Vacation in Koh Samui, suitable for all groups of people

How to get to Koh Samui, your haven of relaxation and calmness?

Did I hear that you want to play golf on an island amidst swaying coconut trees?  Did I also hear that your husband is asking for that promise you’ve made about the half day pampering spa treatment?  And didn’t you tell your teenage children that they are allowed to party the night’s out once they get good grades?

There is one place that is not too far away from Kuala Lumpur where everyone’s dreams or promises can be fulfilled.  A place where mum and dad can also tuck into their own romantic getaway. This place is the idyllic sun drenched island of Koh Samui, which means ‘safe haven’ and Koh is ‘island’ in Thai.

Maybe the gods have extra fondness with Koh Samui where they bestowed it with such beauty and magnificence that once you are there, you naturally submerge in its calmness and charms.

What are there on the island that will soothe the soul, calm the mind and nourish every cell in the body?  Let’s take three activities that will satisfy the Young, the Adventurer and the Vacationer:

 For the Young (and all the forever-young)

Take a closer look at Samui’s steaming street-side food stalls and choose everything from fruit shake to pancake roti, try to list your favourite top ten padthai or challenge your friend to a street muay thai, not the fight but the cocktail drink.  Check out the much talked about full moon party on the island or at Koh Phangan, another small island off the coast of Koh Samui.  You will never get to sleep once you are having fun.

 For the Adventurer (and the intrepid traveller)

Choose your kind of adventure, it could be a quiet meditation at one of the many Buddhist temples situated on the island or you could backpack to one of the shanties right down at the quieter stretch of sand in Bo Phut or Lamai, instead of the tourist packed resorts and shopping streets over in Chaweng area.  For more rustic adventure, head on to Ang Thong National Marine Park on a canoe.  When you are there, explore the caves and the underwater sights snorkelling while keeping your eyes open for dolphins and sea turtles.

 For the Vacationer (and Parents)

Samui is known as the health centre of the region for many justifiable reasons.  You will find a myriad of award winning all-star spa resorts to pamper your senses.  These are world class excellent spas located at secluded and private locales that are only accessible for people who truly want to enjoy peace and harmony.  Just relax while you are there, to enjoy your time to breathe in as you stretch in various yoga positions or just allow your muscles to be kneaded and caressed as you sink deeper into relaxation.  The breeze will bring you to slumber as you rejuvenate in total luxury and comfort.

To get to Koh Samui from Kuala Lumpur, there are inexpensive transportation by air.  Check out Air Asia or Firefly (operated by Malaysia Airlines) for the best fares.  Highly recommended will be Firefly because they fly you directly onto the island.  On Air Asia, you will arrive at the nearest town, Surat Thani, take a cab or a bus to get you to the pier in about two hours, then a ferry ride to the island in one and a half hour.  By the time you arrive at Chaweng area where most of the tourists book their resorts stay, it would have been a four-hour journey from Surat Thani.  With Firefly, when you alight, you are just 5-minutes cab-ride to Chaweng area.

It really doesn’t matter, whichever way you choose to arrive at Koh Samui, once you are there, you will immediately feel relaxed.  All you want to do is lay back and listen to the lull of the ocean.

3 Ways To Chill Out And Have A Relaxing School Holidays

School children are having their longest school break at year end, are parents having their well-deserved break too?  Or are the parents dreading it, trying to figure out how they are going to keep their children occupied?  Even with the festive seasons around the corner, these are supposedly happy occasions, parents, especially, are feeling the stress.

According to a poll conducted by about.com on how stressful the holidays can be, where 2,258 votes are received, more than 80% find that the holiday season is ‘somewhat’ or ‘very’ stressful.  In another survey conducted by Mental Health America, money matters and chaotic schedules are the two most stressful concerns.

Having the kids at home during school holidays, parents tend to try their best to fill up their time for them.  Parents feel the pressure to make sure that their kids stay active and many would sign up courses for their kids to learn new skills.  Also, with the kids at home, there will be more household chores such as cooking extra meals, washing extra clothes and cleaning up after the kids.  Extra workload such as these can be overwhelming for working parents.

With seven weeks of school holidays, it can be exhaustive and could drain a parent both mentally and physically.

Here are three ways how you can chill out while the children have their fun too:

1. Organize a relaxing retreat
Always remember that while parents need time off, so are your kids.  A well-rested child is cheerful and well mannered.  When a child stays up feeling excited all day long or sleeps late during the holidays, the lack of sleep will cause irritability, moodiness and health problems.  The members of a family can get together to organize a relaxing retreat where parents and children take a ‘time-out’ over the holiday to just rest and relax.  Choose a serene place such as a spa resort to enjoy moments of silence together while everyone enjoy a massage of their choice.

2. Laughing together as a family
Laughter is a good way to reduce stress.  You may choose to read a funny storybook or comics to your children.  Share funny jokes or play a game with them.  Cook and bake a cake together, while you ‘play’ with the ingredients.  Have a role-play session with your children and create roles that are amusing.  As you enjoy the holidays, arrange more activities that you can laugh out loud as a family.

3. Making healthy meals
While you let your children to have more time on their own with their friends, cousins and relatives, the freedom to eat anything when they are running about will also affect their diet.  During the holidays, what you would not want is a child who is under the weather.  To stay healthy, prepare them a nutritious meal at least once a day.  Staying healthy will get the family to enjoy the holidays happily together or each by themselves, without worries.

People who get stressed out are most likely to dread the holidays.  It’s really about how you manage the holidays with a little wisdom.  Always find time for yourself first and enjoy the moment.  As David Levingston, LMFT, a licensed marriage and family therapist in Brattleboro, Vt. said, “Stress and distress are often related to worrying about the future or fretting about the past.  To find peace and joy in any season, it is to focus on the present moment.”

Let the festive season and holidays be the time to enjoy the precious moments with loved ones by feeling happy everywhere you are, everytime!