Archive for the 'Gulf of Thailand islands' Category

Jun 01 2013

Flights to and from Ko Samui

Published by under Ko Samui

It doesn't matter how you get here, just get here.

With Bangkok Airways owning and operating Samui International Airport, most flights to and from the island are on this airline. There are however a few other carriers that fly to Ko Samui. Here’s a rundown on your flight options. You can fly from most destinations to Samui on codeshare options, usually meaning a stopover in … read the full post

May 30 2013

Elfe’s World dog and cat refuge, Ko Samui

Published by under Ko Samui

Anyone want to adopt me?

Elfe’s World is a dog and cat refuge on Ko Samui where Elisabeth Feigl — known as Elfe — takes care of more than 300 dogs, mostly rescued on while being smuggled to Vietnam as part of an illegal international trade in dog meat. Smugglers pass through small villages in northern Thailand, offering next to … read the full post

May 28 2013

Review: Lake Hut, Seetanu, Ko Pha Ngan

Published by under Ko Pha Ngan

the red balls at Lake Hut

Those looking for some daytime entertainment on Ko Pha Ngan should head to Lake Hut to check out the Wipeout course. This fun water adventure park in Seetanu provides fun for all ages, with its intricate obstacle course floating on Laem Son lake, which was once a tin mine. The course starts off with a … read the full post

May 24 2013

Medical facilities on Samui

Published by under Health & safety

Yes, a scooter accident. At least he was wearing a helmet.

Even though it’s a relatively small island, Samui is home to some of Thailand’s best hospitals outside of Bangkok. As much as we hope you won’t need it, if you do require hospital treatment during your stay on the island then you should be in safe hands. Samui’s private hospitals are equipped with modern facilities … read the full post

May 22 2013

Beach massage on Samui

Published by under Yoga & spas

Couples therapy.

There’s nothing a weary traveller likes more than a good shower and a cheap massage to ease aching muscles from lugging around a heavy backpack. While most people can’t afford daily spa treatments, one of the benefits to travelling to Southeast Asia is that unlike Western backpacker hotspots, here cheap massages are in abundance. What’s great … read the full post

May 20 2013

The best of Seetanu Beach, Ko Pha Ngan

Published by under Ko Pha Ngan

beach2

Seetanu beach is a quiet area on Ko Pha Ngan’s west coast, about a 10-minute drive along the beach road from Thong Sala. Surrounded by yoga and detox centres, it’s a popular place with yogis and others seeking a perhaps healthy change in their lives. The beach itself is long, and not so great for … read the full post

May 18 2013

Self-catering on Samui

Published by under Food

Spicy, spicy, or, um, spicy?

Though Ko Samui has loads of great restaurants and very affordable food, if you’re a traveller who prefers to self-cater, perhaps because you’re travelling with young children or health or religious reasons make it preferable, it’s easy to do during your stay. Ko Samui is no longer the undeveloped backwater it once was; several supermarket chains are … read the full post

May 15 2013

Review: The Sanctuary, Haad Thian, Ko Pha Ngan

Published by under Ko Pha Ngan

Gorgeous at a distance.

The Sanctuary is something of a Ko Pha Ngan institution, with guests coming from all over the world specifically for their yoga and detox programs. Located on a beach reached only by boat or four-wheel drive, it’s a testament to The Sanctuary’s reputation that consistently attracts the crowds. The multi-level beachfront restaurant greets arriving guests, … read the full post

May 14 2013

Samui Regatta 2013

Published by under Ko Samui

With spinnakers out, it seems yachts can sail uphill.

The Samui Regatta is the island’s biggest sporting event and brings in competitors and spectators from around the world. The regatta forms the final event of the Asian Yachting Grand Prix, and it’s a lot of fun, even for non-sailors. This year, the festivities and races start on 25 May, and end on 1 June, … read the full post

May 10 2013

Review: Dolce Vita Restaurant, Ko Tao

Published by under Ko Tao

Dolce Vita

If you need an Italian fix while on Ko Tao, then there’s no other place than Dolce Vita. While not the cheapest, if you love Italian food then it’s worth every baht as it’s a cut well above a run of the mill pizza joint. Dolce Vita is in Mae Haad, on what most locals, … read the full post

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