Ko Samui Airport – Island Duty Free ….
Picture a group of large open planned thatched beach huts linked by bridges over streams set amongst tropical gardens overlooked by an ornate Buddhist temple.If your mind’s eye creates a vision of a perfect tranquil island holiday resort, you’d be wrong • Welcome to Samui airport.
Owned and operated by Bangkok Air, this brilliantly designed and efficiently run airport is Koh Samui’s only airport and fifth busiest in Thailand. It has been in the top 10 of the “Best Airports Worldwide” polls five times since 2006, and unlike many airports travellers will find both the arrivals and departures process relaxed, unhurried and well thought out.
Duty free arrivals shopping is available at Samui airport, but it’s limited to one small kiosk/shop stocking a small range. As most arrivals are from Bangkok Suvarnabhumi your choice, availability and money would be better spent there.
Departures shopping, however, is a totally different experience. After check-in there is a walk to the departure terminals that takes you down Samui Park Avenue, a wide promenade home to both shops and cafes.
Covering over 2,000 sq metres there are some interesting independant fashion and accessory outlets • Jennifer Senado, Samui Indy, Sawasdee Siam and Harnn alongside more established brands including Firenze, Jim Thompson and the Sunglass Hut. With a couple of cafes and restaurants to choose from, Pad Thai being our favourite, it’s a chilled way to airport shop.For those more used to writing home rather than sending emails, there is a Post Office just before you pass through security to either national or international departures, and here you will also find the VAT Refund desk.
After security the airside shopping store, operated by Bangkok Air sells all of the traditional duty free items so if it’s cigarettes, liqour, perfumes or cosmetics your after here’s your chance.
Shopping all finished, you can relax in the open plan departure areas that also provide internet access, dedicated outside smoking areas and even a free buffet service for all passengers.
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