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Baan Pimalai is going green

Baan Pimalai is adding some color to her pristine white walls with an injection of leafy green.  Between the jungle-covered hills and the coconut palm fringed shores, Koh Samui is an island rich in plants, trees and flowers so it was only right that Baan Pimalai have some of her own.  We have grassed the garden so whether you want to kick a ball about with the kids or plant your sun lounger there for some bronzing, this could be the ideal spot.  We’ve also added some plants to the Balinese shower.  This downstairs bathroom has the best of an outside rain shower and being sheltered enough to use whatever the weather.  The huge shower head  is attached to the ceiling, but the wide gap between the wall and the ceiling will make you feel as if you are showering outside in the rain.  We will be adding more plants and flowers to the garden and terraces over the next weeks to keep up the tropical feel of Baan Pimalai.

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Scaffolding off … it looks like a house!!!!

The scaffolding has finally come down and Baan Pimalai looks like the white, airy, contemporary villa she was always intended to be.  There is a week or so of work to be done (pool to be tiled, kitchen installed etc) as well as lots of finishing, cleaning and tidying.  After that, we can hang the lovely curtains we have chosen and ask our interior designer to install furniture, furnishings and artwork.

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24th July House Status

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.

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Workers on site

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.

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Making some progress

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.

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The Golden Buddha

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.


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