Experience amazing new flavors and fresh-off-the-boat seafood in the handful of restaurants on the island that showcase Samui style food. At Tahoe Bang Po Seafood, try the complimentary shoe jig, a vegetable dip made of shrimp paste, garlic, coconut, chili, and some secret ingredients, served in a coconut shell. And don’t miss out on the octopus stir fry! Or rent a motor scooter and venture down the remote back roads to the Magic Alambic Rum Distillery. Owned and operated by a French couple, the rum comes in all the flavors of the tropics: orange, pineapple, coconut, and more.
Enjoy a sweet island cocktail in the garden tasting pavilion made with a mixer containing brown sugar, cinnamon, vanilla, nutmeg, and lime juice called ti punch. If you’re looking for your morning cup or an afternoon pick-me-up, try Horm Lamai Coffee House, known for brewing excellent strong coffee the old-fashioned way in a cheesecloth sock!
This café also serves various exotic dishes like their lunch special, kanom jeen, a type of vermicelli noodle curry, or congee, a rice pudding served for breakfast. But wherever you dine, make sure you pay attention to your feet! Most Thailand establishments, including your hotel and various shops, will expect you to remove your shoes before entering the building. It’s the polite thing to do!
Whether you’re backpacking Thailand and just looking for a small stop in along the way, or you spend your entire vacation enjoying the beaches and waterfalls, come kick off your shoes in the Land of Smiles, take a breath of fresh air, and make Ko Samui your new favorite escape!
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