Outrigger Koh Samui Beach Resort

Outrigger beach resort is located on the Northeast of the island. It’s secluded and a little far out from the center but if you are looking for a peaceful resort this is a good option. There are free daily shuttle buses to Chaweng beach and fisherman’s village. The rooms are styled with tropical decor with a modern twist. There is one all-day dining restaurant on the property.

This is one of the cheaper resorts if not the cheapest 5-star resort for a villa with a private pool.

Room service

The Thai green curry had an overpowering amount of coconut milk that I could barely taste the curry. For the salad, the ratio of the vinaigrette was not balanced, there was too much oil so there was not much flavor to the salad.

Dining at Edgewater

The Pad Thai was decent. It was a little too sweet for my palate.

The fish and chips were dry, the fish was over fried. The chicken satay tasted bland.

My overall impression of the food was average. However, I loved the villa with the pool and the spa services.

Outrigger Koh Samui beach resort

Website: https://www.outrigger.com/hotels-resorts/thailand/koh-samui/outrigger-koh-samui-beach-resort

Telephone: +66 0 77 914 700

Address: 63/182 Moo 5 T. Bophut, Hanuman Bay, Koh Samui
Suratthani 84320

Silavadee pool spa resort

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Silavadee pool spa resort is nestled on a rocky beach between Chaweng and Lamai beach with breathtaking views of the sea. The tropical style rooms are cozy and comfortable, well equipped, and clean. The complimentary fruit was a nice touch. Facilities at the resort include two infinity pools, a private beach, a spa, and a fitness center.

I stayed for two nights at the resort. I booked the deluxe room with an ocean view and a hot tub. The view from the room was picturesque. There is also a great view of the sea from the bathroom. I stayed in room 213, which was a corner room, and you can view the sunset from the balcony. Unfortunately, I had a noise disturbance at 1 am, at 7 am, and 9 am. I called the reception each time to report the noise. They dealt with it right away. Unexpectedly the next day, they upgraded me to a pool villa with a partial view of the sea. The room was quiet and spacious. I was able to get a good night’s rest.

The staff there were friendly, courteous, and accommodating, one of the highlights of the resort.

In-room dining

Ceaser salad and spaghetti bolognese

Both were delicious.

Breakfast at Moon restaurant

The hotel offers a good breakfast spread of both Asian and Western cuisine. There are a variety of tropical fruit juices, smoothies, and local herbal teas. There is also a menu for made to order/ hot dishes such as eggs benedict, roti, steamed fish fillet and etc.

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All in all, this is a beautiful resort surrounded by lush greens, in balance and harmony with its surroundings. The attentive care of the staff is a testament to Thai hospitality. I left feeling energized and relaxed!

 

Silavadee pool spa resort

Website: https://www.silavadeeresort.com/

Telephone: +66(0)77-960-555

Address: 208/66 Ko Samui District, Surat Thani 84310, Thailand

STAR bar, Silavadee

I love this rooftop bar. The view is spectacular with a panoramic view of the sea and mountains. It is the ideal place to grab a drink, relax, and watch the sunset. The atmosphere is laid back yet romantic. Reservation is highly recommended if you prefer a specific seating area. I made a reservation and got a seat at one of the four sunken tables.

There is an excellent selection of cocktails and an international menu for those who would like to order food. For couples, there is a special romantic dinner available which needs to be booked ahead of time.  There is also a live saxophone performance and a seafood barbeque buffet every Thursday evenings at 6:00 p.m.

STAR bar

Website: https://www.silavadeeresort.com/silavadee-dining

Opening hours: Daily 17:00 p.m. – 23:00 p.m.

Telephone: +66 77 960 555

Address: 208/66 Ko Samui District, Surat Thani 84310, Thailand

The Height, Silavadee

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The Height is a Thai restaurant atop the hillside at the Silavadee Pool Spa Resort. The uninterrupted panoramic sea view from the terrace is stunning. The menu is extensive, offering Northern and Southern Thai dishes, including Khantoke whereby food is served on a pedestal tray.

It was a beautiful night with a clear view of the moon shining above the horizon. The perfect setting for a memorable dinner. The staff was friendly and helpful.

The prawn curry was creamy with a mild heat, and the prawns were fresh. There was also petai, also known as stink beans, in the curry. It is widely used in Southeast Asia. Petai has a strong odor, and it lingers in your mouth. As a Malaysian, petai is not foreign to me. The curry helps reduce the strong taste of the petai.

The papaya salad was well seasoned, and the fried chicken wings were crispy and juicy. The fritters were delicious crunchy banana goodness.

The prices are quite high, but the view is definitely worth a trip!

