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Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Ko Samui December 19th 2002

Mae Nam is the best resort Samui seems to offer. On a rainy day the east side is reminiscent of Isaac Levitan’s realist masterpiece "Deep Waters" restricted as it is from development by network of streams. The centre of the beach is more typically furnished with the staple palm tree and plays host to an array of pleasant bars and eateries facing north towards Ko Phangan. Lorries hurl along the main drag at break neck speeds, an indicator as to how Ko Samui has the highest incidence of traffic fatalities in the whole of Thailand. In spite of this Mae Nam is a delightful place with only perfunctory facets of the commercialism that mars so many other areas of the island. Perhaps best of all the residents are extremely friendly and their sense of humour can ... read more

Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Ko Samui December 13th 2002

General observations of the Samui Archipelago: 1 - If Thai folk generally drive like madman then the islanders need sectioning. 2 - The long haired locals are suspiciously laid back. 3 - If bungalow construction continues at the rate it is then in 10 years time that is all there will be. Ko Samui is Ko Phangan's older and bigger messed up brother. If Phangan was Jonny Depp, liked to binge but essentially too cool to warrant problematic, then Samui is a drunk from the old school, someone like William Holden or Oliver Reed. Lamai for example is made up of Hua Hin rejects, tattooed skinheads and lascivious men with a penchant for Thai girls. It's only marginally eased by a steep beach that induces impressive waves abetted by the sudden storms that often creep in ... read more

Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Ko Samui August 15th 1998

There is an indefinable quality that makes Buddhist countries superb travel destinations, and possibly the most famous of these is Thailand. Tourists flock to this Asian paradise from all over the world, and when it comes to the tourism industry the Thais do things better and with more grace than anyone else ... and who can resist the world famous Thai cuisine! When I arrived in Bangkok I mysteriously slotted into Thai lifestyle as if they had cast a magic spell over me. It hardly seems possible to be in a foreign country for the first time, and yet from the moment of arrival feel so relaxed and at ease. But that's the mystery of Thailand; in a country of 60 million people who are 95% buddhist and also boasting one of the strongest economies in ... read more
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