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Here you will find news about Koh Samui, Koh Phangan and Koh Tao. We are focusing on news concerning tourism, events, developments, local attractions, environmental issues, celebrations and traveling in Thailand in general.

We don't focus that much on crime, accidents, political issues etc. as most other regional news recourses cover these topics.

We are updating the news regularly, so check back regularly to stay updated!






2013



Happy 2014
Happy New Year 2014!

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Kohsamui.org wish you a Happy New Year 2014, filled with all that is beautiful in life!

Kohsamui.org ขอให้ทุกท่านจงมีความสุขและโชคดีตลอดปีใหม่นี้และตลอดไป!

We would like to thank all our visitors and advertisers! Also a huge thank you to all of you who have booked accommodation or/and tours with us!

Dec 31, 2013, 4:26 am
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Tesco Lotus 'No bags' stores
No Plastic Bags

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Tesco Lotus recently opened two “No Bag Stores” in Koh Samui and in Phuket. Plastic bags are no longer available from these stores, but reusable bags can be bought.

This is a trial project and other Tesco Lotus stores will probably follow, later on.

Dec 27, 2013, 6:41 pm
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Priya Vasudev Mani Iyer
Celebrating in Samui!

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Famous Bollywood / Kollywood actress Priyamani, will celebrate New Year here in Koh Samui. She wrote this on Twitter, a few hours ago:

"Off to Bangkok tonite!and then to oh Samui!!!! excited!!!!! yayyyyy!!! New Year vacations start from now!"

 Photo: Bollywood Hungama

Dec 26, 2013, 5:49 pm
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Suthep, The Democrats
Vikasa is Expanding

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Vikasa Yoga Retreat is a first class yoga resort situated between Lamai Beach and Chaweng Noi. They recently announced an upcoming expansion because of its increasing popularity.

Click on the link for further information:

 Vikasa Yoga Retreat website

Dec 24, 2013, 9:23 pm
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Happy Holidays from Kohsamui.org
Merry Christmas!

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Kohsamui.org would like to wish you a wonderful Christmas time!

If you are celebrating Christmas, we hope that you will have a great time together with family or/and friends and of course, some tasty Christmas food as well!

Dec 23, 2013, 8:58 pm
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Will there be an airport on Koh Phangan?
Airport on Phangan?!

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Just a few months ago there were rumors that the plans to build an airport in Koh Phangan were canceled.

But now, new rumors are suggesting that privately owned Kan Air are preparing to buy four Bombardier Q400 turboprop aircrafts in order to launch commercial flights from Bangkok to the island. Kan Air officials have also stated that the construction of the airport currently is 40% percent complete, and that it will be opened in mid 2014!

Dec 16, 2013, 9:43 pm
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Suthep, The Democrats
PM Dissolves House

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Thailand's Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra today announced the dissolution of the House of Representatives. This after a massive turnout of (peaceful) anti-government protesters on the streets of Bangkok. Between 150,000-200,000 protestors, led by Suthep Thaugsuban (see picture), had gathered nearby the Democracy Monument.

Dec 9, 2013, 6:40 pm
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The turmoil in Bangkok
The Unrest in Bangkok

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Is the current turmoil in Bangkok affecting Southern Thailand, including Samui, Phangan and Tao?

It is obviously affecting the local population's minds and thoughts, but as a visitor you will probably NOT even notice anything at all in Samui or on any other island in Thailand. The turmoil is currently only focused to certain areas in the capital. ALL airports (including Suvarnabhumi) are open and operating as normal.

Dec 3, 2013, 9:13 pm
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Samujana logotype
Best Villa in SE Asia

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Samujana is a luxury villa project situated in the Choeng Mon area of Samui. They recently won the prestigious award for "Best Villa in South-East Asia" at the Southeast Asia Property Awards, in Singapore. We would like to congratulate them!

More information about Samujana is found below:

 The Samujana website

Nov 21, 2013, 3:50 pm
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Charity at Hansar Samui
Hansar Charity Bazaar

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Place: Hansar Samui Resort
Time: 30 Nov, from 11 am

This event is a part of Hansar's corporate social responsibility program (CSR). Each month they are arranging different activities to help the less fortunate in the community. Most of the time the fund is raised from selling products from their organic garden.

