Traveling to other countries is always a bit stressful, especially when you are trying to find a cheaper flight and end up with some killer layovers. However, sometimes a layover can prove to be just as good as the vacation itself!
During my January vacation, I decided to get out of the cold and hop on over to Thailand. It was truly beautiful there, and so warm. I was a little worried about how I could get around once I was there, as I wanted to hit a couple places, both Bangkok and the island of Koh Tao, where I completed my scuba diving certification. I was needlessly worried, because the ferry companies were numerous, with full timetables to islands off of Thailand, and tuk tuks, along with an assortment of different kinds of cabs, were easy to find as well.
The cabs on the island were a little scary at first, they were trucks with wide open trunks where passengers sat and held onto their luggage tightly. Once you had a good grip on things, it was an exhilarating, fun ride!
Path lined with shops, restaurants, and trees in Koh Samui airport.
The picture above, believe it or not, is the Bangkok Airways airport in Koh Samui. It was the first airport built by this boutique airline, and it feels like you are checking in to a resort, rather than checking out and leaving for another place.
A beautiful bench we sat on for hours
More beautiful benches, a perfect vacation spot! Also, free luggage carts
Although we were leaving Thailand, we could still enjoy the gorgeous weather after checking into our flight! The airport itself is very open and offered many serene spots to lounge about in before strolling through security.
A lotus river along the path to our gate
This airport was hands down the most beautiful airport I had ever been in. It was like being at an island-themed Disneyland. Every nook and cranny seemed to boast an island design.
There were also open stores with touristy items, snacks, and the usual airport amenities.
This is our gate!
It just kept getting better, and when we arrived at our gate we were greeted with newspapers, magazines, ultra-comfy chairs, and free wifi.
All this food was free!
Plus, there was a "Courtesy Corner" filled with free fruit juices, tea, coffee, milk, chocolate milk, finger sandwiches, popcorn, and Thai appetizers. I sampled it all, and it was all pretty great.
Our flight was a little delayed, but I barely noticed. When it was time, we hopped onto a tram which took us straight to our plane. I would choose a layover in Koh Samui with Bangkok Air for an indefinite time. I'm sure they have some sweet hotel rooms somewhere too...
After graduating from Emerson College with a BA in Writing, Literature, and Publishing, Ariel Rosen looked back on the semester she spent traveling around Europe and decided she must explore Asia. Her teaching job with ChungDahm April in Busan allows her to experience South Korea firsthand and with the enthusiasm of all the children she teaches. She is overjoyed to share a class with them and finds herself learning more from them and the bright beach city around her everyday.
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