Feel The Heat. The burning facts about sunning yourself on Samui.

Feeling The Heat

The burning facts about sunning yourself on Samui.

We’ve all heard the famous story about Coco Chanel returning from a holiday in the 1920’s from the French Rivera, and how the formerly looked-down-upon darker skin aesthetic became in-fashion overnight. Previously associated with those who worked in outdoor manual labour, a tan became a sign of affluence, signifying that you had enough money and free time to go on luxurious holidays – no doubt ones where you’d spend your days lounging by a private swimming pool, being waited on hand and foot by a banana-hammock-wearing cabana boy. Or at least that’s what you’d tell your friends.

Unfortunately, it’s famously easy to get sunburnt rather than suntanned, and return looking more red-raw than golden goddess (or god). That patch you missed when applying sunscreen, the leg you accidentally wiped the sunscreen from, or even your whole body, which you assumed would be fine because, “it’s cloudy, how strong can the sun be?” Yes, we’ve all been there. And many people underestimate the strength of the Southeast Asian sun, resorting to sunscreen only after they realise that their skin is in fact not impenetrable to its harsh rays. But blistering sore skin is no fun.

The symptoms of sunburn are fairly well-documented; redness, swelling, pain, blisters and peeling skin. And if it’s really bad; fever, chills and weakness. None of which are pleasant. Most people apply a rich moisturiser or aloe vera after-sun lotion to soothe the burning sensation, but other ways to dull the pain include taking a cold bath, and of course avoiding the sun until your skin has healed. When it’s really bad, a topical pain reliever and a couple of ibuprofen could help you feel human again too.”

Feeling The Heat. Whilst it may be a funny to tease your friend for their ridiculous tan lines, skin cancer’s no laughing matter.

Whilst it may be a funny to tease your friend for their ridiculous tan lines, skin cancer’s no laughing matter. The Skin Cancer Foundation recently revealed that 42% of people get sunburnt at least once a year, which doesn’t really sound like that much, but when you consider that if a child or adolescent gets one or more blistering sunburns in their life they more than double their chances of developing melanoma later, it becomes a statistic worth a second thought. Furthermore, five or six sunburns at any age also double the risk of melanoma.

And let’s not forget another of the well-documented effects of sunburn; aging of the skin. It’s an undisputed fact that excessive exposure to the sun accelerates the speed at which your skin cells degenerate, causing wrinkling and sagging. And yet, it’s often the most looks-conscious of people that you’ll find religiously baking in those damaging rays. It seems that there‘s something of a mental disconnect for some people when it comes to the long-term harmful effects of the sun. Perhaps they’re too blinded by the short-term goal of achieving golden skin to think about the much further away, less tangible onset of accelerated aging.

The average holidaymaker applies their sunscreen as and when they arrive at the deckchair. But they’re already in the sun at that point and will be unprotected for a further 20 minutes post-application, because that’s how long sunscreen takes to activate. Another thing to bear in mind is that sunscreen filters the sun, it doesn’t block it, so even when you’re wearing it, you’ll still be getting damaging rays from the sun. A broad-spectrum SPF 30+ cream will filter about 96.7% of the UV radiation, meaning more than 3% is still getting through to your skin. It is this fact that inspired governments to implement a universal name-change, from ‘sunblock’ to ‘sunscreen’ – the word ‘block’ was misleading.

Feel The Heat. One classic faux pas committed by holidaymakers is the time of day they choose to expose themselves to the sun. Namely, the hottest part.

When buying your protective cream, be ingredient-savvy; not all sunscreens are created the same. It’s worth knowing a few facts before you make your choice, and it’s about more than just SPF numbers. Firstly, you must make sure to choose one that protects against both UVA and UVB rays, otherwise known as broad-spectrum sunscreen. Additionally, be wary of the ingredients oxybenzone and retinyl palmitate (a type of vitamin A), because although FDA approved, they may increase the risk of skin cancer. It’s also worth mentioning that sunscreen does go ‘off’. So make sure to check the use-by date on the bottle when you buy it, and then again if it’s been a while since you used it last.

