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Samui Mala Children's Day

was held at International School of Samui (ISS) on Saturday, September 25

Great education

Samui Mala's Green Kid's day was all about environmental education through day samui malaThis year we've all been concerned about drought and coral bleaching, and the threat of pollution from oil exploration in the gulf, and therefore it seems appropriate to dedicate our focus via science experiments, movies, lectures and presentations on this precious element of water....ISS (Blue Water School) Senior School science students took the 'water theme' of Samui Mala day seriously, creating a water harvest prototype and a cool video presentation to document water issues both globally and on Samui. 

Kids at samui Mala from all over gulfKhun Wuttikun of the Forestry Department's watershed unit and GIDOA (Green Island Dive Operators Association) were on hand to teach about both fresh water and the oceans. Rocky Resort also did a great display of their activities with Wat Lamai School whom they support under the 'low carbon school' program of the THA (Thai Hotel Association) 

Great fun

footballChildren from all communities on the island spent the day together enjoying healthy and green activities, films, competitions, martial arts demonstrations, song and dance and a chance to become the stewards of the environment they will inherit. And play fierce football!

Samui United won the tournament, taking home a huge trophy and even bigger smiles.

And fun activities, demonstrations of martial arts and dancing and music and food.... 

We list our supporters, sponsors and thanks to all below.

For Thai language, see

See the day's schedule here


A phototour of the day's activities posted by

For a video clip on youtube made by Samui Channel

ISS Senior School science students took the 'water theme' of Samui Mala day seriously, creating a water harvest prototype and a video presentation to document water issues both globally and on Samui.

Learn more about water, and send any links you'd like us to share

Great community

Big thanks to Khun Saiphayom Somsuk, Chief of Koh Samui Tourism Coordination Center, Tourism Authority of Thailand who arranged for 70 children to join us at ISS from Koh Tao and Wat Jaeng school on Koh Samui and for the donation of support on the day.

At the same venue the Rotary Club of Koh Samui and Women's Business Network organized a second hand sale of recycled retail to raise funds to buy a 'jaws of life' for Samui Rescue.

Samui Rescue an amazing organisation working on the island for free, had some educational actiivities with kids. Samui Rescue was also on hand with its team of paramedics on call in case of emergency.

Other shopping treats included locally sourced goodies from food to handicrafts.

Great entertainment

mucho gusto samui mala We had the good luck and honour of being able to feature Mucho Gusto: world class musicians Carlos Griesch, Victor Taboada, Barrie Manso. Thank you for joining us on this day and volunteering to play for the kids day... Enquiries

Jazz workshops

The Samui Jazz Festival held workshops on the day for beginners and children who are already students of music..

Great prizes for children and adults

Children's prizes

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The top raffle prize for kids is a Merida valued at B14,500 including a helmet. Thanks to Khun Bundit Boontan from Bike Cafe for giving Samui Mala/ISS a discount on this purchase.

Two more mountain bikes for children (20 inch) have been kindly sourced by Koh Samui Trophy organiser Serge Henkens and BikeZone in Amarin Plaza in Bangkok

These bikes were in the lucky draw for all kids who participate in the day's educational activities. Everyone had a chance to win....



Samui mala kids bike prize

Samui Mala provided the helmets :)

Other prizes include bilingual DVDs, water bottles, and more....


Prizes for fundraising raffled, auctioned or given away in lucky draws:

It's hard to choose the top prizes here - so many have given from the heart and the size of the prize does not matter: Thank you for these generous gifts to everyone who contributed so handsomely!

Rasananda Resort and Spa for three days/two nights including ABF and return transfer by speedboat for two persons with an approximate value 25,000 Baht. Thank you to Bernd Schilling

Zazen Boutique Resort and Spa a gift voucher for two days/one night accommodation, VIP treatment and dinner for B23,000. Thank you to Alex and Ti Andries

Tamarind Springs Forest Dreaming package for two valued at B11,000. Thanks Ben!

Absolute Sanctuary 3 months yoga membership value B8,900.

