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Silver Beach - Koh Samui

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WELCOME TO

KOH SAMUI The coconut island Koh Samui is the second largest island in Thailand after Phuket and one of the most popular destinations in Thailand. This is where you find wonderful white beaches and crystal clear waters combined with beautiful scenery. Regardless of what you expect of your stay, peace and quiet or more action you will find it on Samui. There is a wide variety of activities, adventure, diving, nightlife and shopping. The most popular beaches are Chaweng, Chaweng Noi, Lamai, Maenam and Bo Phut Beach. The most popular beaches can be found on the island’s north and east coast. Accommodation is available from simple bungalows to exclusive five star resorts and everything in between, the choice is yours. The range of restaurants on the island has been adapted to the wide audience but the focus is on seafood and serves freshly caught each day. There is a lot to see and do on the island, waterfalls, temples, unspoilt nature, aquarium and tiger zoo. Moreover, you can visit a monkey theater, snake and crocodile farm to name a few. Play golf at one of Thailands most spectacular corses, Santiburi Golf Course. Day trips to neighboring islands of Koh Phangan and Koh Tao which both are well worth your visit. Koh Tao (turtle island) is a paradise for those who like diving and once housed a prison (1933 to 1947), Thailands Alcatraz!

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FACTS ABOUT SAMUI 228 km2 Surat Thani 55.000 4 000 000 >500 Dec - Aug Sep - Nov 28째 27째

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By boat from Samui If you take the “fast ferry to Koh Phangan from Bo Phut Pier the trip takes about 30 minutes. It continue to Koh Tao and Koh Nang Ngyan, an additional 60 minutes (total 90 minutes). If you travel on a day trip you travel early in the morning to be back at Samui around 17:00. Ferry to Phangan / Koh Tao: Lomprayah High Speed ​​Ferries. Koh Tao, Koh Phangan and Koh Samui Tel: 077-238412 www.lomprayah.com

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Seatran Discovery Ferries. Koh Tao, Koh Phangan and Koh Samui. Tel: 077-246086 www.seatrandiscovery.com Songserm Boat. Koh Tao, Koh Phangan and Koh Samui. Tel: 077-375113 www.songserm-expressboat.com

Koh Phangan Haad Rin Nok

“Full Moon Party”

Haad Rin Nai

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Koh Phangan If you stay a few days at Phangan you should definitely take the opportunity to rent a longtail for a day to discover more of the stunning island.

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The different companies have departures from different destinations. You can travel from Bangkok and Hua Hin by bus to Chumphon, from there ferry over to the islands.

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Distance from Samui Airport 1. Chaweng Beach 3,3 km. 8 min. 2. Chaweng Noi 8 km. 19 min. 3. Lamai Beach 14 km. 32min. 4. Thong Krut Beach 27 km. 48 min. 5. Talingam Beach 31 km. 53 min. 6. Lipanoi Beach 29 km. 50 min. 7. Bang Po Beach. 16 km. 30min. 8. Maenam Beach 11km 23 min. 9. Bo Phut Beach 6 km. 12min.

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KOH SAMUI BEACHES Koh Samui - an idyllic and tropical paradise with a great mix of traditional Thai hospitality and quiet and laid-back existence. Samui has carefully followed the development to meet the modern travelers expectations. Samui is home to much more than luxurious hotels and resorts, restaurants, bars and shops and is waiting to be discovered by you. The beaches here are known just to be among the most beautiful and best in the world. You can also find secluded coves and magical hideouts - if you know where to look. We hope this beach-guide will make it easier to find what you are looking for, before your trip, or when you allready arrived. Now it’s up to you, good luck. Chaweng Beach The largest and most popular beach stretching almost five kilometers long and with many easy and luxurious resorts, hotels and guesthouses, and its not hard to find good restaurants located directly on the beach. Behind all the resorts you can find Chaweng Beach Road, lined with restaurants, bars, spas, shops, street stalls and more aesy food carts that serves delicious fresh food. The beach is a wonderful place for an early morning walk or jogging tour. At the southern end of the beach, Soi Reggae, we can find the entertainment area which also has couple Muay Thai boxing stadiums. And what about the temple guarded by carved wooden monkeys and big Laem Din market. All sorts of fresh food are delivered in the early morning and applies to the neighboring Dow Seafood Market where in the early morning is feverish activity, a nice place to visit for those who are early riser. Lamai Beach Lamai, the second most popular beach after Chaweng, stretches about four kilometers long and the water is usually clear and the beach perfect to roll out the towel on. Here families with children thrives like fish in water. There is also a wide range of accommodation to choose from, ranging from 5-star luxury to simple accommodation for those who want to save some Baht. Additionally there is a wealth of restaurants, bars, spas and health resorts.

