Samui Guide Magazine Online Version. "Koh Samui. "Koh" is Thai for Island and Koh Samui is Thailand's favorite island getaway location. Located in the south of The Gulf of Thailand just offshore from Surat Thani. The island is surrounded by white sand beaches and coral reefs. The Angthong Marine National Park lies just a few kilometers away. Samui is a favorite with young and old, singles and families, Thais and International visitors. Features and attractions include natural beauty, waterfalls, national parks, inland mountains, coral reefs, extensive white sand beaches, scuba diving, four-wheel-driving, elephant trekking, mountain tours, island tours, national park tours, accomodation, night life, zoos, parks, gardens, temples, wats, restaurants, markets, fishing villages, buffalo fights, working monkeys, snake farms, butterfly farms, bungalows, 5-Star accomodations, PADI & BSAC dive courses, land & house rentals and purchase. Samui is the place to be for the holiday of your lifetime." 
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Everybody needs it from time to time. Some space to escape and enjoy what life has to offer. At Ban Sabai Sunset Beach Spa and Resort at Taling Ngam Beach on the island of Koh Samui in Thailand, life has seldom offered so much. Book a room at Ban Sabai Sunset online now, safe and fully secure

 

Sala Samui
A number of new top class resorts have opened around the island this year, and Sala Samui is certainly one of the best both in terms of its location and facilities. The resort has no less than fifty-five swimming pools, fifty-three of them attached to their luxurious private ‘pool-villas’, as well two large guest pools overlooking the gentle sands of Choeng Mon beach. There is also a first rate beachside al fresco restaurant serving succulent imported steaks, fresh daily seafood, timeless pasta creations and other international favorites, as well as the best of traditional Thai cuisine with spicy soups and salads, classic regional entrees, and sweet Thai desserts. The comfortably cushioned bar area has a cool, relaxed atmosphere, and features a live music duo every Saturday. There is even a stylish, fully stocked and air-conditioned walk-in wine cellar with a view of the sea. Meanwhile, the Mandara Spa at Sala Samui features two luxurious spa suites and two double deluxe rooms with a full service hair and beauty
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A sanctuary of privacy and peace, this Spa offers a vast array of treatments from rejuvenating facials, natural body scrubs and massage therapies to manicures and pedicures. Traditional Thai massage can also be enjoyed outdoors in one of the poolside ‘salas’ from which the resort takes its name. Like its sister resort the Sila Evason Hideaway, Sala Samui marks a step forward in both accommodation and hospitality on Samui, hopefully a step in which others will follow.
 

Siam Classic Dance
Chatupol Chaipakdee, or Jack to his friends, is a professional dancer and choreographer. Born in Rayong, he graduated with a bachelor degree in Thai Drama, and later went on to perform in productions with the Thai National Theatre. Jack has also composed and written a number of Thai classical sound and light shows, and has even worked on video and stage productions for famous Thai pop stars ‘Itt and Ying’. Working with food and beverage professional Colin Guy from the UK, Jack recently established ‘The Siam Classic Dance troupe’, who perform nightly at a specially designed theatre restaurant in Bophut. The daily sunset and dinner shows include both traditional Thai dances such as the ‘Klong Yau’ drum dance, which is often features in a Thai wedding procession, as well as more contemporary interpretations like the ‘Four Elelments’ dance, in which earth, air, fire and water compete against each other to show their powers. The performance begins with a short demonstration of the main Thai classical dance movements, and dinner shows include a generous menu of Thai dishes and fruit. Dance has been an important part of Thai culture for centuries, and at Siam Classic, visitors to Samui have the opportunity to experience all the art and drama first hand. For reservations call 077 430 065 or 07 1111646. Advanced booking is advised.

General Business Service
If your thinking of starting a business on Samui, or want better understanding of one you already run, the NAT group of companies specializes in professional business services, accounting and consultancy. The firm is the exclusive Thai licensee for GBS, the biggest business counselling franchise in the US, and offers a wide range of accounting services and advice to both small and medium sized businesses. The company has branches in Bangkok, Pattaya, Phuket and now also on Koh Samui, and already enjoys a strong reputation, particularly amongst property companies. NAT is also the sole distributor for two best selling accountancy software packages- ‘Quickbooks’, which is a US programme suitable for use in small businesses involved in a range of trade and service sectors, and ‘Sage’, which is the UK’s most popular accountancy programme. In March this year, the company led a seminar in English on Corporate Income Tax changes in Thailand, and their trained consultants also offer management and Thai tax courses for foreigners that cover everything from VAT returns to non-deductible expenses. NAT’s Managing Director, Khun Sirirat Chotivechkarn holds an MBA from Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, and writes regular business and finance articles for both the Thai and English language press. Network Advisory Team Ltd. is located on the main Samui Ring road in Chaweng. Tel. 077230831 or visit the website at www.thaiaccounting.com.

