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We wish you a pleasant visit on Thailand's Koh Samui Information Gateway!
Koh Samui, Kho Samui, Ko Samui, Samui, Koi Samui, Ko Samoi, Koh Samai, Smui are common ways of spelling the holiday paradise of Samui in Thailand. If you are not from Thailand, approximate spelling is accepted and all are welcome to join this Thai holiday island.
Tropical paradise soaking in the South China Sea, in the Siam Gulf, it is the third island of the Kingdom of Thailand, after Phuket and Koh Chang. Within less than two decades, Samui became a hard to bypass tourist destination in Asia! Edged by white sandy beaches, here you will discover diversified breathtaking landscapes flooded with sun throughout the year, numerous Buddhist landmarks, inland outing, smiling friendly people, etc. But the island and its archipelago (including Koh Phangan, Koh Tao, Angthong Marine National Park as well as hundreds of small islets) have yet more other delightful surprises for you......

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April 13, 2012
SOS comes to Samui Rescue’s rescue
Samui Rescue Foundation Sisters on Samui (SOS) was established many years ago by Sue Holehouse, who is still the dynamic CEO of the organization.
SOS is a social group, for women only, who gather every third Wednesday each month at different resorts and restaurants to meet old and new friends and raise funds for local charities. Part of the luncheon fee and raffes and auctions augment the charity funds and then several times a year the funds are donated to a needy cause on Samui. SOS has been very generous with their support of the Samui Rescue Foundation on several occasions.
Samui Rescue is the largest and most prestigious and effective emergency response service on the island. With over 300 volunteers, located at eight standby stations around the island, they are the frst responders in over 85% of Samui’s emergencies. Whether it is a vehicle accident, a waterfall mishap, a snake on your property, rescuing a beached dolphin or simply transporting patients….and much more….
Samui Rescue is there, and all of their services are free.

Samui Rescue provide FREE emergency paramedic, rescue, and ambulance services.
This emergency service is FREE to both Thai people and foreigners – whatever their situation.

For more info and/or if you would like to donate:

August 23, 2011
Alternative medicine center up soon
Samui Hospital in Nathon, the sole Government-run hospital on the island The government-run Koh Samui Hospital in Nathon will build a Thai Traditional and Alternative Medicine Center within the hospital compound to serve both residents and tourists alike.
Dr. Chalermpong Sukonthapol, hospital director, said the Bt15 million project will provide natural treatments to those who prefer not to betreated by modern drugs. Once the project is completed, he said, Koh Samui Hospital will be the first hospital in the country to provide modern and alternative medicine at the same time.
Dr. Chalermpong said construction of the center, along with all the equipment and facilities it would need, would cost the hospital Bt15 million. The Lottery Bureau, according to him, is providing Bt10.6 million for the project. To raise the balance amount needed, the hospital would launch a number of fundraising activities. The first such activity will be a boxing event to be held at The Ganga Ram Temple.
Dr. Chalermpong recently presided a meeting of a committee helping to raise funds for the alternative medicine center. Its members include Dr. Suwit Nanthapanich, managing director of the Koh Samui Hospital Development; Mr. Taweesak Intapornhom, Senior Permanent Secretary, Koh Samui; Ms. Thanomsri Ratanarak, president the Koh Samui Red Cross Society; Police Col. Samran Mahchareon, director of the Puthon Police Station in Samui; Mr. Narop Tuachareon, vice president of the Koh Samui Municipality, among others.

December 18, 2010
Bangkok - Second Cheapest City!
Bangkok City According to the price comparison site Pricerunner, Bangkok is one of the world's cheapest cities.
Only Mumbai (in India) was cheaper of 32 compared cities.
Norway's capital Oslo was considered as the most expensive in the Pricerunner's price comparison survey.
The cost of living of the world's cheapest cities is made according to the price for the following categories: alcohol and tobacco, clothing and footwear, domestic services, food at home, food away from home, personal care, household supplies, sports and leisure, transportation and utilities.

September 8, 2010
Samui Island Marathon
Koh Samui Marathon 2010 Bangkok Airways, in cooperation with the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), the city of Samui and Koh Samui Tourism Association launched the first edition of the "Samui Island Marathon" to be held on September 19, 2010.
The Marathon will be chaired by Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn and will feature a record prize of more than 3 million baht (about 80,000 euros), the record in the history of marathons in Thailand.

The marathon is divided into four categories, see timetables as follows:
- Marathon / Start Time 04:45 am, Finish Time 11:45 am
- Half Marathon / Start Time 05:15 am, Finish Time 08:15 am
- Quarter Marathon / Start Time 05:30 am, Finish Time 07:30 am
- Student Marathon / Start Time 05:40 am, Finish Time 06:00 am.

2,000 to 5,000 people expected to participate.
The great value of the prizes will bring world-class competitors in particular from Japan, Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong and Australia. The objective is also to promote tourism on Koh Samui and to bring foreign tourists and Thais on the island, and to create a sense of unity amongst local residents and tourists, government offices and private enterprises.

