Baan Rim Bueng ( "the house by the lake") provides exceptional accommodation of an outstanding nature, for families and couples looking for a private property with its own swimming pool. With sleeping accommodation for up to 6 adults in the 3 King sized bedrooms, each with full air conditioning and ceiling fans, as well as 3 bathrooms/w.c's, the master having its own en suite, the villa is never crowded and gives a sense of space and comfort at all times. The villa is beautifully furnished throughout creating an extremely welcoming atmosphere as soon as you enter. Quality and authentic artwork decorates the villa walls with additional framed silk prints depicting Thai elephants, each from Jim Thompson, "The Thai Silk Company" along with beautiful scatter cushions to the living room sofa suite, from the same.
A stunning solid granite dining table of 2.5 metres in length provides dining for 8 persons with an additional 6 seater round dining table outside to the pool terrace.
An extensively stocked book shelf with wide selection of books, DVD's and Cd's DVD's is on display, please help yourself during your stay.
The gardens and grounds are very large and give a great sense of space, particularly from the pool and terrace viewpoint. The main part of the pool itself is in full sun from the morning through to late afternoon, though the terraces are in constant shade along with the covered area of the kids play pool, which is no deeper than 37cm. The main pool swimming area starts at 115 cm and deepens to 145 cm having a tiled seating shelf to one side with a feature plunge box extending down to 253 cm at the far corner of the pool.
The terrace enjoys the advantage of overhead 5 blade ceiling fans ideal for when reclining on one of the 6 sun loungers or enjoying a good book while relaxing in the swing cage chair by the pool.
In addition to these is a 3 piece bamboo suite as well as a 6 seating outdoor dining table.
The pool falls into pleasant shade around 5.00 pm making swimming for all safe from the suns rays.
A large walk in storage and utility room is situated off the kitchen with second fridge/freezer, washing machine and dishwasher. The storage room has a wealth of kitchen items, utensils, high quality cooking pots and pans, glassware, cutlery, crockery and a full set of Ikea kids plastic food sets and drinking beakers. Beach bags and beach mats are also provided or you along with cooler boxes and ice packs.
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 1 family bathroom, 1 en suite and 1 shower room|
|Check in time:||09:00|
|Check out time:||12:00|
|Nearest beach||Maenam Beach 2.3 km|
|Nearest Amenities||2.3 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Koh Samui International 10 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, Please contact the owner|
|Luxuries||Internet access, DVD player|
|Pool||Private outdoor pool (unheated), Children's pool|
|General||Air conditioning, TV, CD player, Safe, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Furniture||Super King Beds (2), Single Beds (1), Cots available (1), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 5|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair available|
|Outdoors||Private outdoor pool (unheated), Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
|Access||Secure parking, Not suitable for wheelchair users|
Koh Samui is in the Gulf of Thailand, about 35 km northeast of Surat Thani town (9°N, 100°E). It is the most significant island in the archipelago. The island measures some 25 km at its widest point. To the north are the populated resort islands of Koh Phangan, Koh Tao, and Koh Nang Yuan.
Close to Bangrak in NE Samui is the small uninhabited island of Koh Som, and to the northeast of Chaweng is the tiny Ko Matlang. In the southern direction are Ko Taen, Ko Matsum each of which have very small tourist facilities. To the far west are 44 other islands which together compose the National Marine Park which is accessible by a day-trip boat tour from Koh Samui.
The central part of Ko Samui island is the mostly unspoiled, natural tropical jungle, including the largest mountain named Khao Pom, peaking at 635 meters. The various lowland and coastal areas are connected by the main ring road 4169, which is a 51 km road, running primarily along the coastline and encircling the bulk of the island. Many other concrete roads branch off from the 4169 to service other areas.
On the west coast of the island is the original capital, Nathon, which still houses many government offices, as well as two of the island's five major piers. Nathon is the major port for vehicular and goods transportation from the mainland as well as the main passenger ferry terminal, it is also the centre of the fishing industry, though the seat of the regional government has been relocated further south.
Weather & Climate
The weather in Koh Samui generally comes in three distinct seasons: dry, hot and rainy.
