Last year during my birthday, I head to one of much anticpated island that been in my list for quite a while. Here you go on my holiday of 5 days 4 nights at Koh Samui Trip 2017.

fact about the island:
Koh Samui, Thailand’s second largest island, lies in the Gulf of Thailand off the east coast of the Kra Isthmus. It’s known for its palm-fringed beaches, coconut groves and dense, mountainous rainforest, plus luxury resorts and posh spas. The landmark 12m-tall golden Big Buddha statue at Wat Phra Yai Temple is located on a tiny island connected to Ko Samui by a causeway. [ source from Google ]

There are a few mode of transportation to reach this island. Either by Air, train, car, bus and others.

My spending breakdown for this trip estimated  RM 1500:
It was a random birthday trip and here you go on my breakdown of spending too.
Flight Ticket: RM 250 per pax all in without check in luggage (Air Asia)
Expenses : RM 500 (food, drinks and others)
Transportation: Lomprayah transit (Estimated RM 135 – return, speed boat (Nathon Pier) + coach +van to hotel and pickup return)
Scooter Renting: RM 25 – RM 40 per day
Accommodation: RM 500 per pax (budget stay can be less than that if you go with a group of 4 and hotel you staying)


There is no GRAB hailing app available at that time. If there is, there are no driver. Not too sure about now June 2018..

Taking taxi for a short trip around the island is very expensive. A 3-5 KM ride could cost easily RM 40. Therefore do not repeat my mistake by hotel hopping, that cost a bomb in transportation. Stay put in a hotel and rent a bike. Do ask around hotels or shops for renting it. The average rate I read in forum is in between 180 Bhat – 300 bhat. Anything above that is rip off. For foreign tourist like us, we do not need any international drivers license. Drive with care and with helmet too. Upon renting, we need to submit our passport to the renter for save keeping if you are renting outside random shop. Best is to check your hotel do have any official partner for this. At Least it give you some assurance.

Tutt tutt or hop on hop off taxi is depending on your negotiation skills.


As this trip is more like hotel hopping, Our first hotel for the night is at:

    • Lanai Samui Luxury Resort @ RM 321 per night
    • Vana Belle a Luxury Collection Resort @ price unknown cuz my friend got special rate and it was my birthday treat for the trip. (average on Agoda is RM 750 – RM 1300)

1) Pleon Chaweng Hotel – RM 200 per night
2) Verticolour Hotel @ rm 120 per night (as for final night and early depature of 6am so we decided just stay cheap)

To begin with, you can choose 2 different option with direct flight from KL to Koh Samui island with other Airlines, or with Air Asia to stop at Surat Thani.

1) Option 1: KL to Koh Samui Direct flight (estimated RM 600 – RM 1500) depending on airline and season.
2) Option 2 KL to Surat Thani via Air Asia (cheaper alternative buttttt)

If you choose option 2 like me, you are going to enjoy the transit experience to reach an island with duration as below:
KL –> Surat Thani : 1 hour 40 minutes
Surat Thani –> : Take double deck bus to pier: 1.15 hours
Surat Thani Pier (Speed boat) –>  Koh Samui Island: 2 hours
Island transit to hotel : 45 minutes – 1 hour (as there are a few locations drop off with other travelers)

Total time spend on transportation estimated : 6 hours (if you are from Malaysia)

Here are some pictures for you to take note:

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After landed from the airport and pass immigration: upon gate exit you will see a few counters for your last minute purchase of island transit. there are a few counters there.

For us that bought Lomprayah ticket via online – we need a validation and swap it to ticket, you need to walk till the end of the hall (where Doi Chaang cafe is on your left) .

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After counter validation, you will be given ribbon as part of these driver to recognise which island you are going. Each colour represent an island as last destination. Then all groups are being seperated and do ask all these bus driver where to wait for your selected buses.

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The bus is quite spacious too and remember to put on seat belt as part of their safety requirement.

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After finish on your bus ride, then you need to walk to the left of this building till you see this counter, as to get another validation of your online purchase to change it to your speedboat ticket.

