Samui Wining & Dining
Happy Thai New Year

And this festive occasion of Songkran means only one thing – lots and lots of water!


1Splash! If you’re a sufferer of hydrophobia, stay well away from Thailand on April 13th. Because that’s the day (in some areas it goes on for almost a week) that the whole country turns out in what’s become the world’s biggest water-fight. What started off generations ago as a gentle celebration of cleansing has turned into a vibrant and fun free-for-all, with soaking as many people as possible being the prime objective. And you can read all about it in the interesting article on pages 12 and 13, written by our appropriately-named feature writer, Rob De Wet (or, in this instance, Rob De very Wet!).


And there’s a lot more to read about in this month’s Samui Wining & Dining. Rob also visits Impiana Resort Chaweng Noi where he enrolls in their terrific value-for-money cooking class and comes away a veritable Thai chef. Then he’s over to sample the fabulous food and ambience at Buri Rasa resort’s exciting oceanfront The Beach Club restaurant.


The following day, Rob meets up with Michael Wölfl, the busy Sales Manager of European Fine Foods, and finds out what’s a typical day for him. Next, he goes along to a resort’s ‘Thai Night’ where he watches Khun Somporn Imkamol and her Thai Classical Dance and Music Show, and, between sets, interviews her about the group’s history and the stories behind the dances.


And Rob’s final assignment in April is to visit one of the island’s hottest new resorts, Hansar Samui, and to discover what facilities they can offer the visiting MICE (that’s the Meetings, Incentives, Conventions and Exhibitions market to you and me!).


Our other full-time feature writer, Johnny Paterson, is also very active this month and he starts off by getting the background on April’s ‘Chef of The Month’ (which turns out to be chefs of the month as there are four there!) at Buddy Oriental Samui Beach Hotel. Then he’s over to Fair House Villas & Spa, in Maenam, where he finds out all about their incredible organic garden which supplies the resort’s renowned The Bre-Eze restaurant with most of its super-fresh produce.


Johnny’s next journey takes him into the heart of Chaweng to the brand-new Xin City Shopping Plaza, where he discovers that, alongside all the exciting shops and bars, Black Canyon Coffee has opened its fourth restaurant on Samui. And a few days later, Johnny’s visiting The Farmer, an innovative Thai fine-dining restaurant set amongst idyllic rice fields in Ban Tai, where he prizes two secret recipes of two traditional Thai dishes from the chef/owner, Khun Somroj Mepiern.


Rounding off his trips out this month, Johnny lunches at April’s ‘Going Native’ restaurant, Bpe Chuan Chim, where he tucks into some delicious Samui fare amongst the locals.


And having the final word (as he does every month) is our very own wine guru, Peter James, who looks at the pros and cons of letting wine mature before imbibing.


So, that’s it for April. And just remember to stay indoors on the 13th – that’s if you don’t want to experience the soaking of a lifetime!


Happy New Year


Steve Taylor



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