Archive for the 'Gulf of Thailand islands' Category

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

Aug 24 2012

Learning Thai on Ko Samui

Published by under Sights & activities

I am not jumping up and down because I need the bathroom, I want to buy popcorn!

Learning a new language is hard enough at the best of times and Thai is so different from English and the Romance languages that for a farang (Westerner), learning Thai can seem a little overwhelming. Anyone wanting to stay in the country for more than a few months however would be wise to pick up … read the full post

Aug 24 2012

Cappuccino Bistro, Ko Tao

Published by under Ko Tao

Go on! You know you want to!

Cappuccino Bistro is the only French-owned bakery on Ko Tao. It serves a variety of cakes, tarts and sandwiches along with arguably the best cup of coffee around and is well located up the hill on the main road in Sairee running from the pier. This spot is a firm favourite with locals and tourists alike.  … read the full post

Aug 22 2012

Wat Plai Laem, Ko Samui

Published by under Sights & activities

Sitting pretty on a lotus flower.

Wat Plai Laem may not be the oldest temple on Ko Samui, but it’s probably the most spectacular, and a good place to take children for a bit of Thai culture and a break from the beaches. Although relatively new – it was built in 2004 – it’s constructed in traditional style and methods, so … read the full post

Aug 17 2012

What’s the best time to visit Ko Samui?

Published by under Sights & activities

Time it right, and Chaweng beach is all yours.

The best time to visit a place weather-wise is usually a time that everybody wants to visit, so choosing a time that’s just right — that is, with decent weather but some extra elbow room — can be tricky. Here’s the lowdown on the best time to visit Ko Samui taking both weather and crowds … read the full post

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