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Best of Koh Samui – Where to sleep – Our hotels

Posted by on Nov 14, 2014 in All posts, Thailand | 0 comments

To find the best place to stay on Koh Samui, we searched all along the coast and compared various hostels, hotels and resorts. We were looking for a nice place that would shelter us for a month. Our wish was to find a hotel, located right at the beach. And the dream, a room with sea view and the beach at our doorstep. Sounds easy, right? I mean it is an island, so there will be plenty of beach bungalows. But no. Either the prices were shocking or the dwellings were off putting. The rooms aged, mouldy, damp, next to noisy generators or far away from the beach. Two days later, sun burned and a bit worn out from all the driving and inspecting, we found it. The perfect beach with a nice hotel.    Therefore, if you ask us…...

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Best of Koh Samui – Where to eat – Our favourite food places

Posted by on Nov 13, 2014 in All posts, Thailand | 0 comments

Koh Samui is the perfect island to take a break, relax and forget your worries. But even paradise island has its limits and with an influx of tourists, service may vary. We have tested the island for food and restaurants, and have found some real gems on Koh Samui.  Here they are.   WHERE TO EAT ON KOH SAMUI? 1. There really is just one answer to that – Mama Ninja Restaurant. Located at the touristy end of Chaweng Road. Serves authentic Thai food. Soups, curries, noodles, shakes, fruit plates, even breakfasts. With no frills. Amidst a surprisingly basic interior which is different to the typical tourist restaurants. Mama Ninja pleasantly reminds of Thais roadside cuisine.  You sit in a spacious iron hut on white plastic chairs. Dishes come on baby blue plastic plates and the food…the food is...

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Best of Koh Samui – What to do – Our 25 treasured attractions

Posted by on Nov 12, 2014 in All posts, Thailand | 0 comments

I am going to spell out our well kept secrets on lodging, eateries and activities on our ever favourite island. Koh Samui. We have been at least four times to the island and stayed a few months, exploring the paradise from head to toe. So here are the tips and tricks that made it a paradise for us.     25 COOL THINGS TO DO ON KOH SAMUI (in random order)   1. Rent a motorbike. If you can. Because if you are stuck at your hotel, you are missing out on all the non touristy fun the island has to offer.   There are more reasons to have your two wheeler on the island: We hate to be ripped off by taxis. There are NO metered taxis on the island despite what their signs say. Make sure you...

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Radiation levels in Thailand

Posted by on Oct 26, 2012 in All posts, Radiation levels around the world, Thailand | 2 comments

After the Fukushima disaster in 2011, media and public were going crazy about the potential threat of radiation to the world. I was, admittedly part of that –  panicky, scared of the danger of invisible rays, speculating about health risks, almost having cancelled our trip to Japan in March 2012. Buying a professional Geiger counter (Gamma Scout) may well have been an overreaction and the result of exaggerated mistrust of public accounts, but you know what, it tremendously helped to get radiation into perspective and most of all, to find out about radiation levels we were actually exposed to. I sure was very surprised about those radiation levels we measured all over Japan. Here is another country we ‘inspected’. Pictures we took of the Geiger counter in Thailand. What are typical radiation levels? Everything between 0.100-0.200 micro sievert/hour is...

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Bangkok’s parallel fashion world

Posted by on Aug 13, 2012 in All posts, Beauty and Fashion, Thailand | 0 comments

Thailand has been going through a creative renaissance over the past years with hip young designers churning out leading-edge creations. Bangkok has the potential to become Asia’s fashion hub. There are many young entrepreneurs with their tiny clothing boutiques securing their piece of the fashion cake. An amazing sight in Bangkok’s shopping districts emerge at night. The narrow streets beneath the sky-train platforms transform into a parallel fashion world of clothing stalls. These independent sellers, putting up their stalls at sunset, do not rely on industry contacts but on their own wits and talents, copying freshest fashion trends and reproducing best seller couture. A fun thing to observe, many tailored garments on the racks have cut out magazine pictures of original designs. When you see those street vendors across the street from the main fashion players, such as massive...

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Koh Samui’s fun fair

Posted by on Jul 22, 2012 in All posts, Thailand | 2 comments

Koh Samui has got a hidden treasure that’s worth to discover.  This weekend it was mingling with locals and going for the probably most unpopular tourist spot, the fun fair market. With garish neon pole lights, uneven ground formed by the heavy monsoon rains, randomly placed steamy food stalls, balloon shooting stands, a bit of illegal gambling, Koh Samui’s girls dancing on a huge stage to a cheery, drunken crowd, it was village life at its best. The market is crammed with colourful merchandise, DVD rips, cheap jewellery and accessories, sunglasses for 50 Baht, shorts for 100 Baht (I don’t think it does get any cheaper than that), holy pictures and plastic toys. The food variety offers mouth sized snacks and is quite a sight to foreign eyes. Have a look! If you see that sign and these little...

