Archive for the 'Ko Samui' Category

Aug 24 2012

Learning Thai on Ko Samui

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I am not jumping up and down because I need the bathroom, I want to buy popcorn!

Learning a new language is hard enough at the best of times and Thai is so different from English and the Romance languages that for a farang (Westerner), learning Thai can seem a little overwhelming. Anyone wanting to stay in the country for more than a few months however would be wise to pick up … read the full post

Aug 22 2012

Wat Plai Laem, Ko Samui

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Sitting pretty on a lotus flower.

Wat Plai Laem may not be the oldest temple on Ko Samui, but it’s probably the most spectacular, and a good place to take children for a bit of Thai culture and a break from the beaches. Although relatively new – it was built in 2004 – it’s constructed in traditional style and methods, so … read the full post

Aug 17 2012

What’s the best time to visit Ko Samui?

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Time it right, and Chaweng beach is all yours.

The best time to visit a place weather-wise is usually a time that everybody wants to visit, so choosing a time that’s just right — that is, with decent weather but some extra elbow room — can be tricky. Here’s the lowdown on the best time to visit Ko Samui taking both weather and crowds … read the full post

Aug 14 2012

Stand-up paddling (SUP) on Ko Samui

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More fun with friends.

SUP, or stand up paddling for those not in the know, is the latest water sport activity to hit Samui’s shores. Unlike surfing, what’s great about this pastime is that no waves are required – and let’s face it, for beach bums in search of a wave, Samui features low on the list of where … read the full post

Aug 10 2012

TEFL in Thailand

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If the thought of teaching bonzai people scares, you, try adults.

TEFL is Teaching English as a Foreign Language. This acronym describes the industry, the profession and all the courses you can take to qualify as a teacher. TEFL can be temporary or permanent. Some people do it as a career break, others a gap year as it’s a great way of earning money while travelling … read the full post

Jul 31 2012

Ko Samui’s Big Buddha and surrounds

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So pretty. Now what can I put in there?

Big Buddha (Wat Phra Yai) is an iconic Ko Samui image. Located on the 4171 at the end of Bang Rak, as one rounds the bend to Plai Laem, this huge statue is glimmering gold and visible from kilometres away. Perched atop a platform, it’s much higher above sea level than its own 12-metre height, … read the full post

Jul 25 2012

Samui Football Golf

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Coconaldo demos how it is done

Located near the family-friendly beach of Choeng Mon, Samui Football Golf makes for a great family daytrip, or a good outing for a group of competitive friends, too. Exercise routines are often forgotten when on holiday, so this is a way to get the blood flowing without hitting the treadmill, and makes a pleasant alternative … read the full post

Jul 20 2012

Photo essay: Street food at Samui’s walking street markets

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No finger bowl, just like your fingers!

No matter your palate — adventurous or run of the mill, spicy or not — Ko Samui’s walking street markets are sure to please.Each neighbourhood schedules theirs on a different night of the week, usually starting at around 17:00. Mae Nam hosts their walking street on a Thursday night, Fisherman’s Village on Fridays, Nathon and … read the full post

Jul 10 2012

Catching a ferry to or from Ko Samui

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Noisy and smelly, but she'll take you right to Haad Rin beach.

Other than flying, the only way to get to Ko Samui is by boat. If you don’t have your own (sigh), that means a ferry from either the mainland or a neighbouring island. Here we give you the low down on your options. Two operators transport cars, trucks and buses to the island, their cavernous … read the full post

Jul 06 2012

Photo essay: Circumnavigating Ko Samui by boat

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Snorklelling off Ko Tan, the longtail boat way.

Viewing Ko Samui from the sea offers quite a different perspective from traipsing around the island on foot. We recently did a trip around the island, in a clockwise direction, starting from Fisherman’s Village, where old Chinese shophouses are neighbour to modern apartments, and boutique hotels are interspersed with beach bars. Travelling east, we passed … read the full post

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