Tuesday, 3 June 2014

Curfew lifted in Pattaya, Phuket & Koh Samui!

Amazing news today - Curfew is finally lifted in Pattaya, Phuket and Koh Samui! 

If anybody have missed the current Thai events - The Thai military have taken over Thailand due to political reasons and due to this they have announced a nationwide curfew of midnight to 0400 am until further notice.  During this time anyone in Thailand must return to their accommodation before midnight and not leave again until after 0400am. So, it seems that it's over for the major touristy places, which is an excellent news for all of us!

I get so many emails about current situation in Thailand, so I am really happy that people can relax and look forward to their trips instead of worry about them! 

Issued at Bangkok at 17.30 hrs. (GMT+7) on 3 June 2014

Curfew has been lifted in three major tourist destinations including Pattaya, Koh Samui and Phuket as of today. The move demonstrates the commitment by the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) to promote tourism, which it identified as one of the key drivers for Thailand’s economic growth.

All other Thai destinations remain under a daily curfew (00.01-04.00 hrs.), but given the hours when most travellers are normally in the comfort of their accommodation, this has hardly stopped any visitors to Thailand from enjoying their days in the sun and taking in the sights of the kingdom’s temples, mountains and beaches.

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) wants to assure all tourists visiting the kingdom that tourism remains unaffected since the country was placed under the administration of the NCPO on 22 May 2014.

The TAT also wants to thank and show its heartfelt appreciation for everyone who has taken to social media sites to tell the world that, despite the widely reported and often sensationalised political situation here in the kingdom, it has been “business as usual” at all major tourist destinations.

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

A few days in Koh Phangan

As you may have noticed from my Facebook updates, I am back in Samui... although sadly just for a month :-(  

And we have just spent three glorious days in Koh Phangan, which is something I do not very often... (unfortunately)

Last time we were in Phangan, my son was 2 months old.. Now he is five (years) :-) 
So, basically it's been absolute ages and I really really wanted to go back there... So after 5 years off we went :-)

We stayed in the beautiful spot right at the end of Thong Nai Pan Yai Beach, at the resort called Candle Hut. It was our first time at that resort and that part of the beach, but I must tell you that it was one of the best times I ever had in Phangan..

One word - Stunning! 

The pictures will tell the story... We can't wait to go back there one day!

Thursday, 27 February 2014

A beautiful day...

My dear readers! You must be wondering why I don't post as often as I used to...

The answer is simple - unfortunately now I am spending more time in London and less in Samui as my darling son has started school in London.

We still go back to Samui 2-3 times a year for about a month or whatever school holiday allow, since we still run a vilal rental business there, but I am no longer there full time...

Samui is very special for me in every sense, and last year we actually tied the knot there :-) ...Finally after 7 years together  :-)

Nevertheless, my hubby who is there at the moment, just sent me this beautiful picture, so I thought I will share it with you...

The weather is lovely there at the moment, and I am looking forward to going there in 4 weeks time, will be there for Songkran as well, so expect more posts and pictures :-)

Sunday, 29 September 2013

Beauty of Samui through the camera lens...

It's been a while since my last post here... Busy, busy life  :-)

I am very happy to be back, although I must admit that these days posting on my blog's Facebook page is more regular and easier to do, so you have a better chance to keep up with Samui's life there.

Anyway, today I feel I want to show something special for you, so I prepared a few great shots of Samui's sunsets and incredible nature, taken by my very good friend Janthima Cha.

Janthima is a local Samui girl who loves the island and her camera, so the final results are very very good, I always enjoy her photos and today I am sharing them with you :-)

Sunday, 14 April 2013

Songkran 2013.

Today Thailand is celebrating the Songkran, which is a Thai New Year! The whole country is having a one big water fight this weekend!!!

The forecast was predicting a rainy day in Samui, and we weren't sure about how the Songkran would go.  But the rain has stopped just in time for celebrations and streets of our island were full of happy and excited people who came out to celebrate this beautiful occasion.  Tourists and locals have united in great water fight and it was bigger than ever!

Unfortunately I wasn't there this year, but my friend Julia Erofeeva took some great pics from the main point of water fight - Chaweng, so you can all have a look and enjoy!

Happy Songkran everyone!!!!

Friday, 12 April 2013

Bophut, Friday Walking street

Another Friday, another walking street in Bophut. People are enjoying the street market in Fisherman's Village, one of the most beautiful villages on Samui.
Tomorrow is the Songkran - Thai New Year, and normally it's a big water fight in Samui ( as everywhere else in Thailand) , but the forecast Windguru shows that it might be raining cats and dogs tomorrow and on Sunday, with waves reaching 2,2 m, so let's wait and see how Songkran will go...

But for now - enjoy the pictures from our lovely village, it's cloudy but no rain at the moment and walking street is in its full force!