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Hua Thanon and Ban Kao

Slip into the rhythm of this village market slightly south of Lamai; it’s a window into the food ways of southern Thailand. Vendors shoo away the flies from the freshly butchered meat and housewives load bundles of vegetables into their baby-filled motorcycle baskets. Follow the market road to the row of food shops delivering edible Muslim culture: chicken biryani, fiery curries or toasted rice with coconut, bean sprouts, lemon grass and dried shrimp.

 

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Ban Taling Ngam

Pristine jungle shrouded beaches and stunning views of Anthong Marine National Park combine to make Taling Ngam one of the most picturesque parts on the island. There are a couple of cheap bungalow options and a highly regarded seafood restaurant, Five Islands, but it is a 20-30 minute drive even from Nathon, the nearest town of any significance and almost an hour away from Chaweng. That said, if you’re after a relaxing, lazy, holiday above all else, Taling Ngam is hard to beat.  Given that the area is also fast becoming a residential property hotspot, this may not be the case for too much longer.

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Lamai

Lamai is a beach on the east coast of Ko SamuiThailand.

The southern third of the beach has the widest strip of sand, is the best for swimming, and has the most nearby eating and drinking and shopping options. To the north, the water doesn’t get deep enough for swimming until you’re quite some distance out, and the further north you go, the narrower and quieter the beach becomes, eventually becoming rocky towards the headland.

There is a significant number of girlie bars along the main street as well as in some side streets. They are most prevalent in the southern part of town, while the northern part is virtually free of them.

Minibus transfers between Lamai and Samui Airport cost about 150 baht/person; a private taxi charter costs around 300-400 baht.

A minibus from the ferry terminal (normally) sets you back 60 baht, but most tourists are asked (and do pay) 100 baht. See the Ko_Samui#By_bus section about how you may try to avoid that.

A songteow to and from the pier costs B70. Do not use as a private hire – just hop on as it comes and go with the location.

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Maenam

Mae Nam is known for it’s 7 km stretch of beach. The beach has white sand and is lined by coconut trees. The sea is typically calm, however there is a moderate drift and the water is not usually clear. Mae Nam actually means river, ‘mae’ meaning mother and ‘nam’ water.

Easy transfer from Bangkok with a 1h direct flight. A songthaew from Chaweng (50 to 100 baht) or Nathon (50 baht) is the cheapest option. Easy to find as the busy ring road stretches through Mae Nam.

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Chaweng

Chawing and Chaweng Noi is the largest and most popular of Samui’s beaches, and is usually divided into four sections: North Chaweng, Central Chaweng, South Chaweng and Chaweng Noi (Little Chaweng) which is around a headland and at the southern most tip of Chaweng. Chaweng Beach is approximately 7 km long, making it the longest beach on the east coast. It is lined with coconut trees and boasts year long, warm (temperatures range between 25-28°C.). The ocean brings a lot of debris on the Chaweng Beach and while most of it is natural, it still makes the beach look dirty. The beach tends to have bigger waves and stronger currents than most of the other beaches of Thailand. Visibility in the water is very poor.

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Choeng Mon

Choeng Mon is located on the north coast of Ko Samui, between Chaweng and Mae Nam.

Located eastwards past the airport turnoff is Choeng Mon. Choeng Mon is made up of a series of bays featuring white sandy beaches. Although only about 15 minutes north of Chaweng and 5 minutes from Big Buddha, the intervening coastline has kept the beaches quiet and the waters clean.Choeng Mon Beach is a small but magnificent bay. It features wide sandy beaches with a rock formation on one side and a small island you can paddle out to on the other. It’s is very family-friendly area, and being dominated by a handful of relatively upmarket resorts. Inexpensive accommodation is virtually non-existent.Despite its proximity to the other beaches, Choeng Mon is not very accessible as songthaews do not pass by very frequently. If you do not wish to spend cash on cab fare, hire a car or motorbike for the duration of your stay.

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Rainy Days Are No Less Fun In Samui

Being in a tropical region, rainy days are normal occurrences in Koh Samui. In fact, they are to be expected. That’s the deal in the tropics. So while you may be getting used to the heat and loving the natural tan you are getting, drops and drops of rain may start to put a halt on your scheduled tours and the day at the beach you have been looking forward to. If you woke up and you realize that you have a wet weather ahead, don’t worry. Rainy days are still fun in Koh Samui. These activities may not be included in your bucket list but they should keep you occupied and happy until the sun shines again.

 

Relax in bed all day.

Okay so we promised you fun but trust us when we say that even simple things like laying in bed wide awake can be relaxing when it is raining. In fact, the steady sound of water dripping may feel too soothing that you’d feel sleepy anyway. So put your activities on hold for a while and bask in the comfort of your King sized bed and snuggly pillows and listen to one of the best nature sounds there is—the sound of rain.

Have a hearty local meal.

It is interesting how a place’s cuisine reflects its culture and its climate too. While most Thai dishes are spicy, which is actually a trend in tropical countries because they are believed to be cooling since you sweat more when you eat them, a number of local dishes seem to be created for rainy days. Thai food such as curries, Tom Yam, and mango sticky rice are even more appealing when the weather is wet. Of course, don’t forget Thai noodle soup. A warm cup with the right balance of tasty broth, noodles, slivers of meat, and herbs is just what you need in times like this.

