January 1st: New year, new me … new Koh Samui Guide? Insert broken wrist. April 1st: New wrist … new Koh Samui Guide? Insert light dusting of Omicron (the extra pathetic kind). Guys, the third time’s the charm so let’s put it in print: The Koh Samui Guide’s 8th Edition is officially In Progress. (Send snacks!) Whether you’re a past customer or eyeing the guide from the sidelines, here’s everything to know so far.Notify me when it’s available
The Koh Samui Guide’s 8th Edition
1. When will the 8th Edition be released?
I’m hoping for a
late June late July release (but no promises … we all know that time ceased to have meaning two years ago). Unsurprisingly the research and fact-checking will take longer than any previous update (something about a pandemic impacting every-single-minute-detail?). As such, this is a moveable target (barring any further broken bones/total viral destruction/etc). I have a 13-hour Taylor Swift playlist on repeat … so it’s Beast Mode … but this is such a major update that it will just “take as long as it takes”.
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2. What can you tell me so far?
I’m stripping the 7th edition down to its bones with a plain text document. (It’s getting the full Hazmat treatment). Then, I’m reformatting and re-styling the entire book with new photos and so many updates my brain hurts. (And, because I’m obsessive, I’ll straighten the horizons in over seven hundred photos, too).
If you’re an Adobe product, I’m coming for you. (Want to talk kerning? Optical margins? Keyboard shortcuts? Baseline grids? I could discuss ‘stroke styles’ for hours … but that’s probably not something to type on a Thailand travel blog).
Things that will not change:
1. 100% ethical travel and cruelty-free products – Calling all crazy cat ladies and dedicated dog people! (Fine, and vegans, too). I’ll always do my absolute best to steer you towards ethical companies and travel products that aren’t tested on animals (like my favourite mosquito repellent).
2. ‘Dual voltage’ – Whether you work in degrees Celsius or Fahrenheit, miles or kilometres, the 8th edition will still offer every fact and figure in both systems.
3. No ads, no sponsorship – I’m totally independent and always anonymous. I still don’t accept perks or freebies of any sort.
3. I bought The Koh Samui Guide in the past, do I get a free update?
Any customers who purchase The Koh Samui Guide’s 7th edition within 3 months (90 days) of the 8th edition’s release date will be eligible to upgrade their existing guidebook at no further cost. Eligible customers will receive a code by email once the 8th edition is published.
All other 7th edition customers will receive a 25% discount code (available for a limited time at the time of the 8th edition’s launch). This code will be emailed to existing email subscribers once the 8th edition is published.
4. Do I get free updates with my purchase of the 8th edition?
As each edition of the guide is a substantially different product they do require a separate purchase. You then receive updates within the “lifespan” of that edition. For instance, the 7th edition was first published in February 2019 and I’ve kept that updated through Covid up to November 2021. When it’s *not* a pandemic, each edition typically spans one year or thereabouts.
Normal times or not, I do my absolute best to keep ‘my baby’ current and my readers informed. Any adjustments are made as needed – even details like “the mini-golf course became a bungalow resort”. Rarely are such updates anything of global significance (unless you love mini golf) – but I try to cover them. As mentioned, customers receive these updates by email (should they choose to subscribe) and in periodic supplements available for download from their purchase link.
5. Is The Koh Samui Guide’s 7th edition still up-to-date?
Barring one hotel closure (Poppies Samui), the vast majority of the 7th edition remains up-to-date. It was last updated in November 2021 and includes a COVID-19 Update Supplement which – thankfully – you can more or less delete now. If you’re travelling between now and July, you’ll get far more benefits travelling with the 7th edition than with no guide at all. (Key details like culture and safety information haven’t, and won’t, change). Customers also receive email updates when pertinent (plus an email newsletter should you choose to subscribe).
6. What will the differences be between the 7th and 8th editions?
The 7th edition is 84,045 words and nearly 400 A4 pages (14% as long as War and Peace). For reference, The Koh Samui Guide’s first edition in 2012 was just 71 pages. The 8th one – even in embryonic form – is longer and has a brand new layout and design. Details to follow, but if you’ve emailed me a question or filled out my review questionnaire in the last two years – I’ve been listening.
If we picture the project in “closet cleaning terms”, I’m currently at the part where I’m knee-deep in everything I own, in a room I chose to destroy, wondering if I can just go to bed and it will be fixed in the morning. The deer-in-headlight phase, do you know it? Any Marie Kondo devotees know that what comes next (after the hard part) is pure magic and you squeal out loud. Again, I’m expecting this to take until
late June late July.
7. Will you have a paperback book for sale (non-digital) at some point?
For the time being, the guide will be available in digital (PDF) format only. Things are changing so quickly that a paperback book would be out of date before it was even printed. In the distant future (when COVID is a hazy memory), I would love to be able to offer this – but no plans at present.
8. Will the guide be available on Amazon for Kindle or Rakuten for Kobo?
Not immediately, but let me know if this is of interest. It’s always possible to add your PDF to a Kindle or Kobo (see instructions), but my priority is the PDF guide for now.
9. Is the 8th edition available for pre-order?
No, given my “crash-bang-boom” year so far I’m reluctant to commit to a firm launch date until it’s ready. Instead, you can subscribe to be notified when it’s ready.
10. Do you have (or will you have) guides for other locations?
Sorry, my expertise is Koh Samui and Koh Samui only. I’d love to tackle a Bangkok guide one day, but updating The Koh Samui Guide will be my priority for now. However, I can recommend some other Thailand travel guides and corollary reading:
- Bangkok: The 25 Best Books About Bangkok
- Thailand: The Best Thailand Travel Guides for 2022 and 2023
11. How do I get my hotel or business in The Koh Samui Guide?
Thanks for your interest! For the sake of transparency to my customers, I don’t accept advertising, sponsors, comps or any freebies for any establishments on Koh Samui. Ever. All of my Koh Samui research is anonymous and I pay for everything myself as a normal guest or customer. (This Koh Samui-specific policy will mean *zero moral crisis* when Singapore Airlines asks me to review their Crazy Rich Asians suites … any day now. Annyyyy day now).
However – I always welcome information and I’d love to get to know your property. Please send any press packets or particular highlights my way. If you’re kind to animals or the environment – I want to know. More specifically, any “insider info” like chef specialities, your favourite view/room, how or why you got started, how you make Samui a better place or anything behind-the-scenes that makes your baby “the best of the best”. It will be gratefully received and ensures your business gets on my research list for the next edition. Sound good? Get in touch.
12. Do you offer the guide in other languages?
La guía se puede conseguir en español??? In truth, I had to Google Translate this email. Sorry, it’s in English only. Despite that, The Koh Samui Guide has been downloaded in 96 countries and counting! (And, as of last month, all fifty U.S. states including – at long last – South Dakota).
13. Got any good jokes about Thailand?
You know it! Stolen directly off the menu from a Thai restaurant in Toronto … Who won the Bangkok Marathon? [It was a Thai]
Whatever your pandemic experiences involved … pretty sure you deserve a %#@$&*! vacation. Let’s get planning.Notify me when it’s available
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