Tuesday, 30 October 2012

A Date for Two at the ShaSa Resort

The ShaSa resort is the perfect place for couples. (photo courtesy of www.shasahotels.com)

While taking a girl to local restaurants, bars, clubs and other places designed for catering entertainment needs is all right, the routine can get a little too repetitive. Some females have the tendency to get bored of seeing the same places or doing the same thing over and over again.

Sometimes a gal needs to be treated extra special. With that being said, taking that special someone on a vacation to the ShaSa Resort & Residences in Koh Samui is one of the best ways to show a girl how much she truly is appreciated, which is an excellent strategy for rekindling the romance within a relationship.

There may be dozens of good condominiums, villas, and other residential units for rent, but hardly any of these can match up to the premium accommodations, services, and amenities rendered by the ShaSa hotel. Here, lovebirds will be stunned by the impressive interior design and overall layout their rooms.
In addition to the stylish furniture and fixtures, the suites come with balconies sporting an elegantly designed table plus chairs, and offer an excellent view of the vast ocean outside. Located at the hotel are the 5 star restaurants, Beyond the Sea that is terrific for a relishing dinner for two, all the while enjoying the romantic view of the moon hovering over the glistening seawater.

Aside from spoiling the gal with lavish accommodations, taking her to the spa conveniently located within the ShaSa Resort & Residences compound, is highly recommended. Getting a couple's massage is a good way to vent all the stress one has accumulated, which in turn helps reinvigorate the physical and mental condition of the couple, and ultimately leaves more space for love plus positivity.

Another sure-fire method to get her falling in love all over again is to take her on a cruise going to Ang Thong Marine Park. Here, twosomes can feel free to explore the tourist attraction, go kayaking, or do a little snorkelling near the shoreline. Although the trip itself will last for hours, the beautiful scenery of the surrounding environment will definitely make a woman happy.

Another thing a person can do is taking his gal out to one of the fancy nightspots near ShaSa Resort & Residences. Listening to live music played by the finest musicians within and outside the island is a great way to spend a night in paradise. Lastly a person can simply just go out for a romantic walk around the Laemsett beach.

Also, some of the best local cuisines can be found here, all of which are guaranteed to make a woman happy.

Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Renting A Car in Koh Samui

Renting a car will make your stay in Koh Samui a whole lot better (photo courtesy flickr.com)
Renting a car is a great idea if you plan on touring the Koh Samui.  While there may be several tourist spots that are within the vicinity of the beach, there are also several other tourist spots you can visit and other Koh Samui activities you can do if you rent a car.  With a car, you won’t have a hard time enjoying the various things to do in Koh Samui. 

You have two choices if you plan on renting a car.  The first is through the Budget Counter at the Koh Samui Airport.  This is convenient and you can even choose a larger vehicle since large rental agencies offer their customers a wide selection of cars.  The downside however is they can be somewhat expensive than the usual.  Then there are the independent local shops offering rent-a-car services.  They are cheaper and do not require lengthy terms of agreement.  These shops can provide Toyota/Honda automatics or Suzuki 4x4s.  However you have to be careful since a lot of these so-called car rental shops offer bogus services. 

If it’s your first time traveling to Koh Samui then you have to familiarize yourself on the process of renting a car before you start thinking about the other things to do in Koh Samui.  First you choose the type of car you want.  Make sure it has its license number and airbag and seatbelts for safe driving.  Next is to confirm the rent amount and the car’s insurance.  Then you sign an agreement.  As standard procedure you need to leave your passport as collateral.  Do not forget the car shop’s contact details, have them always with you in case you might encounter a problem and need their assistance. 

Before you get too excited on the Koh Samui activities you’ve wanted to do, there are some reminders that you need to consider first when driving in Koh Samui.  Similar to UK, driving in Koh Samui Thailand is on the left side.  Stalls on the roadsides sell gas/petrol in a 1-litre bottle but this is expensive.  For a cheaper price, you can opt for petrol stations along the way.  When it comes to parking your car, it is mostly free to do so.  Fishermen’s Village however is an exception.  A parking fee is charged within the area.  In some instances, you may encounter wild animals such as water buffalos along the road so you have to be careful.  Some roads narrow down to a single lane and some do not have pavements so it is important to pay attention all the time. 

