Koh Samui Island is going in for an image makeover. The tropical island resort in
the Gulf of Thailand is hoping to market itself internationally as Southeast Asia's
"Island Of Love".
Discovered by the hippie crowd in the 70's and subsequently a legendary destination
for backpackers, the island is now targeting more upscale clients such as honeymooners
with the promise of a tropical experience of a lifetime.
To mark the occasion and celebrate the 12th anniversary of the Samui airport, Bangkok
Airways hosted a 'Men-in-white & Girls-in-pink' press junket and theme party
at the airport on June 2. The well-oiled festivities featured blaring music, MTV
personalities and tropical delicacies, while planes landed and took off in the background.
The airport, consisting of tropical huts-style structures facing the sea, is more
like a seaside resort with a landing strip. It was built and is being maintained
by Bangkok Airways, which operates direct flights to Samui from Cambodia, Thailand