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Favorite thing: Koh Samui is a very popular tourist site, so there is always a concern for public safety. At no time when we were in Koh Samui did we feel unsafe, especially with plenty of law enforcement officers. Many were on motorcycles, or patrolling the ferry landing such as this police officer. It seemed as if this particular officer was used to the crowds, as he took time to smile for each passing tourist!
Say hello to the next one, and get a smile as you pass by!
Fondest memory: Important Numbers in Koh Samui:
Samui Rescue (Ambulance) 077-421 444
Fire Dept Nathon 106 ou 199
Police : Emergencies 191
Updated Aug 18, 2006
Favorite thing: On my first trip to Thailand back in 99, I was so excited when I noticed that on cans and bottles of Sprite, the Thai word looked like Alison!! I am sure it is! So my husband took a pic of the Alison sprite and Tan coke cans! We are crazy I know!
Written Dec 19, 2005
Favorite thing: Information extracted from Flags Of The World:
The flag is called the Trairanga, meaning Tricolour.
The story goes that during the 1916 flood the king of Siam (the old name for Thailand) saw the national flag - red with a white elephant - hanging upside down. A new flag was adopted that could not be hung upside down. Initially it was a red field with two white bands, but it was claimed that on 28th September 1917, the middle stripe was changed to blue to show solidarity with the Allies during the First World War.
Although not an official interpretation of the Thai flag, the prevailing view is that the central blue stripe represents the monarchy, the two white stripes the Therevada Buddhist religion, and the outer red stripes represent the land or the nation.
Written Oct 8, 2005
Favorite thing: If you are travelling in Koh samui with 2 very young children (3.5 yrs & 15 months old) like me and my husband, you might found this tips helpful to you. We spent 13 days in Koh samui from Aug. 1 to 13, 2005 with our kids. And one day we were checking with our hotel receptionist to find out if there is any nursery or day care center that we could drop off our kids for one day so we can arrange the day tour to Koh Nangyuan & Koh Tao. And found out there is Jaree Nursery 5 mins before Nathon town is available. We rent a car to drive around the island and visited the place before to make our decision. And deside right away that this is the place we could leave our kids for one day instead of hiring a babysitter from the hotel cost around 200-250B per hour (which is maybe a house cleanning lady or a bell boy).
Ms. Jaree is the owner of the nursery. She runs the nursery in her home which is in a nice thai house with garden in the front door and the outdoor playground at the side of the house. Very nice view of the open beach from the back side of the nursery. She provides 2 snacks and lunch to the kids, and she has 5 teachers watch over the kids including herself. She can also pick up and drop off the kids to our hotel (we stayed at Bophut beach at that time which is not too far). It costs 900B for 2 kids including transfer and meals. We moved to Lamai beach later on, and contact her again to leave our kids there one more time before our leaving, so we can rent a motobike to go around and make some shopping by ourselves. I think it's very nice to have our kids meet other local kids and have some fun time together during our vacation. I am highly recommend Jaree Nursery, and would like to use their service again next time when we go visit Samui again. Be aware that their English is very limited, so I always ask my hotel receptionist to call her up for me. If you would like to get more info, please email me to email@example.com and hopefully this tip helps.
Updated Aug 13, 2005
Favorite thing: Koh Samui is a small island and you could easily drive around it in a day. There's a motorway which goes around the island (50 km). The best way to arrive for the island is by plane. We arrived by bus and ferry and it wasn't a pleasant way of travelling. There is approximately 40 000 inhabitants in the island. Life in Samui is easy-going and relaxed.
Updated Aug 9, 2005
Favorite thing: I was only here for a very short time on this trip compared to my first two. I still managed to see many of my favourite spots, as well as a couple new ones.
My days were spent swimming and suntanning. At night I did go to the Reggae Pub two times and also went to a kareoke bar (no I didn't sing), for a little change. During my time once again at the Reggae Pub, I ran into old friends and met some new ones. I also went to many of the same restaurants to meet some of these people.
Fondest memory: The main reasons I keep coming back to Samui now are my friends that live there, and the fact that I meet many new ones each trip. So if you like to meet new poeple, I defintely would recommend Samui, I know I will come back.
Updated May 10, 2005
Favorite thing: This is a tough one, since this was my first trip I let my brother show me the way through most things. However, I guess I could blend a few activities together, until after my next trip and then I can answer this a little better.
On that note, I would have to say that the beaches and nightlife were tops on my list this time. Chaweng beach is great and it was a very nice place to swim and stay on. The bars including the Green Mango, but especially the Reggae Pub, will bring me back to Koh Samui forever.
Fondest memory: The beach, food, people, sites, parties, bar scene, and most of all the Thailand atmosphere. I plan to go back every five months from now on, so I will keep this list updated for sure.
Updated May 10, 2005
Favorite thing: There are a huge number of coconut trees on Samui (not a native plant, coconut trees were introduced by the Chinese) and your can often find them on the beach. We took a couple back to our hotel where I proceeded to open them. I had a fairly sturdy diving knife and it still took me a good 15-20 mins to get to the centre of the coconut. Once inside you get natural coconut milk and un-factory-ised coconut flesh (is that the right word?). It was hard work but a useful skill in case I ever get stranded on a desert island
Written Jan 17, 2005
Favorite thing: When I went to Yoga Café,
they were closed and
arranging for a free sampling
that same afternoon
of the whole food they prepare.
I never made it back.
Located in Bophut Beach,
they offer a variety of yoga classes
from Hatha to Yin Yoga.
There is also a Natural Therapy Centre,
to help you towards optimum health.
Life Mapping and Coaching sessions,
using Eastern and Western traditions
are available to help you tune into your passions.
Each session is a personal and
powerful transformational experience,
helping you make practical changes in your life.
Dance lessons are also taught.
Alternative Movie Nights with foreign films,
comedy classics and old movie favorites
can entertain you every Thursday night.
To help you live a healthy and balanced life,
Retreat Programs are available for
3-7 days or 21-28 days for a transformation.
You come out like new!
Tel. (77) 245 046
Written Sep 29, 2004
Favorite thing: A reading is an intimate session in which you
get in touch with a higher authority of yourself.
Through channeling your spiritual companions
who are always around,
you get more information than is accessible for you
in your day consciousness.
Whether you want to find out the meanings and
causes of your problems,
to ask questions that can help your personal development
or you would like your chakras read,
a reading may provide clarity and
insight into yourself.
Written Sep 29, 2004
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