Motorbikes and scooters are common in Koh Samui so using a mirror is a good option.  Some roads are in poor condition and some even have large potholes.  During the rainy season, roads in Koh Samui can be flooded however if you’re willing to try and enjoy the various things to do in Koh Samui then these won’t be a problem; you only need a little creativity in navigating these roads.  Be mindful also of the lorries and big trucks you might come across along the roads. 

Excited to experience some Koh Samui activities and adventures?  Then start planning your trip now.  

Saturday, 20 October 2012

The 3 Most Interesting Koh Samui Attractions

One of the most interesting sites in Koh Samui is the Magic Garden (photo courtesy of flickr.com)
There are tons of things to do in Koh Samui to keep you entertained throughout the duration of your vacation. While the typical activities include swimming in the crystal clear ocean water under the hot sun, building sand castles and paying a visit to Koh Samui attractions is one way to maximize a holiday at this tropical island.

However, the average time that a vacationer spends at this islet (which is about five days) isn’t enough to visit and enjoy everything that this island has to offer. With that being said, this blog will list and describe the three most interesting ones that you shouldn’t miss out on.

Visitors of this island are advised to visit the attractions listed here first, and then use their remaining time to check out others sites.

The first place that a tourist should visit is the Samui Snake Farm – here, vacationists can get a close-up view of Thailand’s most beautiful and dangerous snakes. This reptile zoo also features sixty-minute shows wherein trained professionals engage in daring acts of interaction with poisonous snakes and scorpions. Considered as one of the biggest Koh Samui attractions, shows are held every day, and are guaranteed to send tingles down the spines of spectators.

Another place that you shouldn’t miss out on is the Magic Garden. Located within the deeper parts of the jungle, this attraction features treasures and statues carved by Nim Thongsuk (deceased.) The garden is very serene and tranquil.

No one should attempt to get to Magic Garden on his or her own – its location makes it quite difficult to get to, therefore, a local driver with a 4 x 4 vehicle will be needed. Also, the driver should know his way around the area, because anyone could easily get lost.

The last place that you must visit when you go to Koh Samui is the Monkey Theatre, which is a place where locals show visitors how monkeys are trained to harvest coconuts atop tall coconut trees. The mere sight of monkeys obeying the commands of a human (in this case, gathering coconuts) makes paying a visit to this attraction one of the best things to do in Koh Samui.

There are of course, plenty of other Koh Samui attractions for tourists to see such as the famous temples, secluded islands, tiger zoo, crocodile shows and much more. Make sure to visit as many of these sites as possible you won’t regret it.  

Thursday, 18 October 2012

Thai Cooking Courses and Thai Language Lessons in Koh Samui

Learn how to turn these Thai ingredients into a deletable meal! (photo courtesy of flickr.com)

Just can’t get enough of the delicious and exotic food you ate at the Koh Samui restaurants you’ve visited? Would you like to learn how Thais prepare their famous food delicacies? Thailand is famous for its exotic and delicious food offerings and now you can learn how to prepare and cook them while you’re vacationing in Koh Samui. 

Thai cooking lesson is one of the Koh Samui attractions that you can include in your travel itinerary while in Koh Samui. One of the best places to learn how to cook Thai food is at the ShaSa resort, where you can learn how to cook from the comforts of your own room. It does not matter if you have no background in Thai cooking, as the lessons are practically easy and quick to learn. 

Another place that people like to go to learn to cook Thai food is at the Samui Institute of Thai Culinary Arts or SITCA, professional chefs will help you fulfil your dream of learning how to cook Thai food.  Two daily classes are offered at the institute.  The classes are small and last for 3 hours. You can even invite some of your friends to enjoy the Thai meal that you will be preparing.  You can choose the type of course you want by logging online and browsing through the institute’s calendar. You can go for the 6-day intensive cooking course or if you want to have it longer, there is also the 12-day intensive course. 