There is free free Muay Thai events every Saturday and on the other side of the beach road is a water park for the kids (Coco Splash Waterpark). Wat Lamai is a meeting place and cultural center. There is a museum with buildings and artifacts from Samui and you can see how it looked before it was invaded by the mass-tourism. On Sundays you can enjoy the market “Walking Street” along part of the beach road. Outside Lamai city on the ring road, you will find the famous Hin Ta Hin Yai rock formations that must be perpetuated (bring camera) before you leave Samui. At the entrance to the rocks is an area of ​​ small shops and food stalls that are nice to walk around in. Mae Nam Mae Nam is nestled on the northern part of the island and stretches for several kilometers. The beach offers views of the neighboring island of Koh Phangan and when it is clear even to Koh Tao. A number of resorts and bungalows are scattered along the beach and many visitors love the place for its tranquility, the soft golden sand and the gorgeous views. From the side streets, you can follow the road over the mountains all the way to Lamai. Mae Nam has a market street (that you can find on Soi 4 ​​“Walking Street”). They are open every Thursday from afternoon and also houses a Chinese temple and a major Buddhist temple a few hundred meters from the ring road. A couple-three hundred meters into the mountains on Soi 5 is a stadium for Buffalo Fighting. Between Soi 5 and Soi 6 there is an early morning market and evening market near Soi 7. Santiburi golf course located in the mountains above Soi 7 is a must-visit for anyone who likes golf. A more spectacular and well maintained course is difficult to find and Santiburi is also the only 18-hole course on Koh Samui. There are plenty of bars and restaurants in Mae Nam, most of them on the side roads leading down to the sea. On the western end of the beach is the Lomprayah ferry where people travell to the nearby islands, several departures every day.

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SAMUBeach I guide Nathon Beach Samuis administrative center and the where the main port for ferries to and from the mainland (car ferries) are located. You can find some hotels but it is more of a city you are visiting for an afternoon, the hotels are better on the beaches north and east of the island of Samui. Just at the terminal there is a every-day local food market, open from afternoon to late evening. Along the “middle road” you can find old teak houses with small shops and a “walking street”, which is open on Saturdays. Along the one-way road that runs through the city are plenty of charming shops and restaurants who serves delicious food. Just off the main road, Soi 4, is an ornate Chinese temple with a nice garden. Near the far end of Nathon is a famous “open-air” restaurant serving their famous duck - a lot of guests around noon, which usually cater to it’s great! Bo Phut Beach Best known as “Fisherman’s Village”. Its a narrow street that runs along the beach. Old genuine teak wooden houses winds Samui locals lived several generations. Parts of it have been modernized over the years but there is still a place that is full of local small shops, international restaurants, bars and market stalls. Every Friday converted the street to the big “Walking Street” and you’ll find plenty of local delicacies. Accommodation is in small hotels, several 5-star luxury at the far end (west) but also more expensive rooms that start from 600 baht / night depending on season. The beach also has views of Koh Phangan and Koh Tao. Speed-boat departs from the pier to the Full moon party on Phangan which takes place there every month. Even if you do not live around Bo Phut is a place worth visiting. For restaurants, the small, charming shops and the lovely atmosphere that prevails. The restaurants range from luxurious to casual. We can recommend the Frog “The Frog” which is located right at the entrance to Fishermans Village, cheap, tasty and usually packed! Big Buddha and Wat Plai Laem The gigantic and magnificent golden Buddha statue that watches over the island from the northeast corner of Samui is one of the first things you see when you are flying in to Samui. It is at the height of a hill, on an island (Koh Farn) connected by a causeway and is the most famous image of the island. Many Thais pray in the temple and it is important to show respect. Remember to dress appropriately and act in a way that is expected when you are in and around the temple areas. There are some Thai restaurants and nice small shops around the temple. From the top of the hill, at the foot of the Buddha, you are given some beautiful views and along the road from it you can see another huge Buddha image at Wat Plai Laem. The area is frequented mostly by tourists and therefore pricing to be slightly high, which can be annoying. I had to pay 50 Baht for a coconut that otherwise costs to a maximum of 30 Baht, but what do you do when you just need a coconut ... :)

Rajja Ferry Port - Mainland

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Choeng Mon Beach Choeng Mon is located about 15 minutes from the center of Chaweng Beach but it feels like longer. Choeng Mon is a small town with a road running through the 20 or so restaurants and bars. The beach has long been a favorite of the locals because it is quiet and picturesque and safe place for swimming most of the year. There is accommodation in all price ranges, some of them are old-fashioned ‘beach bungalows’ at one end and most have views of the small island of Koh Farn Noi you can walk to when the tide is low. Bang Rak (Big Buddha Beach) Bang Rak Beach between Fishermans Village and Big Buddha. Here are some really great resorts and some private villas that are rented along the beach which stretches for several kilometers and has stunning views, maybe not the best beach and a lot of fishing boats can disturb the view. Many bars and restaurants line the main street. There are two piers, the closest to Big Buddha has daily ferries to Koh Phangan and Koh Tao and on to the mainland port of Chumphon (Seatran Discovery Link departs 08:00 and 13:30 from Samui to Phangan 30 minutes and 2 hours. Tao). From Chumphon there is VIP-buses to Hua Hin and Bangkok. The trip to Bangkok takes around 12 hours, with about half the travel time takes place on the boat. Just beside the ferry terminal in Bang Rak is one of the most visited fish markets on the island. Local fishermen arrive with their catch and trade is lively all day long. If you look at the other end of the town there is a shortcut to Chaweng Beach, a road called Soi Bond Kai (the locals dubbed “Ghost Rd.). Taling Ngam and Lipa Noi The southwestern part of the island is less known to us tourists. It is largely untouched with lots of secluded bays, most of them tend to be rocky. From the west coast has views of the famous “Five Islands” and some of the closest islands in the Angthong National Marine Park. Angthon is also an ideal place to visit when you get tired of the beach life. Day-trips runs all day that will create memories for a long time. Forget your camera? you have to blame yourself! In the western part of the island there are some hotels, private villas that can be rented and some nice local restaurants. You can also find several temples, including one with a mummified monk. Another ferry terminal (car ferry) is located at Lipa Noi, and an other one in Nathon. Ferries to and from Donsak on the mainland arrive and depart every hour from 5:00 am until 18:00. Along the ring road are several large waterfalls and a safari park with elephant trekking. Hua Thanon This predominantly Muslim village is home to the descendants of some of the island’s earliest settlers, sea-gypsies. There is still a thriving trade with the fishing fleet and fish market along the natural coastline that survived the ravages of time. Shortly after the village (from Lamai Beach), you can turn off the ring road to the left and the signs leading to the nearby Tiger Zoo and Aquarium. They have shows several times a day with tigers and lions. If you are lucky you may see tiger cubs that you can feed and cuddle with. On our visit there were cubs who were 2 months old, sweet, I can promise! If you continue on the road it will take you to the butterfly farm and Snake Farm. There is also a local Rom distillery that produces of rum from sugar cane. On your journey you will find many small cozy restaurants that are worth to be visited.

