The View Top Restaurant Samui

In this post I would like to feature a very little know viewpoint on Koh Samui. I myself was looking for this place for quite a while. There are no signs from the ring road showing which way to go, however once you are on the right road signs will appear to show you the way. Now the challenge is to find the right turn to that road. The easiest way to explain this is if you come from the Fisherman Village towards Mae Nam, pass the traffic lights, and take the 1st road on the right which looks like a major road. Canopy adventures is also that way so if you see the canopy adventures sign you are on the right way.

Driving up is quite steep, parts of the road is missing, I would suggest you only try this drive you are an experienced motorbike driver. When I was driving up it started to rain and got very slippery. In terms of engine power if you are alone a 125cc automatic bike will take you up there quite happily. Driving up there takes about 20-25 minutes and the paved road ends in a dirt road just about 1km further from the restaurant.

It is kind of unfortunate that there was nobody in the restaurant ( maybe I was too early ) so I couldn’t try their food, however the views from its little terrace are indeed breathtaking. Finally please see the photos I took on the way and from the restaurant below.

Bee’s Knees Brewpub Samui – Where craft beer lives!

We were spending New Year’s eve on Chaweng. This is when I saw on Samui Online Food Guide that there is a recently opened craft beer pub+brewery brewing beer locally. One thing I was missing from the beautiful island of Samui is craft beer. Back home whenever I drink beer it has to be craft beer. Needless to say I was very excited to try their brews.

It was a little complicated to find the place as forums say that it is right after Ice Bar on Chaweng Beach, which is true apart from the fact that it is “right after” if you are driving real fast. It is across the road from GT Car Wash on the right hand side and it is about 1-2 minutes drive from Ice bar. If you decide to walk let’s say from Ark bar it will be about a 20 minutes to get there.

Look for the following sign:

10462373_963473263680896_8079072587501727891_nJim the owner is a very nice, talkative guy. He is from the UK originally and he is working on the brews, the pub and the location for about 2 years now. We were chatting for about an hour and he introduced me to his beer repertoire. He currently brews four different kinds of beers:

Summer Bee – A pilsner style lager. Way better than pils or lager. It has a distinctive strong taste and unexpectedly smooth finish. I would recommend this beer to anyone who prefer to freshen up after a long day at the beach.


– Wheaty Bee – Soft Fruit flavour. I am not a wheat beer person at all. I used to drink Hoegaarden and german weizen beers back in the day but that was long time ago. This beer however with its extremely fruity taste and scent was very enjoyable and the most surprising of it all. It got me and I think I will have to forget whatever I thought about wheat beer beforehand. If you are not a beer drinker it is highly recommended for anyone who otherwise would prefer fruity Californian or Australian rose wine. This will be a lovely introduction to the world of beers.


– Bitter Bee – English Style bitter beer. A high end English Ale. Perfect colour and taste combination. Smooth and easy to drink and just the way I like it.


– Black Bee – Chocolate Coffee Porter – Fantastic chocolate & coffee taste. It is a must to taste for all porter and dark beer lovers. No chocolate or coffee added.


Finally I had the chance to taste the combination of Black Bee & Bitter Bee. “HalfHalf” combining the taste of these two beauties bringing the best of the two worlds to your tastebuds.

If you want to break out of the Chang, Leo, Singha triangle, Bee’s Knees Brewpub is the perfect place to go. All beers are between 4.0 and 4.5 ABV so they can be enjoyed without getting too drunk too early. They are only open for 5 weeks and I hope they will be a great success as this was a much needed service on Koh Samui. Finally please see the photos I took @ the time of my visit.

