Samui Wining & Dining
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TOP TIMES
 Italian or Thai? Take your pick from the casual fine dining menu at Dr Frogs Bar & Grill.

Italian or Thai? Take your pick from the casual fine dining menu at Dr Frogs Bar & Grill.

          

Just a few minutes’ drive from the south of Chaweng, one of Samui’s most-established restaurants, now in its 15th year, perches atop a beautiful stretch of coastline. It’s right next to Samui’s most frequently visited scenic point. The restaurant is decidedly picturesque; as you walk through the entrance, you can see the views opening out onto a vast panorama of sea and sky, with the entire bay of Chaweng stretching along to the left. The restaurant is warm, bright and convivial. Welcome to the world of Dr Frogs Bar & Grill.

Wherever you sit in the dining room, those same views will grace your time here. They seem to have stepped out of a beautiful Mediterranean bay, and the restaurant fits in perfectly; the vibe is pleasingly laid-back; the staff welcoming and when it comes to food and drink, everything is excellent.

          

The menu is well put together, the results of years of the restaurant being run by star chefs. Currently it’s helmed by Khun Narin Boonyang. Young, creative and highly talented, he’s trained under various chefs, and presents top-of-the-range Italian and Thai cuisine at Dr Frogs.

          

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A GREEN AND SILENT WORLD
 The secret interior of Samui beckons.

The secret interior of Samui beckons.

          

Samui isn’t all about beaches and life by the pool, good as that may be. You’ve no doubt noticed that it’s mainly the outer perimeter of the island that’s settled. That leaves a huge part – the interior. Maps all show the same thing: that most roads here just fizzle out and it’s just a big, green, blank space. Hotel staff may be puzzled if you ask them how you can explore the interior; everyone’s more interested in what lies on or near the coast.

So, just what’s actually there? If it appears to be a mystery, that’s exactly the truth of the matter. It is. Very few people from Samui can put their hands on their hearts and say they’ve explored it all. It’s mostly farm land, orchards, coconut plantations and pure forest and jungle.

          

If you’re exploring off-road, you need to be cautious. You can debate forever whether the interior, as seen from the beach consists of very high hills or low mountains, but whatever you decide you can convince yourself that it doesn’t actually look dangerous. After all, you’re unlikely to be caught in a snowstorm, right? But never mind other tricky and sudden weather conditions, such as protracted downpours; be careful if you’re off-road in the interior. Paths fork, join, divide in a complex web that can mislead within minutes and reference points may be few and far between. People have come to grief after having a fall and being unable to summon help. As with venturing into mountains, it’s best not to go alone, and to tell others where you’re going. And if venturing out on a motorcycle, be aware that this is highly dangerous and probably not even covered by your rental agreement (it’ll probably state that riding off-road isn’t allowed), let alone your insurance policy. And are you really that good at riding a bike anyway? One thing that you may not be aware of is that on long, steep descents, brakes on automatic bikes may fail. Use a bike with manual step-down gears, or be prepared to take some lengthy breaks on hills. Consider hiring a taxi rather than taking risks. Here in ascending order of difficulty of access is a brief guide to the interior of the island.

          

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