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The most beautiful airport in the world

August 30, 2010

There are many airports in picturesque exotic locations around the world, but Samui airport holds the crown as the most beautiful and the best designed in tune with its gorgeous natural surroundings.

Koh Samui Airport in Thailand is acclaimed as one of the few airports in the world which combines modern facilities with an appearance and ambience that blends in with its tropical island surroundings.

The airplane passenger flying in will see the pristine islands of the area amidst the deep blue ocean, quaint fishing vessels and, as you come closer still, picturesque sections of coral reef delight the eye. Koh Samui, a true tropical haven with scores of bays with powder-soft white sand, scenic groves of coconut palms and lush forested hills, is an inviting sight.

Formerly an idyllic location featuring thatched roof buildings amidst coconut palms, the airport has now been equipped with a modern terminal building, but still projects its characteristic tropical island charm. The airport now includes a shopping arcade and a discernible emphasis on customer service, but retains the striking gardens and palms which made it a delightful place to visit.

The visitor always feels the charm of Koh Samui upon landing, often being welcomed with a garland of orchids. The vividly hued flora, live music adjacent to the shopping area and a play area for children makes the airport is one of the most hospitable in the world.

Bangkok Airways, the country’s largest privately owned carrier, plans to turn Samui Airport into a second international air hub after Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport in the next one or two years.

The airline would launch more direct international flights for medium-haul routes through the small resort airport. The plan falls under Bangkok Airways’ growth plan and the mandate of the Samui Property Fund. Also in the pipeline are plans to offer direct flights from Samui to Dubai, Shanghai, Bali, and Kuala Lumpur. The airline already has scheduled flights to Hong Kong and Singapore.

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