Nov 15, 2013, 10:43 pm
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The high season is coming
Peak Season is Coming

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The peak season in Thailand is coming in a little more than a month. It should be mentioned that many popular hotels will be fully booked during this period. We therefore recommend that you book your hotel room well in advance, if you plan to visit Thailand during the high season. We have many deals with reduced room rates:

 Great Rates on Hotels

Nov 5, 2013, 2:36 am
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Stu Kyffin at the hospital
Fund Raising for Stu

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Stu Kyffin, a British SAS Veteran, was seriously hurt in a motorbike accident in Koh Samui at October 4th. Now his family is raising funds for the treatment and hopefully also a future medical evacuation back to The UK.

More information is available by clicking the link below:

 Fund raising for a medevac for Stu - at Youcaring.com

Oct 30, 2013, 11:52 am
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Supreme Patriarch Dies
Supreme Patriarch Dies

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Thailand's Supreme Patriarch, Somdet Phra Nyanasamvara, the head leader of all Buddhist monks in Thailand, died today. He was 100 years of age. He died at Chulalongkorn Memorial Hospital in Bangkok, where he had been treated since 2002.

Obviously, he was greatly respected by the Thai people.

Oct 24, 2013, 10:11 pm
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Ricardo AEA logotype
First Green Island?

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Ricardo-AEA, a provider of analysis, data and advice on sustainable solutions, is working with the mayor of Koh Samui, Ramnate Chaikwang, to deliver the first 'Green Island' in the Asia-Pacific region. The mayor said: "We recognise the importance of clean energy, sustainable transportation, waste management, and water efficiency to our island and our economy."

We will keep you updated!

Oct 17, 2013, 10:15 am
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Tips from us
Ark Bar - For Party Lovers

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Ark Bar is the ideal place for all party lovers in Koh Samui. It has been open about 15 years and it's probably the most popular beach club on the island. Professional DJ's are entertaining from the afternoon until late night.

 Book a room at Ark Bar

Location: In the heart of Chaweng. Head down to the beach just north of McDonald's

Oct 14, 2013, 3:48 pm
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No flooding in Koh Samui
No Floods in Samui

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We have received several questions by email and on Facebook, whether there are current flooding in Samui, or not. The answer is no! Fortunately, there are no current flooding in Koh Samui, Koh Phangan, Koh Tao or in southern Thailand for that matter.

However, there are current floods in several provinces north of Bangkok.

Oct 5, 2013, 8:03 pm
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Party turns 25
Full Moon Party Turns 25

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The famous (and for some people infamous) Full Moon Party just turned 25 years this year. It started at Had Rin Beach in Koh Phangan with just a portable cassette player and a few people, but grew to became one of the most famous beach parties in the entire world. Happy Birthday BUT please do not grow any bigger (just a personal opinion!)

 Information about the party
 How it was back in the days

Sept 29, 2013, 11:45 am
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More than seven million visitors on Kohsamui.org
+ 7 Million Visitors

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This website, Kohsamui.org, just had it's 7 million unique visitor! We celebrated at the office with some fresh yellow mangoes, tasty rambutan, refreshing purple mangosteens and other local "tropical" fruits.

We really would like to thank all our loyal visitors! If you like our site, please recommend us to your friends or mention us on your blog etc. Thank you so much!

Sept 25, 2013, 8:40 pm
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Courts for tourists in Samui
Tourist Courts in Samui?

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In an effort to protect foreigners visiting Thailand, a tourist court has been opened in the tourist resort of Pattaya. The court will be open between 4:30 pm until 8:30 pm, covering matters such as scams and personal security.

Similar night-opened courts are planned to be implemented later in other tourist destinations, such as Bangkok, Phuket, Krabi, Chiang Mai and Koh Samui.

Sept 11, 2013, 2:59 pm
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Latin and jazz festival
Samui Latin & Jazz Week

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Don't miss the Samui Latin and Jazz Week on Koh Samui! The event is held on various resorts on the island, from September 29 until October 6, 2013. The main stage is situated at the beachfront of Amari Palm Reef (Northern Chaweng). For further information, please visit the official event website:

 Samui Jazz & Latin Week

 Book your hotel room here

Sept 10, 2013, 12:44 am
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Samui - Laughing gas crackdown
Ban of Balloons

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The authorities and the Bangkok police have made a crackdown on vendors selling balloons with "laughing gas" or nitrous oxide.

These have become rather common in Koh Phangan (at the Full Moon Party) and Koh Samui, as well.

