Although it may not appear so, sitting at your local restaurant on Samui and staring into you cup of java, Thailand is in fact a coffee nation, ranked third (after Indonesia and Vietnam) in Southeast Asia, for annual raw coffee production. While there are many species of coffee trees in the world, only Arabica and Robusta have major economic significance, both of which are grown in Thailand.
Here are the coffee facts… At present, Thailand produces approximately:
- 80,000 tons of Robusta coffee, of which 40% (ca. 30,000 tons) are processed locally and about 60% (ca. 50,000 tons) is exported.
- A few hundred tons of Arabica coffee, which are almost entirely processed locally.
“Drinking bad coffee is kind of like kissing your sister.”
While on your travels on Samui, as well as throughout the wonderful kingdom of Thailand, you might have found yourself around the breakfast table looking into what you thought was a divine cup of java, only to realise that things are not quite as they should be. The typical colour of your coffee will vary from a warm milky blend to a hint of dark-roast fusion spinning round your porcelain mug. But what your travels have revealed to you is that Thailand coffee is of the instant variety in most cases, and as you pluck your spoon from the muck, you wonder where the real coffee is hiding.
You’ve exhausted yourself on the beaches of Koh Samui, and you’re settling into your second and final week of luxury on the island. You’re wandering the shops of Maenam and you constantly come across Dental Clinics. Is it “strange?” you ask yourself, that there are possibly just as many Dental Clinics in Maenam as there are 7-11’s. Continue reading
There is much to be said about a person who likes to blow things up. Now don’t get all concerned while on your holiday on Koh Samui, there aren’t any pyromaniacs running around setting off bombs that haven’t been carefully planned out.
Firepower for the Asian nights … Continue reading
More and more types of massaging techniques are being introduced at spas on Koh Samui, and they are beginning to also find their place not on the beaches, but inland where the serene tranquility of the jungles combined with the peaceful ambiance of nature merge the Thai techniques with the bliss of Samui’s natural surroundings.
One of the newest additions to the nightlife activities that are occurring on the coconut isle of Koh Samui have been named the Walking Streets. Now as opposed to what you just might expect happening in a Pattaya Walking Street, the ones that are on Samui are of a much different nature.
Here you will find food vendors, and some of the most unique items available on Koh Samui.
Koh Samui is proud to have not only a beautiful collection of holiday villas, bungalows and beach properties that you can take advantage of to enjoy the most pleasurable holiday imaginable, but it also has year round weather that is more than a delight.
In Northern countries just as the weather is starting to cool down, Koh Samui is experiencing some of the most stunning weather patterns conceivable. Continue reading
As you surf the Internet looking to find ‘real’ information about the idyllic island of Koh Samui in the Gulf of Thailand, you will with great frustration find yourself bombarded with advertisements for villas, snorkelling trips and property for sale. You may even come across a Thai wife or two available for you. Koh Samui is an island with two very distinct sides to it. Continue reading
On every island around this globe you will find one specific part of it that has a charisma unlike any other. The amazing quality of the beaches on Koh Samui is that they are not only different, but that they attract, draw and appeal to distinctive people thus creating their own unique magnetism. The coastline along the northern line of Koh Samui is nothing like the southern coast. Here the solitude is almost deafening, and the views out across the Gulf of Thailand different with every setting of the sun.
The small, sleepy town Maenam on the north coast of Koh Samui is still a witness of the original character of the island. The consequences of the tourism boom since the 1990s have spared this part of Samui. So it happens that at the heart of the classic fishing villages like Maenam old wooden houses still resist the change of mass tourism until the modern day. Of course, there are some fine luxury hotels next to a number of budget-priced bungalows and restaurants which offer a range of alternatives.