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Japanese dining in Thailand

Posted by on Jul 2, 2012 in All posts, Japan, Thailand | 0 comments

I know, I know. I am in Bangkok and Thai food stalls are just everywhere, most of the time on your way to anywhere and a lot of times in your way blocking the side walk. And yes, all Bangkok malls do serve delish local food at massive food corners. And yes again, for there are plenty of street side and aircon restaurants with Thai food. See, the thing is that I really really like Thai food and up till March this year it was amongst my favourite feeds, it’s still very highly ranked but…. I have been to Japan. And Japanese cooking will turn anyone with at least one taste bud around. Japanese eats are so good, more like rock bottom awesome, making it the formidable crème de la crème of all cuisines in the world. I am...

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All Malls and the Mall of All in Bangkok

Posted by on Jun 28, 2012 in All posts, Beauty and Fashion, Thailand | 0 comments

Bangkok is the city of malls. And I do not mean the limiting standard conglomeration of shops like Zara or H&M for the average consumer that tend to dominate the market in Germany and Poland. I also do not mean the common Tesco sort of supermarket mall. Bangkok is not limited to the Louis Vuitton, Prada, Armani and other haute couture overpriced bores but to a vivid spectrum of young, fresh and local designers and many many many specialized clothes, shoes, bags and accessory retailers I have never seen before. On top of an amazing variety of clothes, the malls are not mere clones of each other but each one has a very different variety of goodies and something special. There is the grand Siam Paragon Mall boasting a theatre (very progressive!), a cinema and IMAX, which you can...

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Big Ball and Soccer Golf

Posted by on Jun 26, 2012 in All posts, Thailand | 0 comments

If bored of the beach and looking for more island activities, Koh Samui offers some alternative inland action. For one, there is Soccer Golf. I have heard of Mini Golf but the combination of soccer and golf was new and therefore had to be explored. After we arrived, paid 650 Baht per person (that’s a lot), we each had to choose a soccer ball and received a notepad on which to mark the amount of tries before you’d hit a goal, which in this case is a hole. The site looks like a golf course but instead of shooting the crap out of a small golf ball you get to focus your energy on a football that has to be skilfully shot into big golf like holes. Nice detail at the ladies loo. Ready to hit that hole.  ...

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Extraordinary souvenirs from Koh Samui

Posted by on Jun 24, 2012 in All posts, Thailand | 2 comments

When walking Chaweng or Lamai road all touristy shops look the same with a repetitive range of T-shirts, sunglasses, flip flops and typical beach front souvenir dullness. Living out off our suitcases as perpetual travellers since February 2012, with our home sold and no permanent residency, souvenir buys are not what we’re after but a fun thing to check out in foreign countries. After making an impulse shopping purchase in Japan I will be carrying that irresistible Kokeshi souvenir with me until I might decide to send it off to my parents to Germany spending more on shipping than I did on my wooden treasure :) But the curse and joy of perpetual travelling is that you get to see things and find souvenirs that are unique and amazing, which gradually makes me improve my willpower to reduce consumption....

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Come sun, come rain… public transport on Koh Samui

Posted by on Jun 22, 2012 in All posts, Thailand | 0 comments

To make the most of our stay on the island we decided to rent a motorbike. Renting is a great way to escape horrendous taxi fares on Koh Samui. Because on the island, there is no real public transport. You will notice this, right after you have landed.   Airport Transfer Tourist Rip At the airport, the only available means to get away are airport taxis or airport minibuses, which can be booked from the transportation counter at the airport.   The airport taxis have no meter, despite carrying the roof top sign ‘metered taxi’ and demanding fares that are somewhat difficult to justify. A taxi ride to a hotel at Chaweng or Lamai – about 2-3 km away from the airport – will start at 400 Baht. The price is equivalent to a 30 km taxi ride in...

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Of bees and butterflies

Posted by on Jun 21, 2012 in All posts, Thailand | 0 comments

Butterflies have six legs and unattractive life cycles of egg, larva and pupa but, in contrast to other insects, most people consider them gorgeous and likeable. Moths, although belonging to the same Lepidoptera family do not receive similar acclaim in visual arts, literature or jewellery. Even the name, consisting of ‘butter’ and ‘fly’ does not exactly generate attractive associations. Despite its strange name the butterfly has managed to become a very popular species. And very successful – it has been around for about 50 million years. It was the first time I have been to a butterfly garden and I liked the one at Koh Samui a lot. Loads of those flying beauties surround you upon entering the garden through a heavy metal curtain. There is a walking trail leading up the hill until you reach the viewpoint on...

