The airport in Koh Samui is charming. Reminds me of some of the airports in Tahiti – open air and laid back. We had a quick bite at an Italian place and waited at our gate – Bangkok Airways touts itself as a boutique airline, and offers free lounge service to all their guests – which of course means that they offer cheap snacks (not very appetizing) and drinks, and that their lounges are pretty crowded. No thanks. We hopped on an open-air tram (felt like an amusement park ride) to get to our plane, and quick one hour flight on Bangkok Airways later we had arrived in Bangkok again. I’m amazed that Bangkok Air offers meal service to all it’s passengers even on these one hour flights – that’s crazy. Again, low-quality food and so we passed on the food. We took the BTS Skytrain into the Ratchaprop District of Bangkok (maybe $2 and a 20 minute ride) and flagged down a tuk tuk to take us to the hotel. He had a hard time finding the hotel, when around and around, tried to drop us off at several other hotels, and finally I had to refer to google maps on my phone and point to get there.
The Renaissance is a Marriott brand hotel – it was clean and modern and the service was very good. Since I have gold status with Marriott, we got a club floor room and had drinks and dinner after check in and then a good breakfast the next morning in the lounge.
The hotel has an nice indoor pool:
We walked around the Ratchaprasong District, which is great for upscale shopping, and stopped and watched some very cool Thai Dances at the Erawan Shrine. The hotel is in a great central location convenient to everything in Bangkok and I would definitely stay again. It was a nice quick overnight to start our journey back home.