Tuesday, 30 November 2010
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The ordering is interesting, since all the dim sums are deep frozen and you walk up to a couple of freezers at the entrance and start ordering. A lot of the dim sum's are really small and cost just 10 or 15 THB per order. Dim sum is a Cantonese term for a type of Chinese dish that involves small individual portions of food, usually served in a small steamer basket or on a small plate as the picture above shows. That the breakfast for the two of us.
This picture shows the freezers with the various dim sum's on offer and the steamers in the background.
It's a rather big place and well maintained and clean and it opens around 6am but closes in the early afternoon. Plenty of local people were around when I visited today and my friend who lives in Phuket since a few years said that this was typical, so it seems that the place has a good reputation. I can only vouch for that since our breakfast was excellent.
A view from the outside. It's very likely that I will be back to this place, especially considering that I'll be back on Phuket on the 10th and 11th December for a PADI IE, most likely staying just around the corner!
Monday, 22 November 2010
Sunday, 21 November 2010
"Loi" means "to float" and a "krathong" is traditionally made from a section of banana tree trunk.
The water was relatively rapidly moving which worked out great for the Kratongs and they were swiftly taken with the current after being launched.
This is a picture of my Kratong this year, but this was the second version, since the first version was a very small Kratong made out of a lotus flower and was very cute, but after I added some of my hair, a small piece of my nail and 9 Baht in coins, it was off balance and unfortunately capsized immediately, so it was time for a second Kratong. This one floated just fine!
At the party ground all kinds of activities were going on with lots of food and goods for sale and in a corner near a big stage I found some very big Kratongs, made by hotel staff and students of the local schools, which looked like a competition. Above shows a proud student from a local school with an over sized Kratong.
Saturday, 20 November 2010
The BBQ part is on the side of the side cart, with a keeping the food warm tower just in front of it on the left side of this picture (although looking from this angle, the keeping it warm tower is behind the BBQ). The pan on the right side is for deep frying chicken.
Friday, 19 November 2010
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Sunday, 14 November 2010
Hotel bookings and reviews on Koh Samui
Sometimes it is difficult to make a choice on hotels, especially if it's the first time you are going to visit a place. For instance Koh Samui! As a result I'm being asked many times about specifics of certain hotels or information in general about Samui hotels. As a long term local (I'm living now since 12 years on Koh Samui) and due to my work in the tourist industry on the island, I get to visit many different resorts all over the island and can give an unbiased and honest review about many hotels and resorts on Samui. I can tell you why I like a resort but can also give you some ideas on potential issues that aren't mentioned in a travel guide! For instance the distance away from any shopping or the state of the beach.
For this occasion and for repeat visitors to Koh Samui, I've got a separate 'Camille's Samui hotel recommendation blog', that has plenty of reviews of hotels and resorts all over Samui. The good thing about it is that I personally know all these resorts and plenty of times you will see my own pictures of said resort being posted for a review.
The blog covers plenty of areas all over Samui and reviews hotels and resorts in various price classes.
Have look and book your rooms through my site, that way you help me out keeping this blog going as well!
I also run a 'Thailand hotel recommendation' blog that works along the same principles as the Samui blog and covers plenty of cities and areas around the Kingdom. Please have a look there as well.
The two booking sites I recommend are listed below; Hotels Combined and Agoda.
Saturday, 13 November 2010
Bread and cakes are baked fresh every day, the owners have early days and starts their days around 3am, baking away!
They recently relocated to this fairly new place, after having grown out of their original place. Just like the Red Snapper restaurant owners, they're since 7 years on the island, first just as holiday makers and than later on as expats after they relocated from Germany.
Friday, 12 November 2010
Thursday, 11 November 2010
These vendors usually pop out in the very late afternoon and early evening all over Thailand it seems and sell their assortment of sweets to all who are interested and that's not just kids but plenty of adults come to see him and spend their money on some sweets.
The assortment is sweet indeed! It's well worth trying out the various sweets or khanom waan on offer but be aware, it is sweet indeed. Better not have dentist issues when you dig in to these.
Wednesday, 10 November 2010
Thanks to Marat for the video
Tuesday, 9 November 2010
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Tuesday, 2 November 2010
Samui flooding November 2010, some videos
Here some more recent videos that I found on You Tube, pretty impressive flooding.
All banks, Big C, Tesco Lotus etc are currently all closed down, ferry traffic has been stopped between Don Sak and Samui and the airport is closed and apparently is being opened right now at 19.30.
Apparently Don Sak and Surat Thani have also some serious flooding problems and it's not sure when somebody can actually reach the ferries.
They have a great variety of Isaarn style food items on the menu, ranging from Laab, Naam Tok, Som Tam and plenty of other classic Isaarn style food to standard Thai fair and plenty of fish dishes as well. All around plenty of good food is to be had. I ordered a Khai Kem ไข่เค็ม with squid, very lovely indeed.
The kitchen where all the magic happens, it looks like your average Thai style restaurant kitchen just that this one serves fantastic well above average dishes.
One of their specialties is deep fried Som Tam (ส้มตำ)! Only the papaya is deep fried and it comes with a sauce and Kuung aka shrimps. Very nice and relatively rare to find. Well worth trying out.
Another special is their Muu Yang หมูย่าง BBQ'ed pork or try the chicken variation which come with a lovely tamarind sauce!