Koh Samui – Seafood Feasts and Festivities!

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A handful of idyllic beach bungalows, quaint beach front restaurants and an overall sense of seclusion – that was Koh Samui, 20 years ago.   The picture today is in many ways a stark contrast to the once remote and “underdeveloped” island. Starbucks, Pizza Hut, McDonalds and countless 7 Elevens now inhabit one of Thailand’s most popular islands.   It is amazing how much a place can change.

I do have to say that despite the development of the island, nothing will ever top a seafood feast on the beach.  After the sun sets, the beach comes alive with neon lights, loud music and fireworks.  Take your pick of one of the many beach restaurants that line the shore and spend hours indulging on a variety of different Thai seafood delights.   My absolute favourite “seafood feast on the beach” dish is Pla sam rod (fish with 3 sauces).   It is spicy, sour, sweet and soooo delicious.  A close second for me is Pak bung fai dang (Morning glory, stir fried with chili).  The best vegetable in the world if you can cook it like the Thai’s.

After dinner, dance with your toes in perfectly white sand whilst sipping an incredibly cheap Mai Tai , Singha Beer  or the infamous Thai bucket, definitely an acquired taste!  The attached photograph of Ark Bar on Chaweng beach I took last night over a game of cards and some highly entertaining people watching.

Next stop, Koh Tao…I am on the ferry as I write and typical of the island life, we are an hour behind schedule.  Thank goodness for air conditioning!  Koh Tao – an island famous for its diving, where whale sharks are plenty, visibility is incredible and prices are cheap!  Plans thus far include beach massages,  sun tanning, island hopping….and of course, lots of eating.  I will keep you all posted, Sawasdee Ka from the Lomprayah ferry Koh Tao-bound!