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Koh Phangan Make a daytrip or longer to the neighboring island, the gorgeous Koh Phangan

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Koh Phangan - one of Thailands most affordable islands! That Koh Phangan only should consist of young people and drugs dancing to heavy techno music is a myth. It must be conceded that the day-long celebrations occur but there is another side of the island too. Child-friendly beaches, luxurious accommodation and great snorkeling water. The beaches stretches like a string of pearls around the entire island. Are you good at figuring you will end up well over 20 of them! Koh Phangan is still seen as one of the most affordable islands in Thailand to visit. There is cheap accommodation close to the water and affordable restaurants to eat at. Phangan is ten years after Samui in their development, which has created a place that is more quaint by comparison. The important cultural and tourist Haad Rin Beach is popular during the full moon nights, but is worth visiting the rest of the month for its chaotic jumble of bars, clubs, restaurants and shops with various crafts. On the undeveloped and pristine beaches are only a few bungalows that disturbs the peace. The most exclusive of these are Thong Naipan Beach thanks to the island’s most luxurious resort Santhiya Resort and Spa and Panviman. Koh Phangan is located in south-eastern Thailand between the popular islands of Koh Samui and Koh Tao. If you are traveling by boat from Samui to Phanga, the trip takes around 45 minutes and another 90 minutes to Koh Tao. Thong Sala is the island’s “capital” and the place most people arrive to as there is the large port. Around the island more than 20 of stunning beaches, most are accessed through the newly laid concrete road while others can easily be reached from the water with a long tail boat. Opinions differ about the first settlers to Koh Phangan. Although most agree that the first people who moved to the island were Muslim, “sea gypsies” who traveled by boat from the Malay Peninsula. Today there are very few Muslim residents remained on the island. Phangan name comes from the word “Ngan” meaning “sand dune”. Not many know that Koh Phangan is affordable and a perfect island for families. There is more than 85 resorts affordable hotels and resorts on the island.

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Welcome to Koh Ma!

Maehaad Bay Resort

This small island just off Ao Mae Haad on Phangan’s northwestern tip has a pair of small but really beautiful beaches. During low tide a sand dune connects the island to the mainland that you can walk on. During high tide you will still be able to reach the island but your feet will maybe be wet! Unfortunately, we find some debris and piles of used bottles on the island, which is sad! But its a beautiful place to roll out your towel and brush up on your tan while you work your way through your favorite book, and to bring your snorkel gear coz this is one of the best places for snorkeling, best on the west side of the island. There should be one resort on the island, Koh Ma Dive Resort but not shore its open. If you are looking for some place to stay there are plenty to choose from at Mae Haad Beach and you will only have a few steps to walk if you want to discover Koh Ma... One beautiful resort is Maehaad Bay Resort, high season from 2,500Thb or more easy Maehaad Garden Inn from 500Thb/ night, your choise!

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Koh Tao

Koh Tao is about 70 km from the mainland and was used as a prison, from 1933 to 1947, to political prisoners from the “Bowaradech insurrection.” The isolated location in the Gulf of Thailand was a perfect place to keep prisoners, Thailand’s “Alcatraz”! After the prison closed permanent residents came, both from Samui and Phangan for fishing and settled on the island to harvest coconuts.

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Koh Tao - the turtle island Koh Tao has a deserved reputation for its natural beauty and rich marine life with wonderful coral reefs and tropical beaches to be found here. Koh Tao has become a popular island for many divers, but also for others who just want to spend lazy days on the beach, the island is a breathtaking paradise. A small island just north of Koh Phangan (90 min from Phangan and additional 45 min to Samui), which has become a popular destination for scuba divers and snorkelers around the world. Koh Tao means Turtle Island in Thai and has been given the name because of the turtles that was swimming here in thewaters in the past. It is also said that the island has the shape of a turtle, if you use your imagination properly! His Majesty King Rama V visited the island in 1899 and carved his signature in a large stone at the end of Sairee Beach. The stone is still there today. Visit Koh Tao to relax on the beaches, the island’s nightlife, easy shopping and of course to stretch your body into the crystal clear waters and for snorkeling and scuba diving! The most famous beaches is Haad Sai Ree, Mae Haad Beach and Ao Chalok. Hat Sai Ree is arguably the biggest tourist beach and is adjacent to the main pier, Mae Haad, on the island’s west side. The whole island is full of small beaches and some of them can be difficult to reach by land. A longtail boat can be a good idea if you want to explore the island properly! Mae Haad is where boats and ferries from the mainland or from neighboring islands connects, also the best place on the island for those who want to do some shopping.


