No 94 July 2012 rev 1 by orientalhospitality


									                            NEWSLETTER No 93 – JUNE 2012
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                                            at the Fisherman’s Village end of Bangrak
                                   58/11 Moo 4, Bangrak, Bophut, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84320
                                              Telephone: 077 770-1 Fax 077 447 777

Last month I discussed the possibility of earthquakes in Koh Samui. This month I will look at the possibility of a tsunami
affecting the island.

Since the catastrophic tsunami of 2004 which caused so much destruction around the Indian Ocean there have been many
studies published on tsunamis, their generation and consequences. There has been nothing specific to Koh Samui that I
could find but there are numerous studies relating the possibility of a tsunami in the Gulf of Thailand.

There are three principal causes cited for the promulgation of a tsunami, sub-sea earthquakes, landslides and volcanic
eruptions – the former being the most common. Earthquakes are the consequence of the movement of the tectonic plates
moving against each other and similar movements in the fault lines which cross them. Major earthquakes commonly occur
along the plate boundaries and in SE Asia the ones we are concerned with are the Sunda Trench to the west of Thailand
and the Manila/Luzon Trench immediately to the west of the Philippines. Any tsunami generated by an earthquake in the
Sunda Trench will not affect Koh Samui due to the land mass in between. All studies I have found re the Gulf of Thailand
concern themselves with the effects of earthquakes in the Manila/Luzon Trench.

                                                                                                “PROBABILISTIC TSUNAMI HAZARD ANALYSIS AND
                                                                                                RISK TO COASTAL POPULATIONS IN THAILAND”
                                                                                                Follow the link for the full report but to
                                                                                                summarize a seismic induced tsunami in
                                                                                                the southern part of the Manila Trench in
                                                                                                excess of 8.5Mw would likely lead to a
                                                                                                tsunami entering the Gulf of Thailand once
                                                                                                in 650 years to a height of 2-3 metres. The
                                                                                                worst affected areas would be the southern

                                                 This is demonstrated in the “2010Tsunami Simulations for Regional Sources in the South
                                                 China and Adjoining Seas” study which proposed a catastrophic earthquake at the
                                                 Luzon Trench, off the western shore of Luzon producing a tsunami affecting the
                                                 Narathiwat and Pattani provinces in Thailand. It also addresses the effects of a
                                                 sub-sea landslide off Borneo but generally the shallow nature (average 100m)
                                                 would mitigate the magnitude of any tsunami entering the Gulf of Thailand and
                                                 hence the affect on Koh Samui.
                                                 The study “Effect of Tsunamis generated in the Manila Trench on the Gulf of Thailand 2008” states
                                                 “The Gulf of Thailand is affected by the diffraction of tsunamis around the southern part of Vietnam
                                                 and Cambodia. The tsunami amplitude at the southernmost coastline is about 0.65 m for the Mw 9.0
                                                 earthquake. The current velocity in the Gulf of Thailand due to the Mw 9.0 earthquake is generally less
                                                 than 0.2 m/s. “

                                                      “Tsunami Risk Reduction Measures Phase 2 – November 2009” stated “The simulations reveal
further that tsunami threat due to seismic origin to the Gulf of Thailand is almost nonexistent.”

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The conclusion is that , yes, Koh Samui could be affected by a tsunami, but that it would be small and not very powerful,
probably less than one metre.

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We are fortunate in being allowed a pre-launch look at what is probably the best sea-view land with full infrastructure in
Samui. Situated on a ridge on the south-west of the island, these individual plots of land have magnificent sea views
across to the mainland and also to the Five Islands. Some plots have the benefit of views to both the east and west. All
services are installed including a concrete road, underground three phase electricity, filtered water supply from the estates
own reservoir and high speed Broadband fibre optic cabling for internet, telephone and television services. Whilst you are
free to design your own villa within certain reasonable parameters, there is a range of designs available for inspiration.

