Archive for the 'Gulf of Thailand islands' Category

Jul 25 2012

Samui Football Golf

Published by under Sights & activities

Coconaldo demos how it is done

Located near the family-friendly beach of Choeng Mon, Samui Football Golf makes for a great family daytrip, or a good outing for a group of competitive friends, too. Exercise routines are often forgotten when on holiday, so this is a way to get the blood flowing without hitting the treadmill, and makes a pleasant alternative … read the full post

Jul 25 2012

Choosing a dive centre on Ko Tao

Published by under Ko Tao

Preparing to take your first breaths.

Thailand’s Ko Tao has somewhere in the region of 40 dive centres, so choosing one can feel daunting, particularly if you have never dived before. As with any choice, you need to keep in mind what you are looking for during your experience; don’t waver or compromise, and you should get what you want.  So, … read the full post

Jul 20 2012

Photo essay: Street food at Samui’s walking street markets

Published by under Food

No finger bowl, just like your fingers!

No matter your palate — adventurous or run of the mill, spicy or not — Ko Samui’s walking street markets are sure to please.Each neighbourhood schedules theirs on a different night of the week, usually starting at around 17:00. Mae Nam hosts their walking street on a Thursday night, Fisherman’s Village on Fridays, Nathon and … read the full post

Jul 10 2012

Catching a ferry to or from Ko Samui

Published by under Transport

Noisy and smelly, but she'll take you right to Haad Rin beach.

Other than flying, the only way to get to Ko Samui is by boat. If you don’t have your own (sigh), that means a ferry from either the mainland or a neighbouring island. Here we give you the low down on your options. Two operators transport cars, trucks and buses to the island, their cavernous … read the full post

Jul 06 2012

Photo essay: Circumnavigating Ko Samui by boat

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Snorklelling off Ko Tan, the longtail boat way.

Viewing Ko Samui from the sea offers quite a different perspective from traipsing around the island on foot. We recently did a trip around the island, in a clockwise direction, starting from Fisherman’s Village, where old Chinese shophouses are neighbour to modern apartments, and boutique hotels are interspersed with beach bars. Travelling east, we passed … read the full post

Jun 20 2012

Magnolia Cafe and Spa, Ko Samui’s Chaweng

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Magnolia Cafe in Ko Samui’s northern Chaweng is a European-style coffee shop with comfy chairs, couches, newspapers and subdued lighting. Other than Starbucks, there are few establishments on Samui with a real coffee-shop type atmosphere, but this place has that lounge about, read the paper, catch up on gossip with friends feel about it. Entering … read the full post

Jun 11 2012

Swimming pools on Ko Samui

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Some of the best-value resorts on Ko Samui are great in most departments, but lacking a swimming pool. Should they be located on a beach, this may not be a problem, but sometimes a splash in a pool, decked with sun loungers and an attentive barman on call, is just what the day needs. Don’t … read the full post

Jun 06 2012

Dao Siam Cosmetics on Ko Samui

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When you enter the new showroom for Dao Siam Cosmetics in Ko Samui‘s Choeng Mon you’ll suffer in the best way possible: from olfactory overload, as scents of predominantly citronella with undertones of white orchid and Thai herbs waft through the air. Aromdee Asia has been supplying hotels and spas in Thailand for several years, … read the full post

Jun 02 2012

Cliff jumping on Ko Tao

Published by under Ko Tao

Arguably Thailand’s perfect all-round island, Ko Tao is best known for its outstanding diving and idyllic beaches and bays. On a recent visit we did both some scuba and beach lounging, but an unexpected highlight proved to be cliff jumping into a gorgeous emerald cove near Laem Thian point on the island’s east coast. After … read the full post

May 30 2012

Shopping at Ko Samui’s Fisherman’s Village

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Thailand’s known for its cheap clothes shopping, brand-name knock-offs and haggling to get already low-priced items at a steal. This, however, usually means sweating it out in an overcrowded market; anyone who has been to Bangkok’s Pratunam Market will know that the usually fun-filled day of shopping can turn into torture as temperatures soar in … read the full post

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