Monday, December 24, 2012

Peerapat Villa, Koh Samui Launches Monthly Newsletter Aimed at Agents and Travel Partners

A 4-bedroom seaview holiday pool villa situated in convienient Bangrak on tropical Koh Samui Island, Thailand, popular Peerapat Villa has now launched a monthly newsletter to its Thailand based and international Travel Partners.

Peerapat Villa's Newsletter contains upcoming availability information, updates and more.

Please find contact details for Peerapat Villa by visiting the website

Please click to view the December 2012 issue of the Newsletter (issue #001)
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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Peerapat Villa, Koh Samui Wins Flipkey Top Vacation Rental Award 2012

Peerapat Villa, a 4-bedroom private seaview pool villa located in Bangrak, Koh Samui, has been awarded Flipkey's Top Vacation Rental Award for 2012 in Koh Samui., affiliate website of, recently announced the award, based on traveller's reviews, and the winning award badge is proudly displayed on the villa's homepage. This follows a 2011 award from Flipkey for Top Property Manager of 2011 which was awarded to Bob Johnston, owner of Peerapat Villa and owner of Samui Holiday Villa Rental, an online Koh Samui villa booking website.

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Friday, September 21, 2012

Koh Samui Flight Guide | Koh Samui Airport | Surat Thani Airport

Both Bangkok Airways and Thai Airways are the only flight carriers who fly to and from Samui International Airport with around twenty daily Bangkok flights arriving and departing each day from 6am until 10pm. Both Bangkok Air and Thai Air also operate daily domestic flights to various destinations within Thailand.

Please note that Bangkok has two international airports, Don Mueang Airport and the newer Suvarnaphumi Airport. Since the start of 2012 all Thai airlines flying to Koh Samui or Surat Thani have operated from Suvarnaphumi Airport.

UPDATE... September, 2012... Air Asia and Nok air move back to Don Muang Airport and now operate all flights from this airport.

There are also daily direct international flights from Hong Kong, Kuala Lumphur and Singapore.

Another domestic option is to fly to Surat Thani Airport, on the Thai mainland with bus and boat transfer to Nathon, in Koh Samui. Flight carriers to Surat Thani airport are
Nok Air, Air Asia and Thai Airways with flight prices often around 50% or more cheaper than flights direct to Koh Samui Airport.

Domestic Flights to Koh Samui Airport

Domestic flights to and from Koh Samui Airport are operated by both Bangkok Airways and Thai Airways. Destinations are Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Trat, Phuket, Sukhothai, Pattaya (U-Tapao) and Krabi.

Daily flights from Bangkok to Koh Samui operate between 6am and 10pm with flights every forty minutes or so. Be sure to take advantage of the Bangkok Airways lounge in Bangkok airport which offers complimentary snacks, refreshments and WiFi.

For further information on flight times to destinations other than Bangkok, please visit the Bangkok Airways and Thai Airways websites by clicking the provided links at the top of this page.

International Flights to Koh Samui Airport

Bangkok Airways operate direct international flights to Koh Samui from Singapore and Hong Kong with indirect flights via Bangkok to Bangladore, Dhaka, Luang Prabang, The Maldives, Mumbai, Phnom Pen, Siam Reap and Yangon.

The daily Bangkok Air flight to Singapore leaves Samui at 4.30pm with a flight time of two hours and the returning flight is at 8.10pm each day.

The daily flight to Hong Kong departs Samui International Airport at 11.35am with a flight duration of three hours twenty minutes with the returning flight leaving Hong Kong at 5.05pm.

For flight times to other international destinations, please visit the Bangkok Airways website by clicking provided link above.

Surat Thani Airport Domestic Flights

Air Asia, Nok Air and Thai Airways all operate daily services to Suvarnabhumi Airport, Bangkok from Surat Thani Airport with both Air Asia and Nok Air offering combined plane, bus and boat tickets enabling transfer to Koh Samui from Surat Thani.

Air Asia have two daily one-hour flights departing Surat Thani at 8.45am and 4.05pm with the return flights leaving Bangkok at 7am and 2.20pm.