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After that, you have to walk all the way where you see huge amount of human are gathered. There is where the speedboat embarking is. (do not embark the wrong boat too as each boat are too different island)

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It will be abit chaotic here as there are no system. Do ask the boat person to confirm on your end destination. (they might sound rude but I guess everyone is trying to ask them alot of funny questions)

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Upon arriving at the dock in Koh samui, there are alot of drivers will be waiting and holding a board. Do look for them as each van transit are to different area of the island. It is already pre assign upon purchase via online and any last minute changes is subject to the van availability and capacity if you do not let them know on your changes.

HOWEVER I just read that they now have new pier which is only 30 minutes away from the airport (for LOMPRAYAH only). As the above might not be applicable. 

How I plan my trip:

Day 1: 

Woo Bar –> Fisherman Village –> Supper –> Hotel

Upon all these, after settling into the island and knowing it was a long transit, so I book a better hotel to begin with. Lanna Samui Luxury Resort is my choice as it sits in between the area that I am heading. Not too far from Fisherman village nor heading to town. My first 2 days is to explore the northern side of the island.

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Here are my review for Lanna Samui Luxury Resort. A great resort to chill that is hidden inside a village.

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Rent a scooter to move around which is very cheap. Head to W as my first destination as I totally miss out the sunset. Was suppose to be there by 5pm but transit did not go smooth as expected. Weather is not on our side too as it was a rocky sea ride that took the toll additional 35 minutes. Then it was raining on that evening, so everything was much slower. Reach W about 8pm.

Woo Bar at W Hotel, Koh Samui
4/1 Moo 1 Tambol Maenam Surat Thani
Tambol Maenam Koh Samui,
TH-84 84330, Thailand

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Nothing fancy over here as it is another night market that sells t-Shirts, seafood, jewellery and many other items that you can find in a typical night market. Good enough to kill sometime.

AS we could not find any street food in the night market. Upon walking out while about to hail for a cab and saw this stall. Selling Thailand version of Koey Teow Soup, Wan Tan mee and get excited all over it. Ordered this as below and turns out to be pretty darn good!

Opening Hours: 17:00 – 23:00


Boput Fisherman Village
Bophut Beach Road, Bophut

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By far this store is one of the best and realise that they are actually a chain. They have like about 10 mini hawker stores operating around the island mostly main streets. Scout them if you can. Things to order, their local wan tan mee, clear soup tomyum and…

Their specialty is the fermented Key Teow Soup, or actually can add in any type of noodle that you like. That is very classic street food taste but not many like it because of its unique taste. Wan tan mee was the best dish for the night. Simple, classic and good!

on the way back hotel, we bought beers and chill at hotel.

Day 2:

Wake up, had some awesome breakfast at the hotel, check out and check into Pleon Chaweng Hotel.


Then lunch, head off to this place which is opposite China Town for this Koh samui Specialty dish. Introduce by my Thai friend that there are 2 places that I should not miss. One is this place.

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Hidden off from the main road and it is hard to find them as I have asked many locals around and they are not too sure. As about to gave up and one final approach to the locals and this vendor know. Just pointed right opposite. hahah. We are lucky.

ordered their signature just to try it off as we were stuff with breakfast.

China Town Koh samui
(the road opposite the main arch structure)

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Then went over to Boput fisherman village again to chill out at that area. We hit on 1 hour foot refloxogy, then head to this cafe to chill.

After that, walk around and found out this beach bar at the end of the street turns out to be one of the best chill out place, with bean bags on the beach and a zone which I do not mind to spend most of my time here.

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Dinner, we dine at this highly recommended place by my Thai friend. Sabeinglae Restaurant at Bophut. they have 2 outlet. Another one is at the southern part of the island. Special recommended dish is their baby squid, and also their cooking method is still quite authentic.

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image credit to m.v photography

Sabeinglae Restaurant
Boput Fisherman Village

Tel: 0 7743 0095

After this, head off to the main city district at Chaweng Beach area to check out Central Festival Mall.

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After that, went to check out Koh Samui first Craft Beer Brewery known as Bees Knees Brewpub. Everything is brew in hose and price are pretty decent.

83/3 Moo 2, Bophut,
Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84320, Thailand
operating hours: 3pm – 1am

tel: +66 85 537 2498

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Head of to one of the top recommended night life – The Ark Bar which is well know for party at the beach. with some fire performances here and there, crowd here just enjoy their time with awesome music. It is very crowded on weekend as we are here both nights.

