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News from the Islands


Here you will find news about Thailand, Koh Samui, Koh Phangan and Koh Tao. We are mainly adding news concerning tourism, events, the weather, developments, environmental issues, celebrations and fun in general. We are not a replacement for other news recourses as we don't focus that much on crime, accidents, politics etc.




2008



Kohsamui.org Weather Report

Sunny but some mist


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Today, December 29, there is mostly sunny but also some mist. The temperature is 30 degrees C or 86 degrees F at 4 PM. We hope that the New Year's Eve will offer a lot of sunshine and blue skies for all of the visitors on these islands.
Kohsamui.org wish all visitors a Happy New Year!

Happy New Year Everyone!


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We wish all of you a really Happy New Year and hope that you will visit us again in 2009. We will try to present a website with even more news, information and media such as more photos and video clips. Kohsamui.org wish you a very happy 2009! Take care of yourself and each other.
WBC logo part

Saddam defended his title


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The Thai lightweight boxer, Saddam Kiatyongyuth defended his Asian Boxing Council (part of WBC) title on Koh Phangan on December 19. The opponent was Serikzhan Yeshmangbetov from Kazakhstan.
Kohsamui.org Weather Report

Sunny but some clouds


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Today, December 17, the sky is partly cloudy but there is also a lot of sunshine. The temperature is 31degrees C or 88 degrees F at 1 PM. The monsoon season is over and we can probably except even more sunshine from now on.
Abhisit Vejjajiva

Abhisit new Prime Minister


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Abhisit Vejjajiva, the leader of the Democrat Party, is Thailand's new Prime Minister. He was born in England in 1964 and he was educated at Oxford. He began his political career in the early 90's and he has been the leader of the Democrats since 2005.
Merry Christmas Everyone!

We wish you a Merry Xmas!


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We want to wish all our visitors a Merry Christmas! Spoil each other and eat a little too much of your favorite food! If you are celebrating Christmas and/or New Year in Thailand, please be careful in the traffic!
Less Crowded Beaches

Less tourists on Samui


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This year the economic crisis (and other factors) has reduced the number of tourists to Samui (and Thailand in general) rather significantly. A positive side effect is obviously less crowded and more "paradise looking" beaches. Enjoy the opportunity ;-)
Kohsamui.org Weather Report

A sunny morning


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Today, December 11, the sky is mostly blue and it is sunny, except from some thin clouds. The temperature is 31degrees C or 88 degrees F at noon (midday).
King Bhumibol Adulyadej

HM the King's birthday


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His Majesty the King, Bhumibol Adulyadej is celebrating his 81th birthday on December 5, 2008. We and the Thai people wish His Majesty a really Happy Birthday and a long and healthy life.
Political situation in Thailand

Suvarnabhumi Airport opens


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Suvarnabhumi Airport will soon open again after a week long blockade. A court banned the Prime Minister, Somchai Wongsawat from politics for a period of five years and the PAD protesters then started to leave the airport.
Kohsamui.org Weather Report

Sunny again!


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Today, December 3, the sky is partly cloudy, and there is occasional sunshine. The present temperature is 30 degrees C or 86 degrees F. There are light to moderate winds.
Political situation in Thailand

Suvarnabhumi blockade


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Yesterday, November 25, Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok was blocked by protesters from the PAD (People's Alliance for Democracy). If you are going on a flight from or to Bangkok, our suggestion is to contact your airline for further information.
Kohsamui.org Weather Report

Sunny morning. Cloudy now


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Today, November 19, the weather has been rather good in the morning, but presently it's partly cloudy (at 3 PM). The temperature has been about 30 degrees C or 86 degrees F and moderate winds.
Kohsamui.org Health Tips

Vegetable oils


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Palm oil is a very common cooking oil in Southeast Asia and one of few vegetable oils high in saturated fats. Diets high in saturated fat is known to increase the risk of heart diseases. Soybean oil, corn oil and sunflower oil is often considered as more healthy.
Galyani Vadhana

Funeral of HRH Princess


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The Royal Funeral of Her Royal Highness Galyani Vadhana is held at the moment, between November 14 to November 19th. She was the sister of King Bhumibol Adulyadej and is very popular among the Thai people.
Kohsamui.org Weather Report

Brighter sky again


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Today, November 13, there has been mainly dry weather and partly cloudy. The temperature has been about 30 degrees C or 86 degrees F. There has been light to moderate winds.
Kohsamui.org Weather Alert

