Love on the Water

The reckoning of true loveDuring the Loy Krathong Festival, this year falling on the full moon of November 10th, there are many things that are not only celebrated but also cherished, such as the reckoning of true love. Many couples will visit the Chaweng Lake on Koh Samui, as well as the ocean sides, together to launch their Krathong and believing that their relationship will become stronger and happier as the year progresses.

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The Loy Krathong Festival – November 10th 2011

Krathong is a small lotus shaped boat made from the stem and leaves of a banana plant One of the most popular and by far the most romantic festivals in Thailand is called Loy Krathong. Celebrated annually on the full moon in November, both Samuians and tourists alike gather side by side along the waters edges of the island to release into the waiting mists a gift of prayer and tribute to the gods that preside therein.
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The Yoga Massage

Yoga massage Thai massage is like yoga combined with acupressure. It uses a wide variety of stretching movements and pressure points to produce a uniquely relaxing yet energizing and highly effective therapeutic treatment. Continue reading

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The Samui Touch – Massage Masters

Thailand offers exotic peoples and culture… wonderful fresh foods… traditional hill tribe villages… monastic retreats… beautiful sunsets on palm-tree lined beaches… and most importantly the birthplace of an ancient healing body therapy. Thai Massage for couplesWe are going to give you the basics on what is involved with Thai Massage and what you can expect to learn from the teachers at The Natural Wing Health Spa & Resort, just a few minutes from your villa at the Coconut Resorts.
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Never to Rise again from the Ruins – Ayutthaya

Ruins of Ayutthaya80 kilometres north of Bangkok lay the ruins of Ayutthaya, or Ayuthaya, or even Ayodhaya. No matter how you spell it, it’s pronounced ah-you-tah-ya. The city became Thailand’s capitol in the mid-14th century and remained the capitol of powerful kings until the late 1700’s. About the time that Americans were tossing tea into the Boston harbour, the Burmese ruthlessly attacked and sacked Ayutthaya.
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Sailing Lessons on Samui

Sailing Lessons on Koh SamuiThere are a variety of sailing courses offered on and around the holiday island of Koh Samui equivalent to an extended version of a Competent Crew Course. The approach of teaching world travellers is based on blue water, ocean crossing sailing experience and shared with those who are thinking of sailing as a part time career or as full time retirement. Continue reading

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Eating Customs on Koh Samui

Thai eating custom with fork and spoon also on Koh SamuiFork and spoon set of table silverwareSo you’re probably wondering why there is only a fork and spoon placed in front of you at the table with your first meal on Koh Samui, and you’re most likely very confused why people are staring at you as you eat Western style with your fork, ignoring the spoon altogether. After all it’s for soups… Isn’t it?
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The Koh Samui Thai Chilli Remedy

Did you know that the Thai chilli did not originate in Thailand?

Hot Thai ChilliThai food is famous throughout the world for its phenomenal tastes and lively flavours. However, to those who are used to a more subdued plateful, the sudden immersion into the hot and spicy world of ‘tom yam’ and ‘phat prik’ can leave stomachs turning, and nether-ends burning. And if you are cooking for the very first time in your holiday villa and have added a little too much flavour, you may just need some natural Koh Samui help. Continue reading

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Fallen Cities

Some of the more strange places that you will run across Spirit Houses apart from your hotel, resort or villa are at certain curves in the road. As you are driving past these locations, you will be jolted from your seat as Thai motorists honk their horns repeatedly at the houses, awakening the spirits and acknowledging their presence, not as you might first imagine because of your bad driving.

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Samui’s Spirit Houses

Spirit Worship, or Animism, has survived the passing changes of time. When Buddhism was first introduced to Offerings to the spiritsSoutheast Asia, it did not dispel of these beliefs, but developed side by side with the ancient spirit religion. Many of the old animistic beliefs are intertwined with modern Buddhism and some animistic practices still exist in Thailand. Perhaps the most popular practice of spirit worship is the use of the Spirit House.

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