Showing posts with label Koh Samui things to do. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Koh Samui things to do. Show all posts

Thursday, 7 March 2013

Koh Samui Wake-up Call

Beautiful of Koh Samui in the morning

After Koh Samui experienced its worst-ever blackout in late 2012, local officials have drawn up plans to address the power supply problem in the island and launch development projects to better serve the 1 million tourists expected to visit the island in 2013. Issues that need to be resolved, in addition to power shortage, include water supply, garbage collection, and flooding.

Funding on projects to further improve Koh Samui’s prospect as a travel destination appears as one major hurdle. From over 500 million baht in annual taxes that have been collected from local business enterprises, only about 50 million baht remain for municipal use in public works projects that will support Koh Samui attractions to tourists, according to former mayor Ramnet Jaikwang. 

This surplus, which comes after deducting regular expenses, is meager, the ex-mayor said, adding that a government subsidy is needed in order to provide the necessary solutions to the problems experienced in the island recently.

Ramnet estimated that the 50-million baht surplus from business tax collections can only cover the repairs and maintenance of existing infrastructures. Additional funds are required for improvements on the 54-kilometer circumferential road of the island, out of which only 17 kilometers have been paved, he said. The 150 tons of garbage that has to be collected daily is another urgent item in the list of Koh Samui things to do for the local government.

The supply of fresh water is an added pressing concern, which Ramnet raised. He said the municipality would be served well if five dams for water supply are constructed instead of having small mires to conform to the green policy in Koh Samui. The ex-mayor decried the regular flooding in the island, blaming the refusal of beachfront property owners and coastal hotels to build drains or sewers because these are potential eyesores or would adversely affect their businesses. Infrastructure guidelines must be developed along these lines so that road drainage can be constructed, thereby allowing rainwater to flow more rapidly into the sea, he proposed.

The power supply should likewise be improved, the ex-mayor said, to cope with the rapid rise in the number of tourists that the island hosts.  Ramnet also called attention to the issue of foreigners acquiring land in Koh Samui through Thai nominees. He said this situation needs urgent government action, which may require a policy change. Moreover, he called for long-term zoning to designate land use for tourist-related, residential, and financial for easier management and property valuation

Tuesday, 29 January 2013

Koh Samui Attractions: Thailand’s Wildlife

Make sure to check out some of Thailand's wildlife while on the island

One of the biggest Koh Samui attractions today is the island’s collection of interesting and unique wildlife. Approximately 282 mammals have been identified in Thailand, which basically means that a whopping twelve per cent of all mammal species across the planet can be found within this country.

Seeing at least some of these animals up close and personal is simply one of those Koh Samui things to do that shouldn’t be neglected. Folks fascinated by these beasts will definitely be impressed by the diverse range of wildlife – including everything from an elephant to the world’s smallest mammal, the Hog-nosed bat – to meet.

Tourists will be pleased to know that there are 13 species of primates, 18 ungulates, 36 carnivores, 70 rodents, and 92 bats. Today, there are two species of bear dwelling within the borders of Thailand. One is the Asiatic black bear, and the other is the Malaysian sun bear – the smallest bear in the world to date.
Moreover, both bears are omnivores, so they primarily thrive on vegetables and fruit.

There are also nine wildcat species – including the tiger – in existence within Thailand. Other species include the golden cat, leopard cat, and the popular clouded leopard. However, these tigers have dwindled in number due to heavy persecution. Fortunately, the West Forest Complex continues to act as the country’s most important tiger habitats to date.

Ungulates – commonly referred to as hoofed animals – in Thailand include sambar deer, barking deer and wild boars. The gaur, which is the planet’s biggest wild cattle species, can also be found here as well. Moreover, mountain goats known as serows have also been spotted on the steep cliffs of Thailand’s western area.

Of course, elephants (which were once depicted in the country’s flag) also dwell in Thailand. Unfortunately, just like the tiger, their numbers have diminished due to hunting as well. Today, there are only 2,000 to 3,000 of these animals left, of which many roam in parks protected by Wild Watch Thailand.

Nevertheless, the opportunity to see at least some of these beasts are one of the most renowned Koh Samui attractions island visitors wouldn’t want to miss during their holidays. Without question, going on trips to appreciate the beauty of these mammals is one of the best Koh Samui things to do today, especially for those who so happen to enjoy going to zoos and other natural wildlife habitats.

Friday, 11 May 2012

Reasons Why You Should Go to Koh Samui

Stunning Koh Samui picturesque view from the ShaSa Resort (Photo Courtesy of

The islands and the beaches- these are enough reasons to go to Koh Samui and if you already have, then these are main reasons that you should go back. This beautiful island along the Gulf of Thailand is paradise; it offers a distinct interesting culture, bars and entertainment, enchanting jungles, enthralling water sports, friendly locals, luxurious resorts like the ShaSa resort, mouth-watering food and the simple joy of being in the beautiful tropics. Koh Samui attractions are a plenty as well as the many things you can do while on the isle.

