Thai Food 101


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One of the many and perhaps the best thing about living in Thailand is the food. Thai people are genuinely proud of their national cuisine, as well they should be.

Distinct in Asia and perhaps even the world, every dish perfectly nails the balance of sweet, sour, spicy and bitter, truly making for a taste sensation.

We help you wrap your head (or tongue) around this explosion of flavours by giving you inside info and tips on what and how to eat while you’re here.

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Need to know: Thai culture top 10



Culture, that unfathomable melting pot of history, religion, politics and modern social behaviours; it’s a tricky beast to tame, especially when it’s not your own. And Thai culture is no exception. Here in the land of smiles, where a word can mean five different things depending on the tone with which it is uttered, there’s a lot for outsiders to get their heads around. Thanks to hospitality being an integral part of Thai culture, it’s easy enough for visitors to muddle through. But, whether you’re visiting or planning to stay a little more long term, a little knowledge and understanding goes a long way. 

On the blog this week, we’ve rounded up ten of the trickiest or most important cultural features we’ve come across in our time in Thailand and do our best to explain them from a non-Thai point of view. Hopefully our top ten will give you a little insight into the rich and fascinating tapestry that is modern Thai society and make your life a little easier when you’re here.

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Island Fitness

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Whether you live on a beach or you’re dreaming about your upcoming tropical island holiday, there’s every chance you’re sick of hearing the phrase “beach body”. Are we beach-body-ready? Please! We’re too busy perfecting all the details in our beautiful new Bay Apartments, to make sure we’re ready for the upcoming launch. That’s not to say we don’t like to release a few endorphins once in awhile, though, and luckily Koh Phangan is packed with plenty of fun and diverse ways to keep active and energised. Last week the spotlight was on Water Sports, so this week we’re all about the myriad ways you can keep fit on solid ground here in paradise.

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Water Sports in Koh Phangan

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Koh Phangan is surrounded by crystal clear turquoise water and has some incredible weather all year-round… particularly this time of the year when the wind picks up! So what better way to spend your days than getting the adrenaline pumping with a wide range of watersports? Dive, swim and surf into island fun – here are some of our favourite places to get your watersport on here in paradise.

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A Day in the Life of the Bay Residence Team!

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Welcome to Phangan Island Property, the HQ of the team behind Bay Residence.

Perhaps you’re wondering what do we do all day. This week’s blog is an insight into the inner workings of  the Bay Residence machine as we take you on a  whistlestop tour of one day in our life. We’re especially busy overseeing the launch of our brand new Bay Apartments so things are particularly exciting right now.

Come on in and take a little look inside our world.

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Family Fun on Koh Phangan


On January 9th, Thailand celebrates National Kids’ Day, and contrary to some beliefs, our beautiful island is the perfect place for enjoyable days of family-fun activities. Different parts of the island boast specific activities, so whether you want to relax and bond or experience water sports, there’s truly something for everyone to do.

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Sanctuary Spa and the Island Life

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Koh Phangan is dubbed the island of paradise for many reasons – one being the variety of spas and traditional treatments available for those looking the ultimate relaxation. The Bay Residence team recently met island local Gabi, who is responsible for Reservations and Customer service at The Sanctuary in Haad Tien. We had a chance to talk about the spa and life on Koh Phangan – take a look at what she had to say! 

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Making waves: Koh Phangan Colour Moon Festival – 2015

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Those of us who live here on Koh Phangan feel that its international reputation as a party island is a tad misplaced. This tropical little gem is covered in outstanding natural beauty, so much so that it boasts a history of favour among Thai royalty. In addition to that, it is a haven for thriving fishing and coconut industries, as well as a popular hub for yoga and wellness. You could say, there’s a lot more to Koh Phangan than monthly lunar lunacy – and that’s exactly what the Colour Moon Festival is all about showing.

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Division Revision: The Five Faces of Koh Phangan


You may have heard that things are a-changing here on Koh Phangan, or at least developing. The islanders have banded together and agreed to divide the island into zones. What a great initiative! This week’s blog is all about Phangan’s ‘partition for protection’ project and what it means for us residents on the island.

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Loy Krathong, Island-Style


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Thailand is a country packed with fascinating rituals and traditions, from nationwide water festivals to quiet temple rites. In November, Thais celebrate Loy Krathong, a colourful festival of lights, flowers and water. Being surrounded by the sea, Koh Phangan has its own special ways of celebrating and this week’s blog is all about how to get involved.

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