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Ark Bar
Amphoe Ko Samui, Chang Wat Surat Thani 84320, Thailand

Operating Hours:
7AM – 1Am

Tel: +66 77 961 333


Day 3:

check out and move to another hotel – Vana Belle Luxury Collection(click here) for my birthday treat. Did not move out most of the time as enjoying the facilities here.

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at night we head out for dinner around the area and found out this Seafood bbq just right opposite the hotel and thought it is a good bargain. 429 Bhat with seafood range as below:

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Plenty of seafood for your hungry tummy.

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Even fresh crab that  keep replenishing.

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My table is so full that my tummy cant event fit.

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NO complain at all.

Vana Belle Koh Samui
(If you are coming out from Vana Belle Resort, turn right. The restaurant is about 5 minutes walk on your left)
After dinner, stroll around the beach and randomly found another new bar area that just establish about 3 months only. The Beach Bar Samui.

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The Beach Bar Samui
(Next to Shereton Hotel)

Day 4:

Move back up to City center – final night at Verticolour Hotel. Cheap and high good ratings. Then rent a bike to move around again. This round is to explore the southern side of the island.

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Stop by at Lad Koh view Point

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One of the locals introduce this beach which is the famous beach among foreigners for day time is located here.

location: Silver Beach Resort, (there is a small public road that head to the beach area)

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Not long after that, found that the rain is coming and quickly head back up to city center to check out Chaweng Beach (which is just about 5 minutes from Ark Bar) While raining, enjoying my beer and local snacks with a foot massage is not to0 bad.

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Among many beach this is one of my favourite. Clear sea water and alot of mini beach bar hut. Too bad only discover this on the last day.

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At night we head off for full body masasage for 2 hours only at 600 bhat. Then randomly choose to eat at the night market and the food is really bad. .  Chaweng walking street  market is quite disappointing as I felt like like a tourist trap food here are below average and more expensive.

Checking out the party scene opposite the Ark Bar. turns out to be more like Gogo bar and went further into the back there are more decent pubs which is like a huge food court of Pub. Then decided to hit back into Ark Bar to drink and party before flying off.

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What I mean is this food court bar. A combination of at least 10 operators.

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Day 5:

6am check out and head back to transit route.



I was totally disappointed on the beach as I check out on google. It was a combination of other nearer island that gives you the illusion that they have crystal clear sea water. I was wrong. Others were grainy, and some are dirty.

If you want that in Koh Samui, this is the only beach I manage to find with such look is at Chaweng Beach. Not too sure about on the western side of the island.

Tourist Attraction:

  1. Mid hill spot
  2. Grandma
  3. Bophut Fisherman village
  4. Hin Ta Hin Yai – Grandma granpa rock that looks like genitals
  5. Night market
  6. Beach party

Top places to party in Koh samui

Thailand being Thailand, as no matter which part you are in, there is always a great party scene. It is the same goes  to Koh Samui.

Here is the top 3 party scene in Koh samui

  1. Ark Bar is one one of the best. Do not miss it out.
  2. On Street Bar which is 5 minnutes walk away from Ark Bar. A combination of Agogo street nearby and also many other smaller pub that you are able to hop around
  3. Bar Solo is just the entrance of the street that gives you a whole stretch. (food court bar)

Out from Chaweng

  1. If you need more chill places, then head back to bophuit, look for Coco Tams. Laid back and chill

If you have the budget then:

W HOtel – Woo bar is pretty well know for their signature W with awesome instagramble shot. Do reach before sunset. Weekdays there is nothing much going on. If it is too boring for you here then head to Bophut area which is just not too far.

There are many saying that, one of the activity to do is to just plank at one of the beach during evening hours and watch the amazing sunset along with the rays shinning up. Since I was doing research for my trip, hence might as well I blog about 15 best Sunset Bar at Bali 2018

This is my trip Itinerary for 2018. (click here)


1. Ku de ta

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is one of my favourite hang out spot, as I prefer the ambiance here and service is better as compare to others.

