Archive for the 'Gulf of Thailand islands' Category

Oct 19 2012

Review: Yogarden, Fisherman’s Village, Ko Samui

Published by under Yoga & spas

Peaceful purple

A funky new yoga studio-cum-cafe has opened down a quiet back street of Ko Samui’s cosmopolitan Fisherman’s Village. The village is known for its east-meets-the-Med appeal, where trendy coffee shops bump shoulders with upmarket boutiques, and bars and restaurants trade from old Chinese shophouses. The effect is eclectic and charming, making a perfect location for … read the full post

Oct 18 2012

Where to go snorkelling on Ko Tao

Published by under Ko Tao

Finding Nemo

Ko Tao is dotted with beaches and bays and picking where to go snorkelling can be difficult; what you choose to do will depend a little on how much time you have and what you want to both see and experience. You can take the decision away by simply booking an around-the-island snorkelling trip. Your … read the full post

Oct 17 2012

Review: Nikki Beach, Lipa Noi, Ko Samui

Published by under Accommodation

Getting ready for a wedding.

The Nikki Beach group is renowned world-wide for throwing legendary events, with locations in party hubs such as Cabo San Lucas, Marrakech, Miami Beach, Mallorca, Marbella, St Barth and St Tropez. Nikki Beach Lipa Noi is the first to include accommodation in the mix, adding villas for partygoers to recover in. The accommodation consists of … read the full post

Oct 12 2012

Guan Yu Shrine, Ko Samui

Published by under Sights & activities

THis guy guards the door to the shrine. I'm not arguing with him.

A big red head. That’s what you see poking through the top of a building when driving along Ko Samui‘s ring road in Hua Thanon, just south of Lamai. So what is it? Virach Pongchababnapa, an islander of Chinese decent, aims to build a 16-metre tall bronze statue of Guan Yu, valued at 20 million … read the full post

Oct 11 2012

Should you rent a motorbike on Ko Tao?

Published by under Ko Tao

Which one is the brake?

Personally I would say, “No way Jose!” to anyone contemplating the undeniably risky method of getting about by motorbike on Ko Tao. However it would then be fair to accuse me of a certain amount of hypocrisy as I do indeed own and drive one. Well, chances are that unlike me — I own my … read the full post

Oct 09 2012

Review: Boudoir Restaurant, Mae Nam, Ko Samui

Published by under Food

Welcome to my parlour.

As its name suggests, Boudoir in Ko Samui’s Mae Nam oozes sex appeal and romance, with opulent decor in rich colours, mood lighting and comfortable seating that encourages guests to linger over another bottle of wine. Huge portions of rustic French country dishes are served up at reasonable prices, making this small French restaurant one … read the full post

Oct 04 2012

Learning to dive on Ko Tao

Published by under Ko Tao

Almost there!

So you have run the gauntlet of choosing a dive centre on Ko Tao. You have decided whether you want to take the SSI or PADI course. What should you expect while you are studying how to dive? Firstly, you will be asked to complete a medical questionnaire. If you have any of the conditions … read the full post

Sep 27 2012

Review: Le Beach Club, Ko Samui

Published by under Accommodation

Blissfully blue.

Le Beach Club, located along the 4169 Ring Road, just before Bang Po enters Nathon, has added a fresh breath to an area of Samui that was looking a little neglected. Several little beach bars have recently popped up along this road, so it’s worth heading this way, particularly at sunset hour. We weren’t quite … read the full post

Sep 21 2012

Souvenir shopping on Ko Samui

Published by under Shopping

There are countless uses for pretty containers.

We have all done it. Far in the back of a cupboard lies a box of corny oh-my-word-what-was-I-thinking souvenirs from past holidays. Some things feel so right in the heat of the moment and we end up buying useless junk that is not a true reminder of our adventures away. Here’s a suggested list to … read the full post

Sep 20 2012

How to find long-term accommodation on Ko Tao

Published by under Ko Tao

This is not my house!

If you look online, the only long-term accommodation options you’ll find on Thailand’s Ko Tao are very high-end villas at very high-end prices. This is not the case once you are here. Here’s our suggested plan of attack for finding somewhere to live once you do arrive. Most people who come here looking to stay … read the full post

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