Nok Air have three daily flights from Surat Thani to Bangkok at 9.10am, 1.10pm, and 9.15pm with returning flights departing Bangkok at 7.30am, 11.30am and 7.35pm.

Thai Airways operate two flights to Bangkok leaving Surat Thani at 11.55 am and 7.55pm with the return flights departing Bangkok at 10.00am and 5.50pm.

Thai Airways also operate domestic flights fom Surat Thani Airport to Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Hat Yai, Khoen Kaen, Krabi, Phuket, Ubon Ratchathani and Udon Thani. Please click provided links above to visit their websites for more information.

Surat Thani Airport International Flights

The only international flight operated from Surat Thai Airport is Air Asia's short daily flight to Kuala Lumphur which departs Samui at 12.20pm each day with the returning flight departing Kuala Lumphur each day at 11.20am to arrive in Koh Samui at 11.50am

Article source: Samui Flights

Friday, September 7, 2012

Koh Samui Vets | Animal Clinics, Hospitals and Veterinarians | Koh Samui Guide

Find Koh Samui vets, veterinarians, animal hospital and animal clinics listed below with addresses, location, opening hours and contact details.

S.P. Veterinary Clininc
Located in Chaweng town just after last turn (Haad Chaweng 1) for Chaweng Beach Rd when driving south
Tel 077 413 313
Open each day 9am-8pm. Wednesdays open 12noon - 8pm

Samui Animal Clinic

Situated in Chaweng town opposite Chaweng Post Office
Tel 077 230 600
Open Monday - Friday 9.30am - 8pm and Saturdays 9.30am - 6pm. Closed Sundays.
(Sterile room facilities allow surgury to be performed here)

M.A Vet Clinic

Located in Bophut opposite Big C
Tel 089 650 9387
Open each day 9am - 8pm. Closed Thursdays.

Young Num Pet Hospital

Situated in Bophut between Bophut traffic lights and Big C supermarket.
Tel 077 962 435 - Open every day, except SOME Sundays 9am - 7pm.

Bang Rak (Big Buddha) Pet Clinic
Situated just after fishing market and before the Big Buddha temple
Tel 085 882 2334
Open every day except Thursdays 9am - 6pm.

Lamai Pet Clinic
Located just before Grandmother/Grandfather Rock south of Lamai
Tel 086 881 7756
Open each day 9am - 8pm. Closed Thursdays.

Samui Dog Rescue
Main vet centre is situated in Taling Ngam, but Chaweng Centre is open Mondays / Wednesdays / Fridays 4.30pm - 6pm.
Tel 077 413 490

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Som Tam (Thai Papaya Salad) | Thai Food Recipes

Som Tam is a spicy salad based on unripened papaya with added Thai spices and ingredients originating from the NE of Thailand and the bordering country of Laos. This dish really is the basic, staple diet of millions of rural Thais and is enjoyed across Thailand by Thai people in all walks of life. In the northeast, pickled fresh water crabs are added to the dish and an extremely pungent fermented, raw fish sauce known as 'Baraa' which would be extremely offputting to most westerners. However typically Thai people in other parts of the country and foreigners prefer Som Tam Thai which  is much more digestable.

SomTam Thai - Spicy Papaya Salad

Som Tam is typically eaten with sticky rice or rice noodles and is often eaten as a side dish to barbequed chicken.


1 cup raw unripened papaya (or carrots or cucumber or mixture) chopped and sliced into long thin slices
1/3 cup long green beans about 4cm long
3 cherry tomatoes cur in half
1/4 cup roast (unsalted) peanuts
1 1/2 tbsp. dried tiny fresh water shrimps
2 tbsp. fish sauce
3 tbsp. frsh lime juice (don't use lemon - it's just not the same)
2 tbsp. palm sugar or 1 1/2 tbsp. cane sugar
3-10 small red/green hot chillies (in Thailand hottest chillies are known as Prik Kii Noo or 'mouse poo chillies'!)
2 cloves garlic (not peeled)

Som Tam prepared in large mortar with pestle


Pound the chillies and garlic in a large mortar until completely crushed.

