Archive for October, 2012

Oct 31 2012

Rayong’s old town

Published by under Rayong

Rayong's old town -- yet another one of Thailand's pleasant surprises.

A reaction, perhaps, to Thailand‘s push for modernisation over the past 60 years, many previously neglected historic neighbourhoods across the country have evolved of late into artsy “old towns” that celebrate rather than reject their heritage. The eastern Thai city of Rayong is often written off by foreign travellers as an uninspiring stop on the … read the full post

Oct 30 2012

Weddings on Samui

Published by under Sights & activities

Lily dressed in pearls for the occasion.

Thinking of a beach wedding? Ko Samui has a selection of professional wedding planners you can turn to for all the organising, and with postcard-view beach backdrops, it makes an ideal wedding location. If you’re coming here from the West, in general favourable currency exchanges — in Thailand and elsewhere in Southeast Asia — mean … read the full post

Oct 29 2012

Review: Tenta Nakara luxury tent resort, Phuket

Published by under Accommodation

A peek inside the 2-bedroom tent.

Tenta Nakara on Naka Yai Island is a resort that truly earns its ‘eco’ badge. Found just 15 minutes by boat off the east coast of Phuket, Tenta Nakara has 16 tents set in a serene jungle-meets-the-beach setting. Open since 2008, the resort occupies a stretch of white-sand beach on Naka Yai’s east side, with … read the full post

Oct 28 2012

A boat trip at Tha Kha floating market

Things move a bit more slowly in these parts.

Tropical flowers reach over our tiny wooden row boat, tickling my shoulders and filling the air with fragrance as we pass. Curious children and dogs peer at us from the porches of stilted homes that hover over the water. A farmer, his boat brimming with fresh-picked pineapples, flashes a smile before making small talk with … read the full post

Oct 24 2012

Photo essay: Offbeat Samui

Published by under Sights & activities

Now THAT'S a bunch of bananas!

Exploring Ko Samui’s beaches, towns and interior makes for uncovering quite a few out-of-the-ordinary sights. Here we showcase a selection of the type of things you might see while tripping around — go on, snap more than the usual holiday pictures while you’re here. Above you see a pig-tailed macau monkey, used as a coconut … read the full post

Oct 19 2012

Review: Yogarden, Fisherman’s Village, Ko Samui

Published by under Yoga & spas

Peaceful purple

A funky new yoga studio-cum-cafe has opened down a quiet back street of Ko Samui’s cosmopolitan Fisherman’s Village. The village is known for its east-meets-the-Med appeal, where trendy coffee shops bump shoulders with upmarket boutiques, and bars and restaurants trade from old Chinese shophouses. The effect is eclectic and charming, making a perfect location for … read the full post

Oct 17 2012

Review: Nikki Beach, Lipa Noi, Ko Samui

Published by under Accommodation

Getting ready for a wedding.

The Nikki Beach group is renowned world-wide for throwing legendary events, with locations in party hubs such as Cabo San Lucas, Marrakech, Miami Beach, Mallorca, Marbella, St Barth and St Tropez. Nikki Beach Lipa Noi is the first to include accommodation in the mix, adding villas for partygoers to recover in. The accommodation consists of … read the full post

Oct 12 2012

Guan Yu Shrine, Ko Samui

Published by under Sights & activities

THis guy guards the door to the shrine. I'm not arguing with him.

A big red head. That’s what you see poking through the top of a building when driving along Ko Samui‘s ring road in Hua Thanon, just south of Lamai. So what is it? Virach Pongchababnapa, an islander of Chinese decent, aims to build a 16-metre tall bronze statue of Guan Yu, valued at 20 million … read the full post

Oct 11 2012

Should you rent a motorbike on Ko Tao?

Published by under Ko Tao

Which one is the brake?

Personally I would say, “No way Jose!” to anyone contemplating the undeniably risky method of getting about by motorbike on Ko Tao. However it would then be fair to accuse me of a certain amount of hypocrisy as I do indeed own and drive one. Well, chances are that unlike me — I own my … read the full post

Oct 09 2012

Review: Boudoir Restaurant, Mae Nam, Ko Samui

Published by under Food

Welcome to my parlour.

As its name suggests, Boudoir in Ko Samui’s Mae Nam oozes sex appeal and romance, with opulent decor in rich colours, mood lighting and comfortable seating that encourages guests to linger over another bottle of wine. Huge portions of rustic French country dishes are served up at reasonable prices, making this small French restaurant one … read the full post

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