Archive for the 'Gulf of Thailand islands' Category

Oct 23 2013

Off-beach bargains in Ko Samui’s north

Published by under Accommodation

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Although staying on the beach is great, sometimes giving up a waterfront view in Ko Samui means you can get a bit more space and extra facilities at lower prices. With so many bars and restaurants on the beach, should you stay in an off-beach option you can still wiggle your toes in the sand … read the full post

Oct 04 2013

Where to watch the best sunsets on Ko Pha Ngan

Published by under Ko Pha Ngan

Songserm Pier Ko Pha Ngan

There’s nothing like watching the perfect sunset at the end of a perfect beach day. On Ko Pha Ngan, there are all kinds of spots to watch that fiery golden ball sink into the waters, but we do have our favourites. Here are our picks for Ko Pha Ngan’s best sunset spots. Amsterdam Bar, Ao … read the full post

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 27 2013

Turtle conservation on Ko Tao

Published by under Ko Tao

Come in number 3 your time is up !

Ko Tao is named after the turtle, but this is due to the island’s shape, rather than an abundance of real live turtles. But there is a place you can see them these days… Research suggests that there once were quite a few turtles coming to Ko Tao’s beaches to nest, but as the number … read the full post

Aug 26 2013

Climbing on Ko Tao

Published by under Ko Tao

On the up...

Diving is not the only adventure sport on Ko Tao — climbing is one that’s often overlooked, but is great fun. It may not be as exhilarating as rock climbing in Krabi, but Ko Tao is home to more than 60 routes, of varying degrees of difficulty. If you’ve climbed before and have some experience, … read the full post

Aug 24 2013

New and used book stores on Ko Pha Ngan

Published by under Ko Pha Ngan

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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

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