Archive for the 'Gulf of Thailand islands' Category

Apr 15 2013

Review: The Hammock Samui Resort, Mae Nam, Ko Samui

Published by under Accommodation

Mae Nam -- a hugely underrated beach.

A funky resort opened its doors on Mae Nam beach — one of our favourite Ko Samui beaches — at the end of 2012. The look is fresh, the rooms are small yet stylish, and the prices are reasonable at this flashpacker to midrange option. The Hammock is well-positioned, located directly on the beach, and … read the full post

Apr 09 2013

Bird-singing competitions, Ko Samui

Published by under Festivals

This is how it's done!

Driving around Samui, you’ll often see men on scooters steering with one hand and carrying a covered birdcage in the other hand. Inside the cage is a prized possession – a red-whiskered bulbul, used in traditional Thai bird-singing competitions. On Samui, competitions are held every Tuesday and Saturday at 11:00. It’s not advertised, it’s not … read the full post

Mar 23 2013

The best of Ko Pha Ngan’s Bottle beach

Published by under Ko Pha Ngan

Boat on bottle beach

Secluded Bottle beach on the very northern tip of Ko Pha Ngan and though it’s a pain to get to, the white sands and ultra-clear sparkling waters make it well worth the trip. There are three ways to get to Bottle beach. The easiest is by boat, with a taxi boat service running between Bottle … read the full post

Mar 21 2013

Review: Shiralea, Haad Yao, Ko Pha Ngan

Published by under Ko Pha Ngan

Simple but clean huts

If you’re looking for a popular backpacker spot on Ko Pha Ngan close to the beach, with not only cheap rooms but entertainment galore as well, look no further than Shiralea. Shiralea is less than a three-minute walk to the popular Haad Yao beach, a long strip of sand that is becoming increasingly popular among … read the full post

Mar 10 2013

Courses on Ko Samui

Published by under Ko Samui

Sitca

Rather than a silly souvenir that will lie in the back of the junk cupboard once home, a new skill is a souvenir that might come in more handy. Here are a selection of courses available on Ko Samui that should leave you with something longer lasting and more valuable than a tan — and … read the full post

Mar 09 2013

Bay Lounge, Haad Rin, Ko Pha Ngan

Published by under Ko Pha Ngan

The perfect seat for cocktails

Ko Pha Ngan’s Bay Lounge and Resort is situated in its own private bay, but that certainly doesn’t make it secluded. The rooms, which are built up the side of a cliff, provide stunning views of Ko Samui. The entire resort’s decor, including that of the rooms, has a sort of Moroccan theme, and you … read the full post

Mar 07 2013

Plastic on Ko Tao’s beaches

Published by under Ko Tao

Not idyllic

Thailand has long been synonymous with beautiful palm-fringed beaches and idyllic, calm blue waters, but like beaches in many places, they’re getting dirtier. So what’s happened and what can you do to help keep Ko Tao’s beaches pristine? The ocean is simply choking with trash, predominantly plastic: bottles, bags, lighters, straws and flip flops are … read the full post

Mar 02 2013

Photo essay: Ko Samui animals

Published by under Ko Samui

Welcome to my parlour said the spider to the fly.

Thailand’s Ko Samui might not have wild tigers, elephants or even monkeys for that matter, but that’s not to say you won’t find a few interesting creatures on the island. And the best part is, you won’t need to go on a safari tour, as most of these you’ll see about your resort or just … read the full post

Feb 27 2013

Review: Lucky Restaurant, Nathon, Ko Samui

Published by under Food

'Chicken' cashew nut, with tofu. YUM.

Lucky Restaurant, a no-fuss, no-frills establishment along Ko Samui’s Nathon seafront with views across to the ferries, is one of the area’s most popular restaurants, serving excellent and affordable Thai and Western food. The menu, which is also written on blackboards around the restaurant, shows off the kitchen’s versatility. From Thai food priced (and spiced … read the full post

Feb 23 2013

Review: Seethrough Bar and Restaurant, Haad Yao, Ko Pha Ngan

Published by under Ko Pha Ngan

Entry to the chillest bar on the beach

Seethrough Bar and Restaurant on Ko Pha Ngan’s Haad Yao is a funky spot that nearly always has pumping tunes; it’s a great place to get in the mood to party, or just to chill out and internalise the beat. The staff are friendly and hilarious, always cracking jokes and sometimes even sitting down at … read the full post

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