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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!

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Nomads of the sea

No one wants us

For we are Moken.

Long time here yet

Still not broken.

 

Three hundred years and more,

Stateless nomads of the sea.

Skilled seafarers far from shore,

We had no home but we were free.

 

No schooling now for our children.

In sickness, we have no care.

Nomads still, we carry on.

Tourists, they just stop and stare.

 

Poorer now and losing face;

No basic rights in any land.

Exploited by this venal place;

We are just a one man band.

 

They used our skills for gain;

They made us dive too deep;

‘Nam neeb’ and dynamite destroyed us;

Now we’re just a crippled heap.

 

Poor man, rich man, beggar man, thief.

Seldom do we our stories write.

We are but nothing in this land.

But this land is ours by our birthright.

 

Even where we’ve lived for years

They will not let us call home.

Ancestral bones are buried deep

In land that we can never own.

 

Fish and forage;

Land or sea.

Shelter scavenged we accept.

Never discerning, we were free.

 

When we were young

We dived and dined.

Our great sea gave

Fish and shells and lobsters fine.

 

From Koh Phuket to Surin Islands,

Free to fish on natures patch.

Now from Surin we are banned;

No turtles, cucumber, clams to catch.

 

Without the sea we cannot live.

Sell a photo for a buck.

Embarassed, begging for some food.

Does any tourist give a fuck.

 

Thai, Burmese, Rohingya, Moken.

In the big dream many others

See the world for what it is,

Because forever we are brothers.

 

Still no one wants us.

We are Moken.

Long time here yet

Still not broken.

A Tear

A tear seeps weakly from

The corner of my eye.

Not a tear of sorrow;

Not a tear of joy.

Eyes pulled deep in sockets

Like black-holes in the sky.

Sinus working over time.

Emitting matter; head so dry.

My lungs heave

In search of air.

There’s very little

Of that here.

Will I see sunrise again.

Mountains have disappeared from view.

The hills and trees

Have all gone too.

They are all still there;

But pleasure my eye no more.

A glass-less greenhouse.

Hell’s kitchen’s core.

The furnace lit as day unfolds

Will burn for hours unabated.

By noon so hot

By eve cremated.

No rain’s been seen since November.

The reservoirs are running dry.

Just one storm in mid-December.

Canals and rivers trickle by.

The farms are parched and all that stands,

Clinging to life each day,

Are fields of corn that grips the land

Till Monsoon comes. Hope away.

Yet still by night

The fires they light.

The men who farm the very land,

To then destroy with their own hand.

 

[This is Chiang Mai 19th April 2016]

 

The Land so named

In the land that is so named

Your smile was once beyond compare.

Beneath the secrets veiled

An inner beauty pure and rare.

 

And beauty takes its name from thee.

The blazing eye of Buddha’s fire;

Thro’ Northern haze now cannot shine.

The tears run dry; the earth its pyre.

 

No fight beyond your cities wall

But inner strife that still returns.

The Buddha way will balance all;

Inside your heart the flame still burns.

 

Your people want a peaceful life;

Who rules they may not care a jot.

Be fair to every man and wife.

Power struggles, but for what?

 

You cannot say just how you feel.

You must suppress your inner thought.

No questions you may ask.

Your freedom must be sought.

 

For now your smile it sadly wanes,

Although the fire within you burns

To live and love the way you did.

Wait for the day your smile returns.