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Laid back, smart and integrated design in keeping with the local environment, hard to find in these security obsessed times.

Like the hotels/resorts that are classified as “Leisure”, “Spa” etc, if there is a classification for airports, then the Samui airport in Koh Samui might well be called as a Leisure airport.

Right from the time we hit the tarmac, the airport amused us. With thatched roofs, well-manicured green lawns and gardens close to the runway, it seemed that we landed in the midst of a resort. The next surprise was the electric powered buggies that ferried the passengers from the flight to some of the thatched roofs which happened to be the terminal. From then on, everything seemed interesting. Except for a few gift shops and the new waiting hall at departure, the airport really has no indoor area.

Samui airport is considered as one of the most beautiful airports and a “successful experiment in building an airport that is kind to both the natural and cultural environments of a tropical island resort”.

The leisure and stress free airport – see them in pictures above.

Koh Samui is an island off the coast of Thailand and the third largest after Phuket and Ko Chang. Samui airport is Thailand’s 6th busiest airport and is privately owned by Bangkok Airways.

The post first appeared on Travel With a Couple.


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