Don’t miss the fabulous Sip and Splash party tomorrow (Sunday) at Royal Beach

Don’t miss the fabulous Royal Beach Sip & Splash party!
Pool Party & Circus Fun for Kids
Bubbles for Mum & Dad & Friends
Samui Circus Workshop for kids ~
Sunday 18th February, 2 pm – 6pm at Royal Beach Samui

Tapas and Kids Menu starting at 80 baht/ dish
Bottle of sparkling Wine 790 baht
‘A late breakfast’ 500 baht
‘A lazy Sunday’ sharing meal 700 baht

See you by the pool!

Royal Beach Boutique Resort & Spa is located in Lamai area close to Grand Father Grand Mother Rock.

For more information facebook:

Address : Royal Beach Boutique Resort & Spa
438/2 Moo 1, Maret, Lamai, Koh Samui , Surat Thani 84310
Email :
Tel .: +66(0)77 418958 


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Coca-Cola to promote Thai tourism with ‘Hula Hula with Coca-Cola this summer’

Coca-Cola is putting a new face on its products sold in Thailand in time for the summer season.

The soft-drink giant’s new campaign, “Hula Hula with Coca-Cola this summer”, will feature 24 new package designs, TV commercials, out-of-home media advertising, a “very uplifting summer anthem” videos and other content.

“Our starting point for this ‘Coke for Summer ‘idea came from the realization that so many of the world’s best summer destinations are in Thailand, and that we often forget just how special they are,” said Claudia Navarro, Marketing Director of Coca-Cola (Thailand) Ltd.

“We therefore chose 24 of the most popular spots and developed designs that relate to iconic symbols from each of these places. We are hoping Thais will have fun collecting them, or finding the one that means the most to them and sharing it with someone special back home.”

The Nation 

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Driver killed, 19 Chinese tourists injured in Phang Nga bus crash

A bus carrying 19 Chinese tourists crashed into a power pole in Phang Nga on Friday morning, killing the driver and injuring all of the passengers.

The accident happened on the Phang Nga-Takua Thung section of Phetkasem Road in Takua Thung district shortly after the bus left the Ayothaya Hotel in Krabi at 5am.

The tourists booked with CNR Travel were heading to the Ban Tha Noon Pier.

The impact shattered the utility pole, with the upper part in turn striking the front of the bus, ripping a role across half the roof.

Driver Arkom Daengnam, 40, died at the wheel. Four of the 19 passengers were severely injured, said police, who suspectt the driver dozed off and lost control.

The Nation

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Bangkok police reduce speed on eight roads to 50 km/h

Motorists will need to check their speed on eight roads in Bangkok after the Metropolitan Police Bureau published a directive to reduce their maximum speed from 80 kilometres to 50 kilometres per hour to prevent road accidents.

The new speed limit is in immediate effect after being published on Thursday in the Royal Gazette.

The eight roads are:

1. Ratchasima Road from Suan Ruen intersection to Wang Daeng intersection

2. Ratchawithi Road from Apai Jesphuthit intersection to Krungthon Bridge

3. Samsen Road fom Bang Krabua intersection to Si Sao Thewes intersection

4. Uthong Nok Road from Uthong Nok intersection to Wasukree Pier

5. Sukhothai Road from Suan Ruen intersection to Sukhothai intersection

6. Si Ayutthaya Road from First Army Division intersection to Saowanee intersection

7. Rama V Road from Phanit intersection to Sukhothai intersection

8. Sawankhalok Road from Yommarat Intersection to Sawankhalok intersection.

The bureau said it would coordinate with the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration to put up speed limit signs on the eight roads.

The Nation 

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Koh Samui THA Midnight Run 2018 – Saturday, March 24th 2018

The 6th Edition of the Koh Samui THA Midnight Run 2018 is confirmed and will depart & finish from the Reggae Pub in Chaweng Beach on Saturday, March 24th 2018!

