Archive for the 'Gulf of Thailand islands' Category

Feb 22 2012

Getting around on Samui: scooters, cars and walking

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Following on from part 1 of getting around on Samui, which covered songthaews, motorbike taxis and taxis, in this post we look at renting your own scooter or motorbike, renting a car, and that old chestnut, walking. Scooters Automatic scooters are available for rent all over the island. Expect to pay from 120 to 250 … read the full post

Feb 17 2012

Getting around on Samui: songthaews, motorbike taxis and taxis

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Getting around on Ko Samui is easy, with several options available. Being an island, it is hard to get seriously lost. Keep in mind that there is a main Ring Road, known as the 4169, which as about 45km long, with two prominent linking loop roads: one in the north east (4171), joining Bang Rak, … read the full post

Feb 10 2012

Samui’s water buffalo: Gentle giants or battering beasts?

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ควาย or khwai is the Thai word for water buffalo. The water buffalo plays a big part in Thai culture and daily life, and they are a common sight here on Ko Samui. See an open patch of land with grass, and you are sure to find a buffalo tethered to a coconut tree, quietly … read the full post

Feb 01 2012

Ko Samui airport: Southeast Asia’s cutest?

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Most residents of Ko Samui have a love-hate relationship with Samui airport, located in Bang Rak, in the island’s northeast. The airport has to be one of the most beautiful in the world: cute, tropical and welcoming. Tastefully built and furnished in true island style without being tacky, the airport is for the most part … read the full post

Jan 27 2012

Thai spirit houses and spirit trees

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One of the first things travellers to Thailand may notice about their surrounds are the colourful and ornate spirit houses resembling miniature temples that are strategically positioned outside every home, business, school and in public areas. Other than making great photo opportunities for tourists, what is behind these impressive little structures? Spirits abound everywhere in … read the full post

Jan 25 2012

Best of Ko Samui’s Bang Rak

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Bang Rak is located on the northern coast of Ko Samui, with Bophut to its west and Plai Laem to its east. The beach area of Bang Rak is also referred to as Big Buddha beach, because of the huge golden statue at the eastern end of the beach, just before Plai Laem. The beach … read the full post

Jan 05 2012

The best of Samui’s Choeng Mon and Plai Laem

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Although not far from the main tourist drags, Plai Laem just past Big Buddha is often devoid of tourists who seem oblivious to its existence and quaint charm. Slightly better known is Choeng Mon, which consists of a main beach as well as several intimate coves often only accessible via resorts, or dirt paths that … read the full post

Dec 22 2011

The best of Fisherman’s Village, Ko Samui

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In Ko Samui’s Fisherman’s Village, you’ll find old Chinese shophouses that are well preserved, interspersed with tasteful modern buildings to create a real ‘Mediterranean meets the East’ vibe. With some good accommodation choices, delicious food and a range of shopping on offer, it’s a good little destination in its own right. Here’s a roundup of … read the full post

Dec 17 2011

Christmas alone on Samui

Published by under Festivals

One might travel for months alone quite happily, but come the festive season and particularly Christmas, homesickness can kick in. So what can the lone traveller do on Christmas Day on Ko Samui to make it a day to remember? Firstly, like it or not, be warned that most resorts charge for a compulsory gala … read the full post

Dec 14 2011

Temple touring on Ko Samui

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Those in search of a spiritual experience on Ko Samui will not be disappointed, as the island offers many temples and religious sites to explore. Each temple offers a unique experience, but all have a sense of serenity. Here we’ve done the legwork for you, and rounded up the most impressive. Big Buddha (Wat Phra … read the full post

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