Face of the Month
Gregg Montanez is the new Executive Chef at Poppies, and the man chosen to take Samui’s most popular restaurant to the next stage in their culinary journey. Gregg, from California, comes from the Six Senses Resort in Hua Hin where he was Executive Chef for 2 years following many years in senior positions with leading hotels and restaurants around the world. His first contribution has been to create an extensive new lunch menu that is sure to make Poppies as popular during the day as it already is in the evenings. A truly international selection boasts new dishes such as quesadillas, Vietnamese style ‘wraps’ and a range of speciality sandwiches, including ‘classic pannini’ on freshly baked ciabatta served with green salad or chilled gazpacho soup. There is also a wide choice of appetizers, grilled pizzas, burgers, pasta dishes and desserts, as well as Poppies famous Thai cuisine. A new chef and a new lunch menu, combined with renowned warm and friendly service and spectacular beachside views promise to make Poppies one of the most desirable lunch venues in Chaweng.

Vietnamese Food at CSBR
Vietnamese cuisine is famous worldwide for its fresh flavors and creative ingredients. Abundant fresh herbs, delicate soups and rich stir fries combine with grilled meat and seafood often served with rice or noodles. The dishes rarely have added fats, and sweets are often based on fresh fruit served with sweetened rice or tapioca. While traditional Vietnamese cuisine relies on fresh vegetables, subtle
seasonings and rice, modern cooking reflects its Chinese and French influences and also has numerous regional differences; in the South of the country you find plentiful fresh seafood, while in the cooler climates of the North there are heartier meals with beef and abundant greens. In Central Vietnam, around the ancient Royal Capital Hue, the food is still influenced by of the former cooks to the Royal court. Vietnamese Master Chef Nguyen Phuong Mai from the Sofitel Central Plaza Bangkok’s ‘Le Danang’ Restaurant visited Samui recently to create a superb Vietnamese Buffet Menu that is soon to become a weekly theme at the Palm Grove restaurant. Her maestro touch produces French fusion dishes such as the delightful ‘spring rolls with smoked salmon’ and an exquisite ‘avocado with crabmeat.’ She manages to take what is already a popular Asian fare to even greater heights. The sumptuous buffet is also very kind on the pocket, and this month will be available at the Central Samui Village from May 11 – 26. For more information or reservations, please call the Central Samui village Tel. 0-7742-4020 or Central Samui Beach Resort, Tel. 0-7723-0500.

Light up your Life
Lighting is now considered an essential part of furnishing a home, and a newly opened retail outlet called ‘The Lightbox’ in Mae Nam now offers a range of stylish lamps and fixtures, many of them imported from Europe. The owner of the shop is Alison Webber from Scotland who can also advise and what kind of lighting best suits a particular space, and where certain fittings work best. She is an interior designer who noticed the lack of lighting services while having her own house built on Koh Samui. She now offers what she calls a ‘bespoke’ lighting service, and all the lamps in the shop are changed and updated on a regular basis. The shop is located in the large, recently constructed commercial and residential complex just south of Maenam. The Lightbox. Tel. 077 332 038.

 

Samui Regatta Schedule
At the end of this month the annual Samui Tropical Island Regatta promises a week of fun-filled racing action on the water, and a week of parties and revelry on dry land in the evenings. The atmosphere of the event is always laid back, island-style, the food showcases the worldwide realm of cuisine to be found on this very Thai island and the attitude is easy-going and fun. Forget your blazers, dig out your best tropical shorts and print shirts, and enjoy what the Samui yachting fraternity has laid on for you. Below is a guide to one of the island’s biggest and best weeks:

Monday 23rd May. Race Day One - 10.30am Coastal passage race. Afternoon - get together in the Regatta Tavern on the beach at the Race HQ; Central Samui Beach Resort - everyone is welcome! Evening - hit the town and check out our Sponsors Participating Outlets.
Tuesday 24th May. Race Day Two - 10.30am Race ‘around the cans’ in Chaweng bay. Afternoon - get together in the Regatta Tavern - on the beach at the Race HQ; Central Samui Beach Resort - everyone is welcome! Evening - hit the town and check out our Sponsors Participating Outlets
Wednesday 25th May. Race Day Three - 10.30am Coastal passage race. Afternoon - get together in the Regatta Tavern - on the beach at the Race HQ; Central Samui Beach Resort - everyone is welcome! Evening til late; Regatta Festival - Bo Phut Fishermen’s’ Village. Live music, entertainment, food stalls, and fun.
Thursday 26th May. Lay Day and Regatta Golf Day at the Santiburi Samui Country Club
Friday 27th May. Race Day Four 10.00am Coastal passage race. Afternoon - get together in the Regatta Tavern - on the beach at the Race HQ; Central Samui Beach Resort - everyone welcome! Evening; hit the town and check out our Sponsors Participating Outlets
Saturday 28th May. Race Day Five 11.00 Final race ‘around the cans’ in Chaweng bay. Evening - 19.00 Awards Ceremony and Closing Party - Gala Dinner at Central Samui Beach Resort.