Archive for the 'Gulf of Thailand islands' Category

Sep 19 2012

Cheap bungalows on northern Ko Samui

Published by under Accommodation

Small room? Who cares!

In our quest to find food and accommodation on Ko Samui at reasonable prices, here we bring you a selection of beach bungalows (yes, on the beach) for 500 baht per night. The area we’re covering is from Bang Po to Choeng Mon along the northern coast of Samui. You may not get air-con and … read the full post

Sep 14 2012

The best places to watch sunset on Ko Samui

Published by under Sights & activities

Jealous? Just a little?

My house is perfectly positioned to appreciate Samui’s sunsets, and it seems as though each night — insert your favourite deity here, perhaps the Goddess Ra — tries to outdo her sunset creation from the previous evening. Sometimes they are a pretty pastel pink with soft wispy clouds looking like cotton candy. Other evenings present … read the full post

Sep 13 2012

Bam Bams, Ko Tao

Published by under Ko Tao

The simple things in life ....

Bam Bams in Ko Tao is one of those rickety looking, plastic chair, roadside Thai restaurants with garish wipe-clean table covers.  While that description probably does little to entice you in, those who have travelled through Thailand will know that these can often the best places to eat, especially when you’re on a tight budget. … read the full post

Sep 11 2012

Salsa dancing on Ko Samui

Published by under Sights & activities

Walk this way...

Walking down Plai Laem’s main road and hearing sultry sounds winding through the palms and banana trees, it would be easy to forget the location and imagine you were in Cuba or perhaps Columbia. But no, Ko Samui has quite the active salsa scene – the dancing, not the sauce that is.  Here we give … read the full post

Sep 09 2012

Review: Fisherman’s Reggae Bar, Bang Rak, Ko Samui

Published by under Bars & nightlife

Little boys who play with fire...

Located at the far eastern end of Bang Rak, 100 metres before the entrance to Big Buddha, one will find one of the most character-laden little beach bars that Ko Samui has to offer: Fisherman’s Reggae Bar. A simple wooden structure perches on stilts at the water’s edge. Inside, every available spot of wall space … read the full post

Sep 06 2012

Living on Ko Tao

Published by under Ko Tao

The simple things in life.

When asked to write about life on Ko Tao from a longterm stayers point of view, all I could think about were the three biggest lies told on the island. I’ll leave you to ponder the other two but the biggest, without a doubt is, “I’m leaving tomorrow.” This is not used to wheedle one … read the full post

Sep 05 2012

Eating on Ko Samui for 150 baht per day

Published by under Food

Now THAT'S a salad.

It is a known fact that Ko Samui — and other Thai tourism hotspots — are more expensive than destinations less frequented by tourists. So is it possible to still eat three meals a day for 150 baht or less on Samui? For sure! The trick however, is to eat like a local and avoid … read the full post

Aug 31 2012

Garra rufa fish spas on Ko Samui

Published by under Yoga & spas

Fish for lunch, or lunch for fish?

Garra rufa fish spas have been used in the Middle East for centuries but Southeast Asia has fairly recently jumped on the bandwagon and you’ll find them right across the region, including in Thailand. These little freshwater fish originate from the river basins of several Middle Eastern countries; they also go by the name of … read the full post

Aug 30 2012

How to see a whale shark on Ko Tao

Published by under Ko Tao

Southwest Pinnacle

As a going away gift for my first backpacking trip one of my comical mates gave me a travel tips book. This wasn’t your normal travel manual by any means. It included topics like how to stop a runaway camel and how to avoid dying in an airplane crash. The best way to avoid crashing … read the full post

Aug 28 2012

Na Muang One Waterfall

Published by under Sights & activities

Much cooler than the Gulf of Thailand's 28 degrees.

Na Muang One Waterfall at Baan Thurian, about 10 kilometres south of Nathon, is a popular tourist attraction on Ko Samui that can easily be reached by vehicle. The turnoff is well signposted along the 4169 Ring Road, and from the parking lot, it’s only a walk of a few hundred metres to get there. … read the full post

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