The food from Thailand is famous internationally. Whether it is chilli-hot or bland by comparison, harmony is the key behind each dish. Thai cuisine is basically a combination of old fashioned Eastern and Western influences combined perfectly into something uniquely Thai. Characteristics of Thai food depend on who cooks it, for whom it is cooked, for what occasion, and where it is cooked. Dishes can be refined and adjusted to suit all palates.

Thai cooking is usually a lightly prepared dish with strong herbs spices to create an aromatic edge. The food is known for its fundamental flavours of up to five taste senses in each dish or the overall meal, these are generally; sour, sweet, salty, bitter and spicy.

Like many other Asian cuisines, Thai dishes are based around meats, rice and noodles. A staple food for Thai people would be rice which is eaten with almost every meal.

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Tom Yum Goong (Spicy Thai Soup with shrimps)

Essentially Thai cuisine is is a combination of vegetables, herbs and spices either lightly fried or made into a curry and served with rice. The food in Thailand is very simple and very often does not need much preparation. A famous dish from Thailand is the Phad Thai, stir-fried noodles with egg and a sprouts, this dish can be made in 10 minutes. A sauce for the Phad Thai can be made very quickly with tamarind, sugar and warm water, once you have the sauce you can quickly fry some glass noodles and sprouts with the sauce you just prepared.

Top 10 Thai dishes

Tom Yum Goong (Spicy Thai Soup with shrimps)

Tom Yum Goong

The classic Thai aroma! A tasteful, fresh blend of aromatic chili, lemongrass, galangal, shallots, lime juice, lime leaves and fish sauce shapes this soup, granting it its delicious herbal kick. Full of fresh prawns and Thai straw mushrooms for the body. This is a versatile dish that is suitable to be eaten with any meal.

Som Tum (Papaya Salad)

Som Tum

Northeast state of Isaan brings Thailand this dish – some can not eat enough of it, some can not even handle it’s taste. A rounded sweet-sour-spicy flavour is created in this dish, mortar and pastel is used to crush Garlic, green beans, chilies, cherry tomatoes and shredded raw papaya, releasing  that unforgettable flavour.

Tom Kha Gai (Chicken in Coconut Soup)

Tom Kha Gai

A milder twist of the classic Tom Yum soup, this soup is iconic for using fiery chilies, crushed shallots, thins slices of  galangal and lemon grass. Splashes of coconut milk are added  to this soup to soften the spicy blow and thicken its texture. This creamy delight is topped with lime leaves, a beautifully sweet and spicy chicken soup.

Gaeng Daeng (Red Curry)

Gaeng Daeng

Red curry paste, morsels of meat and creamy coconut milk are stirred together whilst simmering then finely sliced lime leaves and sprinkled on top of this rich, aromatic curry, one that always gets those taste buds tingling. Beautiful in aroma and delightful by taste, this is a curry that screams “Thailand”.

Pad Thai (Thai style Fried Noodles)

Phad Thai

Quickly prepared, and even quicker to eat, this is a dish for any mood. In a sizzling hot wok, handfuls of small noodles do quick fry alongside fresh beansprouts, onion and eggs before setting off for the closest plate. This is fun dish for any one, half its entertainment (and flavour) comes from using the accompanying condiments of fish sauce, sugar, chili powder and finely ground peanuts.

Top 5 Koh Samui land tours

With the many land tours Koh Samui has to offer such as Safari tours, Quad biking and even Elephant trekking sometimes it can be difficult to decide on what to do. Here is a list of our top 5 land tours.