More rain and some flooding


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The heavy rain has resulted in some flooding on the islands today, November 10. If you are driving here, please be very careful, especially if you are riding a motorbike. There might be some holes in the road, hidden by the water!
Kohsamui.org Weather Report

Heavy rainfall today


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Today, November 9, there has been raining almost all day. The rainfall has been partly heavy but at the moment, at 8 PM, there is mainly dry weather. The current temperature is 25 degrees C or 77 degrees F and it is rather windy.
Loy Krathong 2008

Loy Krathong celebration


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On November 12 the inhabitants of Samui, Tao and Phangan (and most other Thais) will go out to celebrate Loy Kratong. Boats made of banana leaves decorated with flowers, candles, incense etc. are released in the sea or in the Chaweng Lake.
Kohsamui.org Weather Report

Sunny morning!


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Today, October 29, the sky is mostly blue in the morning (9.30 AM). The temperature is 29 degrees C or 84 degrees F and there are just calm winds. Swimming and snorkeling conditions!
Kohsamui.org Weather Report

Gray and wet


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Today, October 22, the sky is really gray and it is also raining this morning. The temperature is 27 degrees C or 80 degrees F and there are moderate winds.
Samui gets city status

Koh Samui gets "city" status


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Koh Samui has been upgraded from a Thesaban Amphoe (or a sub-district), to a Thesaban Muang or (town municipality). This mean that Samui in the future will report directly to Bangkok and not to Surat Thani. Many of the citizens on Samui hope that this will increase the funds given to infrastructure projects etc on the island.
Kohsamui.org Weather Report

Cloudy day, sunny afternoon


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Today, October 15, it is been partly cloudy until about 4 PM, but a lot of sunshine and a mostly blue sky in the afternoon. It has been a rather hot day again; 34 degrees C or 93 degrees F and just moderate winds.
Chaweng.org - Your portal about Chaweng Beach

Chaweng.org - New guide


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Chaweng.org is our new web portal about Chaweng Beach on Samui island. Here you will find fresh, relevant information about the most popular beach in south-east Thailand. The Beta version of the site is now online. Visit us: Chaweng Beach Guide
Kohsamui.org Health Tips

Thai chili pepper is good


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Chili is not only slightly addictive to many Thais, but it also has some health benefits! The peppers contain a lot of Vitamin B and C and studies shows that it might lower LDL (the bad cholesterol) levels. Capsaicin also might help you lose weight and studies suggests that it even might kill cancer cells.
More flights with Bangkok Airways

More Bangkok Airways flights


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Bangkok Airways is adding more flights on the Phuket-Samui, Bangkok-Phuket and Bangkok-Chiang Mai departures. There will be three daily departures from Phuket to Samui, starting at October 26.
Kohsamui.org Weather Report

Partly cloudy and some sun


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Today, October 9, it is still partly sunny and partly cloudy. It is also rather hot, 35 degrees C or 95 degrees F and there are just moderate winds. Between 2-4 PM there was some rain.
Kohsamui.org Weather Report

Partly cloudy today


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Today, October 4, there is a partly cloudy sky over our beloved islands. The temperature is about 32 degrees C or 90 degrees F at 12.30 PM. There is not much wind.
San Miguel Light

San Mig Light - Popular here


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We have noticed that many weight concerned people on Samui has started drinking San Miguel Light. San Mig Light is a low carb beer with less calories than "ordinary" brands. Kohsamui.org's "taste panel" only gives it 1,5 coconuts out of 5.
Kohsamui.org Weather Report

Rather blue sky but som haze
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Today, October 1 at 11 AM, the sky is rather blue, but it is also a little hazy. The temperature is 31 degrees C or 88 degrees F. moderate winds makes the palm tree leaves move slightly.

Oktoberfest - Samui

Oktoberfest in Lamai


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Until the 11th of October, the yearly Octoberfest is being celebrated on different locations of Lamai Beach. Beer, lederhosen, shows and bratwurst is natural parts of the party. The final event is taking place on the Landhaus Restaurant in the center of Lamai.
Kohsamui.org Weather Report

More clouds and a little windy


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Today, September 28, the sky is more light gray than blue and it is a little windy. The temperature is 29 degrees C or 80 degrees F, at 1 PM. Maybe a perfect Sunday for your outside activities, because it is not "too" hot.
Kohsamui.org Health Tips

