04 December 2012

Koh Samui Oct 2012 Part II - Bophut

This post is about Bophut, but it's very brief only because we didn't really explore much!

By the time we checked into Hansar Samui, it was already 10+pm. I was very keen to visit the Bophut Walking Street since it only happens every Friday night, luckily the stalls only close at close to 11pm and Hansar Samui Resort is literally a stone's throw away from the Walking Street.

The Walking Street is sort of divided into 2 zones (an L shape which is not connected to each other), 1 zone mainly clothing, accessories and ornaments; the other, mainly food with some clothing/accessories and entertainment (live band).

We went towards the clothing zone first, had to browse through very quickly as it was approaching 11pm and we wanted to see the street food section as well. "Luckily" there wasn't much too see (I only bought a bracelet and ring) and we were able to turn back towards the food zone after 15-20 mins. The food zone was rather disappointing with only a few stalls selling grilled meats, seafood, phad thai, drinks.

Hubby decided to try some Phad Thai (local stir fry noodle) cooked a la minute.
Tasted ok, the noodles were a little mushy (too wet) though.

We also tried a stick of grilled cuttlefish. Not bad, quite juicy and chewy but the chilli sauce was way too spicy for me and I had to gulp half a bottle of water to quench the spiciness.

There was a live band at one section of the walking street where patrons could listen to some thai rock music while drinking cheap mojitos.

Towards 11pm, most of the stalls starting packing up and we headed back to the resort. Overall, the walking street was a little disappointing. I had expected more stalls with more activities. And to our suprise, it wasn't crowded at all, in fact the whole Bophut Fishermen's Village was pretty quiet.
True indeed, when we re-visited Fishermen's Village the next evening, it was like a dead town! Such a stark contrast to Chaweng area. Most of the shops close early (perhaps due to lack of crowd), and we couldn't find any spas/massage palours after 9-10pm; unlike in Chaweng where most spas operate till 1-2am or 11-12 midnight.

The only Pancake stall that we found, unlike in Chaweng where you can find one such mobile store every few streets.
We got the Banana and Nutella Pancake which was delish! The pancake was very crunchy on the outside and slightly chewy on the inside, served with generous amount of banana, nutella and condensed milk. Sinful but so good!

Beachside bar that looks so pretty! They only open from evening onwards. Oversized beanie cushions are laid on the beach for patrons to relax over drinks.

Apparently their house specialty is Coconut Ice Cream (besides all the alcoholic drinks). But when we popped in one of the nights after dinner, they were sold out. How could their house specialty be sold out? It must either be damned good or what? Rather disappointed as we had settled comfortably on the beanie cushions already. We don't drink and there weren't any other things that we could order unfortunately.

Our ride for the 2 days =D

Rented a bike to help us get around, especially to and fro SabiengLae Restaurant located at Lamai Beach area (taxi fare would cost about 700 baht). The rental shop is just a few minutes walk from Hansar Samui Resort. Cost 200 (or 250) baht for 24 hrs rental. Diesel cost is very minimal, 50-100 baht should be sufficient for 24hrs. The bike is reasonably new and well maintained. We didn't have to place our passport as deposit (a common practice for some places). We were late by 1.5hrs when returning the bike and didn't even have to pay any penalty or extra charges. Having a bike is really convenient as we could travel anywhere, anytime without the need to reply on taxis or tuk tuks.

That's all for Bophut. Wished I could have more time to explore the area, next time perhaps!

Stay tune for upcoming post on FOOD!

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