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SKÅL Koh Samui invites travellers to rediscover the delights of Thailand’s favourite island

 

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Skål Koh Samui initiative aims to lure tourists back to the island with its #RediscoverSamui campaign, featuring a brand new video, media and social media programme


(Koh Samui, Thailand: September 28, 2020) -- Skål Samui has launched its own tourism recovery initiative under the banner #RediscoverSamui - and prepare to fall in love in a bid to attract domestic and eventually international tourists, to the beautiful island of Samui in the Gulf of Thailand.
A key element of the campaign is a new video which contains never-been-seen-before footage of the best experiences the island has to offer. From glorious soft white sand beaches and extraordinary sunsets, to dramatic jungle waterfalls, and from hot new beach clubs to enchanting ethical nature experiences.


Skål Samui promotional video:

 
Despite the global pandemic and its devastating effect on the island’s tourism industry, Samui is emerging from months of curfew which saw the closure of virtually all hotels, resorts, restaurants and bars. As a likely result of these strict measures, the island experienced an exceptionally low incidence of Covid-19 cases; to date just seven people were diagnosed early on and all of them fully recovered. Samui registered no fatalities from the outbreak.


Also part of the campaign is an ongoing public relations programme targeting mainstream media, bloggers and influencers who will be invited to visit the island to experience for themselves its stunning natural beauty and diverse lifestyle offerings.

 

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Campaign highlights:


● Samui is Safe and Clean - Its famous beaches are pristine, and many resorts and restaurants have been doing maintenance work. Samui is looking more beautiful than ever.


● Samui’s Environment is Clean and Hygienic - The pandemic has seen all public facilities, from shops to massage parlors, going to great lengths to ensure that their environments are clean and hygienic to welcome visitors.


● Samui Wildlife is Returning - Turtles not seen for years have been spotted laying eggs on several beaches around the island and there have been increased sightings of pink dolphins – both indications that the water quality has improved significantly during lockdown. ● Samui has an unrivalled choice of hotels and private villas – The island boasts Thailand’s highest concentration of 5-star international hotels outside of Bangkok as well as a wide range of affordable hotels, resorts and spas for

● all budgets. And for those who prefer their own space, private villas range from palatial hill-top luxury to beach retreats and elegant apartments.


● Samui is All about Lifestyle – The island is home to a huge variety of superb restaurants offering an impressive choice of Thai, Asian and international cuisines for all budgets, as well as vibrant and exciting cafés and bars with beach seating and spectacular entertainment.


● Samui is Beach Chic - A crop of chic designer beach clubs have opened in Samui offering an elegant lifestyle experiences by the island’s iconic golden sandy beaches.


● Samui is Colourful and Lively! – The island continues to evolve as Thailand’s favourite tourist island, welcoming new attractions with appeal to all ages, from vibrant street markets like Fisherman’s Village, elephant sanctuaries, beach-side art classes and wonderful jungle cooking schools high up in the beautiful mountains of Central Samui.


● Samui is Surrounded by Magical Islands – As well as Koh Phangan (Full Moon Island), there are many magical islands to explore by sailboat, motorboat or by ferry including Koh Madsum [pig island], Koh Tao [a diving paradise], or the extraordinary Angthong National Marine Park with its hundreds of islands and crystal waters.


● Samui is Accessible and Convenient – Just under an hour’s flight from Bangkok with regular daily connections, or 1½ hours by ferry from Donsak, Surat Thani. The island has upped its game on the infrastructure front, laying vast new pipelines to avoid serious flooding in future and making the roads more pleasant to travel on.


● Samui is Great Value! – Most hotel, resorts, spas and private villas are running amazing packages and rates to entice domestic visitors to the island.


Commenting on #RediscoverSamui - and prepare to fall in love, Lutz Mueller, President of Skål Samui, said; “The campaign will initially focus its efforts on the domestic tourism market and once travel restrictions surrounding the pandemic ease up, attracting regional and international tourism.


Samui is lucky to have a fantastic collection of world-class hotels, resorts and spas and now is the time to make sure Thailand’s travellers take advantage of what’s right on their doorstep”.


The campaign, which is being driven by members of Skål Samui, a chapter of the global hospitality and travel organization SKAL International, underscores the organization’s overall mission, ‘Connecting Global Tourism’.


The new video is available to all Skål Samui members and partners for their own promotional use and can be customized on demand at an extra charge.