Jl. Kayu Aya No.9, Seminyak, Kuta, Kabupaten Badung, Bali,
Operating Hours; 8am – 2am

2. Potato Head Club


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Potato Head Club,

Jalan Petitenget No.51B, Kerobokan Kelod, Kuta Utara, Kerobokan Kelod, Kuta Utara, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia
Operating hours:
10am – 2am

3. La Plancha

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I landed late on the day of my arrival as flilght was delayed. This was the first stop I plan to swing in as It looks quite cool. Will certainly be a great place to chill for sunset.

Jalan Mesari Beach, Seminyak, Kuta, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia
Operating hours: 10 am – 12am

4. Woo Bar

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Fan of W Resort then W is one of the bar that many will swing by. I did came here on my 2nd trip to Bali that was about 4 years ago.

Jalan Petitenget, Seminyak, Kuta Utara, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia
Operating hours: 9am – 1am

5. OldMan

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Image credit to : The Lost Guides

Jl Batu Bolong, Canggu, p. (+62) 361 846 9158
operating hours: 7am – 1am

6. La Brisa

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One of the place I wanted to visit, but due to my mismanagement of timing, I miss this out. You can check out the whole ambiance here more: Devinatravels


Jl Pantai Batu Mejan Gg. La Brisa, Echo Beach, Canggu, p.

+62 81 139 466 66.
Operating hours: 11am – 11pm

7. JL Restaurant
Bale Sutra, Hotel Tugu Bali, Jalan Pantai Batu Bolong, Canggu-

8. Ji Terrace By The Sea

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(image credit to Travel 3sixty magazine)

Ji Terrace at Bale Sutra,
Jl Pantai Batu Bolong,
Canggu Beach,
Open daily, 5pm – late.
p. +62 361 473 1701 / +62 81 239 652 695,
e. [email protected],

9. La Laguna

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Image credit to: CityNomads

Jl Pura Kayu Putih,
Pantai Berawa, Canggu,
Open daily, 11am – midnight.
p. +62 81 236 382 272.

10. 707 Beach Berm

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Image credit to Puspasiagian

Jalan Batu Belig No.33 A, Kuta Utara, Kerobokan Kelod, Badung, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia

Operating hours: 10 – 8pm

11. The Lawn

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Jl. Pura Dalem, Canggu, Kuta Utara, Canggu, Kuta Utara, Kabupaten Badung, Bali, Indonesia

operating hours: 11am – 11pm

12. The Finns Beach Club

Another happening place in Canggu that is worth checking out more info check them out here :
The Finns Beach Club
Jl. Pantai Berawa, Tibubeneng,
Kuta Utara, Kabupaten Badung,
Bali 80361, Indonesia

Time: 9AM – 10PM
Tel: +62 361 9347344


Heading down south of the island is where you are moving towards more luxury area. There is where all the 4-6 star hotel are mostly located, especially with the amazing cliff view that overlook the ocean.

13. Rock Bar

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Rock bar is indeed one of the most famous bar in down south island as the visitor had double since from my last visit over 3 years ago. My visit this year I reach about 5.30pm and the hotel is so busy with visitor.

Jl. Karang Mas Sejahtera,
Jimbaran, Kuta Selatan,
Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80364, Indonesia

Time: 4pm – 1AM

Tel: +62 361 702222

14. Single Fin

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Picture credit to : MyGuideBali

This place seems rather impressive and could be an alternate hangout spot after Rock Bar.


Single Fin,
Pantai Suluban,
Jl Labuan Sait,
Pecatu, Uluwatu,
Open daily, 8am – 10pm (1am on Sun).
p. +62 361 769 941,
e. [email protected]

15. El Kabron Spanish Restaurant & Cliff Club

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One of the most expensive sunset place as they do have minimum spend per head. Do call to make reservation.

Jl. Pantai Cemongkak, Pecatu, Kuta Selatan, Pecatu, Kuta Sel., Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia
Operating Hours:11.30am – 11.45 pm
Tel: +62 821-4437-0139

It had been long time since I last step foot into Pork Dickson and decided to visit over the weekend. A favourite city that KL folks love, as it is just about 90 minutes drive away to enjoy a beach front quick gateaway. Avillion at Pork Dickson seems to be one of a top recommended hotel.

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When reach at this hotel, only realize it is one of a award-winning beach resort houses.  Check in was swift, and we were lead directly to our room . a variety of activities suited for big families, kids, couples, and even an all-girls holiday!

