Archive for the 'Gulf of Thailand islands' Category

Jan 29 2013

Lunar New Year on Ko Samui

Published by under Festivals

Which is worse? Falling or electrocution?

In 2013, Lunar New Year — Chinese New Year to the Chinese — falls on Sunday, February 10, and ushers in the Year of the Snake. Celebrations can last for about 15 days in areas with large Chinese communities, including Ko Samui, with festivities beginning on the first day of the first month in the … read the full post

Jan 27 2013

Ko Pha Ngan’s Full Moon Party

Published by under Ko Pha Ngan

The calm before the storm.

The Full Moon Party has made Ko Pha Ngan a draw for backpackers and travellers the world over. For those who have been to this massive party, which can see as many as 50,000 (some even claim 100,000) 20-somethings packed into one beach, it’s easy to see why (or why not!). If you’ve been to … read the full post

Jan 26 2013

Rent a villa or stay in a hotel on Ko Samui?

Published by under Accommodation

Have a couple of thousand dollars to blow? This could be yours....

More and more visitors to Ko Samui are choosing villa rental over hotel stays. Should you? Each option has its pros and cons, and the right choice will depend on how important price (and hidden costs) are to you, as well as privacy, freedom, space and facilities. For stays of less than a week, resorts … read the full post

Jan 24 2013

How to keep fit on Ko Tao

Published by under Ko Tao

Grounded

You could be forgiven for thinking that Ko Tao is just about diving and partying, with no thought to healthy lifestyles and fitness pursuits, but you’d be wrong. Here’s a wrap on fitness activities on the island. Yoga is an island mainstay in Thailand, Ko Tao included. The longest running sala, Shambala, is in Sairee … read the full post

Jan 19 2013

Review: Mama Pooh’s Kitchen, Ko Pha Ngan

Published by under Ko Pha Ngan

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“Cheap price but nice” are the words strung up in bamboo lettering at the entrance to the ever-charming Mama Pooh’s on Ko Pha Ngan. This popular joint is favoured by travellers, locals, yogis, and basically everyone in between. The bamboo salas with thatched rooves make this restaurant an ideal spot to come and stay for … read the full post

Jan 18 2013

Samui International Hospital, Ko Samui

Published by under Health & safety

No, it's not a resort. Those are hospital rooms overlooking the pool.

Ko Samui has more than its share of good hospitals, including Thai International, Bangkok International and Samui International. Although all offer good service and medical standards, we’ve used Samui International several times, and they’ve been professional, efficient and well-priced. They’re located at the northern point of Chaweng beach road, close to the main tourist drag, … read the full post

Jan 17 2013

Where to watch sport on Ko Tao?

Published by under Ko Tao

You want to leave this to go watch sport? Really?

Having travelled with a sports fanatic I know how important seeing the game, match, fight, race or whatever can be. I don’t understand it, but know to some it’s like air. So when you’re travelling to Ko Tao, where to go when you really can’t miss… that thing? If you are in Sairee then it’s … read the full post

Jan 15 2013

Review: June’s Art Cafe, Bophut, Ko Samui

Published by under Ko Samui

A cup of tea and a slice of heaven.

Ko Samui’s June’s Art Cafe, located just before Big C when coming from Fisherman’s Village, is is a favourite expat haunt and well-kept secret from the tourists. Pop into this quaint cafe, with art on the walls and handicrafts for sale, and you’ll see why there’s a steady flow from the time they open for … read the full post

Jan 14 2013

The PhanganProject, Ko Pha Ngan

Published by under Ko Pha Ngan

The community center area, inside Phangan Chai hotel

Years ago, His Majesty the King of Thailand declared Ko Pha Ngan to be a part of an organic island movement; that is, he asked Thai people to promote eco-friendly, organic activities on the island. The idea is honourable and ambitious, but unfortunately, until recently, besides a few organic farms that have slowly taken shape … read the full post

Jan 12 2013

Getting from Ko Tao to the mainland

Published by under Ko Tao

West Side

A new ferry service from Ko Tao has streamlined the process of getting from the island to any southern Thai mainland or west coast destination. Previously the journey involved was protracted and tiring but this new service offered by Lomprayah raises the bar and offers a much needed joint-ticket, southern and west coast connection. You … read the full post

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