Add the green beans, peanuts, shrimps and pound gently with pestlewhile stirring with a spoon.

Add fish sauce, lime juice, sugar and mix well.

Add the papaya and tomatoes, and mix gently.

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Thursday, July 12, 2012

4-Bedroom Koh Samui Villa Now Offered for Long Term Rental

Peerapat Villa, a popular Koh Samui holiday villa, conveniently located on the island's NE coast and offering 4 bedrooms, private pool and stunning sea/island views is now being offered for long-term villa rental.

The property sits within a huge 1600 square metre garden, 1 km from Bangrak beach and town and only 3km to the International School of Samui making it the perfect family home for those in the hospitality industry or  family taking a year out of beautiful Koh Samui island.

Rental Rates

180,000 THB per month for year -long contract

Please contact us for further information or visit the following links for full villa information

Monday, July 2, 2012

Koh Samui Villas Thai Chef Services

Looking for Koh Samui Villas Chef services for next tropical getaway? Samui Holiday Villa Rental offers quality Thai Chef services for Koh Samui villa guests with a whole host of meal options and package deals for a half or full days dining.

Offering a menu of Thai favourites, with a few Western favourites thrown in to cater for fussier eaters, the Chef can give recommendations before taking the daily order,  visiting the local fresh market to buy fresh, quality ingredients before cooking up freshly-made Thai cuisine with that added personal touch. All dishes and sauces are guaranteed to be prepared with only fresh ingredients and absolutely no frozen or pre-prepared foods added.

Most ordered favourites, without a doubt, are Chicken Satay (charcoaled grilled marinated chicken skewers served with peanut sauce) and Pad Thai (noodles stir-fried with egg and meat with beansprouts) with Spring Rolls (beansprouts with prawn or pork with vegetable wrapped and deap-fried) coming in at a close third place.

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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Choeng Mon Beach Guide, Koh Samui, Thailand

Choeng Mon beach is a 2km stretch of powdery white sand located on the far northeastern penninsular of Koh Samui island, Thailand. Popular with visitors for its shallow, rock-free, child-friendly waters with good all-year-round swimming and fantastic views, Choeng Mon's sands curve around from the rocky outcrops at the bay's far north end to the tiny island of Koh Fan Noi at the bay's southern end where native trees provide shaded areas just perfect for small children.

Looking southeast towards Koh Fan Noi

Looking northwards towards the rocky headland of Choeng Mon Bay

Like Choeng Mon's surrounding popular beach areas of Chaweng and Bophut, the beach is lined with a  choice of beachfront restaurants, bars, hotels and resorts each offering sunbeds which are free for visitor's use providing refreshments or food is ordered. The beach also offers watersports such as jet-ski rental, banana boats and waterskiing with two dive-centres (Searobin Dive Center and Easy Divers) where dives or diver training can be organised. Another fun activity is to explore the tiny island of Koh Fan Noi which is joined to the main beach by a shallow sand-bar that is exposed at low tides and waist-height at times of high tide.

Shallow, still, clear waters of Choeng Mon Beach 

Restaurants, bars, resorts and hotels line the idyllic, soft sands

Much more peaceful than nearby, crowded Chaweng Beach

Cheong Mon is a family friendly beach with sunbeds and shady umbrellas

For those who prefer a bit more relaxation, the beach is also lined with small bamboo massage pavilions which offer a large choice of different massage and beauty treatments.

Choeng Mon beach offers several budget and mid-range resorts such as (from north to south) Thana Resort, O'Soleil, PS Villa, Whitehouse, Cheong Mon Resort, Crystal Resort, Chat Kaeow, Samui Honey Resort and Kirati Resort which mingle with the luxurious Muang Samui, located in the center of the beach, and the Imperial Boat House Hotel which is situated to the south of the beach, overlooking Koh Fan Noi.

To the northwest of Choeng Mon beach, the coastline forms a number of smaller, picturesque bays which offer more luxurious accommodation options such as SALA Samui and the Tongsai Bay Hotel. To the southeast, lies the international tourist center of Chaweng.