In various Koh Samui restaurants, tourists are treated to fascinating and intricate food carvings. Now you can also start learning how the Thais do it.  SITCA offers courses to help tourists learn how food carving is done.  At the institute, you can enrol for the 1-hour crash course on food carving or you can opt for the 3-day comprehensive food-carving course if you want to learn more. The 3-day comprehensive course includes an instructional book that you can take home, some carving tools, and the apron.  Because this course is very popular among tourists, it is advisable to book in advance before all the slots are taken. 

Other Koh Samui attractions and lessons that you can also enjoy include lessons on Thai language, yoga, and massage.Learning a few Thai phrases can greatly help while vacationing in Samui and Mind Your Language Thailand can help you with it You can enrol for the 2-hour group lessons for beginners or you can choose the 30-hour Thai language course. 

If you want to learn how to do the Thai massage then you need to enrol at Tamarind Springs Massage Academy.  The academy has beginner lessons for reflexology and Thai massage.  For yoga enthusiasts, there are yoga lessons and yoga training courses you can take advantage of while in Koh Samui. 

Water sports such as sailing and diving are also some of the Koh Samui attractions you can try. The Samui Ocean Sports & Yacht Charter offer sailing experiences like no other.  Diving in the nearby Koh Tao Island is also exciting. If you’re a beginner, you can call one of the island’s diving academies such as the Discovery Divers for beginner lessons. 

Even during the rainy season, there is much to see and do in Koh Samui. From learning how to cook delicious Thai food made famous by Koh Samui restaurants to learning several water sports and other activities, Koh Samui is truly a haven for travellers.  

Tuesday, 16 October 2012

Traveling to Koh Samui Via Bangkok Airways

Most people like to use Bangkok airways to get to Koh Samui (photo courtesy flickr.com)
Considering how uncomfortable trips to tourist hotspots can easily turn anyone off towards going there in the first place, making arrangements with the right travel agency is unquestionably a must.

There are tons of Koh Samui attractions, on the island, which could easily get any vacationer overly excited. But to ensure that the journey from Bangkok to the tropical paradise is stress-free, flying via Bangkok Airways is frequently suggested by seasoned travellers.

Despite the fact that the trip lasts roughly one hour only, this airline actually feeds passengers food, unlike some of the other commercial airline companies.

For those who travel regularly, participating in the frequent flyer program, known as “Flyer Bonus”, is highly recommended. Members are given the opportunity to earn exclusive and special rewards, such as preferential check-in, increased luggage allowance, plus more. Moreover, not only will a passenger receive bonus points for flying (on their plane) during his or her birthday, signing up to become a member can be done easily through the Internet.

After arriving from the refreshing, stress-free ride courtesy of Bangkok Airways comes the hard part, which is getting to see all of those Koh Samui attractions.

There’s a wide range of mediocre to premium accommodations available (most of which are proximate to the popular crowd-drawers) throughout the entire area. For those working with a smaller budget, condominiums are a cheap yet comfortable alternative. These types of residential units for rent come with all the basic furniture, fixtures, plus adjacent amenities that a vacationer will need to live comfortably.

As for those fortunate enough to work with a large spending allowance, and want nothing less than the best the island has to offer, ShaSa Resort & Residences is one commercial establishment in particular that can cater for such desires. Fitted with elegant furniture and fixtures, designer appliances, and multiple views of the magnificent ocean outside, this hotel can give its customers a whole lot more than the normal VIP treatment.

Whichever condo, hotel room, suite or villa a tourist may stay at, it’s safe to say that it should be near a variety of Koh Samui attractions. Moreover, these commercialized businesses typically provide guests with various means of transport to get to certain attractions – be it via boat or land vehicle.