Koh Samui Cancer Care Charity Fun Run

Many people always ask us when the Samui Marathon 2013 will be. The answer is: we don’t know. It’s not even clear whether it will take place in 2013 or not.

However, on June 1st there will be a Cancer Care Charity Fun Run on Koh Samui Island, sponsored by the Four Seasons Hotel.

Koh Samui Cancer Run 2013 flyer

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The Run takes place on June 1st 2013 at the Nathon Pier, starting at 6 a.m.

Samui Island Marathon 2012: September 23

The 3 million Baht Koh Samui Island Marathon 2012 will take place on September 23. More than 2,000 runners are expected to participate at the event which will be staged at Nathon Pier on Koh Samui.

Winners in different categories will get price money, and the overall winner will receive the Princess Cup, a trophy donated by Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn.

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Last year around 1,800 runners participated, so this year the number will be a bit higher.

Here some video clips from last years marathon:

Koh Samui – Utilities Not Ready For Tourism Growth

Koh Samui keeps getting more and more popular, and there is no end in sight to the establishment of more luxury resorts and hotels.

And while this is great for working in the Koh Samui travel industry, it’s also a challenge for the government to keep up.

They need to develop a more environmental friendly and sustainable waste management system, and even things like water and electricity supply need to be improved. They are also investing in improving the roads on the island.

The proclaimed goal of government officials is to make it a “green island”, but there is a lot (a very lot) of work that needs to be done before this can be realized.

Here are some of the projects that are either already happening or will happen soon, according to this TTRWeekly article:

 The municipality is working on road repairs including installing a waste water system along a 17 km stretch of road. There are 52 km of roads on the island that need repair and the budget allocated for this task is Bt450 million. The first phase is due to completed by September next year. The last two phases of road improvements are pending a budget allocation.

• Water supply comes from two sources – lakes and transforming sea water to fresh water, but there is still a shortage. The municipality is now improving Chaweng Lake and installing a more efficient wastewater treatment at the lake to improve the quality of the water. Also, officials are proposing to buy land plots in front of Na Mueang Lake to build a reservoir.

• Electricity shortage should be solved once a new power plant station on Mae Nam Beach is ready to support the Taling Ngam Beach power plant. The project will cost around Bt3 billion including electricity cables from the mainland to supplement three other cables and the island’s power plant. The project is due to completed by the second quarter of next year.

“We have enough rainfall each year, but we don’t have enough reservoirs to store the water. Also the quality of the water needs to be improved,” he said.

Currently, there are two water supply facilities that turn seawater to fresh water on the island – one is owned by East Water Company and another by the Metropolitan Waterworks Authority. Samui has three lakes; Krachud Lake, Na Mueang Lake and Chaweng Lake. They are all used for water supply.

On the waste management front, Mr Ramnate recognised Samui has been in hot water over waste problems for many years. So the focus now is on the following:

• There is a plan to add waste water treatment plants in three areas; Mae Nam Beach, Hua Thanon and Bo Phut. However, the project will cost Bt1 billion and needs government approval and support;

• Garbage management will concentrate on the use of incinerators to burn garbage. There are plans to separate garbage that can be recycled. The aim is to make the island a green destination.

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Samui Regatta

The Samui Regatta that took place from May 30th till June 4th, 2011 was a big success for all the people who participated in it. It’s a yearly event that takes place yearly since more than a decade already – and it’s getting bigger and more fun every year.

Sailors always flock to this must-see event, and it’s part of the asian Yacthing Grand Prix circuit.

Neil Pryde and Ray Robers finally won the regatta.

You can learn more about it on the official website.

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Samui Beach Village Announces New General Manager for Their Samui Beach Village Luxury Villas

Koh Samui, Surat Thani – June 13th, 2011 – Samui Beach Village announces and welcomes Luke Salway as their new General Manager of Samui Beach Village Luxury Villas and Ocean Rooms. His wealth of knowledge about luxury villas, customer service and guest needs along with more than 8 years experience in similar roles at Rocky’s Resort and Silavadee in Koh Samui, making him the perfect addition to the team.