The race route will start from Nathon Pier, following Highway 4169 towards the village of Huathanon, then turn around and continue to the Finish Line back at Nathon Pier.
>>Click here to download Samui Island Marathon 2010 Map<<

For more info and to apply, click here.

September 7, 2010
Samui and Bangkok elected!
Koh Samui listed in the Top5 of Asia's best islands! Koh Samui is again one of the five best islands in Asia, according to the "2010 World's Best Island" ranking in the American magazine "Travel & Leisure", behind Bali and the Maldives, and before Phuket.
And Bangkok has been voted "World's Best City 2010", followed by Chiang Mai, based on the following criteria, namely, culture/art, sights, entertainment, shopping and food, people, value and hospitality.
Nancy Novogrod, editor-in-chief of Travel + Leisure, outlined: "It's worth noting that our survey took place before the political upheaval in Bangkok began in May, and that the U.S. travel warning has now been lifted."
The Top City Hotel in Asia prize has been awarded to The Peninsula Bangkok.

June 30, 2010
Amazing Thailand Always Amazes You
Amazing Thailand always amazes me... The Tourism Council of Thailand (TCT) is eyeing to adjust the number of tourists expected to visit Thaiand this year up by 5-10% after the political situation has eased while next year’s target is set at 15.5 million visitors with an estimated revenue of 600 billion THB.
TCT President Kongkrit Hiranyakit said the overall tourism situation this year had recovered promisingly as evident in the number of foreign tourists visiting Thailand in June. He anticipated the number to rise by another 5-10% from a total of 14.1 million visitors last year.
The TCT will hold a meeting on 15 July to confer about the situation and revise the visitors’ figure which was earlier set at 13 million as a result of the prolonged street protest in the capital. However, the domestic situation has now returned to normal and other countries have already lifted travel warnings against Thailand.
The TAT will still emphasize on the campaign “Amazing Thailand Always Amazes You” next year while additional marketing plans will be made on spa and green tourism businesses.

May 26th, 2009
Samui Regatta, from 1st to 6th of June 2009
Samui Regatta 2009 For the eighth consecutive year, the island of Koh Samui will be host during 7 days its famous regatta.
Regarded as the last destination of Asian Yachting Great Price, this race always attracts the best skippers of all categories as well as international yacht captains. In 2008, a record of 33 boats and their crew (more than 300 people!) raced around the island's shores.
For 1500 baht/person you will be able of getting onboard the beautiful Seatran Discovery Yacht and admire the race from the closest point of view (food, drinks and music onboard). Departure from the Seatran company pier in Bangrak (near Big Buddha) at 9am and return around 4pm.

For more info, visit the official website:

March 27th, 2009
Thai 'spider-man' rescues autistic boy
Fire(Spider)man rescues boy in Bangkok An unusual disguise has helped a Bangkok fireman rescue an eight-year-old boy who had climbed on to a third-floor window ledge, Thai police say.
The firefighter dressed up as the comic book superhero Spider-Man in order to coax the boy, who is autistic, from his dangerous perch. Police said teachers had alerted the fire station after the boy began crying and climbed out of a classroom window. It was reportedly his first day at the special needs school. Efforts by the teachers to persuade the pupil to come back inside had failed. But a remark by his mother about his passion for comic superheroes prompted fireman Somchai Yoosabai to rush back to the station, where he kept a Spider-Man costume in his locker. The sight of Mr Somchai dressed as Spider-Man and holding a glass of juice for him, brought a big smile to the boy's face, and he promptly threw himself into the arms of his "superhero", police said.
Mr Somchai normally uses the costume to liven up fire drills in schools.

December 15th, 2008
Whale sharks found around the island
A diver's delight, Whale sharks seen in Samui waters Ask almost any diver what is one of the things they would most like to see when diving and a good majority will tell you, “a whale shark of course”. Well, for those divers, Koh Samui is currently the place to be to get that rare opportunity to dive with these gentle giants.
The whale shark is known as a slow filter feeder that is the largest living fish species. It can grow up to 12.2 m. (40 ft.) in length and can weigh up to 13.6 tons. This species of shark, despite its enormous size, does not pose any significant danger to humans. It is a frequently cited example when educating the public about the popular misconceptions of all sharks as “man-eaters”. They are actually quite gentle and can be playful with divers. There are unconfirmed reports of sharks lying still, upside down on the surface to allow divers to scrape parasites and other organisms from their bellies. Divers and snorkelers can swim with this giant fish without any risk apart from unintentionally being struck by the shark’s large tail fin. So if anyone reading this has been looking for a good reason to either start diving or to get back into the sport, now seems a good time as you will be greatly rewarded with the honor of seeing and swimming with one of natures most beautiful, gracious and hard to find awesome sea creatures.

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