One classic faux pas committed by holidaymakers is the time of day they choose to expose themselves to the sun. Namely, the hottest part. The average time people wake up at on vacation is a little later than normal, a leisurely buffet breakfast usually ensues, and then they hit the pool – just in time for the day’s harshest rays. It’s recommended that you stay out of too much direct sunlight between the hours of 10:00 am and 4:00 pm. Perhaps during that time you can indulge in a spot of shopping, a long lunch or even an afternoon nap.

At the end of the day, it’s not rocket science. If you don’t want to get burnt then do as the Aussies do; “Slip, Slop, Slap! Slip on a shirt, slop on sunscreen and slap on a hat.”

Christina Wylie

 

 

 

Splish Splash! Songkran - the world’s largest water fight

Splish Splash!

Songkran - the world’s largest water fight. OK. So you want the number one reason to visit Thailand? Well, in a word - Songkran. That’s if you’re fond of water! And who wouldn’t be during the hottest and driest part of the year. The word Songkran comes from the Sanskrit words meaning ‘New Year’, and it’s the celebration of the Lunar New Year in Thailand. It’s the largest water festival in the world, where thousands of people take to the streets to cleanse their souls and enjoy the community spirit. Held on the 13th, 14th and 15th of April, it’s three days of complete pandemonium throughout the country, although in some areas the celebration continues go on for as long as seven or ten days. People line the streets armed with hosepipes, big barrels, buckets and water guns full of ice-cold water, waiting for all who pass by.

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Naturally Reserved. Why The Tongsai Bay is one of the island’s most outgoing resorts.

Naturally Reserved

Why The Tongsai Bay is one of the island’s most outgoing resorts. It’s something that mostly we just don’t do. Why should we? There’s not a lot of reason, really. We check on the internet for holiday bookings and good value. Then we research a bit more. And all the time our eyes are looking for a bargain of some sort – a special offer or a great deal. But we just don’t bother to go into the history of these resorts. And, for the majority of cases, that’s because we just don’t expect the resort to have any history; most of them don’t! But if we pause to consider for a moment, then it’s a completely different story with The Tongsai Bay.

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Understanding the Thai culture of spirit houses.

In Good Spirits

Understanding the Thai culture of spirit houses. You’ll see them everywhere. Ornate and colourful doll-size houses on stilts, strategically positioned outside every home, business, school and in public areas. Other than making great photo opportunities for tourists, what is behind these impressive little structures that resemble miniature temples?

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Via Vai Italian restaurant is full of surprises.

The Via To Vai

Via Vai Italian restaurant is full of surprises. Fact #1 – Samui has more restaurants per city-square-metre than any other city. Fact #2 – Chaweng has more restaurants than anywhere else on the island. Take both of these into account and it’d take you forever to sample the fare of every eatery in Chaweng alone! And fact #3 – a customer survey last year revealed that there appears to be 5% awful restaurants which nobody would ever want to return to; 90% which range all the way from disappointing to pretty good; and 5% which are excellent, have top-notch cuisine and service, and customers come back to several times during their holiday. But that’s a lot of facts and figures. So read it again, and ponder on what this reveals. And then carry on reading about Via Vai – as it’s one of that top 5%.

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The International School of Samui believes in developing children that are ‘all-rounders’.

Well-rounded

The International School of Samui believes in developing children that are ‘all-rounders’. Few would disagree that a good education is important. And in today’s competitive world, young school-leavers need every advantage in the fight for a good job, or a place at a reputable tertiary education institution.

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When it comes to local colour, it’s hard to beat Bob Wiedijk, the ‘human jukebox’!

Color Me Bob

When it comes to local colour, it’s hard to beat Bob Wiedijk, the ‘human jukebox’! It all depends on what you want. A part of this is about where you go, too. As a visitor, touring about the bars and hotspots of Chaweng in search of beer and foot tapping, the chances are that you’re going to miss-out to a certain extent. However, if you’re a) here for more than ten days or b) feel the need for more than just the Soi Green Mango experience, then we’ve got some common ground. Because, once you go outside of Chaweng, a whole new vista opens up. Although you need to know where to go and where to look.

