Sawadee ka from Koh Samui!

We are now in Koh Samui, Thailand…It took 4 flights and over 24 hours of travel to get here and boy was it worth it!  I still can’t believe how well I ate on the journey considering we were such a captive audience and didn’t have many food choices other than what the airplane gave us and the snacks I brought (I’m compiling a list to post for those who asked!).  Here’s a look at a few of my plane meals on Singapore Air -

2 different salads, a fruit cup, and random side of bread and crackers (Please note – I never eat bread on a plane because I have seen how they warm them up. They put the bread in a big plastic bag and put it in the microwave. Eeeek! Not to mention, the bread is usually always highly processed)

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This meal had to be my favorite – I love the inclusion of broccoli!

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My husband always gets the hindu vegetarian meal – he’s not a raw fanatic like me. I usually end up stealing some bites of his food. This time I took his spicy chickpeas and added them to my raw salad. It was delicious!

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For dessert on the plane – Singapore Air has habit of passing out ice cream, which is AMAZING if you love ice cream, NOT amazing if you are trying to avoid additives. This time they gave us a chocolate ice cream bar that had all sorts of codes for additives and colorings … not a fan!

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When we finally got to Koh Samui – our hotel car was waiting for us to take us to the resort,  ready with refreshing cold towels and water.

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We are incredibly lucky to be staying at the Four Seasons here in Koh Samui. Words cannot describe how beautiful and exotic this place is. When we checked in, we were presented with dragon fruit lychee cocktails. I was in heaven! I could have drank 10 of these little cups – especially after feeling dehydrated after our long journey.

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Our villa for the week is so perfect. spacious, private and secluded. And a little scary I later found out at night.

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We have our own private pool…Five seconds and counting after the bellman left, we were in it!

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After enjoying the dip, we took a long deserved nap to combat some of the jet lag.  When we woke up, it was time to meet up with the person we flew across the globe to see, my best friend Nicole.  She is getting her yoga certification here in Koh Samui (check out her blog).  We went down to the beach bar to grab a drink while we waited for her… The ambience was spectacular. I need to work on my night time photos to capture the moment better.

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At the beach bar, I had the “clean sweep” on the juice menu. Nicole shortly arrived after we ordered. I think we hugged for over a minute… so happy to see her. She had the “honey watermelon tonic”, which I also tasted. I am definitely going to be ordering that sometime during our stay.

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I feel so happy and grateful to be here in Thailand with my best friend and my husband – two of my favorite people in the whole world.

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Later we went for a Thai dinner at Lan Tania – the main restaurant at the Four Seasons Koh Samui. We started with a spicy dip and these crudités. Does anyone have any idea what this is?

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Followed by a few appetizers of rice paper rolls and spring rolls…

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And my favorite – green papaya salad (so spicy!) with grilled prawns. I haven’t had shrimp in a long time. I actually try to limit it in my diet, because of the levels of toxins that can be found in shrimp. These were very tasty and I’m glad I tried them.

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For dinner, Nicole and I shared a very comforting and light wok style vegetables with fresh brown rice.

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The meal was not complete without dessert.  We ordered the chocolate fondant with pistachio ice cream.  We shared it, but I think I ate most of it :)

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After dinner, the trip back to our villa was a little frightening. Because the resort is built right in the middle of a jungle – you can’t help but see (and hear!) the crazy size bugs, critters, frogs, lizards, bats (yes bats!) everywhere on the property. One huge bug the size of a lemon flew right into Nicole after dinner. Poor thing, we both screamed and then saw a bat fly out from underneath our deck into the jungle. This was after a frog jumped on Nicole while she was attempting to use the beautiful designed but scary outdoor restroom at the restaurant. My family and friends who know me best, know this – I have a irrational fear of frogs…meaning I hyperventilate and run as fast as I can in the opposite direction, screaming at the top of my lungs if I see one. Needless to say, I won’t be using that outdoor restroom EVER again.

Our trip has only just begun, lots of more eats and adventures to come – hope you enjoy the ride!

Sa yan sa wa. (Good Night)

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14 Responses to “Sawadee ka from Koh Samui!”

  1. Amy@TwoBGardening

    Is it a cactus?

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    • Food Babe (to Amy@TwoBGardening)

      I found out what it was – it’s a wing bean! There are delicious if you ever get a chance to try one.

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      • Beth (to Food Babe)

        Hi -

        My husband stumbled upon your site this weekend and I’m so glad he did! I lived in Thailand your photo of the wing bean reminds me of one of my fave salads – wing bean salad. If/when you go back, I highly recommend it (along with the pomello salad and som tom – papaya mixed with carrots or just carrots; I request it “wan noi noi” – a little (little) sweet. Unrelatedly, while reading your post about bad veggie burgers and TVP, I wondered what the difference between TVP and textured wheat protein is. I was so happy to find Quorn products – meatless, soyless…then wondered if TWP is just as bad as TVP. Keep up the great work!

  2. farmer_liz

    that looked like (relatively) excellent plane food, do you request vegetarian? or raw? I think I should request something other than the general menu in future! Good tip on the bread too. Everything else looks lovely too :)

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    • Food Babe (to farmer_liz)

      Yes Liz – I requested the raw vegan meal. It’s definitely the best way to go!

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  3. Pinku Manandhar

    wow!!! certainly looks relaxing and fun.

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  4. Mary Beth

    How beautiful!!!!! Hope you’re having a blast and can’t wait to catch up when you get back! P.S. One of my best girl friends has the same intense fear of frogs… hilarious to me, but NOT to her.

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    • Food Babe (to Mary Beth)

      Ahhhh…I have to meet her, so we can bond :) I love to swim with sharks & I had an alligator as a pet in college – how in the world am I still scared of frogs! Makes no sense!

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  5. Jennifer Tremblay

    Everything looks wonderful. but the portions look so small.

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    • Food Babe (to Jennifer Tremblay)

      Haha – that’s just my plate, the portions were much bigger on the platter they served it on!

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  6. Alisia

    I had to laugh ( in a kind way!) at your reaction to frogs. That would have been me with the swarm of bees, I’m terrified of them! Actually, I probably would have stayed at the spa and paid for another massage until they flew away! ;-)

    Thailand (koh Samui and Chang Mai) is in our 5 year travel plan…we’ve been meaning to go there ever since we lived in Australia. That’s where we were in 2004 when the tsunami struck (and were planning a trip to phu ket); I worked with refugees at the time (actually had a few clients in later months come from Sri Lanka who lost everything in the tsunami). More than any other natural disaster, that was a hard one for me, I had traveled to many of the affected areas ( and a good chunk of my master’s thesis was about human rights abuses in Aceh, pre-tsunami). It has taken me a long time to go back.

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    • Food Babe (to Alisia)

      Alisia – I would love to hear more about your time in Asia and Australia one day when we finally meet in person! Your experience must have been life changing. I can’t imagine the heartache you saw.

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  7. Karli

    Food Babe,
    I’m on the Koh Samui Four Seasons website looking at rooms! I was wondering what specific room you booked so I could book the same for my boyfriend and I.

    Thanks!

    Reply

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