Anantara Lawana Resort and Spa Spa treatment value B5,000 AND Food and Beverage voucher for the Sky Hug Restaurant for B5,000

Samui Paradise Beach Resort TWO vouchers each for 3 nights accommodation in Deluxe Twin/Double room, including breakfast

The Sanctuary Koh Phangan 2 nights bed & breakfast for 2 persons. Best available villa on the day - value between B7,000 and B10,000 depending

Beach Republic brunch for four people valued at B3,400

WETnDRY KITEBOARDING  2 hours of pure wind time includes hire of latest kite equipment and expert kiteboarding instruction. Suitable for kids over 10yrs valued at B3,000

Rocky's Boutique Resort Dinner voucher for B2,000

Big thanks to Rocky's for also supporting the Wat Lamai soccer team t-shirts, and for bringing a display of low carbon school activities to share with other children on the island

The Tongsai Bay Complimentary dinner valued at B2,000 at Chef Chom’s Thai restaurant

Centara Grand Beach Resort Friday Japanese Buffet at Hagi restaurant for two

Poppies Samui Two vouchers for dinner for 2 at Poppies restaurant valued at B3,000

Chaba Samui Dinner for 2 at The Terrace Front restaurant

Zico's Three vouchers for dinner for 2 at Zico’s Brazilian Bar & Grill


All the kids ate for free....The following hotels kindly supported the day by providing food for the children.

Centara Grand Beach Resort Samui Thank you Chef Peter!

The Tongsai Bay Koh Samui Thank you to Michael for your support always...

Montien House Thank you to Pi Bpeh!

Four Seasons Resort Koh Samui Thailand Thanks to GM Brent, Khun Werawat and the rest of the team

Renaissance Koh Samui Resort and Spa Thanks Lutz

Coral Bay Resort Thank you again and always Khun Doris

Mercure Samui Buri Resort Thanks Clinton

Zazen Boutique Resort and Spa
Alex and Ti - thanks again for coming to the party!

Eco Packaging kindly donated by Amy Sharpe and Tony Arman This biodegradable food packaging ensures that we don't use plastic on the day. It's also for sale and ideal for restaurants, take aways and hotels, this high quality bagasse (sugar cane fiber) based product replaces unsightly and chemical leeching polystyrene.

Great Support

The Samui Mala is fully supported by the host venues, local hotel and tourist associations, private businesses and individuals.

ISS Thank you most of all to Jeremy and Virginia Lees of the International School of Samui (previously Bluewater) for opening up their grounds to host this event again this year. Profound thanks are due to Mr Michael Cooke, ever patient headmaster, Khun Jae, public relations and Khun Krung, the general manager and of course all the teachers....Also to Cristophe in marketing who joins our organising team with great enthusiasm and cheerfulness. And Helen, chairlady of the PTA, a mum in a million, who has taken the lead to organise this event: you have been a star...

ISS support Samui MALAThe canteen at ISS donated all their profits for the day towards Samui Mala. From left to right Helen, chairlady of the ISS PTA, her son Jo, Headmaster Michael Cooke, Shelley from Samui Mala and Jae, PR for ISS

Thanks to Wachara Kireewong (Ton) for the donation of one of your beautiful bird photographs and for sharing your gift of visioin with us on the day...

Football: Big big thanks to Seatran Discovery, Rocky Resort, Chaweng Sila and Maenam Internet for sponsoring the football uniforms for the teams lining up to battle it out: Wat Lamai, Wat Plai Laem, Samui United and ISS.

Thank you to Siam Map company to Henrik and Graeme for support always - printing flyers, making coffee, being cheerful and optimistic


Community festival

The Samui Mala has always been supported by the host venues, local hotel and tourist associations, private businesses and individuals. Our aim is to raise awareness of sustainable, healthy living on Samui, create networks of individuals interested in environmental issues and to raise funds to support educational and charitable causes. Everything is a gift! All activities are run by volunteers, all venues, facilities and materials and participation by speakers or performers is donated freely. While some venues and events can provide facilities free of charge, others charge for entry or food and drink to cover basic costs depending on circumstances, or to raise funds for education or future activities.

Green Island:
Samui Mala is a green festival so every attempt is made to use as little paper or non-recyclable material as possible. Please join friends and drive together to save fuel. Please consider alternate and mindful ways to use materials and resources that are local, sustainable or regenerative!


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