Lunch at The Tongsai Bay at Koh Samui
The Tongsai Bay lies amid a lush green jungle on the north-east side of the tropical island Koh Samui in the Gulf of Thailand, with a more or less private beach. Hidden far away from the nowadays so busy Koh Samui, but once you enter the green jungle of The Tongsai Bay it feels like you are entering another world. A world of comfort and luxury, while at the same time trying to make as less as possible negative impact on our environment. In 1999 I had the privilege of working for a few months at The Tongsai Bay. And last week (August 2018) I returned for the first time, thinking that I would find a totally changed Tongsai Bay. But not much has changed actually, except that it is even more green (more trees) as it already was. Yes of course the rooms and buildings have been updated to the demands of nowadays. But for the rest it is still the as always delightful and tranquil The Tongsai Bay under professional management and still privately owned by the family Hoorntrakul.
I enjoyed my delicious lunch and the friendly service at the poolside restaurant. One of the things I liked was that without noticing it at first my cocktail did not have a plastic straw but an natural made from herbs. And I was told by the the management that they do not use plastic bottles. Or chemicals in the garden. Although there seems to still be working some staff from the time that I was working there I had no time to see them. But I will come back soon and have a taste of the wonderful hospitality of The Tongsai Bay. For more information see The Tongsai Bay, Koh Samui - Thailand. Following are some photos I made, the first photo was made in 1999. All other photos made August 2018. For more information about Koh Samui have a look at Camille's Samui Info Blog.