Archive for the 'Ko Samui' Category

Jul 10 2012

Catching a ferry to or from Ko Samui

Published by under Transport

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

Published by under Sights & activities

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

Jun 20 2012

Magnolia Cafe and Spa, Ko Samui’s Chaweng

Published by under Food

Magnolia Cafe in Ko Samui’s northern Chaweng is a European-style coffee shop with comfy chairs, couches, newspapers and subdued lighting. Other than Starbucks, there are few establishments on Samui with a real coffee-shop type atmosphere, but this place has that lounge about, read the paper, catch up on gossip with friends feel about it. Entering … read the full post

Jun 11 2012

Swimming pools on Ko Samui

Published by under Sights & activities

Some of the best-value resorts on Ko Samui are great in most departments, but lacking a swimming pool. Should they be located on a beach, this may not be a problem, but sometimes a splash in a pool, decked with sun loungers and an attentive barman on call, is just what the day needs. Don’t … read the full post

Jun 06 2012

Dao Siam Cosmetics on Ko Samui

Published by under Shopping

When you enter the new showroom for Dao Siam Cosmetics in Ko Samui‘s Choeng Mon you’ll suffer in the best way possible: from olfactory overload, as scents of predominantly citronella with undertones of white orchid and Thai herbs waft through the air. Aromdee Asia has been supplying hotels and spas in Thailand for several years, … read the full post

May 30 2012

Shopping at Ko Samui’s Fisherman’s Village

Published by under Shopping

Thailand’s known for its cheap clothes shopping, brand-name knock-offs and haggling to get already low-priced items at a steal. This, however, usually means sweating it out in an overcrowded market; anyone who has been to Bangkok’s Pratunam Market will know that the usually fun-filled day of shopping can turn into torture as temperatures soar in … read the full post

May 12 2012

Best places to stay on Lamai beach, Ko Samui

Published by under Accommodation

Lamai is Ko Samui’s second largest beach after Chaweng, and lies on the southeast coast, with Chaweng Noi to its north, and Hua Thanon to its south. Driving from Chaweng to Lamai offers an eagle’s view along the 4169 ring road of the coves below, as the route winds over steep hills and around giant … read the full post

May 02 2012

Review: Paradise Park Farm

Published by under For kids

Paradise Park Farm on Ko Samui offers a relatively cool mountain retreat, where kids can enjoy petting a variety of animals while adults savour the spectacular views. The farm is located more than 600 metres above Lipa Noi atop Samui’s Khao Pom; the drive up can be a little hairy, so make use of their … read the full post

Apr 29 2012

Ko Samui for vegetarians

Published by under Food

Travelling vegetarians can sometimes find sourcing decent food a challenge; in Thailand, however, many Thai dishes can easily be made as a veggie option. For Thailand generally, the Vegetarian Thai Food Guide can come in handy. If you’re a vegetarian travelling to Ko Samui, SITCA (Samui Institute of Thai Culinary Arts) offers cooking classes, and … read the full post

Apr 19 2012

Coco Splash water park on Ko Samui

Published by under For kids

UPDATE: Coco Splash will be closed from 14 May for one month, in order to construct two new water slides in the park. Anyone travelling with young children will know that kids are not content to lie under a coconut palm reading a book, or have endless massages, tour temples or even for that matter … read the full post

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