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Hash House Harriers invite                                                                 Bangkok Post       30 June 2012
Koh Samui's Hash House Harriers are inviting fellow hashers from all over Thailand to join them for a special event marking their
500th run. The club, which was formed in 1997, holds runs through the resort island's rugged terrain every weekend. It is holding a
double-header next month to celebrate its landmark. The run on July 27 starts at 5pm, with runners asked to meet at the Red Fox
Bar in Lamai at 3pm. The July 28 race starts at 4pm, with a 2.30pm meeting at the Red Fox.
The event has an entry fee of 1,200 baht, which entitles runners to a polo shirt and drinks and food on both days. More details are
available on the club's website at or by contacting organiser Alan Johnston at 089-908-5311.

                                                 Bangkok Airways introduces
                                     “Exclusive Chef in the sky by Bangkok Airways 2012”
                                    “Special onboard menu tailored made by leading hotels”
Bangkok / June 6th, 2012 – (Today) Bangkok Airways together with Four Seasons Resort Koh Samui, The Chedi Chiang Mai and
Bangkok Air Catering hold press conference to launch “Exclusive Chef in the sky by Bangkok Airways 2012” campaign at Bangkok
Air Catering, Suvarnabhumi Airport.

M.L.Nandhika Varavarn, Vice President - Corporate Communications of Bangkok Airways said “We have launched our first
campaign “Exclusive Chef in the Sky by Bangkok Airways” last year in 2011 because we wanted to emphasize our boutique service
angle as a full service airlines where we focus at all details at every customers’ touch points from reservation, check-in, departure
lounge for all cabin classes and meal is served on all of our flights. As we received a good feedback from last year, we decided to
continue this campaign for the second year. Joining the by the 2 world-class chefs from Four Seasons Resort Koh Samui and The
Chedi, Chiang Mai. They have created special menus to be served on our Blue Ribbon Class (Business Class) for 6 months from

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July – December 2012. The honorary committee from Bangkok Airways, Bangkok Air Catering and Thailand’s famous food critique,
Mr. Santi Svetavimala have selected the best 12 dishes (6 from each hotel) to be served for our passengers”.

“These special 12 menus will be served onboard on our Blue Ribbon class on Bangkok-Samui, Bangkok-Phnom Penh, Bangkok-
Maldives, Bangkok-Dhaka, Bangkok-Bengaluru, Samui-Singapore and Samui-Hong Kong routes. The menu from Four Seasons
Samui will be served from July to September while the menu from The Chedi will be served from October to December this year”
M.L.Nandhika added.

Managing Director of Bangkok Air Catering, Mr. Linus A.E. Knobel, disclosed “Being one of the best service provider since the
opening of Suvarnabhumi Airport, still BAC has room to enlarge our culinary expertise”.

“This campaign with Four Seasons Resort Koh Samui and The Chedi Chiang Mai will enhance our existing culinary highlight and
motivate our employees. It is a good chance for them to see the differentiation from their daily routine, and being inspired by well
known restaurants and chefs. Also it is necessary for passengers, especially for Asian airlines, to experience the variety cuisines.
BAC as an independent quality airline caterer specialises in the provision of exquisite food and excellent service, we can of course
produce five star cuisines however it has to comply with the HACCP standards; without it we cannot serve any airlines. With the food
safety and hygiene standards, it is a challenge to achieve the high expectation of each passenger”.

Chef Alex Gares, Executive Chef, Four Seasons Resort Koh Samui said “It’s a great honour for me to be participating in this project
with Bangkok Airways. It’s fascinating for me to learn about a completely different way of cooking from the Bangkok Air Catering
team, and I’m excited to have the opportunity to combine my expertise with theirs to bring a new product to their passengers.”

“I always find Thai food to be inspirational, and of course, delicious too. I love making new food discoveries and coming up with
different ways to use local ingredients, herbs and spices. In Koh Samui in particular, both locals and visitors love to enjoy fresh
seafood, so my inspiration for the dishes that will be served on-board Bangkok Airways is exactly this, combining seafood and Thai
herbs as the main ingredients. I hope you enjoy my creations” Chef Alex added.

