Archive for the 'Gulf of Thailand islands' Category

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 14 2013

Review: A Taste of Home Restaurant, Ko Tao

Published by under Ko Tao

Ushi's front room.

Ko Tao’s A Taste of Home, just out the back of Haad Sairee, is one of those places mostly only locals know about — if you wander past, it looks like a little eatery set out on someone front porch, which in fact is exactly what it is. Serving up wholesome, unpretentious food at good … read the full post

Feb 10 2013

Review: Same Same Restaurant & Bar, Ko Pha Ngan

Published by under Ko Pha Ngan

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Same Same restaurant and bar is where a lot of the party action starts in Ko Pha Ngan’s Haad Rin Nok, the same beach that’s home to the world famous Full Moon Party. Owned and run by two Danish women, the place is party central for full moon and many of the other moon parties … read the full post

Feb 08 2013

Review: Cafe Na, Bang Rak, Ko Samui

Published by under Food

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 08 2013

Hostels on Ko Tao

Published by under Ko Tao

Good Dreams

Accommodation options on Ko Tao have changed. Once there were rustic huts on the beach but now the island is home to some top class resorts as well. There are indeed still fan-cooled bungalows and rooms in the 500 to 600 baht range, and some even have hot water. If you are happy to share … read the full post

Feb 05 2013

Enjoying seafood on Ko Samui

Published by under Food

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 03 2013

Review: Salad Hut restaurant, Haad Salad, Ko Pha Ngan

Published by under Ko Pha Ngan

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How can you not love Haad Salad’s laidback Salad Hut, where the staff wear shirts saying “same shit, different day”? This funky place has a relaxed atmosphere that provides a great place to eat, then chill out, and then eat again, if you’re into that kind of thing. The food is among the best on … read the full post

Feb 02 2013

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

Published by under Food

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

Feb 01 2013

Sunday roasts on Ko Tao

Published by under Ko Tao

Hard to resist.

Sunday roasts are a tradition for many in the West — but can you get a decent one on Ko Tao if you ever tire of the delicious Thai food on offer? The good news is yes, you can, and although you wouldn’t need a month of Sundays to try each there’s certainly enough options … read the full post

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