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Nanguyan Scenic Spot

Welcome to Nang Yuan Island! Koh Nang Yuan is a small island located northwest of Koh Tao. Actually, the island consists of three small islands tied together with a long sandy stretch. Nang Yuan is a very popular destination for snorkeling enthusiasts and divers. The island feels very Thai and when you arrive you will be greeted by a long wooden bridge built on piles. The bridge takes you between the big rocks to the beach where you can enjoy sunbathing and swimming or/and snorkelling. Nang Yuan beaches Koh Nang Yuan is a great beach that conects the three islands which are full of small coral pieces in every conceivable form. It is forbidden to bring the corals from the island, they belong here. From the dune you have water on both sides, but the right side is the best for snorkeling with magestic different corals. The water is crystal clear and beautiful turquoise, very inviting! Koh Nang Yuan by night Koh Nang Yuan is a quiet island with no bars. There is basic food on the resort restaurant on the island, and If you are kind, they may mixe you a drink too! Here you can enjoy a very quiet holiday, except during the daytime when all the tourists arrive... Dive and snorkel Due to the clear waters of Nang Yuan snorkeling is absolutely fantastic here. You do not need to take many steps from the beach before the coral reefs begins and all the colorful fish swimming under you. It is impressive that they swim so close! Getting to Nang Yuan Koh Nang Yuan is but a 10-15 minute journey from the west side of Koh Tao. Advertised speed boat and mega-catamaran Lomprayah offers a package day trip, cheapest and easiest option is to charter a longtail. There is a boat-taxi-stand during the daytime at Lotus Bar. The price is 200 Baht roundtrip. Remember to settle a return time with your driver. If you have a Thai phone you can swap numbers and call when you would like to go back to Koh Tao. Accommodation There are resort on the island, Nang Yuan Island Dive Resort which offers accommodation in all different price ranges, from 1,000Thb low season and double high season! You’ll stay in small cabins perched in the hillside with a great view over the island and ocean! The resort has its own restaurant and offers diving excursions. 19


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DIVING AROUND KOH TAO Still, one can hear that Koh Tao is referred to as the Turtle Island. The shape of the island is said to resemble a turtle (with a lot of imagination). Koh Tao has a deserved reputation for its natural beauty and rich marine life of the coral reefs and tropical beaches to be found here and has become a popular island for many divers, but also for others who just want to spend lazy days on the beach, the island is a wonderfully beautiful place.

Dive spots

Aow Leuk Depth 2m-12m Aow Leuk is a shallow dive site and great for student divers to practice their skills. A good option for fun divers is to get dropped off at Hin Ngam (on the way into Aow Leuk) as it offers a wider variety of marine life and is also a little bit deeper. Chumphon Pinnacle Depth 14m-35m Regarded as one of Koh Tao’s best dive sites when conditions are good, Chumphon Pinnacle is located within a 40 minute boat journey away from the island. This is a dive site you must visit during your stay on Koh Tao. You can see many huge shoals of fish, and this is where you have the best chance of seeing a Whale Shark. Check Twitter @roctopus for sightings. Green Rock Depth 12m-20m Green Rock is a great dive site to explore. It offers many ‘swim throughs’, great corals, and enough marine life to make you come back for more. Hin Wong Pinnacle Depth 10m-28m This dive site is a good alternative to Chumphon Pinnacle as it’s usually quiet. Located on the East side of the island it’s made up of many large boulders, so there are plenty of places for the fish to hide.

Sail Rock Depth Surface-40m This is the best dive site in the Gulf of Thailand. A very impressive place that attracts a huge amount of marine life. This site is not visited every week as it’s a 2 hours boat journey to get there. Send us a message to find out when the next trip is. Shark Island Another ‘must see’ dive site during your visit to Koh Tao. At Shark Island you don’t see any sharks (it got it’s name due to the shape of the island looking like a shark fin) but you will see everything else you could possibly want to see on Koh Tao. Southwest Pinnacle Depth 5m-28m This dive site is very similar to Chumphon Pinnacle. It consists of one main pinnacle which is surrounded by smaller pinnacles. See if you can find the ‘secret pinnacle’. Twins Depth 10m-18m Twins is the most popular dive site on the island. It’s small, quite shallow, and offers a big selection of fish life and corals. You should also explore Buoyancy World (located to the north) which is a group of sculptures and buoyancy aids… definitely something you don’t see very often underwater! White Rock 10m-20m Another popular choice. White Rock is one of the biggest dive site around Koh Tao and will need more than one dive to truly explore.

Japanese Gardens Depth 2m-14m Japanese Gardens is a popular dive site and another good choice for beginner divers. Located around Koh Nang Yuan, it contains many different varieties of hard corals, and resembles a garden – hence the name. Mango Bay Depth 2m-12m This beautiful secluded bay offers some good shallow water diving. You can explore both sides of the bay or do a ‘drop off’ on your way into the it (preferred by fun divers) Red Rock Just around the island from Japanese Gardens, Red Rock is a small pinnacle that comes up to just below the surface of the water. If you go to Red Rock, you need to swim to the coast and find Nang Yuan Cave. It’s one of the more beautiful swim-throughs on Koh Tao and should not be missed.

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Big Buddha Samui’s most popular attraction. The Big Buddha is about 12 meters high and was built in 1972 by the local community on Samui to give visitors a place to pay their respects to the Buddha. This monumental landmark on the island’s north shore and seen several kilometers away. Already when arriving by air, you will be able to see this extravagant landmark.