Dark chocolate is good for you


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moderate regular amounts of dark chocolate is a potent antioxidant and it might also reduce the risk of a high blood pressure. Milk chocolate or white chocolate does not seem to have the same positive benefits though. And do not consume your dark chocolate with milk, as it probably will significantly decrease the health benefits.
Sawadee Samui Regatta

Sawasdee to sponsor regatta


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Web Sawadee Public Company Limited is the new main sponsors of the Samui Regatta which is a yearly yacht racing event. The next Regatta will be held June 1-6th 2009, and is the 8th one.
Kohsamui.org Weather Report

Still good weather


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Today, September 25, the sky is blue, even if it has become partly cloudy in the afternoon. The temperature is about 34 degrees C or 93 degrees F at 3.30 PM. It is a little windy, but that is mostly refreshing.
Kohsamui.org Weather Report

Blue sky and sunny


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Today, September 23, the weather is sunny and the sky is blue. There is just a refreshing breeze and the temperature is about 35 degrees C, or 95 degrees F. Please use plentiful of sunscreen to avoid getting red or even hurt.
Rawadee Computer Shop

Discount for regular customers


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Starting in October, Rawadee Computer Shop will offer 10% discount cards for regular customers. Rawadee and Jack wish all old and new customers a warm welcome. The shop is located next to IT Complex in North Lamai.
Kohsamui.org Health Tips

Walking - Ultimate exercise


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A 30-60 minutes walk, three days a week is all it takes to get in great shape:
- You will look better and loose weight
- It is great for your heart and condition
- It is totally free! No gym card is needed
- You'll get the tan, but do use sunscreen
Six Senses Hideaway Samui

Six Senses - "best of the best"


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Six Senses Hideaway Samui wins the prestigious award of being number one in "the best of best" Top 100 in Condé Nast Traveller magazine. The hotel scored 96.45 which is a fantastic score! Congratulations! You can also book this hotel online here
Koh Samui Election 2008

Ramnet Jaikwang new mayor


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Koh Samui has a new mayor. Ramnet Jaikwang, from the Samui Kaona Party got about 63% of the votes at the September election. Kohsamui.org wishes Khun Ramnet the best of luck for his coming years as a mayor.
Political situation in Thailand

Political situation and Samui


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As you probably know, there has been several political demonstrations in Bangkok lately. You will probably not even notice this on Koh Samui, Koh Phangan or Koh Tao. The Samui Airport has NOT been closed and is still open, just as usual.
Nicolas Cage - Bangkok Dangerous

On theatres near you


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The Pang Brothers has done it again. Nicolas Cage is starring in this action movie, as a contract killer in Bangkok. Several Thai and Asian actors (such as Shahkrit Yamnarm and Panward Hemmanee) is also seen in this movie. Kohsamui.org gives Bangkok Dangerous 2 out of 5 coconuts.
Kohsamui.org Weather Report

Blue sky and sun today


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The weather has changed. Today (September 12, at 11 AM) the sky is blue with some Altocumulus clouds. The temperature is 33 degrees C, or 91,5 degrees F. It is a little windy though.
Buddy Beer glass

Pool Party at Buddy Beer


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Bring your swimsuit and enjoy the pool party tonight (September 12th) at Buddy Beer, Northern Lamai beach. Music by DJ Vozka and DJ Pope. Enjoy!
Bangkok Airways logo

New web check in


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You are now able to check in online if you are flying Bangkok-Samui or Samui-Bangkok. You can easily select seats and print out your boarding pass from the internet in advance.

Further information is found here
Kohsamui.org Weather Report

Still gray sky and a little rain


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On September 11, the sky is still mostly gray and there has also been a few lighter showers over the islands today. Maybe this marks the beginning of this year's monsoon season. We hope that all tourists will experience at least some sunshine this week.
Kohsamui.org Weather Report

Gray sky


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On September 9, the sky is mostly gray over these islands. There is not much wind and the temperature is about 29 degrees C at 1 PM.
Koh Samui Election 2008

Koh Samui mayor election


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On September 14th an election will be held on Koh Samui to designate the new mayor. Khun Varakorn Rattanarak (the former mayor) and his biggest "rival", Khun Ramnet Jaikwang is campaigning at the moment. The infrastructure and environment is two of the main political agendas here on Samui.
Kohsamui.org Weather Report

Still good weather


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Blue sky, 30 degrees C, a light breeze and only light clouds. That is the weather situation at the moment on the islands, September 1th, 2008, at 4.30 PM.
Kohsamui.org Weather Report

Great weather in late August


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Sun, sun, sun and really high temperatures (30-35 degrees C at daytime)! That is the weather status last week (end of August) at Koh Samui, Koh Phangan and Koh Tao.
Bangkok Airways logo

Bangkok Airways won again!


