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65/59 moo 1 T. Maenam, 84330, Thailand
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Getting Married in Koh Samui

by happycats

Hello forumers,

Mrs Cats and myself have decided to get married! :-)

We would very much like to get married in Thailand, obviously on a beach, and have thought that Koh Samui would be a good bet. Some background, we have been to Thailand lots of times, to Koh Samui, Koh Phangan, Koh Mook, Krabbi and various places on the mainland.

We have (although not definately) settled on Samui because it will be relatively easy to reach from Bangkok and it has nightlife that is easily accessible from most areas for a couple of nights out.

We were thinking about a resort that we could hire in it's entirety for approximately 5 days for what we expect to be 60 or so guests.

We would like somewhere with a private (or quiet) beach and pool etc, and who could help us handle the catering and general wedding arrangements.

Does anyone have any suggestions or ideas? Again whilst we are thinking Koh Samui is a good bet we could be persuaded to go elsewhere.

In terms of budget we are pretty flexible with an upper limit of £8,000 GBP (~516,264 THB).

Is this realistic or do I need to save some more?

Thanks in advance for any help and advice you guys can give.

Re: Getting Married in Koh Samui

by johnaalex

The Renaissance on Samui looks like it could meet your needs. Another suggestion is Poppies. What time of year are you looking at?

Regards

John

Re: Getting Married in Koh Samui

by happycats

Hi, thanks for the reply, we were thinking about late august 2009. Hoping we womt get caught with rain, but we have been at that time before and it was fine.

Re: Getting Married in Koh Samui

by johnaalex

Yeah, August should not be too bad, but the main reason I asked is that I'll be there in April staying at the Renaissance so I could give you more feedback then. However that maybe too late for you.

Regards

John

Re: Getting Married in Koh Samui

by jbrowna

you could always try koh samet- its much closer to bangkok only 5 hrs SE. the beach is awesome there, there is a night life and it should be cost effective as it is mainly visited by local thais

Re: Getting Married in Koh Samui

by happycats

koh samet you say? thanks for that i will check it out!

Re: Getting Married in Koh Samui

by judyksp

There are quite a few companies here who does all the catering and preparation for weddings in Samui. Samui is a great place to host weddings because of the variety that it offers.

August is normally rather hot and humid. So, weather is typically okay at this time of the year. It is also a quiet month (other than the Italians), hence you would not be crowding with the normal high season tourists.

There are now plenty of resorts to choose from especially in Chaweng area. As mentioned, Poppies has a good reputation although I am not sure about the number of rooms.

If you are interested, I can try to get the email contacts of the companies that organizes weddings over here for you. Let me know via my email judy@vikingbar.net

And congratulations on your upcoming wedding. If you do get married in Samui, I hope to see you both.

Re: Getting Married in Koh Samui

by robertson468

Many congratulations on your forthcoming Wedding and Samui is a brilliant place to stage the Wedding. There is such a great variety of locations to choose from. As the previous posting said, there are a few Companies who specialise in Weddings and some of the Hotels do Wedding Packages, but they are inclined to be "a package", some of which are good. If you like to send me an e-mail at robertson468@hotmail.com I can have a whiz around to see what can be done for your eight grand?

Travel Tips for Ko Samui

Showing Respect & Educating yourself

by JessH

Most of us have bought Buddha statues as decorative items, but few Westerners actually understand what they regard as merely "exotic & pretty":

Buddhism isn't actually seen as a "religion", it is a dharmic, non-theistic philosophy & a system of psychology. According to Buddhist belief, the current Dalai Lama is a reincarnation of a past lama who decided to be reborn to continue his important work. Buddhism in Thailand has flourished under patronage of the crown, with many members of the royal family entering the monk's order at times.

SOME EXPLANATIONS & GUIDELINES:

When visiting Temples or Shrines:
> Out of respect please remove your shoes before entering.
> Attire should be conservative (both men & women).
> Photography might not be permitted inside.
> Monks (in orange robes) hold a special place in Thai culture. It is polite for a woman to always keep a respectful distance from a monk.

Adding gold leaf to Buddha statues:
When visiting a wat (temple) Buddhists often apply small squares of gold leaf to a Buddha statue.

