Wednesday, April 23, 2014

MK Restaurant and a movie at Mall of Bangkapi

The Mo and I had about 10 hours to kill before we had to get on our international flight back home.  Luckily for us, Emirates allowed us to check our luggage early so we wouldn't have to drag it across the city.

We took a cab to the nearby the Mall of Bangkapi where there are lots of shops, restaurants, a movie theater and even an outdoor water park on the top floor.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Foie Gras, carpaccio and more at Wine Connection in Koh Samui

The Wine Connection was probably my favorite place to eat in Koh Samui.  The food was fabulous and the wine prices were great.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Fried insects at Chaweng Walking Street Night Market

This was probably one of the hardest posts that I've done because I could not stop gagging and dry heaving with tears streaming down my face.  When I took the pictures at the Night Market, I dry an audience of spectators with my response to the Mo eating the insects.  They all thought it was hilarious that I was trying to take pictures of him yet kept having to pause and want to puke.  None the less, I didn't puke but as I am editing the photos, the gag reflex is all to familiar.

Budget Dining on Chaweng Beach

Despite having a couple "splurge" meals on the beach or even a free meal at Ark Bar, the Mo and I like to stay true to our ways and eat budget friendly food.  Here are some of our favorite places during our trip to Chaweng (Koh Samui)

Everyone loves banana pancakes.  These heavenly sweet bites can be found on almost every corner in Chaweng.  Depending on what filling you get, they can range from 40-60 THB.  We got egg, condensed milk, banana and chocolate for 50 THB.

Romantic Beachside dinner in Koh Samui

During the last few days of our vacation, we like to live it up a little. I wouldn't call it a big splurge, after all, there is a W Retreat hotel on Koh Samui island and we're definitely not staying there, for sure. 

I chose a moderate priced hotel right in the heart of Chaweng beach with traditional Thai charm and decor, Dara Samui Beach Resort and Spa Villa for the last 4 days of our "holiday."

Friday, April 18, 2014

Free BBQ Buffet at Ark Bar Chaweng Beach Koh Samui

As if food in Thailand isn't cheap already, how about free food? Every Wednesday and Friday at 4:00PM, Ark Bar and Resort  puts on a free BBQ buffet to "Give something back" to their regular and new guests.

The hotel and bar area has expanded quite a bit since we last visited in 2011 and has added a new pool with a DJ station overlooking both the pool and the beach area.  The hotel/beach bar is known to have the best beach parties on Chaweng beach and they get the party started at 2:00 PM until late night with a great music system and booze laden drinks.

Tai by Red Snapper at Central Festival Koh Samui

Central Festival is a large lifestyle shopping complex located in Chaweng on Koh Samui island.  The new mall just celebrated its grand opening a couple weeks ago on March 29th, needless to say, it was still brand new when we visited last night.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Food and Drinks in Koh Phangan

Eating and drinking in Koh Phangan was a bit different than the other town we visited.  We spent a little more money than we did in the busy cities of Krabi and Patong Beach but we had some of the best foods ever.  There are less street vendors and food stalls and more small budget restaurants offering both Thai and western cuisine, catering to backpackers.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Koh Phangan Full Moon Party and Foam Party

Today's the reason why thousands of visitors flock to Koh Phangan, it's the 2014 April Full Moon Party.  Celebrated once a month on the Full Moon, Haad Rin beach can expect up to 30,000 people partying the night away in the wee hours of the morning.  The beach bars line up and blast different sets on their sophisticated music system and the vendors hope to make bank selling food and buckets of booze.

There are many pre-parties the days leading up to the big Full Moon Party.  Many bars offer themed events with special guest DJ's or different theme like the "Jungle Experience."  The Mo and I dropped in the "Drop In Foam Party" at the Drop In Club Resort.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Celebrating the Songkran Festival in Thongsala Koh Phangan

We woke up in Haad Rin the usual time around 8 AM and most of the town is still sleeping and recovering from partying hard the night before.  There are small clues that the Thai Songkran festival has begun.  We hear people shouting "Happy New Years!" and see a couple people on motorbikes with water guns.  We head to our usual breakfast spot, Lazy House, where the expat Jaime is already wet and his face smeared with white cream.

The word "Songkran" is derived from Sanskrit and means change.  The holiday is celebrated throughout most of Southeast Asia including Cambodia, Thailand, Laos, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Bengal.