The first reason why you should go to Koh Samui is the island itself. Aside from the perfect sun, tropical trees and pure sand, you can explore so many other things. One of the most famous Koh Samui attractions is the jungle and there are package tours available for all its guests. Trek through the wild jungle of Samui on top of an elephant and see with your own eyes exotic animals and plants. You can also visit the zoo and get a photo taken with those wild striped tigers inside of their cage and see them perform tricks live. Explore the crocodile farm, the more subtle butterfly farm and some of the island’s beautiful temples that are intricately designed.

One of the hidden Koh Samui attractions that is peaceful and is a great place to go meditate is the Secret Buddha Garden. You can bring your journal or a good book and enjoy the solitude and privacy that surround the place. A trip to the island, is of course is not complete without experiencing and trying out some delicious Thai dishes. You also surely meet some friendly locals and other tourists drink and dance with friends both new and old until the wee hours of the morning. Another thing you should try doing is having a massage by the sea or simply lounging by the shore and taking in every lovely element that one could see, hear, taste, smell and feel.

The beaches on the island are amazing! They have been preserved and well taken care of with a number of protected diving sites. There is nothing more soothing and more therapeutic than being near a body of water. You can also enjoy thrilling water sports too. For the diving enthusiasts, Koh Samui and its neighbouring islands offer fantastic dive sites including Angthong Marine Park, Sail Rock, Koh Tao and Chumporn Pinnacle. There are diving schools and diving shops on the island as well.

You could choose what kind of vacation that you want to have and which Koh Samui attractions you want to go see and experience. Koh Samui has something to offer to everyone. 

Wednesday, 1 February 2012


Koh Samui's Black Moon Party is one of the biggest parties held on the island every month. 

One of the more interesting Koh Samui things to do is the traditional Black Moon party. Captivated by the absence of lunar light, party people gather together at various Koh Samui venues to drink, chat, dance, and basically have a blast with other partygoers. If you’re planning your own itinerary of Koh Samui things to do, then this is definitely one event you won’t want to leave out.

What is a Black Moon Party?

Held two weeks before and two weeks after a full moon, a black moon beach party is mounted on a much smaller, more intimate scale than other moon parties and thusly is one of those rare Koh Samui things to do that simply anyone must do. With Koh Samui offering a spectacular vantage point that literally “lights up” the entire party scene, black moon parties have surely become a spectacular component of Koh Samui things to do.

What Happens at Black Moon Parties?

With the moon absent from the sky on such events, expect a lot of neon art and one-of-a-kind ultraviolet decorations to provide that special glitter to this fundamental of Koh Samui things to do and give that extra oomph that any party goer will die for. The beach literally comes to life at black moon parties. Mind-blasting musical element is provided by excellent DJs who create the perfect atmosphere for such a unique occasion. Playing throbbing tunes like underground house and psych trance, the DJs guarantee the best musical experience for dancers on the floor--nothing less than the most excellent among the many Koh Samui things to do.

Other Things to Enjoy/Consider

Black Moon parties,  being only one of the more interesting Koh Samui things to do, is also an event that showcases the skills of fire dancers. As the fire dancers wildly swing their sticks any which way, they provide great entertainment for party goers. In addition, a lot of drinking is to be enjoyed by all, along with enough energy drinks to keep everyone’s energy up for all-night dancing and partying. Drugs have never been allowed at such venues, and party people are cautioned from trying to get away with using them during the party. 

It is also recommended that guests bring along their hotel’s business card in unlikely emergency episodes that could happen while at the party. Visitors should keep themselves hydrated at all times, as excessive alcohol intake and all that dancing and moving around could easily deplete their bodily water reserves. And what happens to be the most important thing? Just kick off your shoes, let your hair down, and GO PARTY!

Sunday, 29 January 2012


Picture above is a Kratong, used to celebrate the Thai festival Loy Kratong in Koh Samui. 

The festivals and events of the island should be included in your Koh Samui things to do list. The Thai love festivities and enjoying parties. Their festivals and events are among the most unique and extraordinary in the world. There are so many festivals and events in Koh Samui. These festivals and events are among the long list of Koh Samui things to do.

The Songkran is a festival celebrated from April 13 to April 15. Songkran is derived from Sanskrit words that mean “New Year” but in Thailand, “Songkran” is known as the Water Festival. It is a day to celebrate new life and new beginnings symbolized by cleansing using water. Usually, the Thais celebrate it by pouring small amounts of water on themselves or on their family and friends. Nowadays, the celebration has evolved into a whole day water fight on the streets. One of the many Koh Samui things to do is participating in the water fights.

Traditionally, Songkran was a religious holiday and the Thais would travel back to their hometowns and visit relatives. Families would gather together and have a feast. Their homes would prepare for the New Year celebration by cleaning and washing the holy artifacts in their homes. The religious tradition of Songkran is not popularly known to most people but the water fights are known worldwide.

People, both locals and foreigners, look forward to the water fights during the Songkran celebration. They would aim water pistols on passersby and some even have buckets and hoses of water prepared. Though the celebration is quite wild and rowdy, foreigners should be mindful that the uniformed police, the elderly and the injured should not be included. Also, drivers of motorbikes and bicycles should not be aimed at with water pistols and the like. If your idea of Koh Samui things to do includes water fights and getting drenched on the street, then you should join in on the fun! It is a great way to experience a unique festival in Koh Samui island.