"Spirit Houses":
When Buddhism first arrived in Thailand (Siam) over 2500 years ago, spirit worship (animism) was already widely practiced throughout Asia. Today, many of these animistic beliefs are intertwined with Buddhism. One of these beliefs is the Spirit House.
These small wooden houses can be seen outside office, temples & private homes. They provide shelter for the spirits & herewith protect the home, etc.

Finally, these are the first 2 opening stanzas of the Dhammapada (one of the most well-known of Buddhist verses). I find it absolutely beautiful & enlightening:

Mind is the forerunner of all mental conditions,
mind is chief, mind-made are they;
if a person speaks or acts with an evil mind,
then suffering will surely follow;
just as the wheel follows the hoof of the ox.
if a person speaks or acts with a pure mind,
then happiness will surely follow;
like a (cool) shadow that is never left behind.

Rave on The Beach

by neurochic about Full Moon Party

If you like to dance and you will be in Koh Samui during a full moon, you have to attend the Full Moon Party. It takes place on an island close to Koh Samui called Koh Phangan. You can take speedboats over from Bophut or Chaweng Beach to Koh Phangan. There are accomodations on Koh Phangan but they tend to fill up quickly when there is a Full Moon Party. Basically what happens is that all of the clubs/restaurants off of the beach have live djs playing bumping music and serving cheap free flowing drinks, some even concoctions that you get out of a bucket. I must admit the crowd is a little young (college kids) and a bit ravey but none the less if you love to dance it's still a fun time. You will find that it is more commercial then you may imagine and I pictured djs having booths way out on the actual beach, but you will find that they are in the businesses that are on the beach so you basically jump from one club to the other. Don't wear any sandals while at the Full Moon Party because there are a lot of broken things out there because of people's drunkeness and also people are using the bathroom in the water and on the beach so you don't want to step with barefeet on this beach. All kinds of music is playing from hip hop and top 40 to trance and house. There are even bars that play 80s music and heavy metal. One last thing, go with an open mind and don't take anything too seriously while there. Remember you are trapped on an island with a bunch of young drunk tourists so anything can happen. While I was dancing with my husband, a European tourist goosed me and I thought my husband was going to kill him. Just chuck it up to people acting stupidly because they are drunk. Anything goes.

Other ways to Samui

by JohnandSuzie

You can also catch a train, a bus or drive.........the train and bus takes about 14 hours from Bangkok you then have to catch a long boat journey from Surat Thani ............cheap and an adventure but i'll leave this for now

Banana Pancakes, Yummmm!

by neurochic

Banana Pancakes Rock! They are awesome to say the least. When you are on Bophut Beach you will find the vendors in the Fisherman's village. Basically they are these carts attached to a motobike that sell only these banana pancakes. What a banana pancake is, is the vendor will take dough, stretch it out to be the consistency of a crepe, and then he will cut up a banana and cook it inside the crepe with whatever other toppings you want. I strongly recommend the banana pancake with chocolate syrup, or the cinnamon banana pancake. It truly is a cheap wonderful desert. It reminds you a lot of carnival food.

Muay Thai

by Jez79

If you spend any time around Chaweng Beach, you can't help but hear about the Muay Thai fights. In the week leading up to a fight night, there are cars driving up and down the main road with an annoying recording announcing the date and time, claiming it is "something to write home about", It's quite comical really. I nearly died when I was sitting on the beach and a boat went past with the same recoding. The joys of commercialisation. Anyway, I digress.

If you're interested in martial arts, then a night at the local staduim watching the Muay Thai is worthwhile. There is regualrly local fights, and often international title fights. The quality of the fights varies, but it's pretty amazing to see local fighters of about 16 years who have had over 100 fights! All the Thai fighters begin with the Wai-Kuru ritual, a boxing dance to pay respect to the king or the chairman of the tournament, and demonstrate the excellence of the master/teacher. The fights themselves vary between 3 and 5 rounds.

Chaweng Staduim (Tuesday's nd Friday's)offers decent seating, good, cold beer, and costs about 500 Baht. My only complaint was the somewhat irritating sound of the Pi Chawa (Java Pipe), part of the traditional live music that accompanies thai fights (it was very loud!).

There are also fights at Lamai on Wednesday's and Saturday's.

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