Monthly Archives: June 2011
Baan Pimalai is located on Bang Po or Bang Por beach, which is on the north coast of Koh Samui, a relaxed, Samui-speed 20 minutes drive from the international airport and 10 minutes from the old capital, Nathon.
Koh Samui itself is a small island of less than 230 km2 in the Gulf of Thailand (this means its beaches and waters are sheltered by Thailand that curves around this sea). The island is roughly triangular in shape with a gentle north coast of quiet communities, sandy beaches, swaying coconut palms and coral reefs … the perfect holiday destination!
Today a Thai friend of ours met with me to pass on her ideas about our villa’s name. Although L-08 had served her well up to now, we wanted something a bit more meaningful. Normally Buddhists call on monks to name children, houses, towns etc in order to bring good fortune. Not having access to a Thai speaking Buddhist monk in Singapore, we asked our friend to come up with something beautiful, tranquil and easy for non-Thai speakers to pronounce … and so Baan Pimalai was christened!
Baan comes from the Thai word meaning Villa
Pima comes from the Thai word meaning Castle in the sky or Heaven
Lai come from the Thai word meaning Beautiful
In Autumn 2010, construction started of a 3 bedroom villa 30m from the white sand and crystal clear waters of the Gulf of Thailand on the idyllic island of Koh Samui. The ground was blessed by the oldest and wisest man in the village before groundworks began. Regular trips to site from Singapore assured us that the European-standard but Thai-style building was coming along very well. Our slightly elevated site just back from the beach protected us from the floods of March 2011 that impacted on lower parts of the island and the roof was on by May. We hope to be up and running by the second half of August 2011….