Koh Samui

5 Things to Do in Koh Samui

Recommendations for a short visit in Samui…

1. Visit the Big Buddha at Wat Phra Yai. Admire the stunning architecture and surrounding crystal blue hues of the ocean.

 

2. Relax at Mantra Resort in Mae Nam. Enjoy beautiful ocean sunrises and sets from your balcony, take a refreshing dip in the pool, learn Thai cooking, eat some pizza, do some daily yoga,  or treat yourself to a Thai massage in the luxurious spa.

3. Take a stroll through Fisherman’s Wharf Walking Street and buy some souvenirs or try out different Thai street foods. It’s a night market with a beachy vibe, lots of vendors, street food, elephant walk, restaurants, bars, live music, etc. It gets livelier as the night gets older. If you want to sit down for a meal and people watch while you eat, enjoy some delicious international grub at Bar Baguette.

 

4. Take a day trip to Angthong National Marine Park – It will cost you about 2,000 baht per person with pick-up and drop-off at your hotel. A speedboat will bring you to the park, where you can snorkel with fish surrounded by beautiful corals at Koh Wao. Then, the tour guide will take you sightseeing around the marine park, and you will hike up to see Emerald Lake (Talay Nay), an amazing emerald-colored saltwater lake surrounded by island. Lunch is served at Wua Ta Lap (Sleeping Cow Island) and digested as you go on a kayak adventure around the island’s nature. A true beauty that will force you to stay present with all things natural.

 

5. Spend a quiet relaxing day at Mae Nam Beach — quiet, peaceful, and untouched! Bring your own beach towel and pack a lunch because there’s not much here except you and the big blue!

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Knowledge Notes

  • If you want to see the “real Thailand”, this is really not where you will find it. However, if you want a relaxing holiday with beautiful beaches in more upscale accommodations, a laidback island feel, and some good food, this is the place to go!
  • Taxis are a bit more expensive here on Koh Samui than on mainland since it attracts an overwhelming number of tourists.
  • It’s very easy to get around using English as most of the islanders are used to foreign, or ‘falang’ crowds.
  • Central Festival Samui is where you can find any daily necessities you may have forgotten to pack, or even try some good Thai food and desserts.
  • Almost everything here is picture-worthy so bring a camera along. But also capture the moments with your mind’s eye and a deep breath of ocean air.

 

Southern Vegetables

Westerner selection of vegetables is generally limited to salad bars, or sides to the main dish. In Thailand, one finds vegetables in several styles of stir fries, accompaniments to Chili Paste and toppings for Kanom Chin

Here, we’ll take a look at the vast selection of fresh vegetables that come when you have southern style food. This is just a small sampling of what is possible.

A platter of fresh!

Most of these are fresh veggies, but there are a few of them that have been preserved in various ways. The brown strips in the bowl in the top right corner for examples are salted radish, which ends up being a sweet and salty flavor. There is also pickled diced cabbage in the bowl to the left. Just under the preserved radish is a bowl of pak boong that has been blanched, as you can’t eat raw pak boong.

Also, (see image below), a great addition to your Kanom Chin is a bowl of pickled cucumbers and chilies. The rest of the bowls are diced and sliced fresh long beans, cucumbers,

This leaf gives a slightly sour taste at first, but then it is full of tannins that stick to the inside of your mouth and leaves you with a slightly bitter taste.

And are those tree leaves that are bunched at the top of the platter? Yes! And the flavors are far from anything you have tried before.

That is basil! But this flavor is more like the lemon-basil that one can find in the West. It is a good addition when you have a particularly sweet bite of Kanom Chin Naam Yaa

These are thicker leaves, and more tasteless but still has the effect of a tannic feeling in your mouth.

Open up the Parkia seed pods and spread the small seeds over your dish. They are meaty, nutty, and slightly bitter, but just give an overall nice textural addition to your dish.

These are crunchy tips of a tree branch. They are full of flavour, slightly bitter, green taste that balances out after bites of sweet sauce in your Kanom

Chin.

This leaf is very similar to the one above, but it has an explosive sour as soon as you begin to chew. It is refreshing and is like cleansing your pallet between bites.

Look ahead for future posts on the delicious Khanom Chin and more Southern flavours.