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Bangkok Airways won the highly respected Skytrax achievement again. For the category Best Regional Airline in Asia, 2008! Congratulations! Further information is found here
Phangan Animal Care

Phangan Animal Care fire


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A fire in Phangan Animal Care (PAC) has destroyed most equipment and parts of the building. PAC has helped animals on Koh Phangan since 2001. Please contact them if you would like to donate etc. Further information is found here
Kohsamui.org Weather Report

Rather nice weather. Windy


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Today, August 7, the weather is rather good, with a partly cloudy sky and some sun. The temperature is about 31 degrees C or 90 degrees F. It is a little windy periodically.
Dog Rescue Center

Remember Dog Rescue


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We just want to remind you about the Dog Rescue Center in Chaweng, Koh Samui. The center has helped street dogs and stray cats since 1999. If you love dogs and cats, why not help them with a donation?!

Further information is found here
Her Majesty Queen Regent Sirikit in 1962

Queen Sirikit's Birthday


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Her Majesty Queen Regent Sirikit's 76th birthday is celebrated all over Thailand on the 12th of August, 2008. Kohsamui.org and the whole nation wish her a very happy birthday and a long and healthy life! We also wish all mothers a great Mother's Day!
Kohsamui.org Weather Alert

Next week might be windy


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Some strong winds are expected to reach Southern Thailand (probably including Samui, Phangan and Tao) on Sunday or Monday (3rd and 4th of August). Please be aware of those, if you are planning to swim, sail, snorkel or dive.
Kohsamui.org Weather Report

Sunshine again


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Today, the 29th of July, the sun is shining over the islands again after a week of cloudy and rather gray weather. The temperature is about 32 degrees C in the daytime. We advice all swimmers to be a little cautious as there has been some high waves lately in the Gulf of Thailand.
Kohsamui.org Weather Report

Mostly gray skies last week


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The sunny weather in beginning and the middle of July has been exchanged by more clouds and some rainfalls in the evening. The average temperature has also fallen a few degrees. We hope that all you sun lovers will experience a much more sunny beginning of August.
New Samui passenger terminal

New terminal building


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A brand new passenger terminal building was inaugurated on The Samui Airport on July 23, 2008. The new terminal has been opened for one year now, and except for the terminals, you will also find an "upscale" shopping arcade called Samui Park Avenue.
Beckham

Beckham has a house here


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David Beckham's villa on Samui is now completed and his neighbor is also well-known for most soccer fans; Sven-Göran Eriksson (former manager for England, Manchester City and present manager for Mexico). Kohsamui.org hope that both David and 'Svennis' will have a very pleasant time while visiting Samui!
Kohsamui.org Weather Report

Afternoon rain latest week


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The weather has been rather ok latest week, with a lot of sunshine (but some clouds and haze) and hot temperatures in the daytime. But there has also been some showers in the afternoon. Especially on Saturday, July 19th, when a heavy rainfall occurred in the evening.
Kate's Kids Club

Child Care in Chaweng


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Kate's Kids Club is a recently opened child care center with qualified staff to take care of your children. They are located next to the Chaweng Lake and are open Tuesday to Sunday, 10 AM-7 PM. Telephone: 083 1800115 or: 083 1728901
Kohsamui.org Weather Report

A lot of sunshine in July 2008


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The last week (middle July) has offered almost exclusively sunshine and blue sky over the islands of Samui, Phangan and Tao. The temperatures has also been rather high (30-35 degrees C in daytime).
Tesco Lotus sign

Tesco Lotus now on Phangan


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A Tesco Lotus store has opened in Thong Sala, Koh Pha-Ngan. At this super or hypermarket you will find food articles and groceries, but also basic shoes, clothing and electronics etc.
Koh Samui land

'Sor Kor 1' land titles


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Holders of land with the title 'Sor Kor Nung' will have to upgrade their land titles before February 2010. This is to prevent land from being sold illegally. Important! This do not affect owners of land with the titles: 'Chanote', 'Nor Sor 3 Gor' or 'Nor Sor 3'.
Anantara Resort

Anantara Resort high ranked


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The famous travel web portal Expedia has chosen Anantara Resort to be one of the world's 1% hotels. The ranking is found in their "Insiders' Select" for 2008. You can book a room in Anantara here
Blog logos

Any bloggers out there?