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The hotel is huge and divided into a few section. This is the Garden Chalet Room area.

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As realise that we walk the wrong direction, then we U turn and saw a welcoming classic malay instrument music being played.

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Under this wing of Water Chalet or Water Villa, they do try to segregate family and couple wing. This is to provide privacy to each of their guest.

This is our Premium Water Chalet unit average price in Agoda is about RM 450 – RM 600 and it is huge. Can easily house 4 pax in a room. A Big King Size bed and a side chillex bed that is near to queen size.

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can just chill here at night to enjoy the sea breeze.

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Toilet is big too. Filled with bath tub and rain shower head,

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It is like a maze in this section.

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After check in, we quickly change into our swimwear and just hang out at this Cochin Pool at the Northern wing that is strictly for adults-only. Just chill by day beds and sun lounges and jump into the pool after that. Best of all, this Pool (which operate 24 hours) Yup, 24Hours!

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They do have their private beach area where usually beach wedding is hosted in here or party.

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In this resort, I am really impress with the facilities especially for family with Kids. There are plenty of section to keep your family and kids occupied. First of all, they do have mini Movie room and the show time can be asked at the mini movie room counter and it is FREE. Base on first come first serve booking on the day.

alternative, some of the rooms are Karaoke.

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Another section is kids drawing, play room and protected kids play area.

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Kids pool with slide is the most busy place in the property and they have 3 pools together. The family and kids pool and another section is more private which is meat for couples or folks who enjoy tranquility of the surroundings .

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They also have kids petting zoo that is available to feed these farm animals on 10am every morning.

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Next to the pool, they have table tennis and foosball for you to challenge among each other.

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Mini herb garden to learn along how does the plant looks like.

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For couples or holiday goers, this would be one of your favourite section. Avi Lounge is free access for Premium Water Premium Chalet guest. Public that wanted to go in just need to pay RM 35 per pax before 5pm and RM 65 for guest that enter after that. Free cocktail and canapes. .

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you can just chill here at this beautiful club house and free canapes from 5pm – 8pm. Each of the guest will have 1 free drink.

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This is where alot influencer taking their shots.

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Enjoying my wine ..

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Well, for couples that love spa, Avi Spa in Avillion is also quite well known too.

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Dinner you have 2 options. One is to dine at The Crow’s Nest in the Hotel that offer buffet on local spread or head out and hunt for some local food.

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The next morning, we head to The Verte to check out their cafe brunch style.

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Order French Toast to begin with and turns out not too bad.

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Smoked salmon Roasti is pretty good. One of a top choice for you to order in this menu.

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Signature baked eggs.

Spending 2 days 1 night at Avillion, is basically you do not need to leave this hotel as most of the facilities is enough to keep you busy for the stay. Great place to stay and recommended for family with kids.

3rd Mile, Jalan Pantai, 71000 Port Dickson,
Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia.
T +606 647 6688
F +606 647 7688
For Reservation:
T +603 2730 9988
F +603 2730 9998
E [email protected]

It is quite interesting to stumble upon so many new changes of F&B brand in Wisma Atria. All just right under one roof. Yole is actually another new Froyo brand that had replace their favourite frozen yogurt brand llaollao, which had ceased operations in the country. Most of the llaollao outlet will be replace to Yole along the way.

Did not know the changes till I am writing this. 

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To me it look pretty much the same with just colour and logo changes.

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also read that this brand is actually one of a European brand. and found out through this article (click here) . Most of us knows that llaollao comes from Spain and Yole is from France. Currently it had not affected the rights in Malaysia yet.

Well, to me it is quite similiar to their counter part as comes in variety of sizes and toppings.

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serve in 3 different sizes for you to choose from and also the toppings are kind same to me. The term in sizes is different from their counterpart.

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Since quite full from my lunch, and ordering quite number of items around the area, I just hit on their Baby that comes with 1 topping size to try out and see what is the different.

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I think try one of their siganture sauces, biscuti caramel if I remember correctly.

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Not too bad. Felt that the texture is not as smooth as Llao Llao and this has slightly more sourness of yogurt base but my friend felt it is the same. Maybe there are no different. I like the dressing more as it is less sweet and more fragrant to my liking.

