Throughout the Kingdom of Thailand you will discover a plethora of historic and cultural sites, rituals and customs. The stunning wonders of Koh Samui and her sister islands will bring you back year after year to experience her beauty, and the decadence and splendor of her holiday facilities at the Coconut Resorts will bring you comforts that you have only dreamed of. There lurks with this beauty, creations borne from the minds of those whose dreams are far away from the shores and coconut trees that mark paradise.
This early 1970’s slogan in North America should now become the slogan for the prestigious holiday resort island of Koh Samui. Now, with millions of visitors stepping off the sandy beaches of Koh Samui and into the stunning blue waters of the Gulf of Thailand, there is a great danger of this 5-Star facility destination becoming a plastic bag and container graveyard. Continue reading
From the bow of the ferry that makes its way from the ports of the mainland at Suratthani, the south-western pinnacles of Koh Samui grace some of the finest and most bravely built resorts. But if you look beyond their golden gates, perched on the crests of the mountains which plummet to the shallows of the Gulf of Thailand below, the scenery rises far behind untouched, beckoning to those who have the skills to explore them on foot.
The third edition of “The ibis Koh Samui Trophy” brings the new, spectacular and fast growing sport of Adventure Racing to the South of Thailand. Supported by ibis Hotels, the Tourism Authority of Thailand, the Tourism Association of Koh Samui and the Thai Hotel Association of Koh Samui, this inaugural Adventure Race is set to attract 100 teams from around the world. Scheduled to take place on the 17th of September the race will start and finish from the magnificent Bophut Beach in front of the ibis hotel. Continue reading
With ever-growing pressures on its natural resources, the islanders of Koh Samui, especially tourism industry stakeholders, have taken a pro-active stance and are leading the charge to restore environmental quality.
Spearheaded by the Koh Samui Tourism Promotion Association, the Thai Hotels Association South-eastern Chapter and Samui Spa Association, with the full support of provincial authorities, the Ministry of Tourism and Sports (MOTS) and the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), the “Green Island Project – Koh Samui” was officially launched on June 18, 2007. Continue reading
South of Koh Samui is an archipelago of six small islands that are mostly uninhabited. One of these islands is Koh Matsum, which is about half an hour’s ride from Samui by long-tail boat. The appeal of the island lies not only in its fine beaches but environmentally in its unspoiled, green forests. The island is also a favourite of snorkelers due to its rich marine life dominated by vibrant soft coral.
Gazing thoughtfully out across the blue Gulf of Thailand, as you lounge in your seaside deck chairs of your resort, you may notice fisherman of Koh Samui carefully tracking their way through the coral reefs surrounding this paradise isle. Now you have been made aware that the coral reefs are sensitive, and a mere footprint will cause the living rock to die. Yet, here before you natives are making their daily rounds to collect fish and squid, oysters and clams for their hungry families. Continue reading
Have you ever noticed how you feel happier when you have a chance to sit or walk in the warm sun? Doesn’t just going outside on a sunny day calm your nerves and lift your spirits? By contrast, consider what happens and how you feel during the cold and dreary winter months. Many of us experience darker moods. We are more likely to become sick with colds and flu. We often gain weight and crave carbohydrates.
Your body needs sunlight just like it needs nutrients. Continue reading
The most favoured songbird used in Thai traditional singing contests on Koh Samui is the Red-Whiskered Bulbul, known in Thai as a ‘Nok Parod’ or ‘Nok Krung Hua Juk’. There are actually 36 breeds of this bird, of the family called Pycnonotus Jocosus, all of which are protected species in Thailand.
During the months of May, June, and July, you just might stumble upon a myriad of bird cages hung on long poles and surrounded by a throng of people gathered in one of the many clearings around the isle of Koh Samui. What you may not realise is exactly what all the commotion is about.
These are the traditional bird singing contests, and are a prestigious event on Koh Samui, as well as across the provinces of southern Thailand. Continue reading