Archive for the 'Ko Samui' Category

Jan 27 2012

Thai spirit houses and spirit trees

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One of the first things travellers to Thailand may notice about their surrounds are the colourful and ornate spirit houses resembling miniature temples that are strategically positioned outside every home, business, school and in public areas. Other than making great photo opportunities for tourists, what is behind these impressive little structures? Spirits abound everywhere in … read the full post

Jan 25 2012

Best of Ko Samui’s Bang Rak

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Bang Rak is located on the northern coast of Ko Samui, with Bophut to its west and Plai Laem to its east. The beach area of Bang Rak is also referred to as Big Buddha beach, because of the huge golden statue at the eastern end of the beach, just before Plai Laem. The beach … read the full post

Jan 05 2012

The best of Samui’s Choeng Mon and Plai Laem

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Although not far from the main tourist drags, Plai Laem just past Big Buddha is often devoid of tourists who seem oblivious to its existence and quaint charm. Slightly better known is Choeng Mon, which consists of a main beach as well as several intimate coves often only accessible via resorts, or dirt paths that … read the full post

Dec 22 2011

The best of Fisherman’s Village, Ko Samui

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In Ko Samui’s Fisherman’s Village, you’ll find old Chinese shophouses that are well preserved, interspersed with tasteful modern buildings to create a real ‘Mediterranean meets the East’ vibe. With some good accommodation choices, delicious food and a range of shopping on offer, it’s a good little destination in its own right. Here’s a roundup of … read the full post

Dec 17 2011

Christmas alone on Samui

Published by under Festivals

One might travel for months alone quite happily, but come the festive season and particularly Christmas, homesickness can kick in. So what can the lone traveller do on Christmas Day on Ko Samui to make it a day to remember? Firstly, like it or not, be warned that most resorts charge for a compulsory gala … read the full post

Dec 14 2011

Temple touring on Ko Samui

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Those in search of a spiritual experience on Ko Samui will not be disappointed, as the island offers many temples and religious sites to explore. Each temple offers a unique experience, but all have a sense of serenity. Here we’ve done the legwork for you, and rounded up the most impressive. Big Buddha (Wat Phra … read the full post

Dec 07 2011

Animal activities for kids on Samui

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Although Ko Samui does not have much to offer in the way of true ‘wildlife’ experiences, a few activities will keep animal-loving kids entertained. Samui doesn’t have any wildlife sanctuaries or national parks — somewhere like Laos would be the place to really get back to nature, where you can visit gibbons in their natural … read the full post

Nov 24 2011

Great places to stay on Mae Nam Beach, Ko Samui

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Mae Nam is located on the island’s north shore, with Bang Por to the west and Fisherman’s Village to the east. The town is situated on the main Ring Road, and boasts a long stretch of pristine beach, ideal for swimming. Mae Nam is a good option if you don’t want to be in the … read the full post

Nov 23 2011

Where to eat and what to do on Mae Nam Beach, Ko Samui

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We’ve given you our selections of where to stay across all budgets on Mae Nam Beach, Ko Samui, so now we’ll turn our attention to eating and doing. Best eats Magic Cup is a tiny coffee shop, 100 metres past Seventy-Five restaurant supply store, and they make the best iced cappuccinos on the island for … read the full post

Nov 15 2011

Outdoor Samui for kids

Published by under For kids

Besides the obvious choice of endless perfect beaches to visit on Ko Samui, the island offers a slew of daytime activities for families. Here’s a selection. Mini golf Although there is a mini golf course in Choeng Mon, the cost is quite pricey at about 400B per person. We discovered a bargain just around the … read the full post

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