Those arrested face up to five years in prison, or / and a fine for providing medications without authorization.

Aug 27, 2013, 11:01 am
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Tips from us
Nice Beach Restaurant

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We would to recommend Krua Chao Baan, an excellent and cheap beach restaurant on the east coast of the island. It's a genuine Thai restaurant that is popular among the locals. The prices are really low compared to the food quality. They have very tasty curries ("gaeng") and seafood dishes.

Location: Krua Chao Baan is situated in northern Hua Thanon, just south of Rocky's Resort and Lamai.

Aug 24, 2013, 1:00 pm
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Higher occupancy i Samui hotels
75 % Hotel Occupancy

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According to C9 Hotelworks, the hotel occupancy in Koh Samui have risen to 75% for the first mid-year, 2013. The numbers for the same period 2011 was just under 60%, so it is a pretty remarkable increase. Our guess is that MANY hotels will be fully booked the coming high season.

 Source: Report from C9 Hotelworks (PDF)

Aug 22, 2013, 11:41 am
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Samui - A low carbon destination?
Low Carbon Destination?

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The chairman of the Koh Samui Tourism Promotion Association, Thanongsak Somwong, have warned that the rapid growth of Samui is causing the island to face energy shortages.

The island intends to be a low-carbon tourist destination in a few years, by resolving its environmental problems and reducing the total energy consumption.

Aug 15, 2013, 10:40 am
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Girl with a helmet on
50% Wears a Helmet

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More people are wearing a motorcycle helmet while driving in Samui. Both locals and tourists.

Today Kohsamui.org counted 500 motorcyclists and 48% of these were wearing a helmet 52% did not use a helmet.

The number of helmet users have increased a lot the last decade. Ten years ago only (about) 10% were using them.

Aug 14, 2013, 2:57 pm
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Survives 9 hours in the sea
Survives 9 Hours in Sea

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In the early hours of August 7, a German man known as Saschi, accidentally fell of a night ferry from Chumphon to Koh Tao. It was dark, but he managed to swim with the waves, all night.

At about 10 am, he saw a fishing boat and he managed to get the captains' attention by waving his T-shirt. He was finally rescued. Exhausted but well.

Aug 9, 2013, 11:02 am
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HM The Queen's birthday
HM Queen Turns 81

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HM Queen Sirikit of Thailand turns 81 on Monday, August 12th. Queen Sirikit and the King were recently released from a Bangkok hospital after a long treatment. They are now residing in Hua Hin.

Kohsamui.org would like to wish Queen Sirikit a very happy birthday and a long and happy life!

Aug 6, 2013, 10:08 pm
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Caught with ice
Caught with 12 Kg's of Ice

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Two Indian men, 41 and 51-year-old, have been arrested at Samui Airport. They were accused and charged of trafficking 12,3 kilos of "ice" (crystal methamphetamine or "yaba" in Thai language) worth more than 40 million baht.

The suspects were detained at Samui Airport after arriving from Chennai in southern India, via Singapore.

July 28, 2013, 5:01 pm
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Breaking News
Kills Police in Chaweng

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This morning, a crazed 35-year old local man started to attack people at the PTT gas station in Chaweng. When the police arrived and fired warning shots, the man was able to grab one of the guns from the police and he killed the officer with it, execution-style! The other officer got stabbed, but survived.

The killer managed to flee the scene, but was soon arrested at his house and taken to custody.

July 20, 2013, 11:55 pm
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Tips from us
Excellent Coco Ice Cream

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At the viewpoint just south of Chaweng Noi they serve great coconut ice cream with various toppings for just 30-50 baht. Take the opportunity to enjoy the ocean view, while you eat great local ice cream!

Location: At the viewpoint located next to the main road (Road 4169), just south of Chaweng Noi Beach.

July 17, 2013, 4:51 pm
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Phangan declared drought zone
Declared Drought Zone

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The governor of Surat Thani, Chartpong Chartphuti, has declared Koh Phangan a drought-stricken zone. A two-month shortage of rainfall has caused a water supply emergency.

A fund has now been set aside to provide water supply as initial relief.

 Our website about Phangan

July 6, 2013, 6:50 pm
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New manager at Conrad
New GM at Conrad

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Italian-Swiss Stefano Ruzza is the new General Manager of Conrad Koh Samui. Stefano has 16 years of experience of working with international hospitality and has worked in countries such as South Korea, India, Malaysia, Sri Lanka and Singapore. He is fluently in English, German, Italian, Spanish and French. We wish Stefano a pleasant stay in Samui and the best of luck in his new position at the hotel!

