Day Two – Another beautiful day in this slice of paradise. We woke early and I headed to the gym in an attempt to keep the holiday cocktails and food at bay…Nice try but hey, a girls gotta try. After a quick run in the air-conditioned health club, I ventured upstairs to indulge in another full gourmet breakfast. And then it was time to lie in the sun and relax. Once the beach activities hut opened, we grabbed 4 Stand Up Paddle boards and paddled around our very sheltered bay. The Surin has the most peaceful stretch of private beach, with the water so warm and clear, it is a joy to float around in it. A massage, a book and a watermelon juice was the most activity one can muster, until the sun starts to set and we change gears.
We jumped in a taxi and headed into the busier side of town, towards Patong Rd, for dinner. My brother, who really should be a travel concierge, had booked us in at the number one Thai Restaurant on the island. Baan Rim Pa. Located on Prabarmee Rd, Patong, about 20 minutes from Surin Beach. Situated above the waves on a cliff or rocky shoreline, and nestled in amongst what seemed like a jungle, it overlooks the bay and the lights of Patong.
Very old school, with dark mahogany timber ceilings, low lit tables and a dark teak timber and bronze bar, reminiscence of a Raffles in Singapore kind of feel. It is an experience. Plus the highlight, not often seen much these days, the Grand piano, complete with pianist and stools.. and ashtrays. Like I said..Very old school.
After sampling what seemed like every fruit based martini that ever existed, we were ushered to our semi private table, set out from the main restaurant, and over looking the shore below. Complete with a fire works display, it was a perfect start to the evening.
The food was exceptional. The star dish was the crispy fried noodles which came in sphere like shapes, and chilli chicken. Quite possibly the best meal I’ve had in a long while.
As soon as dinner was over, we jumped in a Tuk Tuk and headed into the infamous Patong Rd to experience what Thailand is renound for. It was an eye opener. A place where misfits can roam without judgement, beautiful Thai women who were once men, and exotic shows that make you think you need to get out more!
I am not going into any more detail. You get the drift. It is an experience. A fun, 1 hour of crazy and then its time to get the hell out. We stayed 2….enough said.