Samui Wining & Dining
Sunset Dining

Enjoy the gorgeous Samui sunsets at Siam Residence.


21If you paid any attention at school in geography lessons, you will have learnt that the sun rises in the east and sets in the west. Seeing the sun set over the sea if you live on the east coast of Africa or America, might present a bit of a challenge but here on Samui, a quick 25 minute drive will put you on the west coast of the island which is the perfect spot to watch the sun setting over the Gulf of Thailand.

      Siam Residence is placed almost perfectly in the middle of the west coast, and being right on the beach it is treated to glorious sunsets almost every night. What is it about sunsets that draw us in? Is it the colours? Red has always been associated with romance so perhaps it satisfies something deep within us. And talking about satisfaction, what better way to enjoy nature’s colourful show than by sitting on a beautiful tropical beach with a cocktail in hand.

      Lying on a sun lounger on the sand at Siam Residence is a perfect way to spend an afternoon or evening (or even a whole day). And just when you think it doesn’t get any better than that, you discover that they have a ‘Happy Hour’ menu (5:00 pm to 7:00 pm). There aren’t only drinks to enjoy (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic) but also a selection of light meals.

      So lie back and truly experience the changing colours of the sunset with drinks and food to match. Enjoy the yellows of the sunset while sipping on a banana or pineapple shake, a pina colada or a mocktail. Keep hunger at bay with a grilled sandwich served with fries. As the sun sets further and turns the sky orange, your second drink now an orange or mango smoothie or tequila sunrise cocktail (yes, I know it’s sunset, a bit of poetic licence here, please). Time for some spring rolls with glass noodles and vegetables? Or maybe some crispy calamari - you are by the sea after all.

      And finally as the sun dips below the horizon and the sky turns red and pink, sip on a watermelon or strawberry shake and go for a Campari and orange, a strawberry daiquiri or strawberry margarita and, finally, tuck into a Siam burger or Hawaiian burger.

      For a split second before the sun disappears below the horizon, you might see something called a ‘Green Flash’. This is an optical phenomenon that occurs shortly after sunset or before sunrise. A green spot is visible for a second or two just above the sun. Conditions have to be right but if you are lucky enough to see it, then you’ll have to order the ‘Blue Lagoon’ or ‘Swimming Pool’ cocktails (I know, I know, they’re blue - remember the poetic licence?)

      Besides the happy hour menu, Siam Residence’s restaurant offers a full dinner menu serving everything from salads, soups and pastas to traditional Thai stir-fries, soups, curries and, of course, fresh seafood. If you prefer to sit indoors and appreciate the glorious colours of nature, the restaurant has floor to ceiling windows which means you won’t miss a thing. If you’d like to sit outside on the lawn or on the beach, they will gladly arrange this for you.

       Indulge in the fresh seafood that perhaps you’ve chosen earlier on that day when you accompanied Chef Lamyai on her daily trip to the market. They have a number of delicious European or Thai dishes on their menu, but Chef Lamyai is only too happy to take requests for special meals to keep her patrons happy.

         So all in all, Siam Residence provides a great location, drinks and food while nature provides the entertainment - all you have to do is sit back and enjoy. Just as C. Joybell C. was quoted to have said: “Never waste any amount of time doing anything important when there is a sunset outside that you should be sitting under!”


Colleen Setchell


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