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

Jul 13 2013

Extending your visa while on Samui

Published by under Practicalities

Don't think this 'Samui Passport' will work at immigration.

Should you want to stay in Thailand longer than your visa permits, you can extend it while on Samui. Here’s a rundown of how long you can extend and how to do it. Which visa you have will determine how much longer you can extend your stay. If you arrived with no visa and only … read the full post

Jul 02 2013

Review: Hacienda Beach Resort, Mae Nam, Ko Samui

Published by under Accommodation

Even pretty on an overcast day.

If you’re after a good value flashpacker to midrange Ko Samui bungalow on a stretch of quiet beach, with sunset views and walking distance to restaurants and bars — then you can’t go wrong with Hacienda Beach Hotel. Located right in the heart of Mae Nam village, near the Chinese temple and walking street market, Hacienda Beach Hotel — sister … read the full post

Jun 30 2013

Which diving course should you take after Open Water?

Published by under Ko Tao

What next?

You’ve completed your Open Water Course and fallen in love with diving, so what should you do next? There seems to be a dizzying array of options. Here’s a rundown of your choices on Thailand’s Ko Tao. The simplest thing by far would be to go diving. You’re not on a course, there are no … read the full post

Jun 22 2013

Review: Art Cafe, Ao Chaophao, Ko Pha Ngan

Published by under Ko Pha Ngan

art cafe haad chao pao

Ao Chaophao’s Art Cafe doesn’t look like much from the outside. But this charming little Ko Pha Ngan coffee shop, restaurant and lounge is testament to the old adage that you can’t judge a book by its cover. If you’re staying in Ao Chaphao, or passing through, Art Cafe makes a rejuvenating spot to spend a … read the full post

Jun 21 2013

Tennis and badminton on Samui

Published by under Sights & activities

Tennis in the tropics. Don't forget the sunscreen.

If you enjoy a good game of tennis and can brave the tropical heat, Ko Samui offers several places to play tennis, many of which are floodlit, enabling you to play in the evening when it’s cooler. The Samui Tennis Club is located just off the Ghost Road (the road that joins Bang Rak to … read the full post

Jun 21 2013

Bangkok’s Loy La Long revisited

Published by under Accommodation

Just lovely.

Here on Travelfish we’ve written about Bangkok’s Loy La Long before. Our man in Bangkok David Luekens waxed so lyrical about it — declaring it “his dream hotel” — that I just had to try it for myself. So on a recent trip through Bangkok I treated myself to two nights (must be thorough!) at … read the full post

Jun 13 2013

Finding vegan food on Ko Tao

Published by under Ko Tao

Roast Veggie Platter

Travelling in Southeast Asia and being vegan can sometimes be a bit challenging — many vendors and restaurants have a habit of adding animal-based ingredients even to food you’d like to just be vegetarian (albeit usually with good intentions). Here are some tips for sticking to a vegan diet on Thailand’s Ko Tao. The best … read the full post

Jun 13 2013

Review: The Sundays Sanctuary Resort & Spa, Bophut, Ko Samui

Published by under Accommodation

Not a bad place to lay your towel for the day.

The name says it all in this case. The Sundays Sanctuary is precisely a sanctuary, set back from the busy Ring Road in Bophut. It’s not often you’ll find such stylish accommodation at this price on Ko Samui, and what this resort loses from not being beachside, it more than makes up in tranquil appeal, … read the full post

Jun 09 2013

Review: Blue Ocean Garden, Ao Chaophao, Ko Pha Ngan

Published by under Ko Pha Ngan

Blue Ocean Garden resort

Couples looking for a great midrange bungalow on Ko Pha Ngan’s west coast need look no further than Blue Ocean Garden, located on Ao Chaophao, at the north end of the beach beside Pirate Bar. Three types of rooms, all air-con, are on offer at Blue Ocean Garden: standards plus garden and seaview bungalows. The … read the full post

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