Archive for the 'Gulf of Thailand islands' Category

Dec 06 2012

Ko Samui and Ko Pha Ngan power failure: What should I do?

Solar power. Wouldn't that be nice!

UPDATE: Power has now been restored to Ko Samui and Ko Pha Ngan. We we woke up to the good news this morning, sleeping on the balcony for a breeze, surrounded by mosquitos. There was that tell-tale sound of the fridge buzzing, meaning that the power was on. Supply was restored on the mainland at … read the full post

Dec 04 2012

The Virgin Coast, Taling Ngam, Ko Samui

Published by under Sights & activities

Now that's a good reading spot.

Many feel that Ko Samui has become too developed, and in part, that may be true. Luckily it’s possible to escape the crowds and discover the Samui of yesterday only a 45-minute drive from popular Chaweng beach. The unspoilt southwest is known as the Virgin Coast; from the ring road, turn off at Route 4170 … read the full post

Nov 30 2012

Review: La Fabrique French Bakery, Lamai, Ko Samui

Published by under Food

A good spot to satisfy a caffeine craving.

Shortly after the Lamai temple and the bend in the road on the 4169 when coming from Chaweng, you’ll find a little piece of France. There’s a large concentration of French expats in this part of Ko Samui, and many gather at La Fabrique for a taste of home. The bakery supplies many of the … read the full post

Nov 28 2012

Review: Akiira Spa, Chaweng Noi, Ko Samui

Published by under Yoga & spas

They smell good enough to taste.

Akiira Spa is located within New Star Beach Resort & Spa on the hill overlooking Chaweng Noi bay. The resort’s modern, airy feel carries through to the spa, with its floor-to-ceiling windows, orange and yellow hues, and comfortable furnishings. My visit was during torrential rain, so it made a great escape, watching the weather outside … read the full post

Nov 21 2012

Being streetwise on Samui

Published by under Health & safety

Getting into a little monkey business will see you carted off to jail.

In the first of this two-part story, we advised you on staying healthy  and safe on Ko Samui. Here we offer some advice to newbie travellers on keeping out of trouble, and avoiding scams and ripoffs. When it comes to drugs — don’t be stupid. A few moments of hallucinating bliss are not worth a … read the full post

Nov 17 2012

Health and safety on Ko Samui

Published by under Health & safety

Watch that sun... or remember the aloe gel afterwards.

Ko Samui is for the most part a very safe place for travellers. There are certain things to keep in mind, however, especially for those who are not seasoned travellers, to ensure your best chances of staying safe and healthy during a trip here. Ko Samui has a high motorbike accident rate — among the … read the full post

Nov 15 2012

Eating cheaply on Ko Tao

Published by under Ko Tao

Yellow Rice and Chicken

Ko Tao has a great range of places to eat but not every spot is suitable to those on a shoestring budget. If you are watching your pennies there’s no need to miss out on tasty treats though; you just need to know where to look. Although there isn’t a night market typical of many … read the full post

Nov 13 2012

Reggae music and bars on Samui

Published by under Bars & nightlife

Beautifully haphazard.

Anyone looking for a little laidback reggae vibe will not be disappointed with Ko Samui’s selection of Rasta bars, local and visiting bands and paraphernalia. Local band the Rasta Monkeys has a fan base of note, and plays at venues around the island. Secret Garden in Bang Rak has recently brought back what was for years … read the full post

Nov 08 2012

Review: Portobello Mediterranean Bistro, Ko Tao

Published by under Ko Tao

Portobello Bistro

Portobello Bistro is the pizza joint of preference in Ko Tao’s Haad Sairee, offering pizzas with a great choice of toppings and no skimping on the portions. It’s open, airy, furnished with dark wood and bustles with people, yet manages to retain a warm atmosphere, making it worth seeking out. The menu includes some tasty … read the full post

Nov 06 2012

Golf on Ko Samui

Published by under Sights & activities

Caddie... some help please.

Ko Samui has much to offer golf fanatics, whether they are pros, or just looking to whack a few balls for exercise. Those visiting with kids will enjoy the more family-orientated options available. Here’s a round-up of the golf opportunities to be found on the island. Santiburi Golf Course and Country Club, one of Asia’s … read the full post

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