Archive for January, 2013

Jan 29 2013

Lunar New Year on Ko Samui

Published by under Festivals

Which is worse? Falling or electrocution?

In 2013, Lunar New Year — Chinese New Year to the Chinese — falls on Sunday, February 10, and ushers in the Year of the Snake. Celebrations can last for about 15 days in areas with large Chinese communities, including Ko Samui, with festivities beginning on the first day of the first month in the … read the full post

Jan 29 2013

Hospitals and medical care in Phuket

Published by under Health & safety

Rather posh: the lobby at Bangkok Hospital Phuket.

No one likes to think about getting sick or having an accident while on holiday, but if you do fall ill when travelling in Phuket it’s easy to find a decent hospital or clinic to fix you up. Phuket has by far the best health care facilities in the north Andaman coast region, so tourists … read the full post

Jan 27 2013

Ko Pha Ngan’s Full Moon Party

Published by under Ko Pha Ngan

The calm before the storm.

The Full Moon Party has made Ko Pha Ngan a draw for backpackers and travellers the world over. For those who have been to this massive party, which can see as many as 50,000 (some even claim 100,000) 20-somethings packed into one beach, it’s easy to see why (or why not!). If you’ve been to … read the full post

Jan 26 2013

Rent a villa or stay in a hotel on Ko Samui?

Published by under Accommodation

Have a couple of thousand dollars to blow? This could be yours....

More and more visitors to Ko Samui are choosing villa rental over hotel stays. Should you? Each option has its pros and cons, and the right choice will depend on how important price (and hidden costs) are to you, as well as privacy, freedom, space and facilities. For stays of less than a week, resorts … read the full post

Jan 19 2013

Review: Mama Pooh’s Kitchen, Ko Pha Ngan

Published by under Ko Pha Ngan

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“Cheap price but nice” are the words strung up in bamboo lettering at the entrance to the ever-charming Mama Pooh’s on Ko Pha Ngan. This popular joint is favoured by travellers, locals, yogis, and basically everyone in between. The bamboo salas with thatched rooves make this restaurant an ideal spot to come and stay for … read the full post

Jan 18 2013

Samui International Hospital, Ko Samui

Published by under Health & safety

No, it's not a resort. Those are hospital rooms overlooking the pool.

Ko Samui has more than its share of good hospitals, including Thai International, Bangkok International and Samui International. Although all offer good service and medical standards, we’ve used Samui International several times, and they’ve been professional, efficient and well-priced. They’re located at the northern point of Chaweng beach road, close to the main tourist drag, … read the full post

Jan 18 2013

Thailand State Railway ends e-ticket sales

Published by under Transport

Bangkok's Hualamphong Station -- tickets still available here.

No one has ever accused the Thailand State Railway of pushing the technological limits of train travel, and it has just taken a big step backwards by axing its online booking service. A message popped up a few days ago on the official website’s e-ticket (E-SRT) page that “The State Railway of Thailand has decided … read the full post

Jan 16 2013

Pla tuu (mackerel fish) in Thailand

Published by under Food

Fresh, gutted bla tuu at Mae Khlong market in Samut Songkhram.

The only mackerel I had ever tried before coming to Thailand was an oily, chewy hunk of raw fish at an inland Japanese restaurant some 5,000 miles from Japan. There’s nothing like a questionable piece of sashimi to turn one off to a particular type of seafood, but this salty fish known as pla tuu … read the full post

Jan 15 2013

Review: June’s Art Cafe, Bophut, Ko Samui

Published by under Ko Samui

A cup of tea and a slice of heaven.

Ko Samui’s June’s Art Cafe, located just before Big C when coming from Fisherman’s Village, is is a favourite expat haunt and well-kept secret from the tourists. Pop into this quaint cafe, with art on the walls and handicrafts for sale, and you’ll see why there’s a steady flow from the time they open for … read the full post

Jan 14 2013

The PhanganProject, Ko Pha Ngan

Published by under Ko Pha Ngan

The community center area, inside Phangan Chai hotel

Years ago, His Majesty the King of Thailand declared Ko Pha Ngan to be a part of an organic island movement; that is, he asked Thai people to promote eco-friendly, organic activities on the island. The idea is honourable and ambitious, but unfortunately, until recently, besides a few organic farms that have slowly taken shape … read the full post

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