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Discover the other beaches Dont spend all your vacation at same beach at your stay in Samui. Take the opportunity to discover other beaches and maybe get a new favorite that you just have to get back to very soon ... Silver Beach is one of our favorites. Usually pretty sparse on the beach.

Big Rock between Chaweng and Lamai Maybe not something you take a detour to look at but if you pass it, you will either arrive to Lamai or will be leaving! A nice curve and it feels almost like you pass under the stone. There is a restaurant just before the curve with lovely views.

Koh Ma This small island, just off Ao Mae Haad on Phangan’s northwestern tip has a pair of small but really beautiful beaches. During low tide a sand dune connects the island to the mainland that you can walk on. During high tide you will still be able to reach the island but your feet will maybe be wet! Fisherman´s Village - Bo Phut Its easy to like Fisherman Village. Perhaps a bit too high prices at the restaurants but it is super nice to just stroll around and watch. The beach here is also one of the nicest, especially evening time when the soft cushions with low tables are laid out. That said, nice to just walk around and and take part of the lively restaurant and market life.

Butterfly Garden - Butterfly Garden in Koh Samui, is a window into the beautiful world of wildlife, set in a beautifully landscaped luscious tropical garden. The Butterfly Garden is an amazing attraction, home to many different species of butterflies, moth and other insects. The perfect spot to see the tropical butterflies up close.

Suphattra Land : Take a tour through the enormous orchards and and see how 25 different varieties of fruit are grown. You get to eat as much fruit as you can. Additionally, you will stop and eat papaya salad which is referred to as “Som tam” in Thailand. It is fun to see how the fruit grows and surely you will find fruits you’ve never seen before. Open daily 06:30 to 18:00. Entry fee 300 Baht. 23


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Mumified Monk Far from beaches and the crowds you can find one of Koh Samui’s most remarkable temples, Wat Khunaram. Mostly famous for the mummified monk, Loung Pordaeng, that is kept on display in one upright glass casket. The monk is surrounded by flowers, candles, incense sticks and fruit offerings. For many Westerners this might be an uncomfortable, or even disturbing sight, for Thai people the body of the monk is there to be worshipped. Death is seen as an opportunity to be reborn to one better life. Q-Bar - Chaweng This is the same hill where Wat Kao Hua Jook Pagoda is located. Fantastic view down to the lake in Chaweng Town. Eveningtime the view is even better! facebook.com/qbarsamui Visit the Waterfalls There are quite a few waterfalls on Samui. Better in the rainy season but by far the best one is Na Muang. From Lamai to Na Thon on the 4169 just past Wat Khunaram. The next best is Hin Lad just before Na Thon, little bit tricky to get to (by foot) but worth it.

Chaweng Town

Wat Kao Hua Jook Pagode Almost on the top of the mountain overlooking Chaweng Lake. You will see it from far away with its golden shiny chedi. Once up, you have a fantastic view on the lake an Samui airport landing runway. In the fund behind the runway you can see Koh Phangan and Koh Tao on a clear day.


Million Year Stone Park and Crokodile farm Thrilling and at the same Great and a really wonderful attraction where million year old trees have turned into stones. Her you can see gigantic, grotesque shaped rocks, petrified trees and carefully manicured Bonsai trees, some over 200 years old. Magnificent Mable waterfalls and crocodiles living in natural surroundings. Show of animals such as, white tigers, deer, albino bears, Zebra, albino horse, Camel and Crocodile feeding...

Magic Alambic Rum Distillery Its really strange that when the word spirit is mentioned my soul is shining up a bit! At the Samui Rum- destillery you get to see how the local rum is produced. The sugarcane mangled and then the juice ferments and becomes tasty Rum! After the tour, the best thing comes, tasting ... By it if you like it. Hin Ta Hin Yai Grandfather & Grandmother Rocks. Amazing rock formations on Koh Samui’s south coast where, long time ago, a group of locals made the discovery. The rocks are well known for resembling male and female genitalia, they are known as Grandpa (Ta) and Grandma (Yai) respectively. Bring your children and explain what you are about to look at ;)

Muai Thai There are classes are for all ages, sexes and fitness levels with experienced trainers. Every lesson you will be taught different techniques, clinching, bag work, shadow boxing, sparing, skipping and pad work! There are many Muay Thai schools in Samui, for a few hours, days or weeks, the choice is yours. One of them is: www.lamaimuaythaicamp.com

Safari Park package tour, Namuang: 1,400Thb Pickup from your hotel, Elephant trekking approximately 15–20 min, Visiting Namuang Waterfall II, swim at the 80 meters high waterfall. Baby Elephants Bathing, Exciting and enjoying with Baby elephants performance, Monkey at works, picking up coconuts, Crocodiles show, Buffet Lunch (Traditional Thai food and seasoning fruit), Return back to the hotel

Thai Cooking School ...... Discover the secrets of authentic Thai cuisine and impress people back home by bringing them something special from your Thailand trip. We’re talking about a fantastic opportunity to get some Thai culinary skills! Check out one of the many well-priced cooking classes on Samui. thaicookingclass-samui.com facebook.com/thaicookingclass.samui


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Samui Football Golf Fun change from regular golf, and one must not be a pro to have fun! The track was well-maintained and challenging. Friendly staff and great fun for the whole family. We talked to a famile of five playing and they had great fun together. -A setback against the sun and swimming. Took them about 2 hours to go round including a break and prize ceremony. “Well worth the money”!

