Samui Phangan Magazine April May 2020

Welcome to the April May 91st Edition of the Samui Phangan Real Estate Magazine. A beautiful clear blue sky this morning as I look up from my desk, one of those perfect days to look up through the coconut palms and watch the wisps of white clouds disappearing against the stunning blue background. Its early March as I write this and news whether national or international is all about the Corona Virus and traveling. Personally, I’m finding the news very frustrating, everyday something seems to change and reports of infections around the world are either scare mongering or worse telling the truth. What is fake news and what is really going on, sadly I don’t know and its more than infuriating searching for sincerity. Just read an article where it claims pets in China in certain areas are being disposed of to stop the virus being transmitted from animal to human although the World Health Organisation is saying there is no proof this transmission exists. Even had images of pets wearing masks which I find approaching ridiculous. Koh Samui seems to be doing better than many other tourist areas of Thailand as the Chinese were not flooding the island as extreme as they had been in Pattaya for example. Koh Samui I still find amazing how it manages to soldier on and come out shining even against some of the most difficult of situations. Samui is and will always be a special island for us all.

So, in this magazine we have the latest up to date Corona information and advice. Once this is published some time will have passed and I sincerely advise everyone to reconfirm anything important. We take a closer look at our beautiful Real Estate on the islands and our Developer in View this edition is Villa 55 on Bophut Hills. Our Legal Buzz team have kindly given us some important information that should be considered if you’re thinking of leasing a property, and we have part two of our renovation and insulation feature. But it’s not finished by a long way but now it’s up to you to turn some pages and explore the magic of Samui.

Crispin JG Paton-Smith

Green Scene: Save Water

How to Save Water in the Tropical Heat
In times of drought and when Samui’s water supply is low, it’s important to save water.
Here we share a series of articles on tips on saving water at home, clever water saving products, water saving tips for your garden, ideas on gardening in drought conditions, how to use grey water and more. Continue reading

Island Scoop: Samui Restaurant Reopens with Fiery New Menu

Beachfront dining includes everything from barbecues and brick ovens to wok fires and flambés.
KOH SAMUI, Thailand (Jan. 7, 2020) — If you smell something sizzling down in South-Eastern Koh Samui these days, chances are it’s coming from Banyan Tree Samui’s beachfront restaurant, Sands, where Chef Rainer Roersch is rolling out his smoking hot “8-Fires” cuisine. Continue reading

Island Home: How To Plan & Start A Home Decorating Project


This is going to be exciting, but where to start? Ask yourself, are you after a simple refresh or an entirely new look for your home? Either way you are going to need a plan…and a budget. The easiest option and the cheapest is to give your home a new lick of paint. If your furniture is modern go for a neutral colour, if it is oldie worldly go for a colour of which there are infinite choices, and of course, you can mix your own colours. Continue reading