Check in was easy and I was given seat 1F. Security was more rigorous than when I flew to Chiang Mai and I had to hand over my over 100ml suntan lotion, shaving cream etc
The Bangkok Airways ‘Blue Ribbon Lounge’ was far superior to the Thai Airways ‘Royal Silk Lounge’. There were boards displaying flights, English language newspapers & magazines, wine & beer and Thai curries cooked to order. After an excellent lunch, I settled down with Thailand Tatler and a glass of white wine, a pleasant way to wait for your flight.
On the plane Bangkok Airways were another Thai airline that do not serve alcohol on domestic flights. They gave us hot towels and I got an International New York Times to read.
After take off I was served an Earl Grey tea and a hot ‘afternoon tea’ of duck with beansprouts pie and small dessert cakes came with it. The business class seats were fine and there was a shared screen playing 'Mr Bean'. The flight is only an hour and the crew could not have been more helpful.
Samui airport was a joy. One of the most beautiful airports I have been to. You are taken to the arrivals area in extended golf carts and the tiny airport had a light and airy tropical feel.
4 out of 5 ‘teddies’ - the lounge and crew could not have been better, the lack of wine on the plane was the only thing that let things down.
I got a taxi to Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi airport for a third time on this trip. It was a ‘TB free’ taxi but I am not sure that justified the 600 Baht charged this time. At check in there was a teddy bear on the counter, which ‘we’ took as a good omen.
Si Frew has lived in the UK, Bermuda, Qatar, Cyprus & the Cayman Islands. During this time he met Whoopi Goldberg (in Claridge's), Mike Tyson (in the Concorde Lounge at JFK) , Gordon Ramsay (in the Doha Four Seasons), Chris Eubanks (in The Dorchester), Cherie Blair (in Bermuda & again in the Doha Four Seasons) etc. There are funny stories attached to all these interactions, feel free to ask Si about them when you meet him.