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Families can experience and learn traditional activities while enjoying a luxury stay by the ocean

Traditional Thai dance lessons are part of Thai Culture Day at Santiburi Koh Samui

KOH SAMUI, THAILAND – Santiburi Koh Samui, the leading luxury villa and suite resort on the island’s idyllic north shore, is launching a weekly Thai Culture Day dedicated to celebrating and connecting families with Thai tradition. 

Santiburi Thai Culture Day brings Thai guests closer to their rich heritage and gives international guests an interactive insight into the Kingdom through its people, traditions and history. 

Each Thai Culture Day begins in the morning with a short Thai language lesson for non-Thai guests, who learn basic phrases and the right tones to use for different words. Children can then enjoy dressing up and dancing with a cultural twist as they choose from a wardrobe of traditional Thai costumes before they are tutored in the visually stunning art of classical Thai dance. 

Santiburi Koh Samui’s resident photographer captures the experience as parents enjoy their kids’ performance in traditional outfits. They can also have fun trying on period costumes and posing for a vintage-style photograph at a special Santiburi Koh Samui portrait studio – a perfect way for the whole family to experience a snapshot of Thai culture that reaches far beyond Samui’s beautiful beaches. 

“Thai Culture Day brings the beauty of Thai culture to the beach and challenges the idea that an island getaway is not really an experience of Thailand,” said Sabine G. Lamberts, General Manager, Santiburi Koh Samui. “Our weekly Thai Cultural Day is all about creating a fun experience for kids and their parents that puts them in closer touch with human heritage, as well as it’s natural appeal.”

Dressing up for a photo in traditional Thai costume is a popular trend in Thailand

An appetising way to appreciate Thai culture is offered through a cooking class with one of the Santiburi Koh Samui Thai chefs. Families cook-up traditional Thai favourites, using recipes they can make again at home, sampling their culinary creations and savouring the classic flavours of Thai cuisine. 

After the feast, everyone is invited to a demonstration of takraw – an exhilarating national sport where players volley a rattan ball over a net using their feet, knees, chest and head. Guests can then test their own skills as they discover just how easy the experts make this challenging game look. 

Maintaining the active mood, Thai games for kids are next on the itinerary with rice-sack races and other inventive local games offering youngsters the energy, laughter and excitement of outdoor play as an alternative to screen time – a wonderful tonic for the whole family and what vacations are all about. 

As the sun sets over tranquil Mae Nam beach, a traditional torch-lighting ceremony throws shadows across the tropical gardens in a pretty spectacle that showcases Thailand’s timeless beauty and its enduring connection with the natural world. 

Families looking to spend quality time together on Koh Samui, combining cultural activities with other active holiday pursuits can take advantage of the Family Playcation in Paradise Package – available from 1st July  – 31st August  2018.

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For further information or high-resolution photography, please contact:

Nunnapat Wongpipit
Director of Sales and Marketing
Santiburi Koh Samui
Tel:  +66 2050 5555 ext. 317
Jules Kay
Chief Operating Officer
Delivering Asia Communications
Tel: +66 (0) 2246 1159

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About Santiburi Koh Samui
Situated on a 300-metre stretch of secluded beach, Santiburi Koh Samui offers a range of luxurious tropical pool villas, villas and suites that serve as individual havens offering ultimate peace and privacy. The family-friendly resort also boasts an array of leisure and entertainment options with privileged access to the world class Santiburi Samui Country Club’s 18-hole championship golf course. Other world class facilities include Santiburi Spa, an inviting Kid’s Activity Centre, and eco-friendly watersports, such as kayaking, snorkeling and even sailing. After working up an appetite, guests can choose from three unique dining venues offer Thai and international favourites in refined yet relaxed atmospheres. Santiburi Koh Samui is a member of The Leading Hotels of the World. Learn more at