Thailand is situated between the Tropic of Cancer and the Equator (slightly closer to the latter), making its climate warm and humid all year round. The humidity level is generally between 70 and 85 per cent, and the temperatures averages at around 28°C.
Located in the Gulf of Thailand, Koh Samui offers all that vacationers from cooler temperate countries could dream of regarding weather conditions. They are generally good year round, and the one thing you will rarely feel is cold. The optimum weather conditions can be enjoyed between December and August.
The Dry Season in Samui
The Dry Season in Samui runs roughly from December to February. With warm yet bearable temperatures, little rain, calm seas, and light winds.
Many consider this to be the best of the Koh Samui weather and the ideal time to choose a holiday.
The Hot Season
The hottest time of year is between March and April - a great time to visit if you can stand 30°C+ temperatures. Generally and historically around late April/early May, there is normally a sudden – and, for many a welcome and sudden arrival of rain. Paradoxically, from June to August is also considered a mini-high season in Samui. The weather usually follows a repeating pattern: strong daytime sunshine followed by late afternoon thunderstorms which are very welcoming.
The Rainy Season
September through to November sees the arrival of the monsoon and, therefore, the heaviest rainfall. Even at this time, it doesn’t fall every day and often only in short bursts. Koh Samui weather forecasts become increasingly unreliable as the conditions become unpredictable, with slightly rougher seas and winds. Although still great for a holiday where you intend to spend a lot of your time at the local beaches (particularly if you like your beaches less crowded) this is not the best time to come for diving and snorkeling, as visibility is reduced by around 30 per cent.
It is also worth bearing in mind that some other water related activities will be affected by rough seas and high winds.
(Please note, the weather predictions for Koh Samui are very different to those of Phuket and Krabi, which experience different seasons due to their location in the country). Do make specific enquires with your travel agent and ensure you are getting the right information, especially if you intend to partake in activities such as scuba diving, sailing, general water sports and golfing.
Maenam runs along a 7 km stretch of the ring road and is fondly regarded as one of the most sort after locations for guests seeking a more relaxed and local island feel.
The villa is situated approx. 2.3 km's away from the village of Maenam and its beaches and restaurants on the North Coast of Koh Samui, only 20 - 30 minutes from the boutique airport in Koh Samui.
Restaurants and Eateries
An eclectic assortment of restaurants and dining experiences await you in Maenam including of course, truly authentic Thai with amazing fresh seafood, French & Belgian, German, Austrian, Swiss, Italian Pizzerias, Japanese Sushi, Korean Barbecue, Turkish as well as the outstanding culinary experiences to be had within the hotels and boutique resorts close by.
"Walking Street" every Thursday in Maenam is an occasion not to be missed.
Regarded by seasoned regulars to be the best of the Walking Streets on the island, the village comes alive in a unique way every Thursday from late afternoon, with local vendors and restaurants fill the horseshoe road with an incredible array of food and delights.
Shopping, Taxis and Services
From the ring road, there is access to regular taxi services, internet cafes, Hair and beauty salons, Thai massage and reflexology boutiques, opticians, a 24 hour 7 - 11 food store, tailors, traditional Thai food market, pharmacy, banks with ATM cash machines and foreign exchanges, medical centre cycle bike hire outlet, scooter hire shops and much more.
(2.3 km's away from the villa - 5 minutes by car/scooter or a 15 - 20 minute walk)
Maenam Beach, located at the end of the street after passing through the China Town arches does not have the mass influx of tourists each day hence it is popular with couples and families seeking something a little more relaxed.
For Spa treatments, there is an abundance of options, from the simple beach massage and pedicure services to the very finest in self indulgence, you can also have a private massage treatment in the privacy of your own villa, conducted by a fully qualified masseuse, just make a request with our office a day or 2 before.
The main centre of Chaweng with its large supermarkets is around 20 minutes by car.
Golfing at its best
Located less than 10 minutes drive away from the villa is the renowned and challenging 18 hole Santi Buri Championship Golf Course and Country Club enjoying spectacular sea views of the island from its unique viewpoint.
Access to the neighbouring islands
A number of piers are situated in this area running regular services to Koh Phangnan and Koh Tao. Water sports on this beach are popular thanks to the windy shore, why not try your hand at kite-surfing or windsurfing?
The kite-surfing school operates from this beach.