-= KA CHING =-

Food rating 7.5/10 , not too bad for a new brand! -Stamped-

-WARNING –This is based on my individual taste. Try it at your own risk-

Wisma Atria, Orchard road
Not too far from Famous Amos shop

Operating hours:
10.30am – 10pm

Final day in this island and had quick catch up with friends and was introduce to meet up at Toby’s Estate located in Robertson Quay, Singapore which is just a stone throw away from our hotel.

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Read some blogs upon writing this, that this place is famous for their coffee or some even commented that one of the best in the area or town.

Toby’s Estate a Austrailian-style cafe and roaster. Understand that their house blend is a special combination of mixing variety of beans hence you get that strong unique flavour profile also believe this cafe had been operating more than 7 years which I read some blogs way back to 2012.

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I guess Saturday is off day for mom’s as dad’s is taking care kids.

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Early in the morning for breakie, it is chill to sit outside and enjoy your breakfast. A little bit look alike of Yarra River in Melbourne.

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forgot to take picture of menu and the food here is pretty normal. Nothing much to shout about for such presentation. If you are here for a simple breakie then yes.

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Eggs benedict with prosciutto

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Toby’s French Toast @ SGD 14. Thick toast bread with abit caramelise espresso flavoured bacon and with berries serve as sides. Very simple and direct. Fluffy bread and quite alright. A combination of savoury and sweet.

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Egg benedict with salmon

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A new term for me which is Gibraltar Latte @ SGD 4.50. I was told it is a very strong coffee and decided to order. My idea is like  Picollo Latte but in double shot. It is indeed very strong. profile coffee is very unique as it smells abit floral but taste is hit the strong on first sip and end in sour end which is quite acidic. Not really my type of coffee.

While Latte @ SGD 5 quite milky that overpowering the coffee taste.

Masala Chai Latte SGD 6 here is amazing. Fragrant of spices and milk is well balance- Recommended~

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Food here is not that impressive as they are very simple and direct. Taste is not too bad as I believe with the pricing you are able to find better ones around the area. However, Toby’s Estate is regard as one of a authentic Melbourne cafe in the island.

Over here is simple food and coffee (depending on your taste profile) did not really suit my palate. They do have strong crowd and establish since more than 7 years, maybe you could give it a try.

-= KA CHING =-

Food rating 6/10 , quite alright -Stamped-

-WARNING –This is based on my individual taste. Try it at your own risk-

Toby’s Estate
8 Rodyk Street
#01-03/04 Singapore

Tel: +65 6636 7629

Operating Hours:
Daily: 7.30am – 6pm

While we have sometime to kill after our brunch before heading to airport, then stumble upon this Sanpoutei Ramen at Orchard Road that mention its origins from Niigata.

Read some reviews before heading in and it seems that Niigata Shoyu Ramen is the outlet specialty. This soup base is also my favourite as it is hard to find nice shoyu base soup rame in KL.

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Sanpoutei originates from Niigata which is north of Tokyo since 1967. Their signature broth broth is boiled for six hours using vegetables, chicken, pork bone and 2 types of imported ingredients from Japan which is dried sardine.

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Japanese chef at work and he seems to be very particular in every bowl that serve out which is good thing.

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seating space here is not huge.

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Apparently their ramen noodle is made fresh daily . .

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and on my dining, it seems that quite number of Japanese diners are here.

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As we are quite full, we just order a bowl to test it out. Always love shoyu base because of the simplicity flavour of it. Love the taste of shoyu base although not so prominent in yet, yet soup base is slightly thicker compare to what I had before and it taste pretty good too,  with hint of sweetness from its cooking broth.

I believe my ramen is slightly over cook as it is quit soft or I expected it to be medium texture and slightly chewy. Or maybe the cooking method in here is meant to be in this texture. Slightly thicker compare to what I had in KL. Love the pork slices chasu as cook to perfection. They torch on the meat and love the light burnt taste, mild oily and texture is just perfect.

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Not too bad for a shoyu base ramen.

Sanpoutei Ramen
253 #B1-04/05 350 Orchard Rd,
Singapore 278982, Singapore

Tel: +65 6463 7277

Operating hours: 11.30am – 11.30pm

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