 

Papaya salad – 331.35 baht

Curry prawns with bamboo – 416.31 baht

Deep-fried banana fritters – 212.40 baht

 

The Height

Website: https://www.silavadeeresort.com/silavadee-dining.php

Opening hours: Daily 17:00 p.m. – 22:30 p.m.

Telephone: +66 77 960 555

Address: 208/66 Ko Samui District, Surat Thani 84310, Thailand

 

One Michelin Star Thai restaurant – Paste

Paste is a one Michelin star restaurant located on the 3rd floor of the Gaysorn Village. The head chef, Bee Satongun, is dedicated to restoring and preserving the traditional Thai cuisine while adding some modern touch. The interior of the restaurant is contemporary Thai decor with a large centerpiece of sinuous strips of silkworm cocoons. The high ceiling, airy dining space, and warm colors create a comfortable dining experience. The staff wore traditional Thai inspired attires.

Spanner crab on a seaweed sesame cracker

The amuse bouche was exquisite – rich umami flavor.

Old style hot & sour soup of crisp pork leg, char-grilled shallots,
jackfruit seeds, roasted tomatoes in a smoky chicken broth.

The soup was lovely, very appetizing. It was tangy, smokey with a reasonable amount of heat.

Loas-Vieng style sour orange curry, line-caught seabass
with roasted mung bean and drum stick flowers

The fish was very fresh and tender. The curry was a little bland for me, I would have preferred a spicier intense flavored curry.

Complimentary orange sorbet

The sorbet was a sweet, refreshing ending to the meal.

 

Overall, attentive service and excellent quality food. However, I have mixed feelings about the restaurant. I was not blown away by the food, the dishes did not justify the price for me. I was expecting more from a one Michelin star restaurant.

 

Still water 80 baht

Hot and sour pork leg soup 750 baht

Sour orange seabass curry 1300 baht

Riceberry 150 baht

Paste

Website: https://www.pastebangkok.com/

Opening hours:

Daily
Lunch 12:00 pm – 14:00 pm
Dinner 18:30 pm – 23:00 pm

Telephone: +66(0)2 656 1003

Address: 3rd Floor, Gaysorn, 999 Ploenchit Rd., Lumpini, Bangkok

 

Khua Kling Pak Sod – Southern Thai cuisine

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Khua Kling Pak Sod is a family-owned restaurant specializing in authentic Southern Thai cuisine. This restaurant comes highly recommended by one of my favorite YouTubers- Marion Grasby, a Thai-Australian cook.

One difference between Southern and Northern Thai cuisine is that the spices and herbs are more prominent in Southern dishes.

I ordered a spicy and sour soup with sea bass, stir-fried lump crab meat, and stir fry morning glory with shrimp paste.

The tanginess makes this soup very appetizing. The sea bass was fresh, and there was a fair amount of herb in the broth. The herbs eaten on its own is quite pungent, but it gives the soup a lovely aroma.

The stir-fried crab meat was my favorite dish. The herbs and chili did not overpower the natural flavors and sweetness of the crab meat.  A great accompaniment with rice.

A great place to try Southern Thai cuisine.

Tom Yum Pla Grapong 280 baht

Nua Pu Pad Cha  580 baht

Pak Boong Pad Kapi 180 baht

Khua Kling Pak Sod

Websitehttp://www.khuaklingpaksod.com/

Opening hours: Open Daily

Lunch 11:00 a.m. – 14:30 p.m.

Dinner 17:30 p.m. – 21:30 p.m.

Telephone: 02- 185-3977

Address: 21, 32 Soi Sukhumvit 23, Khlong Toei Nuea, Watthana, Bangkok

Thong Smith Siamese Boat Noodles

Thong Smith is well-known for its authentic boat noodles. Boat noodles is one of Thailand’s famous noodles dishes served in a thick aromatic broth. I stumbled upon this restaurant as I was looking for a place to have dinner at the EmQuartier mall.

At Thong Smith, one can choose between pork, beef, and chicken boat noodles with the option of 3 different noodles – original rice noodles, vermicelli, and egg noodles. For those who prefer non-spicy, the chicken boat noodles are served in a clear soup. One can also choose your preferred level of spiciness.

The restaurant’s menu is attractive, with enticing pictures of each dish well presented, and the prices of the food were reasonable.

I love spicy food, so I ordered the beef boat noodles topped with beef slices and beef balls with the heat level – medium (quite spicy). The broth was thick with a great balance of flavors- tangy, sweet, spicy, and savory.

The wontons were fried to a crispy golden brown perfection. Crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside. Scrumptious!