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Bandara Resort and Spa’s Chom Dao restaurant has perfected the beach BBQ buffet.

Oh!-ceanside Dining At Its Best

Bandara Resort and Spa’s Chom Dao restaurant has perfected the beach BBQ buffet. Monday nights are worth keeping open. That’s when Bandara Resort and Spa in Bophut (just outside Fisherman’s Village) hosts its weekly beach BBQ at Chom Dao restaurant.

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Where to find a good read on the island – and what to do with your books afterwards!

All Booked Up

Where to find a good read on the island – and what to do with your books afterwards! You’ve finally made it to the airport. It’s quite exciting really, now that the time is finally here. Your bags have been on the bedroom floor for a week, with extra bits being tucked in and taken out: the list of needful things has been triple checked (twice), the same with your travel documents. Baggage weights have been agonised over, the gas and water are turned off; doors and windows all locked; you’ve booked into the long-stay car park, checked-in your bags and, finally, flumped down with a huge sigh. There’s another 90 minutes to kill now before boarding so, after a while, you do what we all do. You get out your plastic and cheerfully indulge yourself by stocking up with all the latest bestsellers that you’ve been looking forward to. It’s part and parcel of the whole holiday thing, after all.

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Since 1995, Blue Stars Kayaking has been wowing visitors with their tours to the Angthong National Marine Park.

Star Attraction

Since 1995, Blue Stars Kayaking has been wowing visitors with their tours to the Angthong National Marine Park. Every holiday has that one special day that you remember. One that stands out from the rest, set deep in the memory bank forever. You add it to the list of special moments you draw on when you need to think ‘happy thoughts’ or take yourself back to that ‘special place’ when you’re having a bad day.

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Impiana Resort let us in on their big plans for change. Sometimes change is a good thing.

A Room With A View

Impiana Resort let us in on their big plans for change. Sometimes change is a good thing. As lovely as Impiana Resort’s Tamarind Bar & Lounge is, the changes planned by management will put this relaxed restaurant on the map as the ‘place to go’ in Chaweng Noi. A chat with Resort Manager, David Xavier, and Assistant Marketing and Events Manager, Diah Intan Maulidya, revealed what we can expect from the new-and-improved venue, after renovations take place during the off-season of April and May.

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Poppies Samui was the island’s first boutique resort and is still going strong today!

Success Story

Poppies Samui was the island’s first boutique resort and is still going strong today! This month is the 40th anniversary of Poppies. Well, I admit, I’m being dramatic. To be exact, it was 40 years ago today that Sergeant Poppy taught the band to play – but that was Poppies Bali! This was the original resort, created by Englishman John Taylor. But the concept, unique at the time, took root and grew. Initially a small but thriving restaurant, catering to the adventurous travellers of those times, this was lovingly expanded by John into a beautifully serene garden built around the restaurant and then, over the next few years, a series of thatched and modest accommodations were gradually added. And in the 1980’s John came to visit Samui.

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Gems Lounge Restaurant offers a sophisticated private dining experience, with views to match the setting.

Soar With The Eagles!

Gems Lounge Restaurant offers a sophisticated private dining experience, with views to match the setting. Why gobble with turkeys when you could soar with the eagles? This is a saying that comes to mind when visiting 9Gems Lounge Restaurant. It’s most certainly not an establishment that caters to the masses, and that’s not their goal. Rather, co-owner Khun Sathit Muangprom has created a lounge-cum-restaurant that could happily entertain movie stars, and here’s why.

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Five-star quality keeps getting better – as evidenced by Banyan Tree Samui!

The Top Of The Tree

Five-star quality keeps getting better – as evidenced by Banyan Tree Samui! It was easier ten years ago, back then, there were only a few. But today, when it comes to 5-star hotels, we’re spoiled for choice. According to TripAdvisor, there are now no fewer than 25 top-of-the-tree 5-star luxury resorts on Samui, with quite a few of them bearing the name of international luxury brands. That’s impressive by anyone’s standards, particularly on an island which is only a 20 kilometre hop from one side to the other!

