Monthly Archives: August 2014

Thailand and The Beach by Alex Garland

Thailand. They call it the Land of the Smiles. A country famous for its Buddhist temples, beautiful cuisine and those wonderfully exotic beaches. Pristine paradises hidden far from the bustling capital of Bangkok.

It was these shores, shrouded from tourists, that Leonardo DiCaprio searched for in the film version of Alex Garland’s The Beach. If there’s a paradise on Earth, you’ll find it in the stunning scenery of Thailand. Here are our top five facts about The Beach.

Koh Samui Culture 窶 Songkaran

Though there is enough to keep anyone entertained all year round on the picturesque island of Kho Samui, some special days are more special than others and Songkaran is just such an occasion, featuring two unique and special events quite unlike any you may have seen before. Songkaran is also a great time to be a tourist on the island, as the Thai窶冱 already friendly demeanour is heightened by the festivities.

Koh Samui weather

It窶冱 Thailand窶冱 second-largest island, situated in-between approximately 60 other islands which make up the Ang Thong Marine National Park. If white sand, coral reefs and coconuts aren’t enough, Koh Samui provides a wealth of activities to keep you entertained, from off-road driving through the jungle to learning Thai boxing.

So, when visiting one of the most exquisite gems the world has to offer, you窶决e going to have a great time no matter what. Samui, is simply put, stunning.

Things to see and do in Koh Samui you won’t see anywhere else in the world

A beautiful drop in the Gulf of Thailand, just an 80 minute flight away from Bangkok, Koh Samui (often referred to simply as 窶彜amui窶 by the locals) is Thailand’s 2nd largest island after Phuket.  Historically, Koh Samui has always been an isolated self-sufficient community with little connection to mainland Thailand; it didn’t even have any roads until the 1970’s!  Nowadays it’s a tourist hotspot and known for its coconut and rubber exports.  But what makes Koh Samui unique?