Archive for the 'Gulf of Thailand islands' Category

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 24 2012

Learning to dive on Ko Tao with limited time

Published by under Ko Tao

The Big Blue

Doing your open water course here on Ko Tao will take 3 and a half days. But what if you don’t have that long? Learning to dive is best taken at a relaxed pace but if you are really short on time there are a number of things that you can do. Firstly, you could consider … 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

Nov 03 2012

Rainy season indoor activities for families on Ko Samui

Published by under For kids

Be sure to stock up on ear plugs.

With Samui’s rainy season on the doorstep, it’s best to be armed with a few bad weather alternatives — even if they are not exactly authentically Thai — for when the heavens open up. Samui does not have big malls like Phuket, but a few indoor entertainment options offer some family fun. Samui is home … read the full post

Oct 30 2012

Weddings on Samui

Published by under Sights & activities

Lily dressed in pearls for the occasion.

Thinking of a beach wedding? Ko Samui has a selection of professional wedding planners you can turn to for all the organising, and with postcard-view beach backdrops, it makes an ideal wedding location. If you’re coming here from the West, in general favourable currency exchanges — in Thailand and elsewhere in Southeast Asia — mean … read the full post

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