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Let’s Relax Day Spa opened on Samui in January this year and is already being recommended in the Samui Spa Guide

Ticking All The Boxes

Let’s Relax Day Spa opened on Samui in January this year and is already being recommended in the Samui Spa Guide. It’s generally considered that if a spa isn’t in the Samui Spa Guide, that it means one of two things. The first is simply that the spa isn’t of the required standard to be recommended. And the second is that the spa is within a resort and is merely another ‘amenity’ for its in-house guests and that outsiders, although accepted, aren’t really encouraged.

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When it comes to excursions there are few more relaxing things than to bait-up and go fishing!

A Reel Splash

When it comes to excursions there are few more relaxing things than to bait-up and go fishing! You’ll find it everywhere that there’s a coastline. And, where there’s not, then it’s all going on in the rivers and the lakes. Samui hasn’t got any of these. But what we do have is a coastline, and it goes all the way around. And so it’s hardly surprising that you’ll find all sorts of fishing going on around the island. There’s hardly a jetty or a clump of rocks that won’t also feature a guy with a rod, at one time or another. And then there’s all sorts of other fishing, too, from day-trip snorkelling to the more purposeful aspects of game fishing. It all depends if you’re in it for fun or you’re serious about the sport.

Read more about fishing around Samui

Samui Lapidary has been supplying the island’s visitors with finely crafted jewellery for 26 years.

Set In Stone

Samui Lapidary has been supplying the island’s visitors with finely crafted jewellery for 26 years. Khun Lek is a very dynamic woman. Long before Samui became known as one of Thailand’s top tourist destinations she saw the potential and opened her first jewellery store on the island 26 years ago. In fact it was not only her first store, but Samui’s first jewellery store too. She grew the business to five stores in Nathon, before amalgamating into the one superstore that can be found on the ring-road at the western end of Maenam opposite The Farmer Restaurant – which, by the way, she owns too.

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The burning facts about sunning yourself on Samui.

Feeling The Heat

The burning facts about sunning yourself on Samui. We’ve all heard the famous story about Coco Chanel returning from a holiday in the 1920’s from the French Rivera, and how the formerly looked-down-upon darker skin aesthetic became in-fashion overnight. Previously associated with those who worked in outdoor manual labour, a tan became a sign of affluence, signifying that you had enough money and free time to go on luxurious holidays – no doubt ones where you’d spend your days lounging by a private swimming pool, being waited on hand and foot by a banana-hammock-wearing cabana boy. Or at least that’s what you’d tell your friends.

Read more about sun tanning

Exploring Thailand’s only rum distillery: ‘Magic Alambic’ in the deep south of Samui.

It’s A Rum Do

Exploring Thailand’s only rum distillery: ‘Magic Alambic’ in the deep south of Samui. Legendary alcohol – now there’s a thought! Single malt scotch springs to mind. Or the fabled Kentucky bourbons. Of course there are a thousand-and-one wines, but here we’re talking romance and legend, images of remote Scottish glens ringing with the clash of broadswords. Was there ever a treaty signed or a monarch invested, over a glass of Thunderbird? No, it was a premium whisky or a brandy of antiquity.

Read more about Samui rum

Seeing a buffalo fight is a must. It’s gently, wonderfully, funny!

Buffalo Soldiers

Seeing a buffalo fight is a must. It’s gently, wonderfully, funny! I remember a French friend telling me about the fracas he once had in Algeria. He and his wife were driving to Algiers. They pulled into a petrol station to fill their tank – at exactly the same time as another car came in. My friend climbed out of his car and went to the pump. So did the driver of the other car. They both put their hands on the pump at the same time. Words were exchanged. Nobody wanted to back down. The other driver became angry – and then threatening. He started to shout. My friend remained cool – he was French after all, and anyway he was there first. The Algerian was waving his arms about and yelling. He went to his car and came back with a big spanner and waved it in the air. So my friend punched him on the nose. The Algerian fell down.

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An overview of what’s made Hansar Samui one of the most popular venues on the island.