The Loy Kratong is among the many Koh Samui things to do as well. It is celebrated during the full moon of the 12th lunar month. Usually, the festival is held in the month of November. It is also popularly known as the Festival of Light. Among the other festivals, the Loy Kratong is perhaps, the most anticipated festival in the Thai calendar aside from the Songkran.

If you want to include the Loy Kratong in your Koh Samui things to do list, then you should prepare your offerings. The kratong will carry them into the sea or the local river. The Loy Kratong comes from the combination of the Thai word “loy” which means “to float” and kratong which is a name of a small craft that locals make. Traditionally, the kratong is crafted from strips of the trunk of the banana or the leaves of the banana. Nowadays, the materials are far more creative and advanced. The kratong contains the offerings such as money, flowers, incense sticks, food and candles.  

Friday, 6 January 2012

Want to Scuba Dive in Paradise?

Scuba Diving in Koh Samui should atop your Koh Samui things to do list.

Scuba diving with amazing creatures in Koh Samui should be on your list of Koh Samui things to do! Scuba diving is a popular water sport in Thailand and many tourists from all over the world make time to visit just to experience the rich and abundant waters of Thailand. Experience a whole new world under the sea using the diving equipment. See the majestic creatures of the waters of Thailand. The coral reefs and multitude of sea creatures will never cease to amaze you. Fill your hungry eyes with the sea cows, giant barracuda, sharks and even manta rays! Yes, there are many other Koh Samui things to do but why miss out on such a unique underwater experience?

Since the start of the 70s, Koh Samui has been the center of attention for many visitors looking for a rich, well preserved coast. Situated on the east coast of Thailand, the island is a sheltered coastal paradise that is a diver’s haven because of the coral reefs and dynamic sea creatures. The diving sites have majestic rock formations and coral reefs that cannot be seen anywhere else.  Because of the popularity of the island for scuba diving, tourists have made it a point to include the water sport in their list of Koh Samui things to do. Nowadays, Koh Samui is one of the world class diving sites.

Where to stay in Koh Samui

ShaSa Resort- Before heading out for a scuba diving adventure, check in at the exclusive villas, spa treatment and pampering at the ShaSa Resort where you can get the best quality accommodations. Families, couples and groups of friends can find a relaxing place to stay on the island in this hotel. It is near various diving sites so you can easily travel back and forth.

Koh Samui Diving Sites

There are various diving sites on Koh Samui. Here are the best ones to go to:

  • Chumphon Pinnacle
  • Sail Rock
  • Koh Nang Yuan
  • Koh Tao
  • Southwest Pinnacle

Diving Season in Koh Samui

Lots of tourists include scuba diving in their list of Koh Samui things to do because the diving season is available the whole year. However, the best time to go is from the month of May until August. During these months, the Andaman coast experiences a low season. From September until November, the Northeast monsoon winds bring surface swells into the island so there is 30% decrease of visibility.

Friday, 16 December 2011

Unforgettable Full Moon Party Should Be Atop your Koh Samui Things To Do List

While staying at the ShaSa Resort you should definitely consider going to the Full Moon party.
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Have you ever imagined how it would be like to party in paradise? Lose your inhibitions, relax and rejoice over something you have taken for granted for years. Welcome in the new Full Moon by attending this unforgettable party.

The Full Moon Party has been considered one of the world’s top parties for years! There’s a reason it has this distinction.

Legend has it that some tourists who were visiting this Had Rin beach discovered that the most gorgeous full moon they had every seen in their lives could be found here.

They then arranged a huge party with their friends along this beach. Other people then arranged parties along this beach and the party just grew from there. Today this party is on top of many people’s Koh Samui things to dolist. 

It doesn’t matter what kind of music you like, you’ll be able to find it here. The atmosphere is absolutely crazy; throughout the party you’ll find fire-eaters, jugglers, giant slip and slides, people fire jump roping and impromptu firework displays.

Here are seven interesting facts you probably didn’t know what the Full Moon Party.

  1. 1)    It’s the world’s biggest beach party
  2. 2)    It occurs every full moon
  3. 3)    Even in low season you’ll find over 10,000 party animals here
  4. 4)    Expect to find over 30,000 party-goers for New Years
  5. 5)    Famous DJ’s regularly play here
  6. 6)    There are dozens of beach clubs you can choose from
  7. 7)    Number 1 on Koh Samui things to do list for most individuals 18-30 years old

Be careful not to get too out of control as some partygoers are sometime left with 3rd degree burns from jump roping with the notorious fire jump rope in the middle of the party. If you aren’t sober you should leave this to the professionals.

Please be advised that there are tons of soft-core and hardcore drugs that can be found here. However, if you decide to buy drugs or take them while at the party, do so discreetly or you may be arrested by an undercover policemen.

There are tons of Koh Samui things to do but none of them compare to this event. You’ll never look at a full moon the same after this party.