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HAPPENINGS THAILAND

HAPPENINGS THAILAND SAMUI PARADISE ALTERNATIVE A music and lifestyle festival, Paradise Island, debuts in Koh Samui, a 2-day arts and music event that takes place on 15-16 April at the secluded beauty of Big Buddha Beach. The event promises to be an eco-conscious and environmentally friendly alternative to the Full Moon parties. A variety of activities include boat parties, secret afterparties, scratch DJ competitions, Thai cooking classes, as well as classes in yoga, meditation, and tai chi. Confirmed international headliners are Hip Hop originators De La Soul, Drum & Bass legend Goldie, the English electronic act Maribou State (DJ Set), the Japanese electronic live act Anchorsong and Dub/Dubstep/Reggae artist Mad Professor, alongside Thai artists and a programme showcasing Thai culture. paradiseislandfestival.com Situated in Koh Samui’s quieter area of the Mae Nam District, the place is easily accessible with shuttle services. During the stay, there’s authentic Thai cuisine created from family recipes at The Farmer Restaurant & Bar, following the experience of planting rice. Another treat is the fact that the resort has a heavenly dish – a sumptuous Farmer’s Duck voted Samui’s ‘No.1 Tasty Duck’ on TripAdvisor. farmersboutiqueresort.com Scenic Stay and Harvest The Farmer’s Boutique Resort may sound like a contradiction, yet it’s not. Absolutely, the resort grounds with its 45 charming villas in 4 alluring styles suit a need for peaceful relaxation. And the scenic nature and spectacular rice fields that embrace the resort provide a unique experience – a lesson on rice. This beloved and crucial staple ever present on dining tables becomes more relevant when its virtues are learned alongside the resort’s farmers. So exchange beachwear for more comfortable rice-planting garb – maybe even a traditional mor-hom (indigo-dyed cotton outfit) and gain knowledge on rice. Guests can plant and give their crop a name in the resort’s paddy fields. The resort will make sure to take care of the plant and give monthly updates with photos for 6 months. 98