They pop up everywhere. Hanging from trees, mixed into smoothies, sprinkled on salads, applied during massages, carved into jewellery.

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They pop up everywhere. Hanging from trees, mixed into smoothies, sprinkled on salads, applied during massages, carved into jewellery. Or – as I am enjoying as I write this – simply with the top hacked off and a straw.

It’s all about coconuts on Koh Samui. The southern Thai island has long been famous for its abundance of coconuts, which provided its main source of revenue until the industry was eclipsed by the rise of tourism in the 1980s. But recently, coconuts appear to be making a comeback: Koh Samui is currently awash with coconut-related initiatives aiming to revitalise the industry.

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