Ko Samui Tides in 2011

Koh Samui Tidal Information 2011

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Samui Tides

Don't get caught out!

You wake up in paradise, quickly slip into your bathing suit and step out the door preparing for  a perfect morning swim in the sea beneath the deep blue sky.  Ahhh! You turn the corner and see the sea has disappeared! Uhoh! The whims of mother nature and the ebbs and flows of the tides on Koh Samui can lead to disappointment if you don’t plan in advance. Click the links below to check what the sea is doing on your dates of stay. Ensuring your holiday in paradise is not spoilt by surprises from the sea! The tides around Koh Samui can mean the difference between a narrow strip of beach or a 100m wide strip so it pays to plan! We noticed this information was really hard to find by Googling so we set out to build the best resource to find the information you need. Share the love in the comments if it saved your life!

A visualization of Ko Samui Tides in 2011

A visualization of Ko Samui Tides in 2011

Koh Samui Tides 2011

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Koh Samui Tides – October, November, December 2011

Koh Samui Tides, July, August, September 2011

Koh Samui Tides, April, May, June 2011

Koh Samui Tides March 2011

Koh Samui Tides February 2011

Koh Samui Tides January 2011

Koh Samui Tides 2010

Koh Samui Tides – February 2010 Koh Samui Tides – January 2010

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ระดับน้ำขึ้นน้ำลงเกาะสมุย – October, November, December 2011

ระดับน้ำขึ้นน้ำลงเกาะสมุย July, August, September 2011

ระดับน้ำขึ้นน้ำลงเกาะสมุย April, May, June 2011

ระดับน้ำขึ้นน้ำลงเกาะสมุย March 2011

ระดับน้ำขึ้นน้ำลงเกาะสมุยFebruary 2011

ระดับน้ำขึ้นน้ำลงเกาะสมุย January 2011

And if you want to feel more comfortable under the sea than above it – check out this great diving school: CSI Koh Samui – Diving for beginners and experts – par excellence!

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Koh Samui Flight Information

So you’ve found a great deal on a luxury resort in Koh Samui this Christmas/New Year… now all you need to do is to find your way to your little piece of paradise – preferably without it costing you an arm and a leg. This article will share with you the latest details on flights and last minute travel alternatives to Koh Samui island; so you don’t have to get stressed whilst organising your perfect Koh Samui holiday.

Background: The Airport Dilemma

Koh Samui airport is a truly memorable experience – from the moment you set eyes on the quaint, rustic Thai sala style terminals, through to the cute tuk-tukesque buses and the luscious, tropical green gardens dotted with coconut palms. Kudos to the designers because they managed to capture the very essence of Koh Samui’s paradise island in this airport.

It’s so perfectly attuned with the beautiful local surroundings and the many boutique resorts and spas that make their home on this island that my girlfriend just took a look at the header image and asked me “Which of Koh Samui Hotels is that?”

Although being one of the most beautiful and uniquely designed airports in the world, there is a downside – all this great design was paid for by a private company – Bangkok Airways and; like all companies – they want their money back …and more!

Koh Samui Airport

Koh Samui Airport

Basic economic theory teaches us that when any company has a monopoly they can increase their profits by reducing demand and increasing price. Bangkok Airways have invested a lot of money in this airport and have a responsibility to their shareholders to maximize profits. Unfortunately what this means for us is their current business strategy is based on catering to a specific niche market – premium end travellers who pay high fares.

According to Bangkok Airways public relations department they are keen to expand Koh Samui as an international hub. Unfortunately this is happening more slowly than most local resort owners and hoteliers on the island would like. During peak season this seems to be becoming a major bottleneck in the number of visitors that can enjoy Koh Samui’s wonderful natural surroundings.

Current Airlines flying to Koh Samui

We did a little research on flights departing Koh Samui on a single day in 2010. (Aug 4)

Flight Data from 20/12/10 City
Airline BKK Bangkok HKG Hong Kong HKT Phuket SIN Singapore SZB Kuala Lumpur UTP Pattaya Total
Air Berlin 3 3
Air France 1 1
Bangkok Airways 21 1 3 1 1 27
Etihad Airways 3 3
EVA Air 4 4
Firefly 1 1
KLM 3 1 4
Malaysia Airline 1 1
Thai Airways 2 2
Grand Total 37 1 3 2 2 1 46

So we can see that the claims of Bangkok Airways to want to establish Koh Samui Airport as a regional transport hub are somewhat valid; there are quite a number of major airlines now flying direct to Koh Samui including – somewhat surprisingly the Malaysian carrier Firefly. Interestingly, Firefly recently named Koh Samui, Thailand as it’s most popular regional destination in a recent press release so the premium branding of Koh Samui as an upmarket holiday destination appears to be working well.