We would like to thank all the sponsors of the 2017 edition & congratulate you one more time for the great performance of reaching 989 runners, represented by 45 hotels and offering together great new grounds and gardens to the children of the special needs school. Please discover the pictures here attached & one more time congratulations to all the sponsors, helpers, supporters and runners!

This year we are aiming at welcoming more than a 1,200 runners and the proceeds of the event will be towards the new school canteen for the children of the school. We look forward to welcoming all the runners  again massively, motivated, dressed up and ready to  support & party during this wonderful charity event. Please find here below the links of our promotional video, website, Facebook page, sponsorship package, registration forms and price & awards information.


The event is the same as previous years: 

  • Departure from the Reggae Pub
  • Choice of 5km race or 10 km race
  • Same sponsorship packages (15 000 Baht or 20 000 Baht) (all runners registered in any of the 2 sponsorship package are automatically in the Grand Raffle; the first price being a new Scoopy 1 Motorbike!)
  • Extra single runner registration with Grand Raffle participation:    1000 Baht
  • Extra single runner registration with no Grand Raffle participation: 500 Baht


  1. The Sponsorship Packages for hotels (handover deadline is 20 February 2018)

Sponsorship registration form link:


  • Package 1 is 15,000 Baht and offers 10 free runners registrations with Grand Raffle Participation + all media marketing
  • Package 2 is 20,000 Baht and offers 20 free runners registrations with Grand Raffle Participation + all media marketing


Remark: A single registration form must be filled in by your HR Department for each one of the runners included in your sponsorship package. Additionally please ensure to fill in attached registration table with complete information.


Registration form link here:


  1. Additional Single Registration Form: (deadline 20 March 2018) at Zazen Boutique Resort & Spa)
  • 500 Baht Single Registration Runner (without Grand Raffle Participation)
  • 1000 Baht Single Registration Runner (with Grand Raffle Participation)
  • 1500 Baht Single Registration on race day (with Grand Raffle Participation)

Please find link to the registration form here:

IMPORTANT: In order to promote the event fast & print the T-shirts with sponsor’s logos we need ASAP:


  1. Your complete confirmation
  2. The filled-in sponsorship form
  3. The completed payment transfer (account details on sponsorship form)
  4. A copy of the payment slip sent by e-mail (
  5. The Midnight Run DONATION BOXES placed at your receptions, one month before the event & send it back to Zazen Resort on the race day, March 24th 2018. Thank you.

Don’t forget that it is for a GOOD CAUSE & that the proceeds of the Charity Run will be offered to the Special Needs School and the Green Association of Koh Samui.  

We look forward to welcoming you on board for this 6th Edition of the THA Koh Samui Midnight Run!  

Happy training and thank you for your kind support!

The THA Koh Samui Midnight Run 2018 Committee

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Launched in Clearwater, Florida all the way back in 1983. 35 years later it is a global sensation, renowned for its chicken wings, Orange short shorts and of course pretty girls. The latest addition to the family is here on Koh Samui.

Located on the beach road right next to Hard Rock Café its very easy to find and has a great patio area out front with a DJ playing nightly to put you in the mood for a long party night ahead or just a great place to hang out and people watch. Inside you find a modern airy sports bar restaurant offering you live sports from all around the world on what seems like hundreds of big screen tv’s, showing American sports live in the morning, Australian Sports in the afternoon and European sports in the evening, along with a pool table, darts, table football and beer pong outside on the patio there is something for everyone.

