Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Ban Tai Beach, Koh Samui (Bang Por) | Koh Samui Recommended Beaches

Ban Tai Beach, on Koh Samui's northern coastline towards the western end of Bang Por beach, is well-known to Koh Samui locals as one of the most picturesque beaches on the island. Not too be confused with Baan Tai beach on the neighbouring island of Koh Phangan, this quiet beach offers incredible views towards Koh Phangan, beautiful clean sands, great swimming (also for small children) and reef-filled waters that create wonderful shades of blue, turquoise and green.

By Beach Resort (see photos) is a great place to relax and there is also a little beachfront reggae bar a few minutes walk away. You can also find several other small resorts further along the beach to the west 

 
 
 
 
 
 

These photos were all taken at By Beach Resort which is located adjacent to the Lotus Terraces - a boutique luxury beachfront villas development. To get here, drive through Maenam and towards Bang Por. You will pass a school on your right and a temple on the left just before the turning. There is a small semi-permanent road with signs for both By Beach Resort and The Lotus Terraces (blue and white) displayed at the road entrance.

Monday, August 26, 2013

O2 Beach Club, Plai Laem | Koh Samui - Things to Do - Recommended Beach Bars

O2 beach Club is located in picturesque Samron Bay on the very most NE tip of Koh Samui Island. Situated adjacent to the luxurious and upmarket Araya Buri Hotel, O2 Beach Club fronts a beautiful 300 meter stretch of idyllic sands within the picturesque rocky bay with shallow waters offering great swimming

02 Beach Club also boasts a huge swimming pool with a really spacious kids pool surrounded by sun loungers – another advantage is pool towels are supplied free of charge. The beach also offers oversized beanbags on the beach with more sun loungers lining the beachfront lawn. Next to the pool are some kid’s climbing apparatus and slides.



Prices for beer and food are typical for a mid-range beachfront resort with Happy Hour from 5pm-7pm each day offering “Buy 1, get 1 free” promotions

To get to 02 Beach Club from Bangrak, head eastwards past the Big Buddha statue and after a few hundred meters (and tight right turn) take the first left into Soi Plai Laem at the 7-11. There are many signs at the side of the road which tell you to travel straight on for a km or 2 before terning left and following more signs straight on.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Catcandoo Bar & Restaurant | Recommended Bangrak Restaurants, Koh Samui

Catcandoo Bar & Restaurant offers a menu of Thai, Western and Mexican-style dishes and is located at the Big Buddha end of Bangrak Bay, opposite the concrete Seatran pier just before Bangrak’s Seafood Market. You must try Catcandoo’s famous BBQ Ribs, which literally fall off the bone and are served with fries, BBQ beans and coleslaw. Other recommendations are the delicious Super Nachos served with beef or chicken, salads and the huge pizzas which offer great value for money.
Friendly staff, a relaxed atmosphere and great food will ensure you return to this recommended Koh Samui restaurants again and again.

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Dae Tong Beach Bar and Restaurant, Bangrak | Recommended Samui Bars and Restaurants

Dai Tong Samui offers a relaxing beach-front bar, beautiful stretch of beach with sunbeds and good swimming, wonderful sea and island views and dining on the beach. A great place to relax with a few drinks, enjoy the scenery or go for a swim.
The restaurant serves Thai food and seafood and is well recommended, a little more expensive than other local restaurants but you always pay a little extra when dining on the beach. A live band plays Western mucic every Friday from 7pm.
The bar area is child-friendly and well-recommended for those with kids. The resort also offers a slide and play swings for young children.
Located opposite the 7-11 convenience store at the intersection of Bangrak Beach road and Bon Gai Road (The Ghost Road) just next to the public beach access.

The Boat Bar, Bangrak - Recommended Bars / Restaurants, Koh Samui

The Boat Bar is located next to the Seatran Ferry Pier towards the eastern end of Bangak Bay. A lively bar and restaurant with a nice beer garden at the rear with beautiful views of Bangrak Beach and Koh Phan Ngan Island.
The beach area next to the beer garden is a little messy as it's used by local fisherman to store their nets and boats but the views are wonderful.
The Boat Bar is a great place to relax with a few drinks and it also offers a menu of Thai food and Western favourites. Alternatively, grab one of Akim's Kebabs or wander along to nearby Catcandoo for some of their famous BBQ ribs.

Bangrak Street Food, Koh Samui | Akim's Kebabs

Akim's Turkish-style chicken kebabs and pork-burgers are very popular and well-known amongst long term ex-pats in Bangrak town, Koh Samui.
Chicken Kebabs are 100 THB and cheese-burgers (pork) are 80 THB. Both are absolutely delicious and well recommended. You will find Akim and his Thai assistant around 1-3pm opposite the Petcharat Marina and around 6-8pm outside the Boat Bar. Service is available every day except Sundays.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Bangrak Cafe, Bangrak, Koh Samui

The Bangrak Cafe is just the place if you’re looking for good-value, tasty English Cafe style food including Full English breakfasts and a good choice of sandwiches, rolls, baguettes, main courses and Thai food You won’t find luxurious surrounding or views but you will find tasty food.





The Bangrak Cafe is located on Bangrak’s beach road, opposite Saboey Resort and next to the hyperbaric chamber and Cafe Uno (closed at time of posting).

Antica Locanda Italian Restaurant, Bangrak, Koh Samui



Antica Locanda is a well established Italian restaurant in Bangrak, Koh Samui which is well-known to local ex-pats for offering fantastic Italian cuisine at good value prices. Recommended dishes are pizza, ravioli and the sensational Tiramisu. Well recommended.

Pizza take-aways are also available though there is no delivery service.

Antica Locanda is located on the Bangrak beach road just 100 meters from the 7-11 situated on junction with Bon Gai Road.

Antica Locanda is open Tuesday - Sunday mid-afternoon till late and closed on Mondays.

**UPDATE July, 2013*** The front of the restaurant was recently renovated giving the restaurant a more open feeling with more tables including some outside tables to the front of the property. Best of all a wood-burning stone pizza oven has replaced the gas-burning pizza oven making Samui’s best pizzas even better. See pic of new restaurant front below;