Samui Aquarium & Tiger Zoo In Samui Aquarium you can explore diversity kinds of fish and undersea creatures from the Gulf of Thailand, especially Koh Samui. The Aquarium, Tiger Empire, Bird Shows, Sea Lion Shows and others have been set up by a Samui Business man in love with Nature and Animals. www.samuiaquariumand tigerzoo.com 26

Santiburi Golf Club Imagine a fantastic setting with rolling greens marked by painted coconuts, sunlight streaming through a canopy of palms, panoramic views stretching out to Koh Phangan Island. Santiburi Samui Country Club’s 18-hole championship golf course has been an essential stop on the PGA Asian Tour for many years. Only 10 minutes from the hotel, these undulating fairways offer mountain breezes and spectacular ocean views. Guests of Santiburi can enjoy the convenience of a complimentary shuttle bus from the resort. www.santiburisamui.com/golf


Wat Plai Laem Wat Plai Laem is a Buddhist temple on the resort island of Ko Samui. Like the nearby Wat Phra Yai, or Big Buddha Temple, it is a modern temple created in recent times. The main statue is of Guanyin, the “goddess” of compassion and mercy, in Chinese style, with 18 arms, and though open-air located within an elaborate ubusot is on a platform-pavilion surrounded by the temple lake. At the area you can also find the white laughing Buddha statue. Crokodile Farm Visit one of the islnds crocodile farms. There is several different shows many times a day. Besides crocodiles there are a variety of other species to watch. Take the opportunity to kiss a cobra, hugging with a python or just run as fast as you can in the other direction ... One of them are Samui Crocodile Farm which you can find on the northeastern Samui, above Chaweng, close to the airport. www.samuicrocodilefarm.com Shooting Range Just outside Chaweng and open 7 days a week. It’s fun and it’s legal. There’s a whole range of pistols, revolvers and rifles you can try, including semi-automatic weapons. This is for real and you are strictly supervised. If you never tried before you can have lessons and if you know what you are doing (or think you know), let the lead get the barrel to flame. Prices begin at about 900Baht. 357 Magnum & 10 bullets is 1,500Thb. Canopy ToursImagine soaring through the air, at speed close to 50 miles/hour, suspended above the rain forest of one of the most beautiful islands on the planet. If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to be a bird flying from branch to branch, then this is about as close as you’ll ever get. If you’ve thought about how exhilarating it would be to fly from tree to tree like a monkey… then this is the best way to finding out. They promisse to take you up into the places that only birds and the monkeys have experienced before! Ladyboy Cabaret Samui’s ladyboy shows offers plenty of entertaining performances in the best Las Vegas style. If you like big hair, sequins, flashy stage costumes with exactly mime, then this is for you. Admission is free but tip is expected after the show. Suitable for all, if not have to big “Hang up” on men who dress in women’s clothing, removed some and added something to the body! Two of them are located on Chaweng, Starz Cabaret & Moulin Rouge Cabaret, your choise! 27


Golf in KOH SAMUI WELCOME TO THE SANTIBURI SAMUI COUNTRY CLUB The 18 hole championship golf course at the “Santibuti Samui Country Club” (Par 72 and 6.930 Yards) itself has a distinctive character and has been an essential stop on the PGA Asian Tour for many years. The fact that it has been harmoniously embedded into the natural mountain landscape only adds to this. The coconut trees that are so typical of Koh Samui have been skillfully integrated into the course and also filled in with native tropical plants. Every hole represents its own challenge. With the mountain landscape, there are steep uphill and downhill slopes that create “multiple playing levels”. The long winding fairways, as well as breathtaking views and gorges and bunkers, brings a different golfing experience. There is no handicap requirement to be able to play -beginners should however start on the somewhat easier 9 hole variant of the course due to its the demanding nature.

Santiburi Golf Resort FACTS Distance from Chaweng Open Golf cart

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15 minutes All days Yes 750Thb.

www.santiburi.com Clubs/shoes to rent Length Course designer

Yes, 700/1500 - 200Thb. 18 holes par 72 (6824 yards) Edward Thiele & Pirapon Namatra

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Best time to visit Koh Samui The best time to visit Koh Samui is usually the same time that everybody else wants to visit the island! To choose a time with decent weather, but some extra elbow room can be tricky. Here below you can see what the weather looks like during different time of year, then it’s up to you, what time of the year you choose to visit Samui. Whenever you do it, we are sure you will have a fantastic experience. The rainy season on Koh Samui is from September until mid December. In September and December, you can experience short bursts but still nice days, and rain often disappear as quickly as it came. For those who want to avoid the rain should perhaps avoid the period from mid-October to mid-December, from November with the most intense monsoon period, which also affects harder every five years. For those who still take the chance to travel during the off-season can enjoy discounted accommodations and lower prises at restaurants as well as large private areas on beaches. If youre interested in diving you should be ware of that the visibility in the waters decreases by about a third during the monsoon season. June can be a great time to visit Samui because the weather is nice with little rain and not too much heat, while the number of visitors are lower as most vacationers are waiting for the school holidays in July and August to travel to the island.