Eighties and nineties music pumps out during the daytime and night time you can enjoy music from the resident DJ outside on the patio or rock music inside. As a global franchise Hooters knows what they excel at, and keep up their consistently high standards, from country to country that they branch out to. As we left the beach road and entered we were greeted on the patio by a nice loud greeting from the girls ‘Welcome To Hooters’ the high level of energy stayed throughout our visit. There was a lot of couples eating and drinking, that alone would suggest that Hooters have managed to steer away over time from an exclusively male- orientated crowd, to a more wholesome, family orientated crowd during the daytime and early evening before entertaining the party late night, Its and very nice balance. The service was excellent, and the staff all paid close attention to the patrons, with excellent English abilities. The acid test for Hooters would be to see just how good the All American staple of burgers are here, and also to sample some of their famous wings. When considering which burgers to plump for, we were recommended the western BBQ burger at 439THB. It was very good value for its size and tasted amazing, and came with a portion of curly fries to give you that extra value. Next up, we went for the Original Breaded Wings, choosing Thai Sweet Chilli sauce, and a Ranch dressing. A portion of twelve wings came to 419THB, which was fairly- priced whn considering just how darn good they are! The chicken had been cooked just right and the tasty sauce was plentiful. The ranch worked a treat to take away some of the heat from the chili sauce and we soon demolished all 12 wings. A great selection of Beers, both draft and bottles, was a nice way to round things off. Top notch.

Hooters also run daily promotions on all their food and drinks so don’t forget to ask your server what todays promotion is. They also open for breakfast from 10am and the Kitchen served fresh cooked food until 2AM for all the night owls.

Click here to visit the Hooters Samui Facebook page

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Letter to the editor – Water for all our domestic needs.

It seems to me no matter how much it rains or where ever else the island procures its water there are always going to be shortages.

I moved here in 2005 and bought a newly constructed villa with its own private water well. The villa is 400m from the sea on the islands west coast. There was also a government supply to the property and being so cheap by UK standards I used the government supply for a number of years whilst the well was used to water the garden or top up the swimming pool. Over recent times we have seen serious water shortages on the island and even though water now comes from the mainland it remains little more than a brackish trickle during times of high demand.

Therefore, I decided to use our well as our primary source for domestic and drinking water. The first thing I noticed was the lack of information available locally. The main advertiser claiming to be an expert on deep wells dose not answer their website Emails and puts the phone down on foreigners. I did eventually find locals who could clean out the well and sanitise it but their charges were frankly outrageous for the work involved. So I decided to do the work myself and share my experience with others, just about everything you need can be bought on the island and all the information required is freely available on the Internet, particularly YouTube.

My particular well is 75mm diameter blue PVC pipe 10M deep with 6M depth of water, the first thing I had to do was remove a metre or more of bottom vegetation and debris which had accumulated over the years. With a lance made from ordinary PVC blue water pipe sufficiently long enough to reach the bottom I fashioned a grappling hook from wire to one end and soon cleared out the main rubbish. Using the same 40mm blue pipe, I introduced a small diameter (5mm ID) air pipe at the lower end and taped it to the main pipe with duct tape to form and basic simple air lift and connected it to my small air compressor. With a 10M deep well I required a little over 1 bar or 15psi in order to overcome the water pressure at the bottom of the well and very little air volume is necessary. The idea is by intruding air into the bottom of the 40mm pipe it will return to the surface reducing the density of the water and carry the debris with it. With the 40mm pipe at the bottom of the well and an elbow at the surface plus a short length of extra pipe to discharge to waste, I switched on my 7cfm compressor and in a little over two hours I had clean water discharged at the surface. The next problem was to rid the water of the “Rotten Egg” smell (Hydrogen Sulfide) created by a harmless water borne bacteria. To do this simply calculate the volume of water in the well (Pie X D x H). Then add sufficient domestic bleach to raise the chlorine level in the well water to 200ppm to “Shock It “and then leave overnight, I used Haiter Blue Bleach which contains no perfume agent. This didn’t work for me the first time so I worked on the bases that you cannot “Over Shock” your swimming pool and therefore the same would apply to water in the well and I actually added 10L or four blue containers of Haiter bleach. I ran the well pump for about an hour with a hose pipe into the well to mix the bleach evenly and sanitise the well walls at the same time. After 24 hours I ran the water to waste (do not discharge into your septic tank), until I could no longer smell bleach and then double checked using the swimming pool chlorine tester. The water ran crystal clear and sweet, pumped from the well head to a spin down pre-sediment water filter to remove any sand or grit followed by a 20 x 4.5inch 5 micron spun polyester sediment filter to feed two 750L above ground storage tanks. Water enters the first tank which is linked to the second tank by a balance pipe 30cm from the bottom to allow any remaining sediment missed by the primary filters to settle out. Water is the drawn from the second storage tank by a continuous flow domestic pump through two 20 x 4.5inch 1 micron spun polyester filters in series and enters the villa. A water level switch starts the well head pump when the storage tanks are half full and a water level float gauge confirms all is well. I have also installed a drinking water filter system with block carbon to resin to ceramic to a further block carbon and final UV lamp to destroy any remaining bacteria. We consume around 1,000L per day which the system has handled for the past two years without a problem. Hope you find this article helpful, you can contact me by Email for additional help if required.

