Why I liked Koh Samui Airport and you too would
The moment I got my Visa on Arrival at Suvarnabhumi airport we rushed towards our connecting flight to Koh Samui a tropical island in the Gulf of Thailand. It is a short flight from Bangkok and soon the land gave way to turquoise waters of Gulf of Thailand below and the azure heavens above us. The clouds were playing hide and seek and from the height of 30000 + feet Bangkok Airlines jet was flying, it was tough to say where the kingdom of Zeus ended and the Poseidon started to play with waves.
I kept my Sony Xperia Z3 compact on flight mode and clicked some pictures as we descended towards the Koh Samui Airport.
We could see boats parked anchored next to the airport and I was wondering where will we land, as one side was water and on the other side was a small hill. But there was a runway below me which I could not see as I was not flying the plane, but I am sure the pilots could see the same as they landed the plane without any hitch. 🙂
Some believe that Garden of Eden was on a tropical island, though there was no mention of the garden being in an airport. But Koh Samui airport ( IATA code : USM ) comes close to the same. As I got out of the plane, I thought by mistake the pilot has landed the plane in a tram station or golf resort.
For soon our plane was surrounded by old tram shaped small buses to take us to the arrival lounge. While we waited for our luggage to arrive a few clicks were in order. Take a man to a tropical island and see the boy in him come back to play. There were no signs to warn us of consequences of clicking pictures, one of the staff at the airport volunteered to click our pictures.
But the true charms of the Koh Samui airport we discovered on our return journey. We reached airport on time but our flight got delayed, with no clear announcement. But the modern traveler can forget all his woes the moment you give him free Wi-Fi, soon all those who were irritated at the delay were found sticking their nose in their phones.
As for your friendly neighborhood desi traveler, he decided to explore the Koh Samui airport designed as a tropical resort. After security you actually pass from a covered corridor looking at shops displaying gifts, souvenirs and designer clothes. Everywhere you look or click some flowers comes in your frame, forcing you to slow down with their bright smiles.
The main waiting lounge had comfortable sofas but our modern travelers were checking the selfies posted by second cousin twice removed and not checking the snacks counter of Bangkok airways. I made no such mistake and did complete justice to the different types of coffees, fruits, and sandwiches and other snacks etc. all because the flight got delayed, otherwise I don’t eat much. But give me a delayed flight and my hunger pangs start troubling me and all kind of weird questions come to my empty
stomach, i mean mind, and only way I can keep my mind from thinking useless things is to keep my taste buds busy. Wifi or no Wifi. I need some food for thoughts and stomach.
I don’t think even 10% of the people were interested in snacks, give folks free Wi-Fi and they don’t even care about free food. Such is the power of free Wi-Fi.
Clicking pictures, enjoying snacks and free Wi-Fi we totally forgot the delayed flight, but soon an airline employee came to us informing us that our flight has been announced. We walked towards the plane, but not before one last picture at the Koh Samui Airport.
Koh Samui airport is well connected to Bangkok and many other international cities and Visa on Arrival Facility is available for 28 countries and territories including India.
I was invited by TAT New Delhi for my trip to Koh Samui and I had a great time. More posts to come.
All pictures in this post were clicked using my cellphone Sony Xperia Z3 Compact
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