The beach road, located 300 metres behind the beach, offers a large choice of restaurants, bars and tourist conveniences including banks, pharmacies, shops and stores.

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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Pee Daeng's Restaurant, Bophut, Koh Samui

Pee Daeng's restaurant is a Khao Man Gai restaurant, like many others you can find all over Koh Samui and Thailand. Khao Man Gai is chicken served over rice which has been cooked in chicken stock served with a spicy, tamarind-based curry sauce. Other popular dishes available in curry houses of this type include Khao Man Ruam (similiar to Khao Man Gai but served with chicken, pork, crispy pork skin and Chinese sausage), and Kaa Moo (stewed leg of pork served over rice with a thick, fragrent sauce). All dishes are served with soup and customers help can themselves to fresh chillies, garlic and spring onions. Dishes cost 50-60 THB.

If you want an authentic Thai drink, try the super-sweet Thai-style ice-tea which you can order with milk (cha yen sai nom) or without (Cha dam yen).


The food served is very tasty and even the pickiest of eaters (including the childen) should enjoy a plate of Khao Man Gai. The restaurant staff can help you with which sauces to put on though only a little is needed as it is quite spicy and salty.

Pee Daeng's Restaurant is located just opposite the large "Fisherman's Village" sign in Bophut and is generally open from around 11am to around 5pm each day. Though they do seem to be closed a lot and there doesn't seem to be any set days of closing, so you'll just have to leave it up to luck as to whether the restaurant is open or not. If not, chances are it will be open the next day.

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Friday, April 20, 2012

Songkran Festival, Koh Samui, Thailand -

Songkran is probably one of the most fun days you can possible imagine on any calendar, in any country,  in any culture and probably in any galaxy. Imagine a country of nearly 100 million people having a huge, friendly and drunken non-stop water-fight for anywhere between 24 hours and 7 days. Sound like fun? Well, it's probably about the most fun you're ever going to experience...

Each year Songkran falls on the 13th, 14th and 15th of April, which are Thai public holidays and a time when most Thai people return home to visit their families. Historically, Songkran was Thailand’s (and neighboring countries of Myanmar, Cambodia and Laos) New Year and is the most important holiday on the Thai calendar.

Historically, the festival of Songkran originates from the Brahmin people of India who celebrated a "Sangkranti" festival which signified the vernal equinox when the sun re-enters Aries and finishes its orbit of the Earth on 13th April each year. The Brahmins called this time their New Year as it was the start of the Spring which signified new life and new beginnings. This celebration of the vernal equinox is deep-rooted in many cultures around the world and is also celebrated as the Indian Holi Festival, the Christian Easter festival and Chinese Ching Ming festival.

Traditionally, Songkran is a time to pay respects to elders, families, neighbours and friends and a time when Thai people clean out their homes signifying the washing away of bad luck and a new beginning. A typical day of Songkran in the past would mean visiting the temple early in the morning to give offerings of food to monks. After the monks finished eating, the temple gathering would then feast on the food. Perfumed water was poured on images of Buddha and gently over the shoulder of friends and family (especially the eldest) to signify the washing away of evil and bad luck. This use of water is very common in important Thai ceremonies such as weddings, funerals and blessings as water is seen as pure and cleaning force in Thai culture.

Nowadays, Songkran has evolved to the throwing of water, talcolm powder and even food colouring over strangers with lines of partying revellers using plastic waterguns, buckets, hoses and anything else they can get their hands onto to soak everyone and everything that moves. Lines of slow moving pickup trucks carring their lethal cargo of water barrels, plastic guns and enthusistic children and adults alike pounce on suspecting passer-bys.

On Koh Samui, the water-throwing starts around lunch-time with water fights on every street of the island. Generally, most vistors make their way to Chaweng towards the early evening where the party continues until dawn. On Koh Samui, unlike other places in Thailand which can have water fights for up to 3, 7 or even 10 days, the fun only lasts for 1 day.