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Election delay not our decision, says junta

In response to a series of rallies against a possible delay of the general election, Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha has ordered authorities to explain the situation to the public, Government spokesman Lt-General Sansern Kaewkamnerd said on Wednesday.

A group of pro-election demonstrators have held rallies, including one last Saturday, against a decision by junta-appointed legislators last month to postpone promulgation of the MP election bill for 90 days. This decision makes an election unlikely to happen before February next year.

The protesters have said that they will hold rallies until the election is held.

“Whenever the group holds an activity, we have to provide the public with information from both demonstrators and the government without creating any war of words,” Sansern said.

Sansern said it was not the government that decided to postpone the election, but the National Legislative Assembly.

He said the National Council for Peace and Order had no intention to prolong its stay in power.

“We did not say we won’t let an election be held,” Sansern said. “But with the road map, is there anything wrong with postponing it [the election] a bit?”

The Nation 

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Foreigner database to be ready in six months

The Immigration Bureau and the Interior Ministry were instructed on Wednesday to speed up the implementation of a single-platform online database of foreigners entering and leaving the kingdom.

The order was given by Deputy Prime Minister General Prawit Wongsuwan when he chaired the meeting of the fifth government committee in charge of bureaucratic reforms at Government House, said deputy government spokesman Kongcheep Tantrawanich.

The single platform database would help prevent crimes by foreigners, such as call-centre scams and those related to underworld activities, Kongcheep said.

The two agencies were told to have the new system fully functioning in six months.

As part of the new system, the Immigration Bureau will cancel the use of the Immigration 6 form and instead use e-passport data, Kongcheep said.

He said each immigration checkpoint would be equipped with identity-checking equipment, such as fingerprint readers and passport scanners, to enter information into the database.

At the same time, the Interior Ministry’s Provincial Administration Department must ensure that all hotels, apartments, guesthouses and other accommodation services keep and report records of foreigners using their services by informing the nearest immigration office or police station, which will in turn feed the data to the database.

“This measure must be implemented in six months so that the arrivals, departures and accommodation of foreigners can be comprehensively monitored to reduce security threats, especially from transnational criminals, foreign mafias and international terrorists,” Kongcheep said.

The Nation 

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Govt spokesman says protesters are old faces

The government has called on those protesting against coal power plants not to use fasting to cause conflicts in the society. Government Spokesman Lt.Gen.Sansern Kaewkamnerd said the current political protesters are still the same group of people. 

The spokesman said everything must proceed in accordance with the roadmap that the prime minister has announced. However, the National Legislative Assembly has voted to delay promulgation of the election law by another 90 days.

The spokesman added that while those who are protesting against the government are a familiar group of protesters, they are coming out more often during this period.

As for the coal power plant protesters, the spokesman said the premier cares for all groups of protesters and confirmed that the government did not order the construction of coal power plants. He urged them to be open-minded and listen to opinions of other groups.


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