Alley / side street - Soi Beef - Nuea Beer - Bea Bread - Ka-nom-pang Bye - Laa goon Chicken - Kai Coffee / Tea - Gaafee / Chaa Egg - Kai dao Excuse me - Kho tood Fish - Pla Foreigners - Farang Fruit - Pom la mai Hot dog - Sai grok Hello (woman) - Sa-wat-dii ka Hello (man) - Sa-wat-dii khrap Help - Chuey duey How are you - Sabai dii mai I’m OK - Sabi dii ...and how are you? - Leu khun la I do not understand - Mai kao jai I can not speak Thai - Poudd Thai mai pen I don’t want - Mai tong gan Island - Koh It does not matter - Mai pen rai Large / small - Yai / lek Not strongly - Mai pet No - Mai chai Noodles - Kue Tiew

During the eurpean summer the island is hectic and all flights to Samui is quickly becoming crowded. Room rates are increasing and the beaches getting full. The warmest months on Samui is March to May when the heat also makes most beach vendors absent, no use to walk the beach back and forth near the saturation point of moisture along a beach which also lacked customers. If you can visit Samui in April, try to make it to Songkran. At April 13 the Thai New Year celebration starts and hold on for three days, sometimes longer. The whole country is celebrated the New Year by throwing water on each other and smear talc in the face, no one can manage from getting wet! Winds cries out in late May and makes it possible for the annual Samui regatta to begin. If sailing is your major interest, this an event you should not miss. Christmas and New Year During Christmas and New Year, the island is full of tourists but most leave in mid-January to late February for school and work back home. This is a great time weather-wise to visit Samui. Because of the nice weather this period is still considered to be high season, look around online for good prices on accommodation.

Pork - Moo Prawn - Kong Rice - Kaow Red / White wine - Waj dääng / Waj kao Road - Thanon Salad - Salat Small - Noi Soup - Soop Spicy (food) - Pet Stamp - Sateam Temple - WAT Thank you (women) - Khop khun ka Thank you (men) - Khop khun khrap The bill please - Check bin ka/krap ... or Khit tang ka/krap Vegetables Waiter /waitress (young) Waiter /waitress (old) What is the price What is the time Where is the toilet Water Waterfall Will you help me Yes Do you speak English

- Grönsaker - Nong ka / Nong krap - Pi ka / Pi krap - Taow rye - We la tao lay - Hong Nam yu ti nai - Nam - Nam tok - Chuey duey - Chai - Khon pot pa-sa ang-crit dai mai

Counting One - Nueng Two - Song Three - Sam Four - Sii Five - Ha Six - Hok Seven - Jed Eight - Pad Nine - Gao Ten - Sip Eleven - Sip ett Twelve - Sip song Thirteen - Sip sam Fourteen - Sip sii Fifteen - Sip ha Sixteen - Sip hok 20 21 100 200 1000 2000 2500 10 000 20 000

- Yee sip - Yee sip ett - Nung roi - Song roi - Nueng pan - Song pan - Song pan ha roi - Nueng mun - Song mun

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Get around It is relatively easy to get around on Koh Samui due to a smaller but sufficient range of transport options. Samui is Thailand’s second largest island after Phuket and just 25 kilometers long and 21 kilometers wide, which means that most of your trips on the island will not be so long. However, the range allows you to customize your traveling after your wallet and how adventurous you want to be. Most transport alternative to Thailand’s top tourist destinations can also been found at Samui. However, Samui have no tuk tuk. But with the local public transport you can travel to most of the important destinations and rental of different vehicles is available for those who value that control their departure and arrival times. Songthaews (Pick-up Taxis) The closest bus-system on Samui is songthaew. The name means “two benches”. Usually a pick-up with mounted seats and roofing. They have their predetermined routes, but can also be ordered privately to take you and your party to different locations. The songthaew has place up to 10 people so the price of the journey verdict on all travelers is a fraction compared to taxis, but with natural air-con! Songthaew generally have their destination painted on the front of the vehicle in English. There are no official stops, you can hail one by the road. Travelling with a Songthaew requires a 30

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good idea of ​​where you are going, the songthaew routes are far from complicated, so it will not cause any problems. With todays technology you can use the map on your mobile (using Thai sim card), you only need to know your final destination. When you want to get off, simply call on the clock that usually are mounted in the ceiling or call the driver’s attention. This is the cheapest way to get around in Koh Samui, from 20 Thb. per person, and generally not more than 60 Thb. Pay after completion of trip. If you book a private songthaew the price will be higher and its important to negotiate a price before your trip, round trip! Taxi Taxi on Koh Samui is usually yellow and maroon. Obviously it so that there is only one company that unfortunately makes it to one of the more expensive ways to get around. Most of the taxis have taxi meter, but few want to use it. Negotiate a fixed price for the trip - often relatively high in comparison in comparison to the distance, what to do when there are no other taxi companies!? Taxis are generally the most convenient way to travel. With air-con, well-maintained vehicles and soft seats. They will take you directly to your destination instead of following fixed and unclear paths with many stops. Motocykeltaxi It is considerably cheaper to travel by motorcycle taxi, but far from safe.

Usally with loan helmets (if they exists at all) that has poor fit and the traffic rhythm is anything but safe. Motorcycle taxis can be found at intersections and you recognize them by their colored vests with number on the back. The advantage with motorbike taxi is that they can cruise through dense traffic and through narrow back streets, making them faster for short trips around the cities. It is important to agree on a price before the trip!

