Dr Frogs, on the road south from Chaweng, claims that it makes Samui’s number one pizza. It can’t be far off, because the pizza is excellent (as is the Thai food) but what really sells it is the view. We arrived for lunch and the place was desertedbut we could see for miles. We watched the fishermen on the rock below and gazed out to sea as our food (andexcellent smoothies) was delivered at Samui speed. A very relaxing and enjoyable lunch with friendly service and and amazing view!
We went to Samui Aquarium and Tiger Zoo this afternoon. Although it’s at the opposite end of the island to Baan Pimalai, near Ban Harn, it’s a great drive and a nice way to see the island. To be honest, it’s an expensive visit at ThB 750 per adult (we seemed to benefit from some sort of family deal) and we missed the 1.30pm tiger show but the kids enjoyed it and there are some big sharks, turtles and wrasses there, which I suspect would have been released into the wild in other aquariums. After the aquarium, you get to see tigers in their compound (although the wire mesh separating us from so much orange tiger flesh didn’t fill me with confidence and knowing how much daughter 2 can annoy the cat at 20 paces, we moved on fairly quickly). You can have your picture taken with a fairly sleepy (tranquilized no doubt) full size tiger – again we prefer our tigers further away. You can walk through a garden with cages of parrots, otters, monkeys and various squirrel-type animals to the beach. There is a little cafe with a great sea breeze and we even saw someone taking their buffalo on a walk along the shore. After a brief activity of shell-collecting, it was time to head back … along the other half of the ring road.
There may be terrible flooding in Bangkok and it’s supposed to be the rainy season here but it seems that someone forgot to tell the clouds over the Gulf of Thailand. We arrived yesterday and this picture is the view from the four poster bedroom at 6am today. We haven’t had a drop of rain and apart from a few clouds that clear by breakfast time to a clear bright blue sky, the weather has been perfect.
We’re spending a lot of time at the pool with the children (who love the fountain) and hope to explore a bit more over the next days.
We have more photos online here. We’ve booked flights to Samui for a few days next weekend and we’re taking the kids (the ultimate test!!) so will be adding to the blog again shortly.