Travellers’ Guide to Koh Samui – Thailand’s Beautiful Offshore Islands
Luxurious villa life, pristine white shores, fresh coconuts, swinging hammocks, do you think that is all there is to Koh Samui? Think again! Travelling to Koh Samui encompasses more than just discovering the tropical island. Just a short distance away from Samui lie various offshore islands, each with its own alluring charms. Not sure which one to visit? Hop on a speedboat with us for a tour around these islands.
If you asked me why I was planning to travel through Thailand a year ago, I would have spouted off some nonsense about the beauty of the earth, the people, and the spirituality of traveling alone and having a grand adventure. I had ideals and I was certain that I was an open-minded, easy-going individual, and that I would be welcomed into the fold. I thought I was rugged enough to withstand primitive accommodations, and that I could have an experience that I would remember forever. On my trip however, all of my misconceptions about myself went out the window; I had to reshape my own opinion of myself, and I learned a few things.
Let me share them.
Everything You Need to Know about Retiring in Thailand
Why would anyone want to spend their retirement in Thailand? The real question is, “Why wouldn’t everyone want to retire in Thailand?” For one thing, Thailand is both exotic and familiar at the same time. Its’ the number one retirement destination in Southeast Asia for people from the US, UK, Australia and New Zealand thanks to its Eastern culture and the fact that people who speak only English typically have no trouble getting around and making their way through their everyday life.
Picture in your mind an island paradise that features sprawling sheer rock cliffs, dense tropical jungles, and pristine white sand beaches. What you are picturing is the reality in Koh Mook, an island off the coast of Thailand, just a stone’s throw away from the popular tourist islands of Koh Kradang and Koh Ngai.
While there are dozens of wonderful islands off the coastlines of Thailand, perhaps none is as special as Koh Mook. It’s a magical, mysterious place where every trip will bring you different wild and wonderful experiences. Locals say that you can visit Koh Mook a dozen times and never see the same island twice.
Best of Bangkok in 24 Hours
Bangkok, Thailand, is a large, exciting city that has so much to offer for the international tourist. It features a unique combination of the ancient and the thoroughly modern, all wrapped up in a frenetic urban environment. You could easily spend a month exploring the city and still not scratch the surface of everything you absolutely must see there.
But what if you only have 24 hours in Bangkok? Follow this guide, to make the most of your sightseeing day in Bangkok.
One of the best things I love about travelling is getting the chance to learn more about a new culture. That’s how I felt when my partner and I visited Thailand for the second time. As a Eurasian (I’m half British and half Chinese), I was intrigued by the architecture and culture and knew we had to visit again. Having the opportunity to go back and really get under the skin of the country was a no-brainer and it was surprising the number of things we discovered beyond the main visitor attractions.
The vast majority of travel guides that crowd dusty shelves in books stores and personal libraries tell you where to find the best hotels, countless museums and endless architecturally significant churches, but they’re missing one of the most important reasons we travel – to discover where locals go to party!
Where To Party Around The World. The Matador Network, a community of young travel bloggers who tell it like it is, has just published the “ultimate guide to partying around the world”, with 101 Places To Get F*cked Up Before You Die.
Where will you be taking the family for vacation this year? If your answer is “no place special” you might want to drop everything and enter the HappinessIncluded sweepstakes being offered by First Choice, England’s premier all-inclusive vacation specialists.
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What a wonderful island Ko Phi Phi is. Located on the South-West coast of Thailand, cradled within the marine-rich Andaman Sea, the island of Ko Phi Phi is full to the brim with some serious scenic abundance!
Getting to Phi Phi island couldn’t be easier. If you’re coming from Bangkok then you can get a train down to Surat Thani, which will take about eight hours, then get an air conditioned bus from Surat Thani across the country to Krabi. The bus journey will take about three hours and is usually quite comfortable. Once you get to Krabi, you then hop onto a ferry for a two hour journey that will take you to the little island of Ko Phi Phi.
Bangkok is well known as the Sin City of Asia, turning its peculiar oddities into the very reason to visit. It comes as no surprise then that the city is home to a number of themed restaurants, from the seemingly straightforward to the downright strange. Here are five of our favourite weird and wonderful restaurants […]
Surprise Your Taste Buds in Thailand – 5 Thai Dishes You Must Try There are two things (three if I must mention my wife) I love about life – travel and food. These things are why I get up in the morning. Soon, it will be time for my seasonal trip to Thailand. My better […]
When I graduated school, like many of my generation, I had no idea where I wanted to go. No aspirations on what I wanted to be. A friend suggested that volunteering abroad teaching English as a foreign language could help me get away from my problems and get a fresh perspective on things. I had […]
One of the world’s most famous nights of booze, music, and tripping-the-light-fantastic is the Full Moon Party in Thailand’s Koh Pangan island— specifically in the crescent-shaped Haad Rin beach, which coincides, quite obviously, with the month’s most beautiful and mesmerizing full moon. How they got the party started It all started with a bunch of […]
Here’s Why Karon Beach is the Top Place to Stay When Sightseeing in Phuket Thailand In Phuket, Karon Beach is one of the best places to stay if you’re on the island for sightseeing. Unlike other parts of the island which cover the beaches with privately owned ground, the beaches on Karon are mostly public. […]
The nice thing about glamping is it allows people who honestly don’t like roughing it the opportunity to still commune with and appreciate big, powerful terrain: to see it under starlight, at sunrise and sunset, and in all the other magical guises the traditional camper and backpacker are usually privy to.
To give you some context, Thailand featured in my RTW trip as a final stop off to break up the flight home from Australia. I knew it as a country that featured as one of the original must travel locations and being a hub for the whole South East Asia region. However I did regard this as a generic itinerary and therefore I had tailored a different trip, one that was a little bit unique and not a carbon copy of ones my friends had been on.
A sensuous new beach resort has just opened in exclusive Lamai Beach in Thailand. Le Meridien Ko Samui Resort and Spa, a Starwood property, is comprised of 77 gorgeous suites and villas that resemble a traditional Asian seaside village. The 224-meter floating dock leading to a stunning ocean pool is a show stopper.
Most anyone who speaks English well can be trained to “Teach English As A Foreign Language” through the well known TEFL organization. TEFL Certification courses are offered all across the globe and usually require a 4 week commitment to study the course curriculum and do a bit of practice teaching. This international program enjoys wide […]