Luke will be integral in initiating improvements and streamlining overall operations – leading a new team in order to deliver Samui Beach Village’s promise of 5* service and amenities and their strive to not only meet, but exceed guest expectations on a luxury vacation.

They have welcomed new GM on board hoping that his appointment will add to the success of Samui beach resort (Samui Beach Village Resort) and Samui villa (Samui Beach Village Luxury Villas). They look forward to working with him in the future.

Meash and Jane Meakin, Directors of Samui Beach Village are enthused at Luke coming on board “We are more than delighted to have Luke join the Samui Beach Village team. His years of experience and high energy are the perfect fit and we feel he will deliver exciting new directions for the Village and exceed customer expectations.”

Samui Beach Village is the ideal place to spend your vacation – enjoy luxury Koh Samui villas or Ocean Rooms, as well as Clubhouse, Restaurants, Tennis Court, Fitness Center, Spa Center….and more!
Their luxury Samui villas, resorts or hotels ranging from 2 to 5 bedroom and situated right on the beach or literally seconds from it are coupled with 5* service and staff. Offering TV/DVD, fully-fitted western kitchen, air-con, ceiling fans, mosquito screen doors, satellite TV, high-speed Wi-Fi, outdoor decking & dining including a Thai sala directly on the beach and of course your own beachfront pool with sun loungers and parasols.

If a luxury Samui villa is not quite right for you, then why not try one of their delightful Ocean Rooms!
Samui Beach Village Resort’s 1 or 2 bedroom Ocean Rooms are stunningly decorated with exquisite Thai finishes, giving you a true Thai experience blended with western comfort and quality. Each Ocean Room is equipped with modern conveniences such as a 21 inch flat screen TV, CD/DVD player, ipod docking system, hairdryer, refrigerator, coffee maker, kettle and last but not least, FREE high speed Wi Fi.
The Ocean Rooms sit on the edge of a vast stretch of ocean and sand where the views are spectacular, especially from the 5 shared swimming pools that sit directly in front overlooking the ocean.

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About The Company

Samui Beach Village and Samui Beach Village Resort are set on an unspoiled stretch of sandy beach amid a profusion of coconut palms close to the main tourist areas of Koh Samui, yet tucked away enough to afford you the privacy you seek on a luxury beachfront Koh Samui villa or Samui resort style holiday. If you need a hotel room or prefer a villa or resort, then you can contact Samui rentals. Each Koh Samui hotel has its own splendid and unique charm and features a balcony or decking area from which you can view the most stunning views of ocean.

Offering two types of accommodation Samui Beach Village Luxury, Koh Samui villas and Samui Beach Villa Resort with 1 & 2 bedroom Ocean Rooms, we are able to accommodate every holiday requirement.

Save the Samui Coconut Palms

Koh Samui is one of the most cocnut palmed islands of Thailand – around 6000 families on the island make their living from harvesting and selling coconuts, that are being exported to mainland Thailand and other countries.

And apart of that: they are a beautiful part of tropical living on the island.

That’s why the arrival of a new “palm killing beetle” on the island causes much trouble.

The beetles probably arrived when plants have been imported by hotel owners from Africa.

The big beetles lay their eggs in the unopened flowers of the palms and eat the palm leaves – which causes the palm tree to die. Then the beetles move on to other palms.

According to the office of agriculture on the island there used to be 2.2 million coconut palms in 2007 – now, more than 125000 have been destroyed.

Now the parasitoid Asecodes hispinarum Boucek is being used to combat the palm killing beetles, with some success.

When you come to Thailand – why not help to preserve this simple yet powerful coconut plant? For just 300 baht, you can participate in planting coconut palms and your donation covers maintenance costs even long after you’ve left the island. And – you’re name will be put up by the tree. So far around 250000 palms have been planted, and it is expected that they will bear fruits in around six or seven years.