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1000 small things

 
1000 small things

In March 2012, in the center of Maenam we had an opening of a store 9UPThailand.On the outside it looks like a usual hardware store, if it were not for one thing – there are no prices for the goods. Because all the price are the same - 20 baht! >>

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7 eleven and Family Mart promotion stickers on Koh Samui

 
7 eleven and Family Mart promotion stickers on Koh Samui

Everyone who has ever been to Thailand knows that there are hindreds of local "7 eleven" stores in each populated area.From time to time those shops are holding different special semi-charitable activities - almost every time after payment they would give you small shiny square stickers.What are they for? >>

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About the money of the Kingdom of Thailand

 
About the money of the Kingdom of Thailand

Some of the tourists, for the first time visiting Thailand, might be asking questions such as:Which currency is better to carry with you in Thailand? What does Thai money look like? How to tell the real bills from the fake ones? First let me reassure you that the issue of protection of Thailand banknotes from counterfeits has been successfully resolved and the situation now is much better than in some other neighboring countries. For the details, see the article below.   >>

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Cinema and a bowling alley with karaoke on Koh Samui

 
Cinema and a bowling alley with karaoke on Koh Samui

Everyone already knows that Samui is not only offering you swimming and sunbathing, but also gives you an opportunity to watch the latest movies, and even play a game of bowling.3 halls cinema and bowling center, including VIP karaoke rooms, are located in the largest shopping mall on the island at Chaweng.In the same building there is a supermarket Tesco Lotus, a huge store of goods for the house and garden - Home Pro, a Japanese restaurant Fuji, a variety of shops, cafes and the traditional Thai food court. >>

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Credit cards and exchange rates on Koh Samui

 
Credit cards and exchange rates on Koh Samui

Euro and the U.S. dollar exchange rates in Thailand, which currency to take with you on vacation to Koh Samui, where you can pay by credit card and what will be the withdrawal fees, how and where to withdraw with minimum... All of these questions we shall consider below. The very first thing you should do before going to Thailand is notifying your bank that you are going to use your credit card in Thailand. >>

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How you can save a bit more - member's cards of Tesco Lotus, Home Pro, Big-C, Makro and Central Festival

 
How you can save a bit more - member's cards of Tesco Lotus, Home Pro, Big-C, Makro and Central Festival

I have four regular customer's cards from local supermarkets.In order to get those cards all you need to do is fill in a questionnaire.Those who came for a short holiday might not need it, but those living here for a long time might find it useful.Here is how those cards work. >>

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Koh Samui prices for housing, food, transportation

 
Koh Samui prices for housing, food, transportation

When a person wants to live in a more acceptable for themselves conditions, it is rather understandable. On the wave of interest for the countries, which may temporarily and cheaply become your second home, such articles as "10 places where you can live on a dime" are growing in popularity. In most cases these lists of countries are topped by Thailand. >>

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Peculiarities of local climate: living creatures inside the houses, Part 1

 
Peculiarities of local climate: living creatures inside the houses, Part 1

Living in a tropical climate, almost in full unity with nature provides a number of benefits that can be seen even by  regular tourists and a number of disadvantages faced only by those who has lived here for a while. This is neither good nor bad. Just the way tropics are (I'm talking here about ordinary houses, in whose suburbs all the living creatures are not being eradicated like in 5 star hotels and not about the apartments and studios which are located relatively high above the ground). >>

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Peculiarities of local climate: living creatures inside the houses, Part 2

 
Peculiarities of local climate: living creatures inside the houses, Part 2

Here is a continuation of the article about "neighbors" that we have had a chance to meet for over two years of living on the island of Koh Samui in a rented house. There were not that many living creatures, but I will try to describe here all the things that we have encountered, so that you were not scared, if suddenly it will get under the same roof with you. >>

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Samui Storage

 
Samui Storage

Did you know that Koh Samui has a warehouse for storage where you can keep your things for a while? >>

