Eating Across From Koh Samui Airport
This was a true local meal. This little shack across the dirt road at the Koh Samui airport had flies abound and no menu. The place clearly had its share of regular patrons (taxi drivers?) that didn't even have to say a word, as the lady already knew what they wanted. We actually spotted the proprietor scrambling out on a moped after taking our orders to go to the market for some ingredients, so we knew the food was fresh.
It was one of the best meals of the trip. The tom yum soup was bursting with flavor and the fried rice cleaned it all up, with a thin but nice green curry for an extra twist. And all of this was only 100 Baht (US$2.50), including the beer. Who the heck would want to eat at that lame snack bar at the airport given the bang for the buck provided here? What a spectacular way to finish off the trip.