Koh Samui Dining Guide : When, Where and What to Eat in Koh Samui

One of the things I like best when traveling is having an opportunity to sample the local cuisine. But before heading off, I do some research. I started with TripAdvisor Samui restaurants and I couldn’t believe the variety of foods available. Sure there were unique Thai places. But I found I could also enjoy seafood, Indian food, French food, Isaan food and Burmese food. And when I got tired of all that I could get a good old fashioned hamburger. Plus, I would have the chance to dine at just about any kind of restaurant, from five stars to street food. So while there are lots of things to do in Samui, be sure to add checking out the variety of food to the list.

Breakfast

For breakfast in Koh Samui, I was surprised to learn that on the menu would be items I’d typically eat only at lunch or dinner, like pad Thai, yellow, red and green curries and sticky rice. And coconut was always available. The best coconuts coming out of Thailand are produced in Samui and coconut jam is a staple on the breakfast table.

For a traditional English breakfast, Angelia’s Diner and Bakery is a great place to start the day. While not the cheapest place the ingredients are top quality. Try the banana pancakes with a side of bacon or sausage.

For something a bit different, go to the beach for breakfast. There are loads of beachfront cafes and restaurants where everything is available from light fare of fruit and fresh juice to a full English breakfast of eggs and sausage.

Brunch

While many resorts and hotels offer buffets with the standard cooked items, like eggs and toast, and cold items like cereal, skip all that and head to the fruit display. Here there will be wonderful Thai fruits, many of which I found new to me. That’s the place to start and then follow up with wonderful waffles, granola, and homemade yogurt.

Some of the best places to have brunch Koh Samui include The Tongsai Bay, the Four Seasons Resort and SALA Samui which is known for the honey from its own beehives. But to get a really fantastic brunch by the beach check out the Beach Republic Sunday session. It’s brunch includes, beyond the standards, oysters, roast beef, roast turkey, sushi, a BBQ station, and much, much more.

Lunch

Lunch is a good time to branch out the culinary experience. Asking the waiter to bring a selection of Thai dishes, but specified not spicy, is a good way to sample items that normally I wouldn’t try.

At times when I wasn’t very hungry for lunch, the best authentic Thai food in Koh Samui is an island dish called, of all things, No Names. It is a mixture of vegetables that are grated and coated in batter. Then it is deep fried.

For great seafood for lunch, check out the Had Bang Po restaurant. It is found on the northern ring road and sits on a gorgeous spot so close to the beach, it is possible to have water swirling under the table at high tide. And there is The Jungle Club for lunch with a view, in the hills overlooking Chaweng Beach.

And of course, street food Koh Samui that include fresh fruit, pancakes, corn on the cob and fried chicken. There are also things on the menu that go crunch as insects are popular in Thailand, including grasshoppers, cicadas, and crickets.

Dinner

Seafood is a staple in Samui but ask before ordering. Unfortunately, some fish is imported for Western tourists so need to make sure the fish being ordered was caught that day. With same-day caught fish, a Samui seafood restaurant on the shore makes for a romantic beach dinner Koh Samui

 

At this point, though, it might be time to head to a restaurant serving something besides Thai food. The Stacked, in Chaweng, offers burgers and pulled pork sandwiches. There are a couple of nice options for French. La Route de Rum, in Taling Ngam, offers house-made smoked salmon and boeuf bourguignon. Picasso in Maenam is a small restaurant that used local ingredients in its French cooking. For something more upscale, the Dining Room in Lamai at Rocky’s Resort has foie gras stuffed quail and an extensive wine list.

Nightlife

Koh Samui bars are the place for a bit of nightlife and there is no shortage of options. Save Water Drink Cocktails is a street bar with great inexpensive drinks. The Like Volk Cocktail gets its name from the VW van that was converted to create this bar and has great drinks and great music.

About author: Riya is an inspired writer. She is delighted to work with many aspiring small business owners. Riya loves cooking, crafting and yes! Sipping a good coffee. Check out her twitter, @sanderriya.

12 Quick Home Decor Tips

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This might be your first time designing your place, or you just decides to redesign for some reasons. Whatever it is, you want to make your home stunningly beautiful and comfortable at the same time. It is the moment for your home in Bonifacio Global City or anywhere in the Metro to look fab:

  1. Start with decluttering and knowing which things are to be kept

It will be a lot easier if you have identified beforehand which are things, furniture, and appliances you will still use, and which are to be given or thrown away. It will also give you enough space to move with.

  1. Establish what image or vibes you want to have or portray

Having a theme or concept will help you decide which things are to be kept or put in specific sections in your place.

  1. But don’t settle for one look or style

Even if you have a working theme or concept, having two or more is not wrong so feel free to decorate the way you want. Maybe you should also consider having a flexible design or look.

  1. Putting artworks will never do you wrong

It makes your place artistic and homey at the same time. Make sure to put it in the right height enough for you and your visitors to see. You don’t want to give the people some stiff neck while looking at those art pieces.

