We were really sad to leave the Conrad Koh Samui but seeing Mr Samui again helped to soften the blow. Remember I mentioned in the last part of this trip report how he had a special vehicle lined up for us, for the return transfer to Koh Samui?
All too soon we were at USM, ready to check-in for our flight to BKK.
At this point I need to point out that what we did next was not the most efficient way of doing things AT ALL. We were flying from USM-BKK-DOH-ARN-LHR.
At a minimum, I should have tried to get our bag checked from USM-BKK-DOH-ARN. We would then be given a C.I.Q. sticker each to wear and would have cleared straight into international transfer security in BKK.
Instead, I opted to check in domestically at USM and later re-enter BKK airport landside, pick up a boarding pass there and get our bag checked all the way to LHR.
Why did I do this? Because having already reviewed the International Bangkok Airways Blue Ribbon Lounge in USM, I felt it would add more value if I got a chance to review the domestic lounge on this occasion – even if it meant enduring a ludicrously tight transfer in BKK. (Don’t say I never do anything for you guys!)
The Bangkok Airways domestic lounge is located between gates 2 and 3 at Koh Samui airport. Access is open to pretty much anybody with a credit card but much like the international lounge, this facility was still not heaving with visitors as a result. With the gate areas being so beautiful and open – the relative value of a lounge is somewhat diminished at this airport.
On this occasion, Kamara and I gained access to the lounge using our Priority Pass cards (free with the UK Amex Platinum card). We were warmly welcomed to the facility by the smiling receptionist and told that we could order hot food, in addition to the buffet – if we so chose.
We were told by the receptionist to take our time and relax, she would let us know as soon as we needed to head to the gate. It seemed like we were cutting things fine but since nobody else was moving, we stayed put until about 15 minutes before wheels up, at which point the receptionist came over to us and said that we could now make our way to the gate for boarding. The gate was super conveniently located, right next to the lounge. When we got there boarding was underway but we decided to hold back and enjoy the warm breeze of Koh Samui for a few minutes longer…
Much like the outbound, our flight was boarded very efficiently, we departed and landed on time and our seafood meals were both delicious and served first 😀