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If you find Kohsamui.org informative and you like our page, why not mention us on your blog? We will (of course) mention your blog as well. Just send us your blog URL (the blog can be in any language), and we will add your blog on the link page.
1000 baht note

A low Baht make it cheaper


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The currently low Thai currency (June 2008), makes Thailand very affordable for most tourists at the moment. This fact (together with the low season) is a good reason to visit Koh Samui, Koh Tao and Koh Phangan now.
Alex Dally

World champion to England


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Light heavyweight Muay Thai (Thai Boxing) world champion, Alex Dally has decided to move back from Samui to England with his family. But he is planning to return to the island later on. Kohsamui.org wishes him and his family the best of luck in England!
MBK

MBK invests 1 billion on Samui


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The MBK group is planning to invest one billion baht (!) on a new villa resort on Koh Samui. It will be built on a land piece measuring 150 rai. The hotel is still in the designing stage though. Source: The Nation
Land for rent

Still a real estate boom


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The real estate market is hot again on Koh Samui and on Koh Phangan. The demand for buying private condominiums (which legally can be owned by foreigners) is also rather high today.
 Part of new logotype

Undergoing a total makeover


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We are totally renovating Kohsamui.org with fresh content, a more up to date design, new logo, photos, media and maps. In the end of 2008 (December) the makeover will be completed and we are positive that the website is gonna be much more user friendly for you as a visitor.
Bangkok Airways Open 2008

Bangkok Airways Open 2008


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This golf tournament - Bangkok Airways Open, is held on June 5-8 on Santiburi Golf & Country Club on the Northern part of the island. Many of Asians top golfers will participate so if golf is 'your thing', make sure to not miss it.
Full moon

Full Moon Party - on Samui


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The Buddy Group (Buddy Beer etc) on Samui do now hold Full Moon Parties on Lamai Beach. Obviously it is not the size of the original one on Koh Phangan, but a great alternative for people that choose to stay on Samui.
Golf

Thongchai enjoys Samui


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According to Bangkok Post, the Thai golf pro; Thongchai Jaidee likes to recharge his batteries on the Samui beaches between the tournaments.

Source: Bangkok Post
Toga Café

Toga Café


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Toga has the best wraps, smoothies and coffee that we have tried on the island. If you are in Lamai or nearby, why not give it a try?! Toga Café is located opposite IT Complex, North Lamai.
Samui Regatta

Samui Regatta - 1-7 June


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The 7h Regatta will be held around Samui in the first week of June. The Centara Grand Beach Resort is a good location for the spectator, where you can enjoy a dinner or a tropical drink in the outside bar.
Samui Ice Bar

Ice bar opened in Chaweng


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The world's first tropical Ice Bar is now opened on the island of Samui. Enjoy a drink in a minus 7 degree environment! Located in Chaweng, close to the lake. Further info is found here
Greta Garbo

Greenhouse Garden Bar


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A newly opened leafy bar in Lamai focused on classical movies and TV concerts with artist such as Elvis, The Bee Gees, Tina Turner, Elton John, Tom Jones etc. Found close to Lamai Temple on the Samui Ring Road. Also a BBQ every month.
Subway

Subway on Koh Samui


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The American fast food chain Subway is now offering their submarine sandwiches and salads in Chaweng. The Subway restaurant is found at Beach Road, in the center of Chaweng, opposite McDonald's.
Thai Airways

Thai Airways is flying to Samui


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Thai Airways has now a limited number of daily flights to the Samui Airport, from the Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok. Further info is found here
Happy Thai New Year

Suk San Wan Songkran!


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Kohsamui.org wish you a Very Happy Songkran! Songkran is the traditional Thai New Year and is celebrated all over the country. If you are out in the traffic, please drive safely.


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2007



 
Happy New Year

Merry Christmas


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Kohsamui.org wishes everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Let 2008 be a year when we care a little extra about each other and our environment! If you are going to the islands in 2008, we hope that you will have a really pleasant stay here!
King Bhumibol Adulyadej

The Thai King's 80th Birthday


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His Majesty King, Bhumibol Adulyadej is celebrating his 80th birthday on the 5th of December 2007. We and all the Thai people wish him a very happy birthday and a long healthy life! If you are in Thailand, especially in Bangkok at this time, you will probably not miss this celebration.
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Sun is shining on Samui again