Chef Christopher Patzold, Exclusive Chef at The Chedi, Chiang Mai said “Feels great, I’m terribly excited and can’t wait to participate
in this campaign. This is my good opportunity to display my own menus to be tasted by others in the public.”

“I just tried to prepare tasty food and tried to allow for the reheating process, so the dishes taste and still look great. That process
tacks a lot from the dish so trying to keep all the flavors intact is a challenge. Roasted lamb loin – butter spinach – jus – prawn butter
also will add some sweet carrot puree for the starch item.” Chef Christopher adds his inspiration.

Mr. Santi Svetavimala commented “To me, as one of the committee to select the menu, I think this campaign is remarkably
appealing for the airlines. In addition, the passengers will experience pretty wide selection of five-star hotel catering up in the sky. I
believe that passengers will certainly be excited and satisfied with this service”.

Bangkok Airways’ operates business class or Blue Ribbon Class with Airbus A319 which has 12 business class seats and 108
economy class seats. The Blue Ribbon Class is available on various domestic and international destinations include Samui,
Singapore, Hong Kong, Phnom Penh, Bengaluru, Dhaka, and Maldives.
Ko Tao district developments
Posted: 19 Jun 2012 04:05 AM PDT
When the cabinet meeting was held in Phuket, the province administration of Surat Thani was proposing the creation of a new minor
district (King Amphoe) for the island of Ko Tao due to its remoteness from Ko Pha Ngan. However I haven't seen anything in the
transcript of the cabinet meeting, nor any other news since then,

However, in one of the board meeting transcripts of the board to consider draft laws this proposal resurfaced. On April 23, board one
had this issue on their agenda as item 3.2. A big part of the transcripts are the guidelines on creating a district or minor district, and
why Ko Tao does not qualify under these except as being a special case for its importance as a tourism area, but some parts are worth to
quote in detail.
Item to consider is that there is reason and necessity in accordance with the special need for tourism development on Ko Tao, and to
honor Her Majesty the Queen on her 80th birthday on August 12, the Department of Provincial Administration offers to submit the
request to create Ko Tao district as a special case according to the guidelines from cabinet meeting on May 2 2004.
But after some more discussion of the guidelines for new administrative subdivisions in contrast to local administration changes, the
resolution of the board seems to be
Thus lifting the status of the TAO Ko Tao to a municipality would be the appropriate one in line with the economic, social and
environmental issues of Ko Tao.

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                                         The island of Ko Tao currently is a single subdistrict (Tambon) within Ko Pha-ngan district, and
covers just three administrative villages, and as of December 31 a registered population of just 1,706 citizen. It would be thus even
smaller than the otherwise comparable case of Ko Kut district. That was however created in 1990 already, before the focus moved to
local administration. As local administrative unit to be upgraded now is the TAO Ko Tao (องคการบริหารสวนตําบลเกาะเตา), and there are smaller
municipalities than what Ko Tao would become - Nong Khayang in Uthai Thani as the smallest has just 677 citizen...

Jet exercises send tourists into panic                                             Samui Express            15 June 2012
Loud booms cause mini mart’s glass wall to break - At about 9:20 in the morning of May 23, the local media got panicky calls from
residents and business operators in Bophut and Maret asking about the loud booms and roaring noise they heard from the sky.
The booms were so loud and powerful that they shattered a glass panel of a mini-mart in Plai Laem, Bophut, reports reaching the
police said.
Hotel executives said many of their guests were awakened by the noise and were frightened.
After some inquiries, the media found out the loud booms came from Gripen jet fighters having routine exercises over the Gulf of
Thailand not far from Koh Samui. The military jets were from the 7th Wing of the Air Force based in Suratthani province.
The Royal Thai Air Force recently acquired 12 new jet fighters. Some of these jets have been deployed to Surat-thani. Pol.Col.
Samran Macha-roen, chief of the Bophut provincial police station, confirmed that the loud booms and roaring noises came from low-
flying military jets doing routine exercises over the sea a spitting distance from Koh Samui.
Business owners said such exercises should be held elsewhere as they might drive tourists away.
The owner of the mini-mart whose glass panels were broken by the loud booms told police he would seek compensation from the Air
Force for the damage he incurred.
                                                                    012 / 022

