Taste Real Thailand, Travel Like a Tourist: Koh Samui, Finding Comfort in a Curry

Koh Samui wasn’t my cup of green tea. Areas such as Chawang and Lamai are heaving with neon lit back-allies where you’ll be greeted by a swarm of ladyboys attempting to pull you into bars that attract male westerners, sharing a drink with a petite-thai female, about thirty years their junior. This island (which doesn’t really feel like an island) is a notorious place for western men and their Thai Wives to blend in with each other as they neglect their oblivious ‘other halves’ back in England or Oz. I can’t help but feel utterly sad for the young Thai women, far too close to my own age, as they’re attached to these hairy old men.

Putting this unappetising image to one side…I did find comfort in Lamai’s Food Market. It’s in the centre of Lamai town next to The Girly Boxing Bar. It’s not a huge market, but you will be spoilt for choice, it surprisingly attracts mainly tourists meaning the food is local but the portion sizes are ma-hussive…

…such as these kebabs, some were literally entire pieces of tender steak on a stick, for 30THB

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On another stall you can choose your curry apply your own mix of herbs and ensemble your own crunchy asian salad to lie next to your steaming plate. I opted for handfuls of mint, coriander and peanuts to compliment my chicken Masamman Curry, which was served in a light coconut sauce compared to how it’s usually served, thick and stodgy, a substance sometimes difficult to digest in the heat.

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My Masamman

Oily delicacies are an irrisistable guilty-pleasure and a daily fix when travelling Thailand. Eat your heart out with this fried food attack stall:

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Afterwards, enjoy some post-dinner entertainment at the Girly Boxing Ring. You don’t need to pay for the show, you just need to purchase one over-priced drink. The  ring is surrounded by a number of bars who’s waitresses double up as Boxers and play against their rival bars. I couldn’t tell how much of this was a ‘performance’ in the theatrical sense of the word, but it was worth a watch to check out some ‘Thai-Boxing’ for little money.

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2 thoughts on “Taste Real Thailand, Travel Like a Tourist: Koh Samui, Finding Comfort in a Curry

  1. Yep, I have to say I felt more than a little uncomfortable at times in Thailand. As a young, tanned Chinese lady, I was often mistaken for Thai and my husband is a white guy (thankfully, not an older one).

    We had been warned not to go to Koh Samui because we wouldn’t like it, but since our flight went through there, we decided to stay 1 night in Chawang before heading to Koh Tao just to make sure that we didn’t like Koh Samui. It’s way too plastic for us. If you go to Koh Samui, you might as well go to the brightest shiniest mall at home. Everything was overpriced, beers came in girl sized bottles (not the big bottles we got used to). Not my cup of tea. We enjoyed one of those seafood bbq places, but it was pretty pricey.

    • Yep, it was very in-yer-face. And attracted too many of the characters I try my best to avoid at home. Couldn’t believe how much they were charging for dorm rooms there too, nearly 20 quid (40 NZdollars!) per person.

      We did find some nice little huts to stay at, right on a secluded beach and took a day trip to see the mummified monk and the impressive Big Buddhas. But both can be done in a day, so all in all, there’s no need to say any longer than 2 nights!

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