The View Over Hansar

An overview of what’s made Hansar Samui one of the most popular venues on the island. Times have really changed. And for the better, too. When I was a young man, it was simply a question of going to a travel agent in the high street and deciding between hundreds of tiny brochure pictures. And we never knew what we were going to end up with – holiday upsets were accepted as normal. But now there’s the internet. You Google it and check the websites first. And then the most important bit (and something I really wish we had all those years ago), you talk to people who’ve been there and stayed there. Well – you let them talk to you! You check on the loved-and-hated TripAdvisor. It’s hated by all those places who think they’re better than they really are. And it’s loved the world over by people like you and me! And when it comes to TripAdvisor and Hansar Samui, you’ll see nothing but beaming faces all round.

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Exploring Hua Thanon; one of Samui’s unspoiled secrets.

Going Down South

Exploring Hua Thanon; one of Samui’s unspoiled secrets. One of the best things about Samui is that it’s a blend of the old and the new. Not so far from the hypermarkets and fast food chains you’ll find small local shops. And for every beach that’s filled with wandering vendors and jet skis, there are another ten that are remote and unspoiled. Perhaps one day it might eventually turn into another Ibiza, although I doubt it. But, until that day comes, none of us are ever very far away from the old flavours of Thailand.

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Maps of Koh Samui

Samui, Samui Archipelago and Thailand Maps

Orientate yourself on the island. These maps are produced and constantly updated by Siam Map Company Ltd. and are trusted for their accuracy. As well as the complete Samui map, in this section you will also find detailed section maps of the busiest areas of Samui, the surrounding islands and a map of the whole Kingdom.

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Pampering on Samui - Samui Spa Guide

Pampering on Samui

Let our spa guide be inspiration on just how and where you plan to unwind and be pampered. From aromatic steam baths to herbal body masques, Samui's spas and retreats offer the utmost in rejuvenating body treatments. Read stories and reviews about individual spas in this section to prompt your choice of pampering.

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Dining on Koh Samui

Dining on Samui

Eating and traveling go hand in hand, and discovering a new location is all about trying new foods. This section contains a compilation of restaurant reviews to guide you through the island's culinary minefield to ensure that each dining experience is one worth remembering – for the right reasons.

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Samui Directory

Samui Directory

Samui's premier business guide contains comprehensive listings of local businesses A to Z - accommodation to zip-lining. Find postal addresses and telephone numbers, email and website info too.

Need contact information? Click here...
Samui in Brief

Samui in Brief

Why Samui? What makes this tropical island in the Gulf of Thailand so popular, welcoming around one million tourists annually via air and ferry. An overview of this amazing island of coconuts, its beaches, and what it has to offer the holidaymaker.

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Weather on Koh Samui

Samui Weather

When is the best time to visit Samui weather-wise? Check here to find out. Should you book that boat trip for tomorrow, or would an indoor day of massage and pampering be a better option? Make the most of your holiday by planning around the weather.

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Samui Archipelago

Samui Archipelago

It’s pretty good being on a paradise island. But what’s better than one paradise? Well four, of course! And that’s what you’ve got on Samui. The cluster of islands that make up the archipelago include Koh Samui, Koh Phangan, Koh Tao and the Angthong Marine Park – and across all are pristine beaches and sparkling blue waters.

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Samui Sports and Activities

Samui Sports and Activities

Tired of lazing under a coconut palm? Not to worry, Samui will not disappoint adrenaline junkies and fitness freaks alike. Golf, stand-up paddling, Muay Thai training or football to mention but a few - Samui has it all.

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Samui Attractions & Excursions

Samui Attractions & Excursions

See Samui from a boat as you circumnavigate the island, or zip-line through the forest canopy seeing the island from a Gibbon's perspective; there is so much more to Samui than its beautiful beaches. Fancy learning how to cook a Thai meal? Feeling cultural? The days are just waiting to be filled with adventure.

Read about where to go and what to see...

Prices on Koh Samui

Prices On Samui

In order for you to plan your budget, we’ve compiled a list of what you can expect to pay for certain items, services and entrance fees so there are no unpleasant surprises.

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Learing new skills on Koh Samui

Learning New Skills on Samui

Some say, there’s no better way to stay young than to keep learning. And when you’re on holiday and relaxed, that’s a good time to learn a new skill, be it a one-day cooking course, or something a little more involved. Here’s a round-up of some of the courses available on Samui.