                                         Bangkok Airways launches “Samui Sabai” promotion
                                                    roundtrip airfare at THB 5,900
Bangkok / 4 May 2012 – Bangkok Airways launches its latest sales promotion campaign “Samui Sabai” offering special roundtrip
airfare at THB 5,900 (all inclusive) for Bangkok – Samui route. To secure this promotion, passengers can make reservation and
Travel from 7 May – 15 July 2012
For more information and reservation please visit or Call Center at 1771 (24 hours) or travel agents

Corporate Communications, Bangkok Airways Co.Ltd.
Tel. 0-2265-5670-2, 0-2265-5686, 0-2265-8709 Fax 0-2265-5665

Thailand tops Singaporeans' travel radar in June                                         TTG Asia                   June 2012
THAILAND continues to retain its allure as a travel destination among Singaporeans, if going by bookings made on ZUJI Singapore
for this June holiday season.
Three Thai destinations – Bangkok, Koh Samui and Phuket – were among the top 10 holiday spots chosen by Singaporeans.
Bangkok was the clear favourite, with booking volume recording a strong 50 per cent year-on-year increase. Hong Kong came in
second, while Shanghai was third.
For beach holidays, Singaporeans picked Bali most often, followed by Koh Samui and Phuket. Koh Samui registered the fastest
growth among all destinations.
Meanwhile, Yangon saw a significant surge in interest among Singaporean travellers, posting a 150-per cent year-on-year growth in
Further afield, London grew 30 per cent year-on-year to become the most popular long haul destination.
Despite lagging behind New York and Los Angeles, San Francisco rose up the popularity ranks faster than other North American

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Singaporeans' Top 20 June Holiday Destinations 2012

1.    Bangkok
2.    Hong Kong
3.    Shanghai
4.    Tokyo
5.    Bali
6.    Seoul
7.    Taipei
8.    Beijing
9.    Koh Samui
10.   Phuket
11.   Kuala Lumpur
12.   London
13.   New York
14.   Guangzhou
15.   Los Angeles
16.   Ho Chi Minh
17.   Yangon
18.   San Francisco
19.   Penang
20.   Melbourne

Sea turtle lays eggs at a beach in Samui                                                                Samui Express June 2012
A sea turtle laid 99 eggs at the beach in front of the Silvadee Hotel at Thong Ta Kien Bay, Samui, recently. Local fisheries officials
said this was the first time in 30 years that a sea turtle was confirmed to have come ashore and lay an egg on Koh Samui.
Samui fisheries officer Pitak Chancharoen said a hotel guard saw a turtle one night digging a hole at the beach. The next day the
guard checked the place and found many eggs buried in the sand. The hotel immediately cordoned off the area to protect the eggs
and reported the find to the local fisheries office. Mr. Pitak said he reported the rare find to Samui District Chief Prasert Jitmoong and
Mr. Wirat Uyangkool, deputy Su-ratthani governor, who quickly came to the site where the turtle lay her eggs.
Sea turtles are on Thailand’s list of endangered animal species and the government gives them all the protection they need to
ensure their survival. Fisheries officers have taken the eggs to the Samui Aquarium. The eggs are expected to hatch after 45 days.
Mr. Pitak said once they are hatched, the young turtles will be taken care of at the Aquarium until they are fit enough to be freed into
the sea