Unfortunately Songkran does have its downside as the 3-day holiday is a time of the highest number of road accident deaths in the country with around 1,000 Thai people and visitors killed and many more injured during the holiday period, each year. Less seriously, Songkran is also a time of the highest number of broken cameras and mobile telephones as you can probably imagine, so don't take out anything expensive that doesn't like getting wet! offers informative articles about Koh Samui including beach and town guides, interactive maps and the ultimate portfolio of luxurious Koh Samui holiday rental properties.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Da Ped Restaurant, Bangrak, Koh Samui

Da Ped’s is a small, family run restaurant which is very busy with both Thais and Westerners, especially during the lunch-time rush. This recommended restaurant offers a small menu of rice dishes and noodle soup dishes (Gra-teow). On the menu of rice dishes are Thai favorites such as Pad Thai (stir-friend noodles), Fried Rice (Kaow Pat), Stir-fried Spicy Basil (Pad Gra Prow) and stir-fried Chilies (Pad Pik Yuok) which are served on a bed of rice with the option of a fried egg on top. Rice dishes are cooked up with your choice of chicken, prawn, pork or squid for the fantastic price of only 40-50 THB or with a fried egg, 10 THB extra.

If you want to sample good, simple Thai food in Bangrak then Da Ped’s is the place to go,

Da Ped’s restaurant is located in Bangrak town next to Café Uno and opposite Saboey Villa Resort and is open Monday – Saturday from 8am to around 4pm. Park your car/motorbike in front of the restaurant or in the small car-park behind.

***UPDATE JAN 2014*** In late 2013, the restaurant moved next door into the now closed down Café Uno. The owners are building a new restaurant on the site of the old restaurant (now demolished) and will be moving back to the original site with brand new building towards the end of 2014.

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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Bangkok Airways launches Kuala Lumphur - Koh Samui Daily Flights

Bangkok Airways are to launch daily, direct flights between Koh Samui Island and Kuala Lumphur from 31st March, 2012.

The daily Koh Samui to Kuala Lumphur flight will be operated with an Airbus A-319 airplane offering 138 economy-class seats. The flight, PG951,  will leave Koh Samui at 5.55pm and arrive in Kuala Lumphur at 8.25pm. The returning flight departs Kualar Lumphur at 8.20am, arriving in Samui at 9.00am.

All passengers will be served in-flight meals with up to 20kg of baggage allowance and use of the Bangkok Airways lounge in Samui International Airport.

Find out more with our Koh Samui Flights Guide by Samui Holiday Villa Rental which gives the low down on all domestic and international flights from Koh Samui with information on flying with budget airlines to Surat Thani Airport with bus and boat transfer to Koh Samui.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Big C Supermarket and Supercenter, Koh Samui

The Big C Supercenter offers several restaurants, cafes, fast food outlets, clothes shops, a large food court, children’s play area and the Big C supermarket store itself. The supermarket is located on the 2nd floor of the supercenter adjacent to the Food Park and children’s play area. 

Big C Supercenter, Koh Samui

Big C supermarket sells everything from fresh food to electronic appliances to clothing and whatever you need, you are sure to find here.  Next to the check-out counters in the supermarket you will find the SE-ED book store which stocks a selection of both adult and children’s books in both English and Thai. If you are looking for a Thai SIM card for your mobile, there is a large selection of mobile phone shops here, too.

The Food Park serves various types of both Thai and international dishes at reasonable prices. The children’s play area is equipped with several arcade machines, coin-operated rides for small children and a play room which can keep small children occupied for a small fee while you grab a bite to eat. This area of the supercenter also has free Wi-Fi access enabling you to catch up with friends and family via skype, facebook or email without the need of visiting an internet cafe.

Big C Food Park, Koh Samui

The ground floor of the Supercenter has good shopping with a mixture of clothes shops, accessory shops, restaurants, fast-food outlets, a hair salon and many small, market-type stalls which sell just about everything you could imagine. There is also a Starbucks coffee shop outside, located next to the road in the front car park area.

The Big C Supercenter is located in Bophut, on the island’s main ring road, just next to Bandon Hospital, at the bottom of the hill which takes you to Tesco-Lotus Supermarket. There are many parking spaces in front of the Supercenter with covered parking for cars behind. Motorbike riders collect a card from the attendant when entering the motorbike parking area and this card should be presented to the attendant again when leaving.