July 1, 2013, 3:49 pm
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Makeover of a luxury resort
Anantara Makeover

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Anantara Bophut Resort is undergoing a 170 million baht renovation. Key elements of the makeover includes an upgrade of the rooms, the lobby, the hotel library, the High Tide Restaurant and the Eclipse Bar.

The luxury hotel will not accept reservations until November 15, when the renovation is expected to be finished.

June 24, 2013, 9:22 pm
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Karma is now Kanda
Karma Becomes Kanda

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A consortium of the existing villa owners of Karma Samui have obtained the management rights of the resort. It has also been renamed to Kanda Residences. There are 36 privately owned pool villas situated at the resort.

The former website has been closed and it has been replaced with this one:

 Kanda Residences

June 6, 2013, 7:18 pm
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Samui Film Workshop 2013
Samui Film Workshop

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16 day film making workshops are offered on Koh Samui starting in June.

Learn how to make your own movie or documentary, by professionals. This workshop is aimed for people with varying skill levels. All necessary information is found on their website (see below).

 Visit their official website

May 6, 2013, 7:55 pm
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Samui powercuts
The Recent Blackouts

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There have been a number of short power outages (30 minutes up to an hour) on the island recently.

The latest blackout, affecting many (but not all) households, occurred this night, at 3 am.

We hope that the relevant authorities are able to fix the issue in the near future.

May 2, 2013, 6:31 am
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Atkinson Courtney
The Triathlon Results

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37 athletes managed to complete the Samui Triathlon, yesterday. These are the winners:

Men: Courtney Atkinson
Nation: Australia
Total time: 6:00:18

Women: Melissa Hauschildt
Nation: Australia
Total time: 6:14:49

Kohsamui.org would like to congratulate these great athletes.

Apr 22, 2013, 3:26 pm
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The Samui Triathlon 2013
Samui Island Triathlon

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It is time for the Samui Triathlon again, on Sunday, April 21th.

The central point of the event is Nathon and the race consists of:

1. Swimming: 4 kilometers
2. Cycling: 122,65 kilometers
3. Running: 30 kilometers

 The official race website

Apr 16, 2013, 3:26 pm
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Songkran 2556 / 2013
Happy Songkran!

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Kohsamui.org would like to wish everyone a very happy Songkran, the Thai traditional new year!

If you're in Thailand, be aware of the road accident statistics during Songkran! It's obviously better to be safe than sorry!

Ok... Let's throw some water!

Apr 12, 2013, 9:29 pm
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Bangpo Seafood
Restaurant Awarded

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The well-known New York based travel magazine Travel + Leisure has listed Bangpo Seafood as one of the best beach restaurants in the world!

Kohsamui.org would like to congratulate Bangpo Seafood and wish them further success with their restaurant.

 Listing in Travel + Leisure

Apr 11, 2013, 4:31 pm
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Accident in Samui
Two Brits Dies in Traffic

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Two English tourists, 68 years and 69 years old, were killed on Saturday when a truck went off the road and struck both of them as they were walking. They are said to have been killed instantly.

Kohsamui.org would like to express our deepest condolences to the families.

Mar 24, 2013, 9:31 pm
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Roger James
Repatriate Roger

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Englishman Roger David James Whitting was involved in serious motorbike accident on the island, February 4, 2013. He needs a spinal operation and urgent repatriation to England.

A Facebook campaign has been launched to help him raise money for the medical evacuation.

 Facebook campaign page

Mar 19, 2013, 6:31 pm
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A new power plant
New Power Station

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A new power station was inaugurated today on the Samui Island. This is connected to the mainland via a submarine cable linked to a larger plant in the Kanom district.

The newly inaugurated plant will supply electricity to both Koh Samui and it's sister island, Koh Phangan.

Mar 15, 2013, 8:01 pm
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Celebration at Beach Republic
Independence Day Party

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"The Independence Day Party" (with world class DJ's and special guests) is celebrated at Beach Republic on Friday, 25th. The party starts at 8 pm.

Beach Republic is a premium beach club, situated in Northern Lamai, not far from IT Complex.

Jan 22, 2012, 11:01 am
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