  1. It’s also the time to display treasured photographs

Photos are great decor. It’s also similar to your visitors having a tour of your special moments or memories.

  1. Adding different layers or hues of lighting to make your sleek

Experiment with the lights to amplify the design or overall aesthetics of your place. Not just in your.

  1. You don’t have to pick the paint color immediately

Other home designers say it’s better to pick the paint color last, and not first especially if you already have furniture and other things at home to work with.

  1. Having an open space is just pure fun (and for necessity too)

Isn’t it good to have an open space where you can invite your friends to play some board games and get a few drinks? Aside from that, you can also do the messy things like painting or eating (on the floor, why not). It also makes your place spacious.

  1. A full-body mirror is an excellent decor too

Seeing how you look is important. On top of that purpose, mirrors especially the big ones like full-body, trick your eyes and makes your place larger than the usual (when set correctly).

  1. Consider taking care of house plants

Having houseplants like herbs and fruit-bearing are economical and not just for aesthetics. Be sure to pick the plants that you know and believe that will survive as of course; you don’t want to have dead or dying plants in your house.

  1. Don’t forget to identify areas for socializing, living or personal spaces

Note: Not all are for everybody’s use. Save some for yourself or home bud’s privacy.

  1. Be innovative and decorate your place with a personal touch

We hope that these simple home decor tips are helpful for your designing adventure. Don’t forget to enjoy the stress and mess while working towards a magnificent place!

Eight Helpful Tips in Kitchen Remodeling on a Budget

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Did you just buy a condo for sale in BGC and is now planning on how to remodel your kitchen? Or are you planning to purchase a condo for sale in BGC and is a little confused on your remodeling plans in case you will push through with your purchase deal because of the financial constraints the renovation can bring? Well, that is tough.

Remodeling is always a challenge to homeowners how bought a second-hand property because remodeling always costs a significant amount of money.

The most expensive home improvement is always going to be the kitchen. It makes sense because a kitchen has many parts and variations. The good thing about it is, how costly the remodeling will always depend on how much the homeowner can afford. If you are financially stable, you can always risk for expensive remodeling plans. But if you are financially constraint, there are always ways to have high-quality improvement designs without spending much.

Check out these eight helpful tips in kitchen remodeling that will not hurt your pockets!

  • Create your grand kitchen remodeling plan. Having a plan is crucial, and it should be the first thing that you should do before everything else. It is important that you define what your goals and kitchen remodeling designs. Planning is when you will list all your materials and weigh their prices. You will not only see your kitchen design and expenses chart, but you will also be able to do an analysis of your whole remodeling plan if you write it down. With that, planning should be the first on your list!
  • Prepare! Do you think that planning was the preparation stage? Sorry to disappoint but planning is just planning. You still need to get your resources ready. Saving up money is the first thing that you should do for preparation. Since planning gave you the estimation of your remodeling expense, you already know how much you should save up. After saving up, prepare to canvass materials. Check out all the stores available in town and look for lower prices. There are always more reasonable prices!
  • White is timeless and chic. If those cabinets look stinky, you can always revive their look with some touch white paint. Painting your cabinets white can not only improve their look, but it can also improve their quality just like what every paint can do. The difference between having a white color other than using other colors is that white brightens up the place. Thumbs up!
  • Designs and accessories always work! Brighten up your kitchen with designs such as hanging lamps, flowers, fruit baskets, and more. Try also bright colors of designs to complement your neutral kitchen paints.
  • Repair and not replace your plumbing. Removing and replacing your plumbing is one of the most expensive remodeling that you can apply to your kitchen. You can always choose not to replace your tubes. There are workarounds like repairing them through using hardware tools. Let the pipes stay where they are and just check out your other options than removing them.
  • Add architectural upgrades! Added some structural twists does not have to be costly. Add architectural designs that can enhance your tables, cabinets, and sink. Enhancements such as adding bricks at the side of your tables or kitchen sink. Give your boring tables a whole new look!
  • Kitchen floors replacement do not need to be costly. If you aim at replacing your kitchen floors because they no longer look presentable, one choice is to replace them with cheap tiles or cheap marbles. The most affordable option though is just to hide your dirty floor with a mat.
  • Some dirt is just dirt. Maybe there are surfaces of your kitchen that you want to replace because you think you can no longer clean them. Unfortunately, all dirt can be washed or scratched away. Go to hardware stores and ask for tools are items that can help you clean the dirt away. Cleaning up is a cheaper option that replacing those tiles.

Kitchen remodeling is costly and hard, but again, it is not impossible to find a workaround on this. Just be resourceful enough to see beyond the ordinary means.

Top 5 Tips to Create a Gorgeous Winter Bedroom Look

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With the climate turning colder by the day, individuals have a tendency to invest more energy inside, getting a charge out of the magnificence of the cool season and the solace of their insides.

There are a couple of things cozier when cool climate lands than a thundering flame in your room fireplace, opening a decent book and cuddling up in an agreeable, warm bed.