1. Koh Samui island tour

The Koh Samui island tour is a round trip of Koh Samui taking you to some of the biggest tourist attractions along the way, as well as Elephant trekking and a few animal shows included. In five hours you are taken to see Koh Samui’s most popular temples plus much more. For more information about the tour and booking details visit the page here

2. Zip Line Rainforest tour – Long

Ever wanted to glide through a tropical rainforest, through the trees and over waterfalls. With the Zip Line Rainforest tour you can do all of that. Take to the sky and experience Koh Samui from a birds eye view. For more information about the tour and booking details visit the page here

3. ATV Quad Safari

The Koh Samui ATV Quad Safari tour is the newest outdoor activity to hit Samui and it is super fun. There are options within this tour for beginners to quad biking and for those that are more experienced. The one hour tour is a shorter track taking you through rivers and along winding jungle tracks. The two hour tour is a tour that takes you on an exciting journey to the Secret Waterfalls. You will ride along dirt tracks passing through coconut palms, fruit plantations, rivers and watch water buffalo’s grazing. Both options  are suitable for everyone wishing to participate, instructors ride along with the group to help  you. For more information about the tour and booking details visit the page here

4. Elephant trekking tour 1hr

Koh Samui offers one of the best tropical rain forest elephant trekking tours. Experience Thailand’s gracious animal in the most natural way through a jungle trek on the back of one of these humble animals. Travel through exotic coconut groves and wade through the cooling rivers on this amazing journey. This is by far the most magical way to discover all of Koh Samui’s jungle secrets. For more information about the tour and booking details visit the page here

5. Koh Samui Big Boop Boop tour

Whether you are after an adrenalin rush or want a fun filled adventurous day the Koh Samui Big Boop Boop tour has it all. Swim and relax at Namuang waterfalls one and two, Namuang waterfall two is the largest of the waterfalls on the island of Koh Samui. Fly through the jungle canopy on zip line cable rides, four cable rides take you on an exciting adventure through the Samui jungle. Glide down the awesome jungle water slides, two slides give you the option between a exhilarating 20 metres and 70 metres of heart racing fun. For more information about the tour and booking details visit the page here

Top 5 Koh Samui Sea Tours

There are plenty of sea tours going on every day around Koh Samui from day tours to the National Marine park or snorkeling and sightseeing tours to Koh Taen. Hopefully our list of top 5 sea tours will help you decide the perfect tour for you.

1.  Anthong National Marine Park

Angthong national marine park tour views

The Anthong Marine Park tour by speed boat would have to be one of the most popular tours we sell. The Marine Park itself is a sight to be seen however the service and care the guides give you on this tour can almost not be compared to any other day tour. Small groups and well maintained boats puts this in the number one spot on our Top 5 sea tours list. For more information about the tour and booking details visit the page here

2. Koh Tao & Koh Nang Yuan

koh tao tour views
The speed boat tour to Koh Tao & Koh Nang Yuan is also a very popular tour. Three islands joined by a stretch of beach makes this a very picturesque place to visit. As well as the beautiful beaches the waters around these islands are packed full of fish making this one of the best diving islands in Thailand and an amazing place to go snorkeling. Koh Tao & Koh Nang Yuan speed boat tour is done on the same boats as the Anthong Marine Park speed boat  tour and is therefor as equally as good in service, could it be anymore obvious why this tour got the number two spot?  For more information about the tour and booking details visit the page here

3. Pink Dolphin tour

dolphin tour koh samui

A one of a kind tour, lead by the Koh Samui pink dolphin protection team, these guys really know what they are doing. A 45 min speed boat ride from Koh Samui will take to the tranquil coast of Khanom where these rare animals call home. This is real special tour and is not as popular compared to other tours purely because people do not know enough about the animals. The guides on this tour guarantee a 99% chance in seeing the pink dolphins and for me that is more than enough. If you wish to learn more about the animals and experience something different I would suggest this tour. For more information about the tour and booking details visit the page here

4.  Big Game Fishing

big game fishing koh samui

The Big Game Fishing tour had to make it on this list. A full on day of fishing led by the locals who really do know all the best fishing spots. Once you have caught your big game they even offer you a BBQ on board so you can enjoy your catch straight out of the sea. This tour is seriously enjoyable with a high recommendation for any one who enjoys fishing or just wants to give it a go. For more information about the tour and booking details visit the page here

5. Chantara Junk boat tour
koh samui tour chantara

Done on a very traditional Burmese junk boat this tour is NOT one to be missed. Where else can you experience a tropical paradise such as Koh Samui and Koh Phangan on a traditional sailing boat? This is a one of a kind tour and a one of a kind boat. For more information about the tour and booking details visit the page here