A man for all seasons: Koh Samui, Thailand                                Daily Telegraph                21 June 2012
(See the original article here)
This spacious, restful Koh Samui villa could easily sleep five or six people. I'm sharing it with one big lizard. He was prowling the
walls when I arrived, a Tokay gecko about 18in long with a bluish-green body and red spots. The more time we spend together here,
the more impressed I am by his general outlook and philosophy, and the more lizard-like I become.
Today I spent an hour lying on the stone floor in the high vaulted entrance hall, mimicking his stillness and thinking of very little. Then
I went outside and lay on the warmer, rougher stone around the swimming pool, exploring the reptilian way of regulating body
temperature. I watch the birds and listen to the wind in the coconut palms. I pay close attention to the smaller geckos on the
property, and while I don't eat them, as my housemate does, I share his keen focus on the next meal.
His favourite spot is high in the entrance hall, 40ft above me as I lie there and watch him. I will never match his patience but I'm
making gains. Yesterday I spent two hours watching storm clouds roll in across the Gulf of Thailand. Shafts of sunlight fell between
them and the colour of the sea kept shifting and glowing, turning from pale blue to sapphire, turquoise, emerald, silver, bronze and
finally a deep jade green as the clouds fully occupied the sky.
The villa sits on a hill with a view over coconut palms to the beach and the sea. It has a palatial hall, three large bedrooms, an infinity
swimming pool, koi ponds, gardens and maid service. And, yet, at this time of year, it rents for a mere £150 pounds a week per
It's early June, a month into the rainy season. Hot air rising over India creates a vacuum that sucks a moisture-laden monsoon wind
across Thailand and the Indian Ocean. Bangkok is getting drenched. It's pouring down in Phuket, just across the peninsula. But the
island of Koh Samui lies on the far edge of the monsoon system, and gets much less rain in May and June than the rest of Thailand.
In a week here, I've seen plenty of sunshine and just a few passing squalls and showers. They seldom last more than half an hour
and in the steamy tropical heat they come as a welcome refreshment. You can stand in a downpour wearing swimming trunks and
not get cold.
High season here is December and January, when temperatures are milder and there's a better chance of uninterrupted sunshine.
That's what most people want from the weather, and they pay through the nose for it. Villas and hotels double or triple their rates.
The island packs out with tourists, restaurants are hard to get into, the roads clog with traffic. I would never come here then, but I
have unusual tastes. I love the visual drama and heavy sensuality of the monsoon weather and I'm taking philosophy lessons from a
big lizard.

