If you are a fan of Thai food, you could do a lot worse than Krua Bophut. This restaurant is located in a traditional Thai house at the western end of Fishermen’s Village, just on the beach. You can sit outside on a terrace or on the beach, or (if the weather looks threatening), in the teak building. We took the children aged 3 and 7 for an early dinner and our party of 6 was made to feel very welcome. The atmosphere is friendly and calm and the food is 100% Thai. A very mild fried rice with chicken was recommended for the children and it was delicious and the dishes are all cooked to order so can be as fiery as you wish. Steamed rice arrives in little covered tureens followed closely by a huge range of curries, stir fries, salads and soup all beautifully presented with carved vegetable garnishes. Our favourites include Thai red curry, Tom Kha Gai (fragrant coconut and chicken soup), duck with mushrooms and pineapple and sweet and sour prawns, washed down with fresh coconut or mango juice.
Service is friendly and efficient but not rushed and the bill for 6 of us came to about GBP 60.
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.
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.