Archive for the 'Gulf of Thailand islands' Category

Sep 12 2013

Staying fit on Ko Samui

Published by under Ko Samui

No air-con required, just a gentle breeze.

Being on holiday on Ko Samui doesn’t mean you have to give up on your exercise routine; you may even find inspiration to start one. Here are some suggestions on how to stay fit — or perhaps get fit — while travelling on the island. Incorporating a traditional Thai sport into your holiday here makes … read the full post

Sep 03 2013

Deck chairs on Samui’s beaches

Published by under Ko Samui

taling ngam beach outside elements resort & spa

One of the great things about Ko Samui is that deck chairs and sun-loungers are free to use at most resorts and beachfront restaurants — with the understanding you’ll buy drinks and perhaps snacks from the provider — making beach chilling sessions cheap and easy. Whether you’re looking for a quiet spot to read your book … read the full post

Sep 03 2013

Review: The World’s End, Ao Chaloklum, Ko Pha Ngan

Published by under Ko Pha Ngan

World's End Cafe interior

If you’re ever in the mood for some delicious Western food while on the northern tip of Ko Pha Ngan, head straight for The World’s End in Ao Chaloklum. This popular, charming joint does some of the best coffee around (with a real espresso machine), and some of the best sandwiches and wraps on the … read the full post

Aug 27 2013

Review: Sweet Sisters Cafe, Ko Samui

Published by under Food

As good as it looks.

If you’re staying in the south of Ko Samui, or heading that way for a daytrip away from the crowds, pop in to Sweet Sisters Cafe for wholesome Thai and fusion food. The menu has a strong vegetarian and vegan influence, but meat options are on offer too, and the quirky decor lends a great vibe. … read the full post

Aug 24 2013

New and used book stores on Ko Pha Ngan

Published by under Ko Pha Ngan

hammock

If you’ve just arrived on Ko Pha Ngan and you’re in need of a good beach read, you’ll be pleased to hear that the island is home to quite a few book shops, selling both new and used books, where you should be able to find a treasure or two to keep you happily swinging … read the full post

Aug 21 2013

Review: The Cliff, Lamai, Ko Samui

Published by under Food

View from the office lunch.

As it suggests, The Cliff Bar & Grill is perched atop a cliff overlooking the small coves before Lamai when travelling from Chaweng. And if it’s a classic island view for lunch you’re after, you couldn’t pick a better spot. On a cloudless day, the water is an intense turquoise, dotted with bright kayaks paddling … read the full post

Aug 19 2013

Review: Home of Healing Arts, Seetanu, Ko Pha Ngan

Published by under Ko Pha Ngan

Home of Healing Arts

From the face of it, Home of Healing Arts, opposite Agama Yoga in Seetanu, could be anything. The owner, Jan, likes it that way. “I believe the people who come here are meant to come here,” he tells me. I just happened to be driving by, and thought to stop and see what it was … read the full post

Aug 17 2013

Games and sport on Ko Pha Ngan

Published by under Ko Pha Ngan

Beach Volleyball Ko Pha Ngan

Ko Pha Ngan may well be best known for its parties — the Full Moon, Half Moon, Black Moon and Shiva Moon, just for starters — but fun, sporty activities are also available for those not so keen on glow paint and Sangsom buckets. Here are a few. FC Farang Ko Pha Ngan has a … read the full post

Aug 14 2013

Must-do activities on Samui

Published by under Sights & activities

A day away from the deejays and cocktails.

Ko Samui is packed with things to do — so many that it can be a bit overwhelming if you’re on your first visit here. To help out those who are planning a trip, here’s our selection of must-do activities. Get on the water There’s no better way to see an island than from the … read the full post

Jul 21 2013

Medical tourism on Samui

Published by under Ko Samui

With a view like that who will want to bend over for downward dog!

As if beaches are not enough, Samui is proving an attractive destination to many a tourist when it comes to various kinds of cosmetic surgery. Cheaper doesn’t necessarily mean inferior, so if this is up your alley, here’s a rundown of what’s on offer between massages and sunset cocktails. Not all procedures involve going under the knife … read the full post

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