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After a wet rain season the sun is shining on our heads again, on Koh Samui, Koh Phangan and Koh Tao. We hope that all tourists coming to this islands will have a pleasant stay and a nice weather in the end of this year, 2007. No more umbrella-days, please ;-)
Wet, Wet, Wet

A lot of rain this rain season


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In October and early November there has been a lot of raining on Samui! Unusually much! This has resulted in some flooding and please be very careful if you are driving on flooded streets. We really hope that the sun will shine on all tourists and inhabitants very soon again.
Chaweng Food Fair 2007

Chaweng Food Fair 2007


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It is time again! A giant market on Chaweng Beach, just beside the beach road and next to the Chaweng lake. You will find all kind of Thai food and drinks, clothing, shoes, furniture, toys and more here. From the end of August until the middle of September. Enjoy!
Queen Sirikit

Majesty the Queen's Birthday


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Her Majesty Queen Sirikit's 75th birthday is celebrated on the 12th of August, 2007. We and the whole Thai nation wish Her Majesty a very Happy Birthday and a long and healthy life! We also would like to wish all mothers a very pleasant Mother's Day!
Makro

New wholesale store


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The Dutch owned, self service, wholesale store did recently opened it's doors on the island of Samui. Makro is found close to Tesco Lotus, between Chaweng beach and Bo Phut.

Further info is found here
Samui Channel

Missed Samui Channel?


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Samui Channel isn't a brand new TV station though. It has been broadcasting since 2003. Currently it reaches more than 25,000 households with a mix of local events, music videos and travel information etc.

Further info is found here
Happy SongKran

Happy Songkran! April 13-15


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Kohsamui.org wishes all of you: Suk San Wan Songkran! This is the time to wish your family and your friends good luck and throwing water to anyone! Please drive carefully in the Songkran traffic of these islands or anywhere else in Thailand and shoot or throw water with some responsibility. Accidents are unfortunately rather common.
New Golf Club

View from new Golf Course


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The Kohsamui.org team went up to the location where Samui Golf & Country Club is the building the island's second golf course. The view is first class, overlooking Lamai and Ao Thong Takian beaches as well as IT Complex.

Further info is found here
Seatran Discovery

New operator, Bangkok-Samui


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Seatran Discovery Link is now operating Bangkok - Hua Hin - Chumphon with air conditioned VIP Bus and Chumphon- Koh Tao- Koh Phangan - Koh Samui with their Seatran Discovery Express Ferry.

Further info is found here
Great Weather

Great weather now in Samui


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To be honest, the weather last "winter" wasn't that excellent all the time on the islands of Surat. But the sun has been shining a lot on us for some months now. Both January and February 2007 has been great, except for a few necessary rain showers. Have a great stay on the islands!

2006



 
Happy New Year

We wish a Happy New Year


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The staff of Kohsamui.org wish all our visitors a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! We also hope that you will have a great stay on Koh Samui in 2007. Please, do also remember to drive carefully in the Christmas and New Year's traffic! See you on the islands or/and online in 2007!
Bad Weather

Typhoon Durian


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The typhoon Durian, that killed many people in The Philippines and Vietnam did not affect the islands i Surat Thani with anything else than rain and rather moderate winds. Our thoughts are of course with the victims in The Philippines and Vietnam etc.
Sunny Weather

Sunny this rain season


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Although it is in the middle of the monsoon period (also known as the rain season) the weather on Samui, Phangan and Tao is now (early December) sunny and pleasant, and it has been a lot of sunshine on the islands for about two weeks now. A very different weather in comparison with last year in other words.
Thailand Longstay

Thailand Longstay Company


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Thai Longstay Management Corporation Limited is a private company, 30% owned by Tourism Authority of Thailand. TLM has been entrusted by the government to promote Thailand as a prime destination for foreigners looking for a long-term stay in Thailand.

Further info is found here
The King

Birthday of The Thai King


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His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej is celebrating his 79th birthday on the 5th of December 2006. We, as well as the whole Thai nation wish him a very happy birthday and long healthy life! Earlier this year, His Majesty the King and Thailand celebrated his 60th anniversary as the king of Thailand.
Loy Krathong

Loy Krathong, November 4-5


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The well known Loy Krathong Festival celebration started in Sukhothai but is today celebrated all over Thailand and on the islands of Surat as well. Small boats made from banana leafs etc. decorated with flowers, incense and candles are floating away in the sea, river or a lake with bad luck and to forgive any sins.
Bang Rak

