Peace + Pleasure on the Silk Sea

The Tongsai Times

Pleasure at the tip of Koh Samui
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The Tongsai Times newspaper is among the most remote publications in the Gulf of Thailand.

As the in-house reading of The Tongsai Bay resort at the north tip of Koh Samui, it is a pleasure to peruse. For example, the story about Khun Gob and Khun Goya Hoontrakul and their family resort is warming.

It illuminates the beautiful space they’ve made, and their continued commitment to keep Tongsai Bay and Koh Samui green.

It also makes one want to book a flight to Koh Samui pronto—which is advisable given the upcoming Songkran Festivities running April 13-15, and which are being promoted by the parent partner of Tongsai, Preferred Hotels & Resorts.

The famous Thai water festival of Songkran is more wild than it is wet. As someone who has covered it since 2000, I am always keen to find new places to celebrate it. I had never thought to break for Koh Samui to usher in this ancient festival of Paven Pi Mai, which heralds the arrival of the Spring monsoons. But the private beach at Tongsai seems apropos—especially if booked with a big group. Located amidst 25-acrs of gardens, this secluded beach does ensure one won’t be ambushed during Songkran with kids throwing buckets of ice-water. Or at least not so many kids as one encounters in the big Thai cities. Just 10 minutes from the Koh Samui airport, Tongsai could be the best place to go to get away from the intense water-wars in Chiang Mai, Bangkok, or Pattaya.

With 83 suites, cottages, and villas, there are ample places to be pampered yet still get soaked in the Songkran spirit. For example, the Beachfront Suites are cozy inside a three-storey chalet—with bathtub’s on the second floor decks being an alluring draw. Both Seafront Cottages and Pool Cottage Suites have water wonders—the latter with the South China Sea, and the former with personal plunge pools. The Tongsai Pool Villas also have private dipping oases ringed with palm fronds. The property itself has a 24 square meter plunge pool with stunning sea-views.

Also outside is their romantic Bistro restaurant, plus ship-shape Po-Lad bar. Both open early and go late with fantastic Western and Thai fare, and potent elixirs aplenty. Further amenities include their Prana Spa with an herbal steam room, floral open-air bath, and outdoor massage beds. They offer a personal touch and one can even tune out with Tongsai Bay’s very own theme song.

In sum, there’s plenty of good times to be had at Tongsai—extra, extra read all about it!