Chaweng Beach on Koh Samui Photos 2014

I did take a walk down Chaweng beach from the Green Guest House until the Monkey Bay bar. The water was really high so had to walk in the water a good few times. I took a photo most of the beach resorts and bars in between. Enjoy the latest shots from Chaweng 🙂

Best Coffee on Koh Samui – Boy’s Organic Coffee

Anytime I drive by the Taling Ngam village I always stop by Boy’s Organic Coffee to have an ice coffee or an ice tea. He only sells coffee and tea from top quality beans and leaves harvested in the Chang Mai area. He has his own blends and all I can say about them that they are amazing. Truly the best stuff on the island. It is a bit off the beaten track but believe me it worth the drive. Not to mention that I never drink coffee except when I am at Boy’s.

You can find Boy’s Organic Coffee here:

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Finally a few photos I took today @ Boy’s

Boy’s Organic Coffee on Facebook

Koh Samui Khao Yai Waterfall

This waterfall is one of the easiest to get to. Simply drive up from Wat Kunaram ( Mummified Monk ) towards the Secret Buddha Garden. The road is very steep and curvy. Even though travel guides say that you need a 4×4 to get here don’t trust them. You can drive up with a simple automatic motorbike. It will be quite slow at times but you will make it. I have done this alone on a Honda PCX 125cc and also with my girlfriend riding in the back on a Honda Click 125cc. If you happen to be over 100kg you better get a motorbike with a bigger engine though.

There is actually a small parking lot, a viewpoint, a restaurant and the Khao Yai Waterfall at the same location. Unfortunately you will be charged 10Baht for parking and an other 10er if you want to go and see the viewpoint as well. My bet is that you better pay for both as the view is beautiful from up here.

You can swim in this waterfall, there are some pools of water at the bottom and also on the top of the waterfall. Stairs leading up to the top of the waterfall are quite narrow, which is not a problem going up but it can be a funny feeling coming down.

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Koh Samui mountain road from Mae Nam to Lamai

If you are looking for a bit of an adventure make sure that you drive across the mountains from Mae Nam to Lamai. It really is a funky road, not extremely steep so you can easily do it with a Honda Click caliber bike. I have seen 2 people riding across the hills on a simple Honda 110 automatic bike. The Condition of the road is also quite OK compared to other mountain roads on Koh Samui.

Unfortunately there are no proper signs showing you where to take your turn from the ring road. If you leave from the Fisherman’s village will have to take the 1st left before the bridge. If you are at the traffic lights @ Mae Nam you already passed by!

You will have a few little restaurants on the way on the Mae Nam side, also there is a quite cool venue just before you go uphill it is called the Jungle Bell. Make sure you stop by for a drink. The owner is really nice and the place has a real good atmosphere and loud music.

There is a cable ride place on the way to the top, I haven’t tried it as I was way too early for that, they usually open at 10am. If you would like to go and try it, park on the other side of the road as your bike won’t climb up to the entrance and to the dedicated parking. After the cable car ride place there is really nothing but nature until you get to the Lamai side. Beautiful spots to take photos though.

The road runs into the ring road at Buddy Oriental Samui Beach Resort on the Lamai side. If you would like to do it from the other way around ( Lamai to Mae Nam ) note that there are more steep parts if you are coming from the Lamai direction. I have done it both ways and experienced substantially more motorbike slowdowns from Lamai to Mae Nam.

Finally look at the photos I took on the way.

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Hot Pan BBQ – How to guide!

We tired hot pan BBQ the other day and it was kind of complicated to figure out what goes where. I would like to spare you this headache, therefore I created this how to guide.

Your BBQ is being made on a hot pan ( no shit Sherlock ). I wouldn’t want to explain how it looks just look at the photos below. The lower part of the pan contains soup, this is where you supposed to place your veggies and anything else that you would like to cook. The upper part of the pan is for your meat, as you can see there is a bacon on top that will provide the pan with enough fat to avoid burning your meat. You can top up the soup any time using the kettle provided. The pan sits on coal fire which usually runs for about an hour. If it would run out while you are still cooking you can always ask for a replacement pan ( or fire ). Same goes for the kettle with the soup.

Once you have your pan you can go and collect the combination of meat and veggies you would like to cook. There is a very large variety of meats and veggies available so you will have hard time deciding what it is you want to have. You can have crab meat, chicken, pork, beef and even local chilli devon.