Car rental on Koh Samui It is easy to rent a car in Koh Samui and among the safest and most comfortable way to get around. If you share the cost with your traveling companions the price is not so high, and you have time to see more places when you dispose of your own time. There are a number of different rentalcompanies. From famous names such as Avis, Hertz, Budget Car Rentals, and National Car all the way down to small local entrepreneurs and private people that are renting their vehicle. www.arrivalthailand.com


Prices vary but start somewhere around THB 800 / day for a small car. Cheap does often mean poorly maintained cars which also lacked insurance. Make sure that the car is insured and get previous injuries documented. It is usually safer to pay a little extra and turn to a well-established, local or international company where a car of the same kind cost around 1,800 THB per day. If you intend to visit visit the mountainous interior of Samui, it may be appropriate to rent a four-wheel drive. Although most lessors will not make any serious control of your driving license (they are more interested in getting your money and retain your passport during the rental period) you will need a valid Thai or international driving license in order to drive on Samui, the same rules applies if you rent motor bike or car in the entire Thailand. Bicycle rental on Koh Samui A more environmentally friendly way to get around on the island is to rent a bike. At the same time as you build on your leg muscles and get an excellent condition you easily stop and look where and when you want. There are a few shops that rent bikes, mainly at the larger beaches. A good mountain bike costs about THB 80. per day, making it the cheapest way to get around Koh Samui, if not walking! But keep in mind that the roads may be substandard and the island’s mountainous topography will place great demands on your fitness.

You know you have been in Thailand to long time when you replace the seats in your car with café chairs made of rattan!

Craving for Swedish food? There are a lot of Swedes who brought their pots and opened a restaurant on the island. In Lamai you can find the Swedish-owned restaurants El Dorado and Eriks serving meatballs, hamburgers and many other Swedish dishes. In Chaweng the restaurant Tre Kronor. Here are all the Swedish goodies you longed for! Besides classics like meatballs and sausage with stewed macaroni you can also find Swedish sweets as Ahlgren cars, Gott & Blandat, Djungelvrål and swedish “snus”! 31


Cookery class

Thai-Food

Order your food with some simple phrases A nice way to spend time together is to take a class in how to cook Thai food. The class often includes 4 different dishes and fits all the family as well as if you traveling by yourself. You get an insight into how to choose vegetables and meat from the local market that you cook together, yummy and nice!

Order your food in THAI!

1. Tom Yam Kung - starter Strong, sour soup with large shrimp (very strong) In Thai: [ tom jam kung ]

5. Pat Krapow Moo Pork tenderloin with onions, peppers, chilli, garlic & Fresh “Holy Basil” (strong) In Thai: [ pat krapov moo ]

2. Tom Kha Gai - starter Mild soup with coconut milk and chicken (not strong) In Thai: [ tom ka gaj ]

6. Yam Nuea Sour shredded beef in hot “salad” with chilli, garlic, lime and fresh coriander (strong) In Thai: [ jam nö ]

3. Khao Pad Gai - stekt ris Fried rice with chicken, children’s favorite! (not strong) In Thai: [ kao padd gaj ]

7. Paneng Nuea Beef in panengcurry with coconut milk & shredded lime leaves (strong) In Thai: [ paneng nö ]

4. Pad Thai Gai Wide noodles with chicken (not strong) In Thai: [ padd taj gaj ]

8. Gai Satay Curry marinated chicken skewers with peanut sauce (not strong) In Thai: [ gaj sataj ]

NOTE! Chili mark indicates how the food is cooked in Thailand! You can always order with fewer or without chili.

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PAD THAI

(serves 2) 120g wide flat rice 60ml fish sauce 60ml tamarind water (you can use tamarind concentrate, thinned with a little water) 60g palm sugar Pinch of chilli powder, to taste 80ml groundnut or vegetable oil 2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped 100g extra-firm tofu, chopped into small cubes 8 large prawns 2 large eggs, ready cracked 25g preserved salted radish, chopped 1 tbsp small dried shrimp 100g beansprouts 4 stalks Chinese chives, chopped 50g roasted peanuts, roughly chopped Lime wedges, chilli flakes, fish sauce and sugar, to garnish

Cooking Pad Thai

Samui Cookery class Menus change for every day of the week Monday through Saturday, and almost all recipes can be adapted for non meat eaters and those with allergies or other dietary restrictions. Students who participate in 3 or more classes receive a certificate of achievement. Morning Thai Cooking Class • 11:00 am • Cost: 1,850 baht per person Afternoon Thai Cooking Class • 4:00 pm • Cost: 1,850 baht per person There is a 250 baht per person charge for each guest you bring to the after class meal. Children: We think kids 8-11 are best off watching and that children under 8 do not enter the teaching areas, Due to safety reasons. - sitca.com - thaicookingclass-samui.com 27


Book hotel -anywhere -anytime -best price! Book online and receive offers and service even same day To book online gives you almost always better price and benefits than if you walk into the hotel from the sidewalk. You can use a computer or your smartphone. The booking pages are specialized in last-minute bookings and you can enjoy the best price and benefits as the hotel / resort offers. As a walk-in, you usually have very small chance to price negotiation. Click on the link to the right or visit our website and you will find hotels that are available to book at your destination. Bon Voyage! Click here!

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Arrival Thailand Koh Samui  

What to do on Koh Samui and the surrounding islands. Maps to beaches, waterfalls, elephant-trekking, golf, restaurants and hotels/resorts...

Arrival Thailand Koh Samui  

What to do on Koh Samui and the surrounding islands. Maps to beaches, waterfalls, elephant-trekking, golf, restaurants and hotels/resorts...

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