You don’t have to totally rearrange your bedroom, layering your bed with a thick duvet or sofa-bed, and additional cuddly blankets will help you winterize your style and give an appreciated break from severe climate.

  1. Color Scheme:

With the climate turning colder by the day, how would you plan to keep warm? Some may look to additional layers for warmth, while others will style their homes with hues that are comfortable for the season.

Color Scheme

You can also utilize the existing color of your bed room by different ways. If your boudoir is white you can add bright bedding set or add colorful throw pillows to give the room a warm and bright feeling.

  1. Bedding:

Sleeping in the winter can be a delightful affair if you’re bedding is keeping you warm and comfortable. With only a couple transforms, you can make your bedding winter-prepared. The correct winter bedding ought to trap your body sufficiently warm to keep you warm however stay sufficiently breathable that you remain agreeable.

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Wool bedding is warm and delicate, and also inexpensive. With comfortable winter bedding, the cooler evening time temperatures make for a lovely night’s rest.

  1. Blankets And Comforters:

A blanket is another unobtrusive approach to add a touch of warmth to your current sheet material. In case you’re utilized to bedspreads and comforters, attempt a down or manufactured down duvet. Include a fleece blankets for additional warmth if your home is very chilly.

Blankets And Comforters

In many homes, wool sheets and a down sofa will give enough warmth, yet for lodges or homes with low warmth, a fleece blankets will be welcome. Put the blankets between the top level sheet and the duvet so it won’t aggravate your skin.

  1. Heaters:

A few houses and condominiums may have rooms that in spite of the adequate warmth conveyance all through the home might experience the ill effects of warmth misfortune or a feeble vent.

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In these sorts of ‘cool rooms’, getting an extra wellspring of warmth turns into a need, yet unattractive radiators are not generally met with an assertion. For this situation consider in infrared box radiator which additionally serves as a delightful furniture piece.

  1. Fireplace:

We as a whole love the enchantment that is focal warming in our homes. There are most likely some who don’t know about the world without it! While nobody is grumbling about this comfortable cutting edge wonder, the great old fireplace has certainly taken a hit in light of the tech jump.

Fireplace

Happy and comfortable, cozying by a fantastic fireplace on a cool winter day brings out some lovely and marvelous recollections. If you don’t have a fireplace in your bedroom you can install one without any drastic renovation due to modern technology.

Author Bio:

This post is written by Julie Austin. She loves traveling, home decorating and hanging out with her friends. She regularly blogs at http://mybedcomforter.com/

Top 5 Simple and Effective Techniques To Improve Your Home Design

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There’s no better way to make your home look attractive and welcoming than improving the design of your home. But sometimes, creating a home can also be challenging and overwhelming. Just because you like a particular design, that does not mean it would also look good in your home. Obviously, you need to think about a lot of things for you to ensure everything design would match with each other. It does not matter if you’re living in Manila properties or any condos in the Philippines, you can definitely achieve your desired outcome.

Keep in mind that there are also certain techniques when it comes to home design. That means you do not just combine a particular design without another without knowing whether it looks appealing or not.  To give you an idea, we list down some tips on how you can design your home according to your tastes or standards at home.

  1. The right interior designer

If you are new to home design, it is advisable for you to hire an interior designer. Again, your goal here is to achieve the right design for your home without committing costly mistakes. However, you also have to be careful when it comes to choosing a particular interior designer. A little background check will do to ensure that that particular person is legit in home improvements. Also, you can ask your friends whether they have someone to recommend. When they recommend someone to you, that only means that that particular interior designer is good and legit.

  1. Have a plan

When it comes to home improvement, having a plan on what to do is the best option you need to consider. Of course, you cannot start working on your goal if you do not know on what and what not to do with your home. Before you start working on your project, make sure you have a clear view in your mind of your finished home design. Without having a plan would lead you to commit costly mistakes. And done thing is for sure; you definitely don’t want to redo your work all over again.

  1. Hone your home improvement skills

If you decide to do some DIY home design projects, then this is the perfect time to unleash your creative side. Again, there are a lot of home design ideas you can get online. Or perhaps, you can buy some home design magazines from your nearest bookstores. It is up to you on how you want to make your home the way you wanted it to be. Just make sure to that you know what and what not to do when it comes to home improvement to prevent any costly mistakes and headaches later on.

  1. Decide to DIY or not

Before you start the project, decide whether you want to go for a DIY or not. This is to make sure that you know what you want to do for your home. However, if it is your first time doing some home improvements, then you should also know your limits. Do not do something impulsively that would only lead you to make mistakes. Perhaps, as a beginner, you can start small, and then keep calm and DIY if you wish.

  1. Choose the improvements that add the most value to your home

As we all know, there are different kinds of home improvements. There are those cheap ones, and there are also improvements that can add value to your home. Of course, if you know and understand how real estate works, you would probably go for a home design that would increase your home’s value. Of course, think about how you can improve the flooring, rooms, and any other things you can improve at home.