Koh Samui airport – Total passenger capacity

If we crunch the numbers based on the flight data and the aircraft type we can get an excellent estimate of the maximum passenger capacity per day going through Koh Samui airport – it works out at approximately 5,000 departing and 5,000 arriving per day. so 10,000 potential flyers per day – Airport statistics say Koh samui airport has about 1.3M flyers every year so we can deduce that the average plane lading and taking off over the course of a year is only 35.6% full.

Where best to fly from?

Over 75% of those visitors come through Bangkok, so it’s the best place to transit through – if Bangkok airways are full you may want to try Etihad (452 seats) or EVA (372 seats), if your still out of luck, try Thai airways, Air Berlin, KLM and Air France in that order.

Airlines flying to Koh Samui, Thailand

Airlines flying to Koh Samui, Thailand

If your not having any luck finding a flight via Bangkok the best alternative routes are through either Phuket (272 seats/day) and Singapore (248 seats/day). Last resorts would be Hong Kong (124 seats/day), Kuala Lumpur (136 seats/day), Krabi (136 seats/day) and Pattaya (136 seats/day).

Cheaper alternatives?

One can only assume that the various budget flight operators in Asia are put off by Bangkok Airways high landing fees. The likes of Air Asia, Nok Air, Tiger Airways, and JetStar are all happily ignoring Koh Samui.

If you are seeking a budget fare and have a little time on your hands there is a solution. What I recommend is to fly to the regional airport on the mainland – SuratThani which is served by both Air Asia and Nok Air and then take a bus and a boat on to Koh Samui. Best travel time from touching down in SuratThani to setting foot on Koh Samui would be around 150 minutes. We detailed this excellent travel alternative in our previous article “Getting to Koh Samui by Sea” check it out if this appeals to you.

Koh Samui - Donsak SeaTran Ferry

Koh Samui - Donsak SeaTran Ferry

So you’re now armed with the essential knowledge you need to head out and do some happy hunting for flights, let me know if the information helped you find your dream vacation and if you have any other nuggets that can help others experience their perfect escape please drop us a note in the comments below!

Enjoy your trip!

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Koh Samui by Sea (and air… and land!)

Koh Samui to Bangkok: What’s the best way?

Let’s be honest here! There is no right answer to this question. It all depends what you are looking for? Cheapest? Fastest? Most scenic? Most fun? This article will help decide which is the best way to Koh Samui island for you.

Taking the boat; scenic and fun… but a bit slower than flying direct.

Taking the SeaTran Ferry to Koh Samui allows you to experience marvellous scenery and have more spending money when you arrive! Although slow in terms of time this route offers significant savings over flying direct to Koh Samui airport.

Koh Samui - Donsak SeaTran Ferry

Koh Samui - Donsak SeaTran Ferry

For amateur and pro photographers alike you’ll experience an eclectic selection of great photo opportunities ranging from the glorious architecture of Suvarnabhumi international airport, through the wonderful landscapes and scenery surrounding Suratthani and topping it off with the glorious island seascapes of Koh Samui island.

It’s a great way of experiencing the joys Thailand has to offer.

Flying Direct – Fast, but you miss a lot.

Air Asia flights usually offer best value

Air Asia flights usually offer best value

For beach lovers who absolutely must maximize their sunbathing time, choose the fast and expensive option of a direct flight from Bangkok. Over 75% of arrivals to Koh Samui airport come via Bangkok, but there are other options – Hong Kong, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Phuket, Pattaya,  and Krabi all offer flights direct to Koh Samui international airport (USM). To learn which airlines are the best choice for you, please view this article on Koh Samui flight details.

Bus from Bangkok – Economical and a memorable experience.

Express Bus Good - Lucky boy!

Express Bus Good - Lucky boy!

Taking one of the excellent national bus services can offer significant savings – not only is it the cheapest way to get to Koh Samui – but it also saves you another night’s accommodation because it’s a night bus which leaves Bangkok around 6pm and arrives at the pier the next morning.

Unfortunately, it’s a bit of a lottery whether you remember your trip for the right or the wrong reasons… some drivers can be a little bit haphazard and some buses can have some seriously cool air-conditioning. I strongly recommend choosing the first class bus – these are usually all blue in colour – the blue and orange ones are second class or privately run and can take forever.

The buses leave from the southern bus terminal

Quick comparison (low season estimates):

Fly direct: Bangkok to Koh Samui: 3160 THB, 2 hours

Flight to Suratthani (1000 THB with AirAsia cheap flights) – Bus to Dongsak Pier 200 B – Boat to Nathorn Pier, Koh Samui (350 THB, 45min or 200 THB 90min)  - Total; 1400 THB, 6 hours.

Bus to Chumporn: High Speed Katamaran to Koh Samui during the night – Depart Bangkok 9pm Arrive 11:20am the next day. Total 1300 THB, 14 hours 20 min.

Bus all the way – including Ferry ticket. Leave Bangkok 7:30pm Arrive 8am the next day. 600-800 THB, 12 hours 30min.Depending on bus class and size.