Bang Rak pier finally opens


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The big pier in Bangrak on the Northeastern part of Koh Samui (Close to Big Buddha and Bo Phut) is now opened for future ferry traffic. Well known ferry operator Seatran will manage the pier, that was originally built in 2004. The waters was then too shallow for any commercial ferry lines. We wish Seatran the best of luck.
Thai Food

Chaweng Food Fair


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A giant food fair is held in Chaweng until the middle of September. All kind of Thai food is served here (at cheap prices), as well as entertaining, performances shops, shows (all kind of clothes, household articles, toys etc.). The location is next to the Chaweng lake (Behind McDonald's).
Golf

Samui Golf & Country Club
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Golfer's island Samui Golf & Country Club is the name of the new golf course that is planned North of Lamai beach, not so far from IT Complex I and II. This will be the second golf course on the island when it is finished.

Further info is found here

HM The Queen

HM The Queen's Birthday


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HM Queen Sirikit Her Majesty The Queen Sirikit is celebrating her birthday on the 12th of August 2006. This is also Mother's Day in Thailand. We and the whole Thai nation wish Her Majesty The Queen a very happy birthday and long healthy life! We also wish all mothers to have a pleasant Mother's Day!
Beach Volley Ball

Beach Volley Ball, Chaweng


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Bangkok Airways is the main organizer of the Beach Volleyball Competition, held on Chaweng beach between the 22nd and the 25th of June. Kohsamui.org hope that both the players as well as the spectators will experience a funny and sunny tournament.
The King

60 years as King of Thailand!


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In June 9th, Thailand are celebrating His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej's 60th anniversary as the king of Thailand. This means that he currently is the longest serving king in the world. We want to wish the King a very happy celebration and a long healthy life!
Bowling

Major Bowl Hit on Samui


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Major Bowl Hit has opened a new bowling alley, next to the Tesco Lotus shopping center between Chaweng and Bo Phut. They are also opening 7 Hit Track Karaoke lounges next to the bowling center. There are also bowling available in center Chaweng; Living Bowl, just above McDonald's.
Samui Regatta

Samui Regatta, May 21-27


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The fifth Koh Samui Regatta is held from May 21st-27th. Classes: Racing 1, Premier Cruising, Racing 2, Sports Boat and Multihull. The yacht race is held in the Koh Samui waters with the headquarters at Central Samui Beach Resort.

Further info is found here
Clean Beach

A cleaning project


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An initiative of local residents (Beautiful World, The Looking Glass, Samui Archery and Network Samui) in association with Thesaban, Samui Tourism Association and TAT. They are looking for sponsors and volunteers. First beach cleaning day will be on May 7th. Contact Femke: 01-8951019. From abroad: +66 (0) 18951019.
Songkran

Suk San Wan Songkran!


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Kohsamui.org wishes all of you: Suk San Wan Songkran or a very happy Thai "New Year". This is the time to wish your family and friends good luck! Please be careful if you are out driving on the roads of these islands or elsewhere in Thailand! There are far too many accidents. Songkran pictures from 2006 is found here
Cinema

Major Cineplex opens


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Now all cinema lovers! We have been waiting a rather long time, but finally a movie theater is opening next to the Tesco Lotus, Home Pro and Power shopping centers (between Chaweng and Bo Phut). Also a 8 lane bowling center and a few restaurants are built in the area. It's show time folks!
Songkran

Songkran Celebration


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Songkran (the traditional Thai New Year) will be celebrated in middle April as usual. This is the time to wish your family and friends the best of luck, and there are also one, up to two days of "water war" on the streets. At this time it might be wise to dress in shorts and t-shirt as you probably will get wet!
Samui Express

Samui Express - New paper


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It has already been around for a while, but we want the welcome the new (!) newspaper on the island: Samui Express. It has a nice, partly color layout and is out every second friday. Kohsamui.org welcomes this initiative by the Asean Journals Co., Ltd, and we hope it will be successful.
Big Buddha

Big Buddha + Dharma wheel


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The island's most famous Buddhist symbol and statue - Big Buddha, is getting extended with a large Dharma wheel and a also a Suphannahong boat. Both new symbols are being built behind the Buddha statue. Big Buddha, or Wat Phra Yai in Thai language, was first built in 1972.
It Complex

Construction of IT Complex II


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A new IT Complex is being built, just next to the first one, between Lamai and Chaweng. It will include office spaces, food court, shopping area, helicopter port, car park etc. The total area will be about 8000 m² It will open in early 2007.

