thailand and there are around 36 flights per day.
The facilities are well maintained including the toilets and the gardens were immaculately presented.
Who Flys to Koh Samui
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