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Samui Wedding

Samui Wedding

Whether a simple beach wedding in sandals and sarong is your dream, or perhaps a lavish affair complete with ten monks, an elephant and a jazz band, Samui makes the perfect location to say 'I do'. As a relatively cheap travel destination, it is also easy for friends and family to join in the celebrations.

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Samui Nightlife & Entertainment

Samui Nightlife & Entertainment

From boa and glitter-clad ladyboy cabaret shows to off-key singing and laughs at the karaoke bars, Samui has much to offer in the way of nightlife. Whether a few beers at the local pub with friends is your thing, or you prefer to rock it up with a DJ's vibes, Samui's nightlife has what you are looking for.

Read about where to have a good time...

Shopping on Koh Samui

Samui Shopping

Shopaholics will not be disappointed with what Samui has to offer. The island may not have big malls (yet), but this does not mean that those in need of a little retail therapy can't cure this craving. Remember to bargain at market stands, and always do so with a smile.

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Samui Safety and No-No's

Health, Safety & No-No's on Samui

Some advice on how not to upset the locals, and how to avoid getting upset yourself. Here we give you the inside scoop on fitting in like a local. Samui is probably one of the safest places you could travel to. But that's not to say there aren't a few things to keep in mind. Please take our advice to heart, and enjoy your holiday with no mishaps.

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Annual Festivals

Annual Festivals

There are several festivals both cultural and religious held annually in Thailand, but the most interactive from a foreigner's perspective are Loy Krathong, and Songkran. Here we give you a taste of what happens during the festivals, so you can plan your holiday to coincide with them, and enjoy the cultural experience.

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Samui Accommodation

Samui Accommodation

Whether you are looking for little more than a hammock stretched between two palms to call your own, or the ultimate luxurious holiday pad complete with private chef - Samui has it on offer. Family friendly? Honeymoon? Yoga retreat? The choice is endless.

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Getting to Samui

Getting to Samui

As Samui is an island, it goes without saying that flight or ferry are your only options. Here you will find advice on not only the quickest and easiest way to reach Samui by air, but also budget options that involve trains, busses and finally ferries. It doesn't matter HOW you get here, just get here!

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Getting Around on Samui

Getting Around on Samui

From using your own flip-flop clad feet, to hiring scooters and jeeps, from going local-style in a songthaew to sitting pretty in the back of a taxi. Here you'll find advice on how to get around when exploring Samui's wonderful interior, beaches, resorts, restaurants and attractions.

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Visa Requirements

Visa Requirements

How long can you stay in the land of smiles without a visa? What type of visa do you need? How do you go about getting one? All these questions and more are answered here.

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Samui History

History & Culture

You are not the first to visit Samui, and you will not be the last. So who discovered the island, and when did it become a popular place for 'Farangs' or westerners to visit? History buffs can find out more on the local history here.

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Living on Samui

Living on Samui

Many people visit Samui on holiday, only to fall in love with the island, and on the plane ride home, they start dreaming of ways to make moving to the island a reality. Of course, holidaying in a place and living there are completely different, and there are practicalities to consider.

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What do you think? Visitor's Comments.

Your Comments

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Read the online version of our stunning large format glossy magazine prior to your visit and once here, pick up a printed copy available free all over the island. Here our writers bring you interesting stories of our island paradise, offering inspiration on what to do and where to go in a light-hearted story style.

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Eating and traveling go hand in hand, and discovering a new location is all about trying new foods. This section contains a compilation of restaurant reviews to guide you through the island's culinary minefield to ensure that each dining experience is one worth remembering – for the right reasons.

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Search the on-line version of Samui Directory - Samui's premier business guide. Here you will find comprehensive listings of local businesses from accommodation to water-sports, with postal addresses and telephone numbers, as well as email and website addresses.

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Let our spa guide be inspiration on just how and where you plan to unwind and be pampered. From aromatic steam baths to herbal body masques, Samui's spas and retreats offer the utmost in rejuvenating body treatments. Read stories and reviews about individual spas in this section to prompt your choice of pampering.

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