You now have the desired mix of meats and veggies collected. Let’s start cooking! Meats on top, veggies and pasta to the boiling soup!

The not so adventurous can also pick pre-cooked food from the stands, fruit and cakes are also available!

To be honest with you I loved this way of cooking the meat and veggies. This is my personal crusade to show as much people as I can that this is a very cool and fun way to eat and there is more to Koh Samui than a bunch of overpriced western restaurants.

The hot pan BBQ cost 139 Baht / person obviously it is all you can eat. One strange thing though that you have to buy drinks from them otherwise there is extra charge. Probably they try to avoid people bringing in their own drinks with this.

The BBQ place we visited is right next door to the Fisherman’s Village junction on Koh Samui. If you’d like to buy your own pan you can do so in Tesco Lotus near Chaweng.

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Useful Tips for Enjoying Songkran 2011

Next week sees the celebration for the start of the traditional Thai new year. From the 13th-15th April, Thai people will be dressing up in new clothes and visiting the local temple to make merit and to their grandparents in order to receive blessings. Afterwards, the youngsters will be out on the street taking part in the world’s biggest water fight.

* If you go out during Songkran, then you are fair game. Don’t complain if you are squirted in the face with a water pistol or someone rubs white powder on your face. Although it might not seem like it, they are actually taking part in a centuries old tradition of paying respect to their elders. Let them do it and smile. Resistance is useless.

* If you are a woman, try not to dress provocatively – particularly spaghetti strap tops or white t-shirts that become revealing when wet. Thai people are traditionally conservative, but some young men will take advantage of Songkran to grope you. Many of them have been partying all night and are drunk.

* Keep your cool at all times. Everyone is just having fun. Be prepared for the buckets of water which have been pre-chilled with ice. Also beware that people might come up to you from behind to smear white powder on your face. If they are polite they will ask first. But, you won’t see that happen often. Try not to move too much when they are doing it as you might end up with the paste in your eyes. However, that is inevitable the longer you stay out.

* Don’t wear your best clothes. If you take your camera then make sure you also have a plastic bag. Better still, buy a camera that is waterproof. Last year, many people ended up with soggy mobile phones that stopped working. The mobile phone vendors do good business during Songkran repairing them.

* By law you have to carry your passport at all times. However, during Songkran you are running the risk of your important documents getting wet. Make photocopies of your passport to take out with you and leave all important documents in the hotel safe.

* If you don’t want to take part in the water fights then you will need to stock up for at least 3-4 days. Some expats go out to buy enough DVD movies and food to last them the holidays. If you do venture out, the chances are high that you will get soaked by one of the mobile water units on the back of a pick-up truck.

* The shopping malls and movie theatres are all open during Songkran. So, you can use these places as a safe haven. However, getting to them safely might be a problem. If you have to use public transport, make sure you use an air-conditioned bus or meter taxi. If you use a normal bus with the windows down or a tuk tuk then you will get soaked.

* If you are going out in your car, try to stick to the main roads. There is no point in washing your car before or during Songkran. Wherever you go your car will get plastered with white paste. Make sure that you have topped up your windscreen wipers with plenty of water. You will use them often. Whatever, you do, don’t forget to LOCK all car doors. If you stop at traffic lights or in a traffic jam, they will try to open your doors.

* Lot’s of people drink day and night during Songkran and this new year period in Thailand sees the most horrific crashes on the roads. Most deaths occur on the side roads and in the evening. On the main roads most accidents are caused by speeding. If you are driving take extra care. There are a lot of drunk drivers out on the roads during Songkran. Personally, I don’t like to drive too far during this period and if I do, I stick to the roads that I know near my home.

* Songkran is not just about water fights. Do make an effort to see the more traditional side. Early in the morning Thai people will be going to the temples to make merit. They will also bathe the monks and Buddha images with rose scented water. In the afternoon, they will build sand pagodas in the temple grounds.