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Shoe Repair in Koh Samui

 
Shoe Repair in Koh Samui

Let’s gather in one place Google-coordinates of all the shoe shops on Koh Samui to know where they can make a couple of stitches, glue soles, and in general - revive your favorite, but leaky boots. >>

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Sounds of Koh Samui

 
Sounds of Koh Samui

If you move a little further away from the bustling Chaweng Road and it might even be a better idea to rent a house in a quiet area of Koh Samui, somewhere on Maenam, Taling Ngam, Bang Por ... where besides annoying invitations to visit Muay Thai fights you can actualy hear the true sounds of nature. >>

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The peculiarities of local climate: high humidity, Part 1

 
The peculiarities of local climate: high humidity, Part 1

High humidity of Southeast Asia, in particular Thailand, is hardly noticeable by the usual tourists. Well, it is moist, well  you sweat more, it rains more often, it is not a big deal!Those who came here for one or two weeks and some other independent travelers who come here at least for a month, hardly notice high humidity. But those who live here for a longer period of time, this pecularity of the local climate can damage a lot of things and spoil the mood. That's why I decided to tell you about my own experience in a place that for some reason many consider almost a paradise ;) >>

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The peculiarities of local climate: high humidity, Part 2

 
The peculiarities of local climate: high humidity, Part 2

In the first part, we spoke about our experience with the increased level of humidity in the house.After that we virtually painlessly and very quietly has lived here for a year and half, just sticking to the principles which have been listed above, until we experienced the "big water" - that how Thais named the cyclone in November 2010, which became a problem not only for the island of Koh Samui but for the whole south of Thailand. >>

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Turtles always come back

 
Turtles always come back

Turtles know no doubts. Once having found themselves near the water they always seem to know which way to go.They are not particularly fast and easy to move on land. But after reaching deep enough into the sea would become as quick as it can get. And you won’t have time to catch a glimpse of the moving next to you vague shadow, that would quickly disappeared from the view. And you might not see them for a long time, until they are ready to get out to the shore to lay eggs. >>

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Used, second hand equipment shops on Koh Samui

 
Used, second hand equipment shops on Koh Samui

In general, on Koh Samui there are almost no shops that sell secondhand equipment. This is done in order to discourage theft probably. However, from time to time we find such stores around the island. >>

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Water

 
Water

Most of us have long been accustomed to drinking bottled water instead of from a regular tap. Actually, if you do not follow this simple rule in tropical countries, the risk of catching any infection increases rapidly.To all the houses / villas / apartments offered for rent on Koh Samui, water is supplied in one of three ways... >>

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Foot scrab - how to make it yourself

 
Foot scrab - how to make it yourself

Those who have visited Thailand before most probable have already tried the world famous Thai massage and a no less famous Foot Scrab. Even after visiting a good pedicure salon the experts of Thai Foot Scrub manage to scrape a couple of handfuls of old skin from your heels and then your feet look really like those of a baby only slightly bigger. >>

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A new Yamaha center opened in the west of Samui

 
A new Yamaha center opened in the west of Samui

A new Yamaha Centre has opened in the west of Koh Samui in August 2014. It occupies a large area which also includes a showroom. You will find there all kinds of Yamaha mopeds, including the new and popular model - Yamaha Tricity. >>

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The second MAKRO on Koh Samui will be opened in Lamai

 
The second MAKRO on Koh Samui will be opened in Lamai

In December 2014 on Koh Samui is expected an opening of a second store of the MAKRO network. The second store will be of the Cash & Carry type and will be located in the area of Lamai Beach, in close proximity to the Lamai post office. >>

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Taxi rates on Koh Samui will be cheaper starting from August 12, 2014

 
Taxi rates on Koh Samui will be cheaper starting from August 12, 2014

Military authorities continue to restore order in the country - on July 4, 2014 The National Council for Peace and Order has ordered all taxis on Koh Samui equipped with meters to submit to the general rules. Therefore all the official taxis on Koh Samui will be obliged to work by the meter starting from August 12, 2014 (the date is timed to the Mother's Day in Thailand and the 82-nd Birthday of Her Majesty Queen Sirikit). >>

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