Express Bus - Old but shiny!

Express Bus - Old but shiny!

Useful Koh Samui Ferry Links:

http://www.seatrandiscovery.com/services_timetable.php

http://www.seatranferry.com/schedule.php (Thai only)

http://www.lomprayah.com/E/route.htm

http://www.rajaferryport.com/en/index.php


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The Lagoon Inside an Island Amazing Angthong – Part 1

Talay Nai (Literally ‘sea in island’)

Mae Koh Island Beach

Mae Koh Island Beach

Experience a day visiting Angthong National Marine Park and this will usually be the first item on your itinery.

This magical lagoon is inside the main island of Mae Kho and is 7m deep, 200m wide and 250m long. The lagoon is completely surrounded by limestone cliffs although it’s possible to reach the sea through underwater tunnels.

It is thought to have been created as the sea slowly eroded caves underneath the original island – eventually the caves could not support the weight above resulting in the collapse of the main peak and leaving this beautiful lagoon.

There are two good spots for taking photographs. The first is at lagoon level so you have to climb down – it takes about 10 minutes from the beach where you arrive – depending on the number of people. Once you get down you are almost at eye level with the water, it’s a beautiful view but you will need  a wide angle lens or to stitch a panorama if you want to capture it to take home with you!

Lagoon Eye Level

Lagoon Eye Level

The second spot is the viewpoint on top of the island – this is quite a climb and although their is a walkway, the stairways used to reach the viewpoints are rather steep and narrow so watch your step and make sure the person in front (or behind you) has not been partying too hard the night before!)

On the Stairs up to the Viewpoint

On the Stairs up to the Viewpoint

The trail to the lagoon

The trail to the lagoon

Once you’ve taken your photographs you can head back down to the beach to chill out – or for the more energetic inclined you can take a kayak out and explore the island by sea.

If this article has inspired you to visit, please let me know via the comments

Likewise, if you’ve explored this gorgeous island already and know of any other great spots around this island that I missed  - I’d appreciate it if you could please share your recommendation with us via the comments below.

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Ko Wua Talab – Amazing Angthong Part 2

For most visitors To Angthong National Marine Park this will be your second stop. Most tours give you around 2 hours to fully explore this treasure trove of nature. This is a little bit awkward since if you want to visit the best viewpoint of the islands – Pha Jun-Jaras you probably won’t have time to visit the other major attraction – the caves on the island. Theoretically you could do both in two hours – but realistically you will want to take it easy, not rush and enjoy a leisurely stroll up the path – not worrying about whether your boat has gone without you.

Ko Wua Talab - View Point 1 - 10 minutes walk from the beach

Ko Wua Talab - View Point 1 - 10 minutes walk from the beach

Pha Jun Jaras View Point - Ko Wua Talab - Angthong

Pha Jun Jaras View Point - Ko Wua Talab - Angthong

Angthong Islands Near Koh Samui

Angthong Islands Near Koh Samui

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Nam Tok Na Muang – Koh Samui Waterfall

Nam Tok Na Muang - Koh Samui Waterfall

Nam Tok Na Muang - Koh Samui Waterfall

Movie by EasyMate

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Big Buddha

Big Buddha, Koh Samui - Bo Phut

Big Buddha, Koh Samui - Bo Phut

A famous Samui landmark, this Big Buddha sits 15 meters tall and looks out over the island from Bo Phut beach in the North East corner of the island. The Buddha was built in 1972 by the local society to give visitors a place to pay respect to The Lord Buddha. This monumental landmark is surrounded by a variety of stalls selling Thai craftwares and other ornaments.

For photographers this is a classic shot, but offers some challenges due to the well lit location. There’s just too much light! Because of this I’d strongly recommend sunset or sunrise as the best time to photograph here. Also it’s worth exploring around the back there are some interesting rocks down by the beach, which could make for good composition, with the Koh Phangan seascape behind them.

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Welcome to Paradise – Koh Samui!

Samui Dreams Photography Contest

Samui Dreams Photography Contest

Beautiful beaches, and dream escape hotels and resorts, the island of Koh Samui, situated off the East coast of Thailand is the kind of place that most people in the world dream of visiting.

Easily one of the most wonderful getaways on our planet. From the professional massage therapists, manicurists and pedicurists that will provide soothing relief to tired holidaymakers to backpacking, peace seekers who travel here on vacation.

The local people are happy to welcome newcomers and make sure their island provides a holiday experienc that will top them all. Beach-goers can have their every need met by the traders on the beach, from buying succulent fresh fruit, to the fine crafted goods that artisans create from all over Thailand, through to the luxurious Thai silk that adorns some of the worlds most beautiful women. Visitors relax whilst enjoying the native wildlife and staring out at the calming, worry-free ocean whilst the breezes lull them to sleep.

This island getaway will finally put your mind and heart to rest. No sign of work, business, phone calls or email, only tranquility. No sense of rush. Just paradise on earth.

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