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I arrived here with a busy list of things to do: elephant treks to jungle waterfalls, a boat and snorkelling trip to the national marine park
where The Beach was filmed, visits to the temple of the mummified monk, the Muslim village, the gigantic Buddha statues. But my
Zen lizard master has taught me the pleasures of stillness. Instead of going and doing, I concentrate on simply being. I feel my
senses opening up, becoming more acute. Time stretches out. I have no desire to watch television or read the books in my bag. I'd
rather watch the birds and the clouds as they pass over the hills.
In the mornings, I sometimes hear his loud staccato croak – To-ko! To-ko! – but I seldom see the lizard. I make coffee and eat sliced-
up mango, papaya and banana squirted with fresh lime juice, sometimes mangosteens and other tropical fruits from the market that I
can't name in English. Then I drive down the hill to the nearest beach, Bang Por, which is mercifully unknown to most tourists on the
island. The sand isn't as fine and white as the famous Koh Samui beaches in Chaweng and Lamai; nor is it thronged with touts and
vendors, rental sunbeds, private luxury resorts, jet-skiers, paragliders and water skiers.
I walk for two hours every morning, sometimes again at sunset, and no one tries to sell me anything. I pass local fishermen in small
boats, snoozing dogs, a few fellow beach-walkers, an occasional water buffalo being led down to the sea for a bath. Tourism is the
biggest industry on Koh Samui, but up here on the north coast, at least, it rests lightly on the island.
When I've walked far enough, I get an hour-long massage from a small Thai woman with very strong fingers. She also uses her
elbows, knees and feet, and goes after trouble spots with unerring accuracy and no mercy. I've yelped in pain a few times, but now
my old injuries are feeling better than they have done in years, and the massages have helped smooth out my normally twitchy
modern consciousness into this deep, lizard-like calm.
Then comes lunch, a big highlight of the day. Koh Samui takes its food extremely seriously, especially its seafood, and Thais come
here from Bangkok just to eat. I've been choosing restaurants at random and grazing my way through the street markets, and finding
the freshest, most vibrant Thai food I've ever tasted. Mysteriously in this climate, Thais don't take a siesta after lunch, but I do, and
then rouse myself for the afternoon storm-watching.
Sunset usually finds me on the beach with a cocktail or a cold Singha beer in my hand. Then it's time for another meal, or a stroll
through the food stands at the local night market. Often I'm the only foreigner there, fumbling across the language barrier, pointing at
quail eggs or dragon fruit, and I am treated with calm, tolerant kindness, with smiles and an easy lightness.
On my first day in Koh Samui, before I started absorbing the wisdom of the lizard, I went to get myself fitted for a custom-made suit.
Some of the neighbours recommended a small, dapper Nepalese tailor called Mr Tom of Tom's Professional in nearby Mae Nam. He
dipped and swirled around me, pulling out bolts of cloth, taking my measurements, asking which style I wanted copied from his
Armani and Hugo Boss suit catalogues.
"In Europe, you pay for label," he said. "Here you buy same suit but pay only for fabric."
He talked me into a top-of-the-line wool and cashmere blend and deducted £210 from my credit card.
Now, just in time for the flight home, comes a message that the finished suit is ready. When I get to the shop, Mr Tom is absent, and
when I put on the suit, it's clear that I've been scammed. The promised wool-cashmere blend is mostly polyester. It bunches at the
seams. It feels horribly clammy in the sticky heat. Now I know what women mean when they say, "He was all over me like a cheap
That was my only bad experience in Koh Samui, and I was so deeply relaxed by that stage that I got over it quickly, with the help of
a mango salad with shrimp, and a wonderful yellow curry native to the island.
If I had the time and money, I'd happily stay for another month, and it would cost less than two weeks in high season. I'd try harder
with the language, learn more about the culture, get some sightseeing done, visit the neighbouring islands. As it is, my abiding
memory will be the feel of cool, flat stone pressing into my back, the big lizard high on the wall and a warm monsoon wind rustling in
the palm fronds and blowing through the open doors – and of wanting nothing else.

Thailand Convention bureau looks at boosting MICE to Samui                                                   29 June 2012
TCEB and Surat Thani Provincial administration – to which Samui is attached- want to work together to upgrade facilities on the
island to attract more MICE travellers.
KOH SAMUI- According to Thailand Daily newspaper “The Nation”, Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) wants to
boost the appeal of Koh Samui as a venue for larger meeting in the region. Samui is Thailand’s third largest resort destination
welcoming some 850,000 foreign visitors each year. According to Consulting firm C9 Hotelworks, in December 2011, they were 448
hotels with 17,204 rooms in Samui. Key hotel openings in the southwest coast included the 65-room Conrad Koh Samui Resort and
Spa in September 2011 and the 8-room InterContinental Samui Baan Taling Ngam Resort in February 2012. Supply should continue
to grow by another 513 rooms until 2014, representing a growth of 3%.

However, the lack of large-scale facilities and limited airport capacity are seen as a handicap to position the Island into a major
convention destination despite the presence of luxury and first class properties. Samui can ideally accommodate only small groups
of 40-60 foreign visitors for corporate meetings and incentive travel.

“A bigger convention hall is needed if the island wants to be a regional MICE player,” Thongchai Sridama, acting president of the
TCEB, explained to the Nation. The province plans to build a convention centre with its own budget that can accommodate up to
1,000 people. Koh Samui is seen as a very promising MICE destination as it offers short fly-in times and various post-meeting
relaxation choices. It is also ideally connected by flights to Bangkok but also to Phuket, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Hong Kong.


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