You visit, things go slowly, you leave, things seem to go quickly. I’m sure there is a lesson to be learned.
Below are the pictures of the house on Sunday July 24th taken by a neighbour. It looks like Hans’ team are progressing nicely with the tiling and some of the windows appear to be in.
Looking at the pictures, the house should be pretty bright and sunny, which was the aim. With white window frames and clear glass it should be nice.
With a day to spare and some nice sunny weather, I went diving to Koh Tao. Koh Tao is around an hour and half away by fast boat and is a very very popular island for diving.
I booked my trip with Easy Divers, at their shop in Bophut – Fishermans Village. Cost was 4500 ThB, that included pickup from outside Coconut Laguna, breakfast, all equipment, lunch, snacks, two dives, dinner and return to Coconut Laguna.
There were eight of us on the boat plus four instructors/divemasters. The majority of the divers were Russian. One dive instructor was Russian, two Germans and a Thai lady.
First dive was at White Rock, a relatively nice and easy dive with plenty of pretty scenery. It was also clear how popular Koh Tao is, as there were 13 dive boats there. Visibility was around 8 meters or so, and max depth didnt get much past 16m. Dived with a shorty wet-suit, but could easily have dived without, the water being soooo warm. Second dive after lunch was at Mango Bay. The depth was around 10 meters and the dive was parallel to the shore swimming along the edge of the coral. There were some spectacular scenery. Again visibility was around 8-10 meters. Below are some photos from Mango bay dive.
I notice none of the picture we have actually show anyone doing any work, so below are several pictures showing Han’s team hard at it. You will notice that a fair majority of them are women.
So its now the middle of July and the house is definitely progressing.. Myself and Walter (co-owner) decided that before everyone heads off on holiday for the summer that it was best to have a look and see where we stand.
There was the odd hint that really this was an excuse for a boys weekend away in Koh Samui. However what people failed to take into account was the fact that two important Buddhist holidays occurred over the weekend- Asarnha Bucha Day and Buddhist Lent Day. These are among the biggest Buddhist holidays in Thailand as as such all the bars and a good many of the restaurants were closed.
As such plenty of time was instead spent with the builders. Since we were last there they have
finished panneling in the ceiling, started laying tiles, finished the pool tanks, and started to tile the bathrooms (of course with the wrong tiles).
Below are some photos of the house as of the 19th July.
PS. For those of you who may be interested, the dogs are fine.
It would be wrong to visit any part of Thailand without visiting a temple or “Wat” and Koh Samui has an impressive one for you. The Wat Phra Yai temple on the north east corner of the island is home to the Golden Buddha. This 12 metre high golden statue was built in 1972 and is visible from the air as you approach or leave Samui by plane. As you arrive at the site, you will notice lots of stalls and shops trying to tempt tourists with souvenirs, food and drinks. Climb the staircase up to the temple, note the Nagas (a type of Buddhist mythological serpent) on the handrails and make sure you look at the view from the top. The monks are raising money for a new shrine hall and to re-paint the Buddha so you can buy a roof tile or one of many religious artifacts. It’s a pleasant way to spend an afternoon, take your time and try to appreciate the calm. Please remember that this is an important Buddhist temple and you should respect it, dress modestly.
So the house is coming along and although there doesn’t appear to be much change since the last photos 2 weeks ago, the pool has been worked on and the outside plastering around the back has been done. The reason for a slight slow-down is that all the workers are busy completing another house on the development and a second one in another part of the island.
Baan Pimalai is the last house to be built on the site and once the other villas are finished and handed over (one is already, the other will be in less than a couple of weeks), we should have dozens of workers getting ours up to scratch. The completion date for Baan Pimalai is still mid August, kitchen will be installed 2nd August.
Lots of visitors to Koh Samui find themselves in a spa during their stay. There are many excellent ones on the island but if you’re looking for something a little special, book yourself into the Tamarind Springs.
This award-winning spa, located just past the yacht club heading south, is totally in harmony with the nature of Koh Samui. The spa itself offers massage training courses so you can guarantee that your massage (Thai yoga massage, prakop, lymphatic drainage, hot/cold stone, head, back, shoulder, neck, classic oil or reflexology) is top class. The treatment itself is unhurried and ultimately relaxing and takes place in one of a group of salas or open-air treatment rooms at the top of a hill in the Samui jungle. Your overlook the tree canopy during your treatment and the relaxing music that plays is accompanied by the croak of frogs.
The cherry on the cake though is the pre-treatment spa. Tamarind Springs allows you to use their facilies for an hour and a half prior to
your massage and I advise you to take full advantage! The spa is set in the jungle but among granite boulders that form natural waterfalls, caves and pools. There are two steam caves, wafting clouds oflemongrass and ginger steam to cleanse pores and induce a zen-like feeling of total relaxation. The three rockpools are cool and fed by waterfall, the perfect contrast to the steam caves. There are also natural ginger and tamarind scrubs on offer as well as outside relaxation and refreshment areas.
Tamarind Springs is the perfect holiday relaxation spa in traditional Thai style with top class treatments. Reservations through their website are recommended.