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Author, Blogger and Photographer. James King has published diaries of Thailand memoirs and observations from 2008 to 2015. His first novel will be published in 2017.

Planning your trip to Koh Samui

Sarah Marshall has kindly written this guest post for Jamoroki. She is the content writer for Horizon Homes, a property and relocation company based in Koh Samui, Thailand. When she is not busy at work, she can be seen travelling around Thailand, enjoying the sunshine and food.

Koh Samui

A trip to Thailand is not complete without visiting the coastal islands which are rated the best in the world. If there’s one island you cannot miss, it’s Koh Samui. Only 700 kilometres south from Bangkok, Koh Samui is located in the beautiful aquamarine waters of the Chumphorn Archipelago in the Gulf of Thailand.

There are roughly 40,000 people who live on the island, making it feel like a secluded tropical paradise. Samui is the second-largest island in the Archipelago and noted as one of the best for doing outdoor sports. There are many snorkelling trips, boating tours, fishing opportunities, and many other nautical activities. We’ve created a guide on what to plan for your island trip to Samui.

Visit the Angthong National Marine Park

One of the attractions that should be on your list of things to do in Samui is visiting the Angthong National Marine Park. This is the park made up of 42 smaller islands in the Archipelago. It’s a protected area with many great snorkelling spots and islands to hop around. Enjoy a splendid day exploring the natural and marine wildlife of Samui.

Pack Lots of Sunscreen, Hats, and All-Weather Clothes

For all the fair skin people who burn easily, it’s best advised to pack a lot of sunscreen. This isn’t because there isn’t any to buy on the island, but it’s much more expensive than buying it on Amazon or your local supermarket. Since locals don’t wear suntan lotion (or even need it for that matter), they know it’s a hot commodity for tourists who didn’t pack well.

It’s also best to bring hats and cover-ups to avoid sun poisoning if you plan on being in the sun for a long time. You might enjoy tanning for hours in the sunshine in a bikini, but be aware that you could potentially damage your skin. Many people prefer not to expose their skin to too much sun since they want to keep their skin young and fresh.

Dine at Bophut’s Fisherman’s Village

You must plan to have dinner at the local and historical Bophut’s Fisherman’s Village located right on the water. There are lots of different seafood restaurants cooking the freshest catches of the day. Each Friday night, the village has an open street market. This is where you can buy the best souvenirs for your friends and family back home. You can also find the best street food snacks and local desserts if you’re still hungry.

Temple Touring and Buddha Sightseeing

With all the historic Wats (Buddhist temples) on the island, you must plan to at least visit one. Wat Plai Laem is one of the most magnificent temples on the island. There is a huge Goddess of Mercy Buddha statue displayed in front of the temple grounds. Another popular must see is the golden Big Buddha statue located on the northern coast of Samui. No matter where you go around the island, you’ll surely run into an epic temple to tour.

Drink the Local Rum

You’ll soon discover after visiting one beach bar that drinks are pretty affordable on the dreamlike island. Yet, there is a local rum distillery on the island known for making the best tropical elixirs. Magic Alambic Rum Distillery has been a favourite amongst locals and it’s 100% homemade rum. You can visit the distillery on the southern side of the island or you can ask for it at the bar.

Relaxing at Your Island Homestay

One of the best parts about vacation is living somewhere else with a change of scenery. You won’t want to stay at a mediocre hotel on the trip of a lifetime. Why not stay in a luxurious vacation rental where you can not only have a room to yourself but a nice private house or condo?

Horizon Homes provide the best beach rentals at an affordable price. You shouldn’t stay anywhere that doesn’t have a private pool or a comfortable living room area. View all the holiday villas for rent Horizon have available on Samui. Have a fantastic time on the island!

Edge of Life

I won’t come from the mountain,

While days they are still long.

I can’t come from the mountain,

Until my work is done.

I’ve still got my marbles,

But my balls are getting weak.

My eyes are somewhat hazy.

Thank God that I can speak.

If I am the first to leave,

I’m sorry for your loss.

Come now, let us walk a while.

Let’s walk until we’re lost.

Walk me to the edge of life.

Walk me to the brink.

And when it’s time for me to leave,

We’ll raise a glass and drink.

The road I trod was long

And never was it straight.

The life I’ve led is filled with love,

In a world that’s full of hate.

 

 

Heaven’s call

If I could recall one moment in time,

That was more vital and more passionate.

Tempests have smoothed sandstone and lime

And new tenants now in short and long relate.

Where once our passion burned with deep intent,

Now wrinkled and dimmed with furrowed brow.

All sweet and youthful features then are spent,

As time erodes them even faster now.

Though your sharp wit may not diminish,

Nor cast out the power of thought,

Your enduring mind may see no finish;

When all is done, time can’t be bought.

I would welcome now the heaven’s call

And rest my weary head on you, before I fall.

 

 

Is poor teaching of languages causing communication breakdown?

On 14 July 2011 BBC News posted an article entitled –

Spelling mistakes ‘cost millions’ in lost online sales

Written by education correspondent Sean Coughlan the article raises concerns, which I have had for a long time, about how eroding language skills are leading to serious communication breakdown.

I wrote about my concerns in a post entitled –

Will loss of language skills lead to a breakdown in society?

My concerns go much deeper than a loss of revenue but Sean Coughlan’s observations, which contain the following, are important as they point to the root of the problems – education. Continue reading Is poor teaching of languages causing communication breakdown?

The Wrecking Machine

English: Protest against fossil fuels April
English: Protest against fossil fuels April (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It’s coming from all sides

But mainly from the right.

It’s cloaked in many guises,

In the shadows of the night.

It’s breaking up the Union,

It’ll soon break up the States.

It fears the enemy within,

At heart it’s full of hate.

It’s turned the truth upon its head

And placed a child upon the throne.

Cries wolf when it is challenged;

A massive rolling stone.

Watch how it cuts the funds,

Needed to save the world.

Boosting the use of fossil fuels,

It fracks the earth till all’s unfurled.

Watch, listen now, to the glaring truth.

It turns deaf ears when science cries,

As though it is mere whim,

And more discoveries then denies.

Filling government with corporate men

And then, dismantling regulations.

Fuelling avarice and greed,

It pockets billions in elation.

Consumed by thoughts of deeds so foul,

That even it can’t sleep at night.

Bent on destroying human life,

Well past the tipping point all right.

It plans to make the world one totalitarian state.

We’d better join together before it is too late.