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Too late, Samui was good 40 years ago, your greed ruined it.

Sure, I have the beach club all for myself at the moment, when I out in the weekends...😉   Photos from last month, September 2020 (first weekend this month was Buddha Lent)...

Well I have been coming to Samui since 2005 and lived here permanently since 2010.   That video is very carefully edited and many of the images are not even of Samui.   These video

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I recently watched a cctv site showing Chaweng main drag. Watched it for a few seconds then tried to activate it with the little arrow until I realized it WAS live, except there was absolutely nothing happening except a dog ran across the road. This is becoming terminal 😞

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Dear Skal - great video, but unfortunately the reality that will greet visitors to our island is somewhat different. A walk down Chaweng high street will shock most into a quick return home. Most shops, restaurants and hotels are boarded up. The road is falling apart, and is just embarrassing. Once vibrant open markets and food courts have been cleared away leaving a wasteland of concrete and rubbish. 

Don't get me wrong, I applaud your efforts, but the general infrastructure of the island is rapidly falling in to total disrepair, and unless this is addressed, tourists will give us a huge thumbs down. A few photos on Tripadvisor would soon show the World the truth. 

My only constructive suggestion is to maybe consider opening sections of the island one at a time, so that a true experience could be given. Say the top 1/3rd of Chaweng, followed by the middle followed by the South. Of course this would be highly unpopular for those resorts and restaurants lower down the list, but to try to open the whole island at once - will I think, lead to disaster and thousands of bad reviews.

Good luck !

 

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It’s a mass building site , not great value as it’s one of the most expensive places in Thailand and you will get the beach clubs that are actually open all to yourself they are that quiet as nobody is there . Oh and let’s not forget the garbage dump problems !

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2 hours ago, soalbundy said:

Too late, Samui was good 40 years ago, your greed ruined it.

Agreed, it will take more than white-wash to clean that island up.

Ruined after decades of unsustainable mass tourism.

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The photo at top of the page is appropriate- it's of an island that is definitely NOT Samui, while the blurb is describing an island that is, IMO, not Samui but some other island that looks like Samui in a parallel universe where a virus hadn't shut most of it down.

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6 hours ago, webfact said:

The island boasts Thailand’s highest concentration of 5-star international hotels outside of Bangkok as well as a wide range of affordable hotels, resorts and spas for

● all budgets.

Charlie's Hut closed many years ago, so I'd say the claim for ALL budgets is somewhat bending the truth.

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4 hours ago, hotchilli said:

Agreed, it will take more than white-wash to clean that island up.

Ruined after decades of unsustainable mass tourism.

Again. Why let the truth get in the way of a good knocking.

'decades of unsustainable mass tourism'? Please check your dates and numbers. There was NO mass tourism on Samui decades ago. I was here then. There weren't even roads up in the north where I live.

In case you need help - 'decades' is at least 20 years.

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4 hours ago, ronaldo0 said:

you will get the beach clubs that are actually open all to yourself they are that quiet as nobody is there

So you haven't been here for a while then. Another exaggeration.

As I write this, I can here music from a beach club in Bangrak. Every bloody single night since the lockdown ended in April. Luckily for me, they turn the volume down at 24.00 hours. Peaceful bliss.

Would they stay open for that long, evry night, if they were empty? I think not.

Another beach club in Fisherman's village has a queue ouside most nights (unless it is raining).

I cannot comment on other beach clubs as I do not traval far from my base. Too many good restaurants and places to go to. (Choengmon, Bangrak, Bophut and Maenam.)

Have you been to any of these places?

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6 hours ago, thaibeachlovers said:

Charlie's Hut closed many years ago, so I'd say the claim for ALL budgets is somewhat bending the truth.

Still ALL BUDGETS available, but how will you know, havn't been here for 20 years...😉

 

And Charlie's Hut is still available, same owner, it's just moved.

 

Prices from before Covid-19 lockdown...

You can find numerous bungalows for 299 baht a day, for example in Bang Por, and hotel rooms from 300 baht to 400 baht in Nathon.

Beach side bungalow with aircon, hot water, TV and wifi from 550 baht to 900 baht, the last price for beachfront, on a #9 beach on an Asian Top-10 list, and that is by the way high-season prices of April 2018...

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For longer terms there are nice bungalows, within walking distance to beach, available from around 8,000 baht, or less, a month...🙂

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