Archive for the 'Ko Samui' Category

Feb 27 2013

Review: Lucky Restaurant, Nathon, Ko Samui

Published by under Food

'Chicken' cashew nut, with tofu. YUM.

Lucky Restaurant, a no-fuss, no-frills establishment along Ko Samui’s Nathon seafront with views across to the ferries, is one of the area’s most popular restaurants, serving excellent and affordable Thai and Western food. The menu, which is also written on blackboards around the restaurant, shows off the kitchen’s versatility. From Thai food priced (and spiced … read the full post

Feb 23 2013

Review: Banyan House, Chaweng north, Ko Samui

Published by under Accommodation

With just 4 rooms, best to book!

Banyan House is one of the few bed and breakfast establishments on Ko Samui, where most accommodation is in the form of resorts, bungalows or apartments. The giant coffee cup outside invites you to stop, and what you first notice is a blue windowed conservatory that forms the restaurant. Tables are set in the lush … read the full post

Feb 19 2013

Review: Aroma Boutique, Choeng Mon, Ko Samui

Published by under Food

Is it a shop? Is it a coffee lounge? Well both actually.

A quirky little coffee lounge-cum-interiors shop opened its doors in January 2013 in Ko Samui’s Choeng Mon. What you first notice driving past is a flash of vibrant purple, and then on closer look, some tables scattered along the pavement. Don’t take the bend too fast, or you’ll miss it – and Aroma Boutique is … read the full post

Feb 08 2013

Review: Cafe Na, Bang Rak, Ko Samui

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Seafood delivery. Right to the door.

If you’re looking for authentic Thai food on Ko Samui, at reasonable prices, but with a bit more atmosphere and a view better than your average roadside restaurant, then you can’t go wrong with Cafe Na. Located right next to the fresh market just before Big Buddha, owner and chef Na has her pick of … read the full post

Feb 05 2013

Enjoying seafood on Ko Samui

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Fresh straight from the boats.

If you’re a seafood lover, you’ll be pleased with the selection Ko Samui has to offer, ranging from cheap street food to fancy beachside dining barbecues. Flying in to Samui at night, you’ll see an odd green glow over the water. It’s caused by the green fluorescent lights on the squid fishing boats. These lights … read the full post

Feb 02 2013

Review: Angela’s Diner, Mae Nam, Ko Samui

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Delicious daily specials. Try something with avo.

The first time we visited Ko Samui more than 10 years ago, we popped into Angela’s Bakery & Cafe (as it was called until recently). After weeks of Thai food, good bread and cheese made a pleasant change. At that stage, Angela’s had no other buildings surrounding it on the stretch of ring road along … read the full post

Jan 29 2013

Lunar New Year on Ko Samui

Published by under Festivals

Which is worse? Falling or electrocution?

In 2013, Lunar New Year — Chinese New Year to the Chinese — falls on Sunday, February 10, and ushers in the Year of the Snake. Celebrations can last for about 15 days in areas with large Chinese communities, including Ko Samui, with festivities beginning on the first day of the first month in the … read the full post

Jan 26 2013

Rent a villa or stay in a hotel on Ko Samui?

Published by under Accommodation

Have a couple of thousand dollars to blow? This could be yours....

More and more visitors to Ko Samui are choosing villa rental over hotel stays. Should you? Each option has its pros and cons, and the right choice will depend on how important price (and hidden costs) are to you, as well as privacy, freedom, space and facilities. For stays of less than a week, resorts … read the full post

Jan 18 2013

Samui International Hospital, Ko Samui

Published by under Health & safety

No, it's not a resort. Those are hospital rooms overlooking the pool.

Ko Samui has more than its share of good hospitals, including Thai International, Bangkok International and Samui International. Although all offer good service and medical standards, we’ve used Samui International several times, and they’ve been professional, efficient and well-priced. They’re located at the northern point of Chaweng beach road, close to the main tourist drag, … read the full post

Jan 15 2013

Review: June’s Art Cafe, Bophut, Ko Samui

Published by under Ko Samui

A cup of tea and a slice of heaven.

Ko Samui’s June’s Art Cafe, located just before Big C when coming from Fisherman’s Village, is is a favourite expat haunt and well-kept secret from the tourists. Pop into this quaint cafe, with art on the walls and handicrafts for sale, and you’ll see why there’s a steady flow from the time they open for … read the full post

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