On the southern coast of Koh Samui, approximately 35 minutes from the airport and 15 minutes from the town of Lamai, and a good 45 minutes from your villa at Coconut Resorts is the beach of Laem Set.
During the summer’s low tide season the reef is dry for up to 100metres just to the west of the Laem Set Beach, opening the beach and reef up to all sorts of activities such as beach volleyball, football or simply exploring the rock pools and uncovering shellfish, a safe and exploratory activity for children. Continue reading
The Muslim Fishing Village of Hua Thanon is renowned for a handful of fresh seafood restaurants, but its main attraction lies in the ancient cultures of the local fishermen.
Sawatdee pi maï (wan trut ciin)
THE YEAR OF THE RABBIT
A Chinese proverb states that all creations are reborn on New Years Day.
On February 3rd 2011, the Chinese year of 4079 begins its reign of rebirth, and its people commence the longest and most important celebration in the Chinese calendar.
Chinese months are determined by the lunar calendar, with each month beginning on the darkest day. New Year festivities traditionally start on the first day of the month and continue until the fifteenth, when the moon is at its brightest. In China, people may take weeks of holiday from work to prepare for and celebrate the New Year. There is an incredible amount of age-old tradition tied into this event, and we take the opportunity to join with this graceful culture in the pursuit of rejuvenating ourselves. Continue reading
If your stay is brief, Big Buddha Beach offers convenience due to its close proximity to the airport, as well as to boats chartered for Koh Phangan and Koh Tao.
From your resort at Coconut Beach, Big Buddha Beach takes you about 30 minutes to reach, if you are not distracted by the many markets, small hideaway coves, and girlie bars along the way. Continue reading
Dreaming of Koh Samui
Koh Samui, Thailand
Thailand is renowned for several unique treasures; it’s remarkable people and culture, the gastronomic pleasures of the Orient, the beauty of paradise lost and the most alluring beaches this planet has to offer.
Running along the far northeast corner of the island, Choeng Mon Beach consists of a number of beautiful, secluded bays jutting out from the rest of the island. As a result, this area is popular with families and for romantic visitors, without the busy nightlife of other beaches.
Bophut stands out as the only village on Samui that exudes authentic island charm. It consists of a single street lined with traditional shop-houses, many of which have been converted into restaurants, sales shops and guesthouses.
Lipa Noi & Baan Taling Ngam
South of Nathon, Samui’s west coast draws out into a series of bays that overlook the spectacular Angthong Marine Park, offering the most idyllic locations to watch the sun set into the sea. Continue reading
Along the sedate beaches of Maenam range an array of cheap bungalows to top end resorts, giving the area an abundance of different visitors from around the globe. The beach itself is a huge horseshoe of soft sand that offers a spectacular view of the neighbouring island of Koh Phangan.
Lamai has often been referred to as Samui’s second beach, but there are many who believe it has a greater beauty than that of Chaweng. The waters are excellent for swimming and the beaches and streets are less crowded. The southern end of the bay features elegant granite boulders while the beach itself seems endless. The nightlife in Lamai tends to be slightly more adult oriented than in Chaweng, but it hosts some excellent restaurants and bars scattered along its strip. Accommodation options here range from high-class resorts to basic bungalows. The surrounding area notably hosts some of the islands best spas and health resorts available, as this is the landing ground of the health gurus from the 60’s. Continue reading
Chaweng is the longest and by far the most popular beach on Samui. It is also the largest tourist centre, boasting hundreds of hotels and bungalows that stretch out along its fine white sands, as well as inland. 5-star luxury resorts share the space with more economical accommodation choices, along with a 5-kilometre street of stalls and shops that sell everything Thailand is famous for. Prices are a little higher here than in other areas of the island, but the range of choices in food, accommodation and entertainment is impressive, making this beach and its surroundings the centre of activity for many visitors.
If this is your first experience in the Gulf of Thailand, on a remote beach, surrounded by nothing more than sand and surf, then you are most likely on the beaches of Bang Por, or what locals refer to as Coconut Beach. For the traveller that is versed in the tropics and islands that carry tourists into realms of the unbelievable, even here you will find solitude beyond your imagination.
Koh Samui is without doubt a tourist destination. For some it holds the capacity to be one of the greatest places in Thailand, for others a comforting home away from home.
Don’t grow up to quickly,
lest you forget how much
you Love the beach!
the beaches of Koh Samui
This tropical island is basically divided into beaches, each one maintaining its own special atmosphere and unique attraction. Samui is small enough to drive around in about an hour, but has a multitude of attractions to keep people occupied and interested for months on end. The major road, the island’s ring road, circumvents the main body, while smaller roads track off to various places of interest and accommodation. There is something for everyone on Samui. Continue reading