The glorious tropical island of Koh Samui was the first stop of our trip around the Land of Smiles, and despite being greeted by the stormy rainy at the beginning of the rainy season, we still got to see the natural beauty on this island, and of course sampled a lot of seafood and classic Thai dishes. As I had such a great start on this trip, knowing the eating god was smiling upon me, I could not hold my excitement.
We were invited to stay at the wonderful Four Seasons Resort, and it is the perfect base for us to explore Koh Samui. All the villas are surrounded by native plant species and coconut trees, which were all preserved during construction. It was so refreshing to be staying in the hills and still get to enjoy the beach and a lovely ocean view.
Everywhere you go in Thailand, you can experience both the traditional and modern side of this nation. This unique style of chained Jasmines and Orchids is often used as offerings to the Buddha/monks, elderly as a show of respect, or as an aromatic welcome gift to guests. Such a sweet touch.
However, the highlight has to be our lovely smiley live-in butler, New, who has received culinary training as a former chef.
Thai style omelette is thin, savoury, full of local flavour from the chopped spring onion and little orange dried shrimp, and usually served with rice. This may as well be a Thai invention. Nothing about this dish resembles omelette as we know it. Not included in the picture is actually a little dip made of fish sauce, chopped garlic and green chili which gave the omelette just enough of a nice kick.
We will eventually venture outside for a wider variety of food, but with a villa that looks like this who would ever want to leave?
Unfortunate for us there was not much sun as the rainy season started (and most of the photos feature grey skies), but that just gave us more time to eat, and we were more than happy to comply. Next post: we drove around Koh Samui in search of food beyond our resort.