Get a spray on tan.

If a sun kissed complexion or a gorgeous tan is your ultimate goal in visiting Samui, don’t let the gloomy weather take away from your holiday. You can still get a good looking tan without doing it the natural way. Polina Pak Studio offers spray on tan services. After your session, you can parade around and show off your glowing skin with a fake tan that looks so real. Don’t worry, we won’t tell anyone.

Have an in-house spa treatment.

If it’s pouring heavy outside and you are in dire need of a makeover, a pedicure, or a massage, you can schedule an in-house spa treatment and nail service. A lot of luxury villas offer this so you need not head out to get your much needed body indulgences. Have a relaxing facial, a body scrub, or a Thai massage right in your own turf. Get your nails done and have a foot spa too.

Catch up on your favorite Netflix shows.

A Koh Samui rainy day is a good excuse to watch reruns of your favorite shows. A fan of Netflix series like House of Cards, Orange Is The New Black, and Stranger Things? Then get ready to catch up to the latest episodes or watch past episodes if you can’t get enough. You will be killing some time and be entertained for hours. It will cost you nothing too.

Play hide & seek.

Remember when you were kids and you are crazy about this game? Feel like a 6-year old again and invite everyone to a grown up version of hide & seek. Of course this would be fun if you are staying in a spacious private accommodation like a villa rental. Don’t do this at a resort or hotel though. It won’t be that fun plus the other guests might not appreciate the commotion.

Stay in and get drunk.

Hopefully you have stocked up on alcohol because you have plenty of time to catch up with everyone and get drunk. It is raining anyway so why not bond with your family and friends. Talk to them, play indoor games, and enjoy some beer. The weather may be down but if you spend it with your favorite people, it is still bound to be fun and memorable.

Bake.

The smell of baking cake or cookies will liven up everyone’s mood. If you have superb baking skills and your villa has a spacious kitchen and a working oven as well as baking tools like mixing bowls and trays, then spend the day making delicious treats for everyone. The smell of ingredients such as vanilla,butter, sugar, chocolate, and cinnamon as they cook in the oven will fill your holiday nest with deliciousness.

Have a storytelling session with the kids.

If it is your first time in Koh Samui and your kids are not used to this kind of weather, make their holiday memorable by engaging them in story books. Read to them, tell stories. They will love you for it.

Book a stay in a detox retreat.

If the weather report project days of rain ahead and you want to do something worthwhile in Koh Samui, you can book a stay in a detox facility. Detox, cleansing, and raw diet are big locally. They are pretty popular. Want to invest on your health, improve your energy, or start a healthy lifestyle? This is your chance. At a detox retreat, you will undergo a cleansing program and do other healthy activities such as breathing meditation, yoga, pilates, and chakra balancing. There are a number of good detox centers on the island but we are partial to The Source Samui. They use organic ingredients for their recipes and their facilities are good. If you are interested on their regimen but don’t want to stay there, you can purchase their programs online. Everything you need will be delivered to your resort or hotel.

The Source Samui

Address: , 179/12 Moo 4, Lamai, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 843

Go shopping at Central Festival Samui

If you really want to get out but at the same time want to be in a place where there is a lot to see, then go to Central Festival Samui. This is a lifestyle shopping center and has so many boutiques and dining stalls you can visit. This is located in Chaweng.

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Bangkok Airways re-launches China to Samui routes

Thailand’s boutique airline, Bangkok Airways is preparing to re-launch flight paths linking China to various destinations in Thailand. The carrier is particularly focused on re-establishing the link between China and the luxury  tourism hub that is Koh Samui.

In July 2016, Bangkok Airways re-launched its first mainland China service in seven years, according to a report in the Bangkok Post. There are now flights between Samui and Chengdu four times a week. New routes are also in the pipeline, including a flight path between Samui and Guangzhou which will begin in November. There will also be a new link between Samui and Chongqing, offering three weekly flights starting from December, according to the airline’s president Puttipong Prasarttong-Osoth.

Visitors from China, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia and India top the list of international arrivals to Thailand. It therefore follows that Bangkok Airways would place such a focus on introducing new flight paths to cater for visitors from one of its chief source markets.

In the first half of this year, the airline recorded a 22 percent growth in the number of Chinese visitors travelling to Koh Samui, and Chinese arrivals increased by 13 percent in the second quarter.

While Koh Samui has long been a high-end destination of choice for visitors from around the globe, the island’s businesses are keen to carve a special niche for Chinese visitors and avoid the intense competition and mass tourism trends seen in other holiday destinations across Asia.

Thanks to its reputation for high-end accommodation and a growing speciality for luxury boutique options, Koh Samui appeals to a more independent mind set. The island is also home to an impressive range of upscale private villas, and a growing number of Chinese visitors are choosing to stay in these private properties, which often rival hotels in terms of the selection of facilities on offer.

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Video Tour

Stunning views from “Unique” Koh Samui’s premier Destination Resort designed around a peaceful landscaped hillside in a received ambience of privacy and peace