Oliver is…

He that hath a beard is more than a youth, and he that hath no beard is less than a man

…done with Koh Samui (airport)

After visiting Koh Tao and Koh Phangan, it made sense to complete the trilogy with a trip to Koh Samui.

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I did that and, over the course of one day, enjoyed a lovely scenic boat trip to the island (seeing the famous Big Buddha), an easy pick up to the airport and an ace afternoon there. That’s not sarcasm, because Koh Samui Airport (USM) has usurped Changi as my favourite airport in the world.

After a quick check in process, it’s on to the duty free stores and restaurants. All of these are outside in a clean shopping area and, although the first few restaurants are rip offs like every other airport in the world, there’s one near the end (called something like Pad Thai) that’s normal priced for a Thai island.

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This outside area, like a pedestrianised high street that, unlike most of the rest of Thailand, was cleaned immaculately, also included a few grassy area for a spot of last minute sunbathing.

However, nice as all this was, I hadn’t got to the best bit yet: the departure gates.

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Normally a sterile environment where I hope for my plane to quickly allow boarding, in Samui I hoped my plane would never turn up. My departure gate (and most in the airport as I’d later find out) are bright and airy (thanks to the lack of any actual walls), built like wooden huts and have actually comfortable seats in them. Already set apart from most world airports, Samui goes one better by not only offering free WiFi, but also complimentary drinks, popcorn, cakes and sandwiches.

What is your favourite airport in the world? I bet it’s not as good as mine.

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One Response

  1. Dave says:

    That outside area has obviously been photoshopped. Where are the optimistically honking taxis, aggressive sunglasses salesmen, phlegm hockers and snot shooters, Buckaroo family scooters, tied-up roosters, untidied cat corpses, strewn plastic foliage, abandoned street children in torn dresses and people weeing on walls in front of ‘Please Don’t Wee on This Wall’ signs?

    I only have worst airports.

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