Living the luxe life, with a touch of whimsy and a wardrobe to envy, I find myself constantly on the hunt for experiences that match my zest for the finer things, yet still manage to surprise me with their uniqueness. Imagine my delight, then, in the charming peculiarity that is Koh Samui Airport in Thailand. It’s not every day you come across an airport that feels more like a tropical retreat than a gateway to further adventures. If you are heading to the Four Seasons enjoy it!

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Nestled on the idyllic island of Ko Samui, this privately-owned wonder, also known as Samui International Airport, is a mere stone’s throw from the bustling heart of Chaweng. Since its grand opening in 1989, it has stood as a testament to tropical luxury, with its bamboo-and-thatch vibes straight out of a high-fashion magazine spread.


Two Open-Sided Terminals

Walking through its two open-sided terminals, you’re greeted by an abundance of tropical flowers, their fragrances mingling with the salty sea air, transporting you instantly to holiday mode. The absence of air conditioning in most areas, save for the chic offices and eclectic gift shops, is hardly noticed amid the beachy bliss.

Though predominantly serving domestic flights, this little slice of paradise is considered an international airport, thanks to its connections to cosmopolitan hubs like Singapore and Hong Kong. And here’s a tidbit for the travel aficionados: Scoot, a subsidiary of Singapore Airlines, is set to grace us with twice-daily flights starting May 2024. The thought alone has me dreaming of my next opulent escape!

One of my absolute favorite pastimes here—yes, I have pastimes at an airport—is lounging in the open air, surrounded by outdoor shops and cafes that could easily feature in a luxury travel mag. Picture this: bean bags scattered throughout, inviting you to sink in with a coconut in hand, watching the world buzz by.

And then, there are the swings near the landing strip. Swinging away, with the breeze in my hair, I watch planes ascend and descend, a mesmerizing dance against the backdrop of a tropical sky.


The Arrival Experience

The arrival is an experience in itself. Stepping off the plane, you’re whisked away in what can only be described as adorable open-air buses, a delightful first touch of the island’s charm. It’s like stepping into a scene from a movie, which, speaking of, isn’t far from the truth. The airport recently served as a filming location for HBO’s “The White Lotus” season three.

The allure of Koh Samui extends beyond its sandy shores, with the luxurious Four Seasons Resort playing host to some of the series’ most scenic shots.

In a world where airports often blur into a symphony of sameness, Koh Samui Airport stands out as a breath of fresh, tropical air. It’s a reminder that the journey can be just as enchanting as the destination, especially when it’s sprinkled with a dash of luxury and a generous helping of island charm. As I sit here, swing gently creaking, plane engines roaring in the distance, I can’t help but think: this isn’t just travel; it’s an experience, a prelude to the adventures that await on this magical island.

And so, to those who share my love for the extraordinary, the luxurious, and the slightly whimsical, I say: add Koh Samui Airport to your travel bucket list. It’s not just an airport; it’s a destination in its own right, promising the perfect blend of opulence, adventure, and tropical bliss. Trust me, it’s an experience you won’t want to miss.