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Getting Around Koh Samui Guide – Transport, Taxis, Songtaew and Rentals

With Koh Samui’s main ring road measuring a total of only 50km, getting around Koh Samui isn’t much of a problem as you are never more than 40 minutes’ drive from any other point on the island with several transport options for visiting tourists including taxis, public transport in the form of songtaew trucks, minibuses and the rental of cars or motorbikes.

Without a doubt car rental or motorbike rental is recommended as the best option, giving you complete freedom and independence to explore the island on your own terms. Of course, renting a car or motorbike means that you will need to navigate the chaotic roads of Samui which, understandably, is something that many visiting tourists are not willing to do. The roads are dangerous on Koh Samui but by driving slowly and always defensively, driving around should be problem free. Make sure that your car rental is insured and be aware that motorcycle rentals are not insured on Koh Samui. Scooter rentals are generally around the 200-350 THB per day mark, depending on age and model, with available car rentals ranging from around 800-2,300 THB per day. But, if renting a vehicle is not for you, there are several other options to get around.

The infamous taxis of Koh Samui are known for their refusal to use their fare meters with customers and for overcharging. The drivers cite high costs of living as the reason for their refusal to use meters and generally it costs about 200 THB to get into a cab with fares anything from 500-1,000THB for any journey on the island. Just be sure to confirm the cost of the taxi ride with the driver before setting off. There are also motorcycle taxis around in all the busy areas of the island and they will take 1 (or 2!) passengers for 50-150 THB depending on the length of journey.

Motorbike taxi drivers wear colourful vests and are good for short journeys

Songtaew trucks are the closest thing to s public transport bus system on Koh Samui. These converted pickup trucks have been fitted with 2 benches on the back and a roof added, allowing them to sit about 10 passengers. These songtaew trucks drive around the island picking up and dropping off passengers with fares of about 20-50 THB per person, depending on the distance covered. On hailing down a songteaw, speak with the driver to find out where he is going and agree a price. When you want off the truck, just ring the bell on the back and the driver drops you off and asks for your fare.

Songtaew truck

Another option is to rent a minibus with driver for short journeys, by the day or half-day. Several companies offer minibus rental and taxi services with the cost usually working out cheaper than car rental.

However you decide to get around Koh Samui, enjoy the scenery, stay safe and have a great time.

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Sunday, January 1, 2012

Plae Leam Temple, Koh Samui

Plai Laem Temple is without a doubt Koh Samui island's most beautiful temple with several brightly coloured Thai-style temple buildings and several impressive Chinese-style Buddha statues built amongst a large pond within beautiful landscaped gardens.
A spectacular Chinese style Buddha image in Plai Laem Temple, Koh Samui

Visitors are free to stroll around the temple grounds, taking photographs and admiring the tropical landcape and you can also take a look inside the temples where you can view wall paintings depicting the life and enlightment of the Buddha.

The temple's impressive statues, which depict characters from Thai mythology and Chinese-style  Buddha images, are a great backdrop for postcard- perfect souvenir shots.

The pagoda buildings in Plai Laem Temple show truly intricate detail

Several years ago, the temples large pond was packed full with large catfish and visitors could buy food to feed the fish, however over-feeding caused many of the fish to die and so visitors are no longer encouraged to do so.

Plai Laem temple is a beautiful Koh Samui tourist attraction, a peaceful retreat from the hustle and bustle of the island and well recommended for a 30 minute to 1 hour visit. After exploring the grounds, grab an ice-cream at the ice-cream vendors in the car park area to cool down while admiring the scenery and intricate detail of the temple buildings. 

Plai Laem Temple is located about 1km past Samui's Big Buddha statue as you are driving from Bangrak town. The large buildings and statues can be seen clearly from the main road and there are spaces for parking both cars and motorcyles within the temple grounds.

Visitors should dress politely though casually (shorts and T-shirt or vest is fine) and take care to remove shoes when entering temple buildings. Admittance to the temple is free though visitors are encouraged to make a small donation to support the termple.

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