* Don’t make the mistake of thinking that the waterfights are only on 13-15 April. This year this is up against the weekend and so may last longer. In addition, some areas of Thailand have their Songkran celebrations a week later. For example, Pattaya, Bangsaen and Koh Chang. The last of the waterfights will take place in Phra Pradaeng District of Samut Prakan on 22-24 April 2011. Visit our festival blogs for full dates.

If you are in Thailand, then I hope you go out and have some fun! The temperature is above 35 degrees Celsius and this is a good way to cool down. However, if you are not in Thailand, then try visiting your local Thai temple. Many of them will be holding Songkran activities.

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Freezing Thailand

“Sudden drop
in temperature to as low as 17C yesterday morning has prompted many people to don their cold-weather clothes. According to the Meteorological Department, the unseasonable cold snap will last until next Wednesday after which summer will set in. The chill has nothing to do with the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, the weather bureau said.”
Photos here.

Combined visa for Southeast Asian countries

Travellers could soon be able surf in Bali, shop in Singapore and eat spicy street food in Thailand before crossing into Cambodia and cruising the Mekong in Vietnam – all on a single tourist visa.- reported by

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is working on a plan that would open the region to foreign tourists in the same way Europe’s unified visa system has streamlined travel.

“You would just have to apply for one visa and you could then visit all the countries using that visa”
said Eddy Krisneidi, an official at the Jakarta-based ASEAN Secretariat, which recently released its Tourism Strategic Plan for the next five years.

With attractions ranging from jungle-covered temples at Angkor Wat in Cambodia to five-star beach resorts in Bali, Southeast Asia is a region that tempts travellers from all walks of life.

ASEAN countries recorded more than 65 million foreign visitor arrivals in 2009. Malaysia led the field, followed by Thailand, Singapore, Indonesia, Vietnam, the Philippines, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Brunei.

Analysts say visitor numbers could be boosted by slashing the time-consuming and confusing visa requirements for each of ASEAN’s 10 countries.

While some allow foreigners to simply purchase visas on arrival, others require wads of paperwork, photos and up to a week to issue the required stamp.

“One of the major concerns of the industry, as well as visitors, is the difficulty of obtaining visas, a series of widely differing regulations and information needs for visas,” ASEAN’s strategic plan states.

It is a view shared by Stuart McDonald, who runs an online travel forum for Southeast Asia.

“One of the most common questions that we see on is people asking visa questions: What kind of visa can I get? How long is it valid for? What does it cost?,” said the Australian who travels extensively in Asia.

“The rules change all the time and it introduces a level of uncertainty and confusion that the industry can do without.”

The concept of a single visa has wide support among tourism bodies across Southeast Asia.

“It would definitely benefit all the countries in this region, especially Thailand,” Tourism Authority of Thailand governor Suraphon Svetasreni said, noting that Thailand is a “good strategic location” for overland travelling as it acts as a bridge to other countries.

Svetasreni said it is only a matter of time until the region’s visa system is liberalised.

“ASEAN will be considered as a single destination, so it makes sense to apply for a single visa to travel to any country in ASEAN,” he said.

Despite its appeal, others are less optimistic that a single visa will become a reality anytime soon.

“Travel procedures have to be simplified but it is not going to be easy because each country may have their own foreign policy,” Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel inbound tourism vice president Arul Das said.

ASEAN is yet to outline the cost or length of stay for its planned single tourist visa. But it acknowledges it could take several years to introduce.

“The establishment of such a visa will not likely occur in the next five years due to barriers of technology, political issues, concerns of sovereignty and security and the different visa systems in the member states,” its strategic plan states.

The single visa is one of several initiatives being worked on by ASEAN to boost tourism in the region.

The organization is also overseeing the creation of regional tourism standards which would apply to things such as accommodation, food and public toilets.

“There are already clear indications that major tour operators are now very much concerned with a wide range of standards in a destination,” the plan states.

“Those destinations that are able to satisfy those increasingly high standards will have a distinct position of advantage.”

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