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Samui Clubs and Associations
ROCKS (Rotary Club Koh Samui)
The rotary Club is an international organisation and boasts members in over 160
countries worldwide. Their motto is "Service Above Self” and on Samui members
organise fundraising events and co-ordinate charitable activities both on and
off the island. ROCKS played an important role providing direct relief to
tsunami victims on the west coast and the organisation also provides help to
local schools and other community services. The membership is largely made up of
local business people, both Thais and Foreigners, and the club holds weekly
meetings to discuss and plan its projects. For more information visit the
website at www.rotarysamui.org.
The Samui Culinary Circle is a network of food and beverage professionals who
work in resorts and restaurants around the island. It boasts in the region of
forty members, mostly drawing on executive chefs, FNB managers, and
restaurateurs, and all the main hotels, as well as many of the island’s top
restaurants are represented.
Samui Spa Association
The spa Association was set up to monitor and maintain Spa standards, including
the application of legal limits and the standardization of Health Spa practice.
Members are also involved in protecting and preserving the nature and
environment of Koh Samui and its surroundings, with a special attention paid to
the regions icons and symbols. Together the various Spa owners on Samui hope to
promote a healthy, stylish image for the island, especially with relation to
holistic and Spa treatments, both amongst local residents and members of the
wider general public. To guarantee quality when you visit a spa on Samui, always
make sure it is a member.
Sisters on Samui
SOS is a ladies only group that meets every third Wednesday of the month for
lunch at different venues around the island. It is a great way to meet other
women of all nationalities, who live or are visiting the island, in a friendly
atmosphere. A percentage of the meal price is put aside each month and at the
end of the year a significant donation to a mutually agreed deserving cause is
made, so everybody benefits.
Samui Lions Club
The Koh Samui Lions Club regularly makes donations to the island community.
These include contributions like the installation of a water filter in a school
to provide the children with fresh drinking water on site, and a gift of fifty
footballs, given to the municipality office for the renovation of a youth
football pitch near the airport as part of the national anti-drugs campaign. The
Lions Club also help organise charity sporting events in conjunction with the
Tourist Authority of Koh Samui. The club meets on every second Thursday of each
month and all those interested in joining can call 01 892 0384
TAT and TAKS
There are two main tourism organisations on Samui, the Tourist Authority of
Thailand and the Tourist Association of Koh Samui. The former is part of a
national network of TAT offices and is based in Nathon. There you can find
information on travel promotions, as well as special campaigns such as ‘Unseen
Thailand’. The TAT also helps organise local events and festivals, and provides
information on Samui tourist numbers and tourist revenue. The TAKS is a local
organisation of tourism businesses that supports projects that help local people
and protect the island environment. It also promotes Samui abroad, particularly
at the annual ITB Tourism Fair in Berlin.
Unfortunately, stray and abandoned dogs can still be found everywhere on Samui.
But the pooch’s lot has improved dramatically over the past three years since
the Dog Rescue Centre Samui (DRCS) was founded by a dedicated group of animal
lovers. DRCS provide essential medical care, food and a home for many canines
and can advise on how to take a dog back to Europe. None of this comes cheap and
the DRCS needs to raise 150,000 baht every month for dog food and medication.
This is where you can help. Simply log on to www.samuidog.org for details of how to make a
donation, or, if you have time, help out at the centre for a day. Tel. 077 413
490 or e-mail email@example.com
An alarming – and illegal - trend has started in Soi Green Mango lately with
touts encouraging tourists to have their photograph taken with wild birds,
reptiles and monkeys. Wild animals (usually infants whose mothers have been
killed) are taken from forests on the mainland, smuggled to Samui and kept in
unbelievably poor conditions. Many have their claws and teeth ripped out and are
kept drugged so that the handler can control them more easily. Samui is a
wealthy island; this ‘business’ does not represent these people’s only income.
However cute these animals look, DO NOT AGREE TO HAVE YOUR PHOTOGRAPH TAKEN WITH
THEM. If people refuse to have their pictures taken, this cruel trade will die.
Also spotted recently: young elephants being led around the streets for tourists
to pay to feed them. Samui’s roads get baking hot by mid-afternoon and can
damage the elephant’s feet. Prolonged exposure to sunlight also burns their