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Ice age in Ice Bar on Koh Samui

Posted by on Jun 20, 2012 in All posts, Thailand | 0 comments

We had -7 degrees Celsius on Koh Samui today. Water turned to ice and breathing left misty clouds in the air. Wearing Russian style furry hats, heavy overcoats and gloves – we covered ourselves from the freezing cold.  Did global warming  mix up the weather or did the gods try to freeze perpetual traveler dreams? Nope. We just visited the Ice Bar on Koh Samui island! Not what one would expect on a tropical island but true: Koh Samui has a party lounge chamber entirely made of ice with various ice sculptures. Entering the freezing chamber is through a narrow corridor and two thick safe like doors.   From +30 to -7 in 2 minutes. Getting ready for the temperature shock.   I am not the only one on high spirits…   Ordering cold drinks  – no ice please!...

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Walking Tolkiens trails at Tanim Magic Garden

Posted by on Jun 16, 2012 in All posts, Thailand | 0 comments

On the one side Koh Samui is an island of sun worshippers and bar hoppers occupying touristy Chaweng and Lamai beaches. On the other side it is the island of magic and mystery.  You know all about the island’s mystery by now – this time I am going to bring you magic. Today we visited Tanim Magic Garden hidden deep in the island’s hills. We got there pretty late, the sun was going down, the ticket booth had already closed, there was not a soul around. However, the tiny entrance gate stood open and drew us in as if by magic :) Going down the steep steps we proceeded further down the hill until only little light shed through thickening shrubbery and tree crowns. Happy, smiling and ready to embrace any adventure, we came to a narrow stream that...

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Mummified Monk Mystery

Posted by on Jun 14, 2012 in All posts, Thailand | 0 comments

On the sunny side Koh Samui is an island of beach worshippers and bar hoppers occupying touristy Chaweng and Lamai beaches. On the other side it is the island of magic and mystery. This time I am going to bring you mystery. Death is an inevitable mystery for all living beings. Being able to keep a good figure after death an even greater mystery.  Well preserved bodily exhibits project a morbid fascination of the long gone and are sacredly kept in museums and mausoleums around the world.  Longevity and immortality is what humankind has been obsessed with since mortality became an issue forever. Medicine and health industry prospering on prolonging life expectancy and changing life styles. Religion and spirituality growing on mankind’s fear and desire promising after life through reincarnation and entering the heavens. The fascinating devotion to life...

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Buddha comes in all shapes and sizes

Posted by on Jun 13, 2012 in All posts, Thailand | 0 comments

I thought I have seen it all. The standing Buddha, the sitting one, the sleeping statue, the up sized or tiny,  the whole S, M, L range , the golden or silver sculpture, Buddha’s footprint, tooth relic and only recently Buddha’s eyebrow relic in Cambodia. With flowers and offerings or without, posing alone or with an elephant and monkey (who attended to him as prince Siddhartha Gautama sought solitude and enlightenment away from material pleasures before becoming Buddha – ‘the enlightened one’). But today’s tour offered yet another sight. At Koh Samui’s most colourful temple complex Wat Plai Laem you get it all and on top: a one of a kind Buddha statue in a generous up size and with multiple arms. Multiple in this case means eighteen! Usually Buddha has two arms. This one needs them to hold...

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Buddha temple and witchcraft on Koh Samui

Posted by on Jun 10, 2012 in All posts, Thailand | 0 comments

Today we went to see the ultimate kitsch gem of the island of Koh Samui: the 1972 build Buddha temple with a 12 meter tall golden Buddha statue sitting at Wat Phra Yai. We climbed up the wide staircase which is framed by flowing dragons with multiple heads on either side and were rewarded with a great view over the ocean with an amazing sunset and an overlook of the surrounding beaches of Koh Phangan island.   Lord Buddha. Did not count the stairs. Three headed elephant. Closest to big Buddha. Sleeping, sitting, standing. Monks and Thais come here to give rice, flower, coconut and joss stick offerings to Lord Buddha. Upstairs you can ring big bells and send out a prayer. Downstairs stray dogs are patrolling the area, restaurants, souvenir and T-shirt sellers lure the tourist. Windy weather....

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Island of LOVE

Posted by on Jun 7, 2012 in All posts, Thailand | 0 comments

If you feel madly in love, encounter butterflies in your stomach and ongoing enchantment produces a bright smile on your face, then chances are that you are on the island of Koh Samui. Looking out from the hotel terrace I can see the young and beautiful celebrating their bodies, sunbathing and sea dipping at dreamy silver beach. With water as clear as crystal, wide bays with hot white sand, juicy coconuts, couples enjoying shady palm spots, tattooed torsos emitting manly testosterone, taint beauties lolling on the beach, there is a lot of  Eros in the air. Koh Samui fits you with pink glasses to see an amorous world whenever you are ready to receive its gift of  love enormous genitals.  It so happens that nature has shaped the rocky shores of Koh Samui into depictions of what locals call...

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