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  • Beware “Sharks”
  • Shark

    Koh Samui is well known for its accessible beaches and all of them are safe to swim from. However, do beware of jet-ski operators. 

  • Wedding Budget
  • wedding-budget

    Planning your wedding is exciting but needs careful preparation so sit down with your partner and prepare a wedding budget, then check your bank balance!  

  • Koh Phangan
  • Koh-Phangan-island

    For those in search of a green retreat, Koh Phangan offers a stunning, largely unspoiled tropical escape just 30 minutes by boat from Koh Samui. 

  • Interior Designer du jour
  • modern-home

    The fun part of interior design is looking through the glossy design magazines for inspiration and envying the interior decorations inside the homes of celebrities. 

     

    Leisure

    Beware “Sharks”

    Shark

    Koh Samui is well known for its accessible beaches and all of them are safe to swim from. However, do beware of jet-ski operators. 

    Weddings

    Wedding Budget

    wedding-budget

    Planning your wedding is exciting but needs careful preparation so sit down with your partner and prepare a wedding budget, then check your bank balance!  

    Eco / Green

    Koh Phangan

    Koh-Phangan-island

    For those in search of a green retreat, Koh Phangan offers a stunning, largely unspoiled tropical escape just 30 minutes by boat from Koh Samui. 

    Arts & Design

    Interior Designer du jour

    modern-home

    The fun part of interior design is looking through the glossy design magazines for inspiration and envying the interior decorations inside the homes of celebrities. 

     

  • Tips on Trips
  • Motorcycle-taxi-Thailand

    Getting around Koh Samui island has never been easier using public transport. The choice ranges from taxi motorbikes to pick-up trucks called a Songtaew.  

  • Movie director calls all the shots
  • beach-stones

    Today, I felt I had cracked it! I e-mailed the beach photographs and all the details to the production company in London and waited. 

  • Avant Garde Fashion
  • Melinda-Looi-fashion-designer

    Melinda Looi is one of the most prominent fashion designers in Malaysia today. She designs unique pieces that are a mix of East and West. 

  • McVities on the Shelves
  • McVities-biscuits

    Supermarkets are the new shopping malls in SE Asia with everything under one roof. Small corner shops are finding it difficult to compete with them.  

  • Sand between your toes
  • seaview-restaurant

    If you are looking for a a great wine and dine experience with a sea view, then visit a small beachfront restaurant called OCEAN 11. 

  • HD shooters come to Thailand
  • cameraman

    It's not all sun and fun here. I get asked all sorts of questions from production companies and not all are related to location scouting. 

  • Escape by the sea!
  • Beach-house

    This is a rare opportunity to acquire a beach house in a stunning position on a beautiful beach in a hip part of Koh Samui. 

  • Lao Tapestries weave their magic
  • hand-weave-Lao

    The Lao weaving industry disappeared after the war in the 1970’s, but the gradual opening of Communist-run Laos means it is now being restored. 

     

  • Jim Thompson
  • JT-Thai-silk

    Jim Thompson established the Thai Silk Company in 1947, revolutionising the silk industry and in the process transforming a dying skill into a designer brand. 

  • Beware “Sharks”
  • Shark

    Koh Samui is well known for its accessible beaches and all of them are safe to swim from. However, do beware of jet-ski operators. 

  • Hair today gone tomorrow
  • Bad-hair-day

    Although more salons are becoming capable of dealing with foreign women’s hair, there are still many pitfalls, and I’ve stumbled into nearly all of them. 

  • Green overhead
  • Green-roof

    Installing a green roof is not as expensive or time-consuming as it seems. Architects are now finding ways to make roofs more environmentally friendly. 

     
     

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