The pandan noodles with coconut milk is very similar to a dessert back home  (Malaysia) called Cendol, which is one of my favorite Malaysian desserts. I was overjoyed when I saw this on the menu. It was the perfect dessert to soothe the tongue after the spicy bowl of noodles.

Roselle juice 69THB

Crispy pork and shrimp wontons 100THB

Beef boat noodles with beef slices and beef balls 149THB

Pandan noodles with coconut milk 79THB

Thong Smith Siamese Boat Noodles

Opening hours: Daily 10:00 a.m – 22:00 p.m

Telephone: 02-003-6226

Address: Seventh floor of the Helix Building at EmQuartier

 

The Coffee Club

The coffee club is Australia’s largest home-grown cafe group with many branches in Bangkok. The cafe I visited was at the Citadines hotel on Sukhumvit Soi 23, which was the closest to my hotel. The cafe is spacious with indoor and outdoor seatings. This all-day cafe serves a good mix of Western and Thai dishes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. There are also unique drinks on the menu, such as Tim Tam chocolate, coconut frappe, and marshmallow Cappuccino.

I ordered a Cappuccino and smashed avocado with poached eggs and hashbrown. The Cappuccino was good, the milk foam was smooth, and the coffee was quite strong. The smashed avocado was beautifully plated. The poached egg cooked perfectly. The hashbrown was crispy on the outside and soft on the inside – a healthy breakfast.

Everything on the menu looked enticing, I wished I had more time to try them all!

Cappuccino – 130 baht

Smash Avocado – 280 baht

Hashbrown – 60 baht

The Coffee Club (Citadines Hotel)

Website: https://thecoffeeclub.co.th/

Opening hours: Daily 6:00 a.m. – 22:30 p.m.

Telephone: +66 65 730 4929

Address: Citadiners Hotel 37/7 Sukhumvit Soi 23 Khlong Toei, North, Wattana Bangkok 10110, Thailand

Clinton St.Baking Company & Restaurant

I love chicken and waffles. When I found out that there is an American restaurant serving chicken and waffles in Bangkok, I had to try it!

Clinton St.Baking company and restaurant is founded by chef-husband & wife, Neil Kleinberg, and DeDe Lahman, located in New York. The branch in Bangkok is located on the ground floor of Siam Paragon, one of Bangkok’s biggest mall. It serves a variety of American comfort food such as pancakes, burgers, sandwiches, waffles, and etc.

I ordered a mushroom cream soup, chicken and waffles, and chocolate milkshake.

The soup was rich and creamy with nutty notes from the truffle oil; however, the consistency was a little too thick.

The waffle was a little dry and seemed a little undercooked; the texture was chewy. The fried chicken was crispy and juicy. What I didn’t like was the texture of the crust, it was coarse and lack flavor.

The chocolate milkshake was rich, creamy, and decadent.

Although I was disappointed with the chicken and waffles, I would give this place another chance.

Chicken and waffles – 340 baht

Mushroom cream soup – 180 baht

Chocolate milkshake – 160 baht 

Clinton St.Baking Company & Restaurant

Website: https://clintonstreetbangkok.com/

Telephone: +662-129-4861

Opening hours:

Address: G Floor, Siam Paragon, 991 Rama 1 Road, Bangkok 10330

Fisherman’s village Bophut

Fisherman’s village is a walking street with cafes, restaurants, and boutique stores in the town of Bophut.

I had lunch at two restaurants – happy elephant and Krua Baan Khaow. I ordered the same food in both restaurants except for the salad. The food in both restaurants was good. Overall experience, I prefer Krua Baan Khaow. Happy elephant is more pricey and popular amongst tourists. The decor and atmosphere in Krua Baan Khaow feel more authentic, the food tastes homey, and best of all, the price is reasonable. Good value for money.

Happy Elephant

Tom yam shrimp       320 baht

Vegetable fried rice  100 baht

Papaya salad            220 baht

Happy elephant

Website: https://www.facebook.com/HappyElephantRestaurant/

Opening hours: Daily 11:00 a.m. – 22:00 p.m.

Telephone: +66 77 427 222

Address: 79, Ko Samui District, Surat Thani 84320, Thailand

 

Krua Baan Khaow

Green mango salad

Vegetable fried rice

Tom yam shrimp 

The total was less than 350 baht.

 

Krua Baan Khaow

Website: https://www.facebook.com/kruabaankhaow

Telephone: +66 81 442 0625

Opening hours:  Daily 11:30 a.m. – 22:30 p.m.

Address: 69 Moo 1 Koh Samui Amphoe Ko Samui, Chang Wat Surat Thani 84320