Sep 11 2012
Walking down Plai Laem’s main road and hearing sultry sounds winding through the palms and banana trees, it would be easy to forget the location and imagine you were in Cuba or perhaps Columbia. But no, Ko Samui has quite the active salsa scene – the dancing, not the sauce that is. Here we give you a rundown on where to go with your dancing shoes to get hips a-swaying and skirts a-twirling.
Easy Thai Bar and Restaurant is a small establishment popular with locals, located about 300 metres past Big Buddha in Plai Laem, when coming from Bang Rak. Every Thursday evening, they push the pool table aside and make way for their Social Salsa Party. Here office workers sway to the rhythm alongside tourists who have stumbled past, drawn in by the music. Free salsa lessons are available for beginners from 19:30 to 20:00, so don’t worry if you don’t know the moves, you’ll soon be shown the ropes and learn enough in a half hour to enjoy the party that starts from 20:00 and goes on to the early hours of the morning. Those who don’t dance can still enjoy the festivities and watch the dancers sweating it out to the tunes.
Magnolia Cafe at the northern side of Chaweng has a dance studio above (don’t pass by without trying a coffee and cake below) where every Saturday classes are available from 14:00 to 16:30. The time slot right for you will depend on your level, with beginner through to more experience dancers catered for. The rate is 300 baht per person per class for group lessons.
The Red Snapper Restaurant in Chaweng hosts a Latin night on either the first or second Friday of every month. A live band adds to the atmosphere, and the restaurant is well known for its Italian and seafood menu, so you can make a night of it.
To keep up to date with upcoming events, view the Salsa Samui facebook page. Now if only they sold dancing shoes with two left feet …
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