Hello! I’m Alex.
Since 2008, my Thailand travel blog has helped travellers like you discover the region’s very best. To quickly find your own favourites, the blog offers recommendations, helpful tips and honest advice for your explorations throughout Thailand – with a frequent Koh Samui focus. Things change quickly, but I try my best to keep everything on the site up-to-date.
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As farangs (foreigners) from cold climates, Koh Samui won my family over on our first visit in 2003. Since then, I’ve been lucky to return often with family and friends – for all sorts of big and little occasions. I hope this means a wide range of ideas and suggestions, helpful to whatever your Thailand travel might involve. Much of what I write today is the result of 14 years’ trial-and-error – mosquito warfare especially!
Top resources for your Thailand travel
- How to pack for Thailand (possibly the longest blog post on the entire internet)
- Where to stay in Thailand
- How to be the rudest tourist in Thailand
- How to prepare for Thailand
The Koh Samui Guide
^ From Bulgaria to Guam to Réunion: The Koh Samui Guide has been downloaded in 76 countries!
February, 2012: It seemed a great idea halfway through some Samui rum. My brother Charlie and I decided to write The Koh Samui Guide we wish we’d had on our first few trips to Koh Samui. The times when we packed the wrong things, got badly sunburned and wondered about everything from ‘is the water safe to drink’, to ‘where can I buy champagne?’.
June, 2016: Never did I imagine this ‘little PDF’ would become ‘my baby’; that people in 76 countries would download it, and that I’d be working on it non-stop ever since. Brand new in its 5th edition, it’s been an Amazon Asia travel best-seller (#3!!!) and continues to receive fantastic feedback from people all over the world. I’m confident it will make your holiday even better – ongoing research leaves no plate of Pad Thai behind.
Photos? Unless stated otherwise, all the photos on the site are my own. I diligently give other photographers credit and ask, if you’d like to share our photos, that you do the same. Thanks!
Why the name? ‘Koh Samui Sunset’ denotes my favourite time of day: Gin O’ Clock.