Further info is found here
Coco tree

Saving the coconut trees


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There are not only humans who like the coconut palm trees. The Coconut Hispine Beetle (Brontispa longissima) unfortunately like to eat the leaves of these, as well. Authorities, local organizations (like Rotary) and businesses has already started their work, trying to solve this issue.
coral reef

Coral reef restoring project


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Local authorities and the non-profit organization Tourism Association of Koh Samui (TAKS) has launched an very important project for reserving the coral reefs around the island of Samui. We really hope that this project will be a total success.

TAKS website is find here
Rainbow warrior

Rainbow Warrior to Koh Tao
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Greenpeace and the Rainbow Warrior has been on an Asia tour and the ship and it's crew also visited Koh Tao. The purpose of this tour is to "communicate the urgency of the climate crisis as well as the availability of solutions to problem."

Greenpeace website is find here

Sun

The sun is shining again!


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The weather, the last two weeks (in January) has been just wonderful, with mostly blue sky and pleasant temperatures. We feel a little sorry for those tourists who experienced an almost abnormal amount of rain in November and December. No more rain dancing for a while, please ;-)
Coco Seaplanes

CoCo Seaplanes


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Reaching the sky CoCo has launched a new project; Coco Seaplane Co., Ltd. A Cessna C208 Amphibian airplane intended for visa runs (About 40 minutes to Ranong), photographic missions and medical evacuation flights etc.

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Happy New Year

Happy Holidays from us!


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Kohsamui.org wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! We also wish that all of you who are coming to these islands in 2006, will have a very pleasant stay. Also remember to be very careful in the Christmas and New Years traffic. "See" you online or in Thailand in 2006!
The King

His Majesty's 78th Birthday


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His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej is celebrating his 78th birthday on the 5th of December 2005. In June 9th 2006, and he has been the King of Thailand for 60 years! We and the whole Thai nation wish him a very happy birthday and long healthy life!
Fishing

Exaggerated articles


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In a few European newspapers, excessive articles has reported that Samui almost is an isolated island after the raining on the 24-25th of November. This is false! On the 27 and 28th of November, Koh Samui had many hours of sunshine and almost no wind. The ferries and airport are operating as normal.
Water

24 hours of raining


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Heavy rain on November 24-25th, resulted in some flooding on these islands, the Surat Thani province and the near provinces. We hope this will mark the end of the monsoon (rain season) this year as it has been rather wet. Our thoughts are with those who were affected by the flooding.
Bangkok Air

Bangkok Air's office closed


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The Chaweng office of Bangkok Airways (next to the Bangkok Hospital) is temporary closed, for renovation, until early 2006. The airport office at Samui Airport are opened as usual.

Further info is found here
Angthong Marine Park

Marine Park coastal cleanup


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In Angthong and around the world, September 2005. No trash can The International Coastal Cleanup are organizing beach and coastline cleanup around the world. There are almost no words for how important this movement is and how thankful we are for all the individual volunteers!

Further info is found here
Samui Golf

Bangkok Airways Open


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On October 13-16, Bangkok Airways presents this Asian PGA competition held on the fabulous courses of the Santiburi Samui Country Club, a little South of Bang Por on North Koh Samui. Many famous golf pro's from Asia will participate in this competition.
Oktoberfest

Samui Oktoberfest 2005


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On September 17-18 2005 the second "October Festival" (or Oktoberfest) will be held at the Long Beach Lodge at Chaweng beach on the September 17-18. This event starts at 10 AM and it is a Charity Event by the Rotary Club of Koh Samui. German specialties like Sauerkraut, Bratwurst and Weisswurst will be served as well as Löwenbräu Bier. (German beer)
News

New newspaper in Samui


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A new newspaper was born on Samui in middle of August. Samui Community Newspaper is the first newspaper in English here and the price is reasonable 20 baht. It can be bought at Family Mart and at orange news racks at various locations. Kohsamui.org welcomes this initiative by the Nidori Group, and we hope it will be successful.
SunShine

Sunshine on the islands


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After a little "too" gray sky in June and July, the sun has been shining a lot on us now latest week. But Koh Samui, Koh Phangan and Koh Tao defiantly needed the rain before as the water supplies got rather dry earlier this year. More about the weather here
Music Festival

Koh Samui Music Festival


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On Chaweng, 23 September - 2 October 2005
Jerry Lee Lewis, UB 40, Jools Holland and The Wailers! and a lot of other great artists will visit our island. There is a main stage outdoors and some of the artists are performing at the CoCo Blues. Do not miss this event if you are on Koh Samui!







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