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cocktails in Samui

Perth
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cocktails in Samui

I've been thinking!!

And I think it's fairly common knowledge that caution needs to be taken when purchasing cocktails in Bali as they have been known to, for example swap arak for methanol, which has resulted in tagedy.

Does this happen in Samui? Has anyone ever heard of that? The cocktails seem very cheap, i recall alcohol being very expensive in Thailand (Phuket specifically) about 10 years ago.

I don't expect a gaurantee that this could never happen, just wondered if it is anywhere near the problem it is in Bali.

perth
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11. Re: cocktails in Samui

With due to respect maybe your son had too much to drinks or is it food that made him ill. I'm defending for the vendors because they are not in TA to defense themselves. They probably never heard of trip advisor . These guys just making honest living it would be sad if the people start turning their back at them. As many said no one had any bad ones apart from hang overs the next day some thing we called " too much too drinks " . The unmarked bottle could be syrup for cocktails. The reason the coattails are cheap at these places because they made them with locals Thai brands the like of Santhip, SangSom, Maekhong not international brands unless you ask for it or if you're in the up market bars and restaurants.

Thai liquors and tobaccos laws are not the same as Bali.

Why I know all this because I'm Thai !

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12. Re: cocktails in Samui

Can only agree with what others have said, cocktails are very safe on Samui.

Make no mistake though, the cheap cocktails in the walking street markets and night time pop up bars are mixed with cheaper local thai spirits which may be the reason so many of us have worse than normal hangovers the next day :)

Places like Coco Tams in Bophut make fantastic cocktails that cost a fair amount more than the 90 baht market ones but like most things in life you will always pay more for quality ingredients.

At home I'm a wine drinker too but you will pay a decent price for most wines on Samui. There's some cheaper South African wines available for around $10 AUD in the 7/11 stores which are "drinkable" but if you truly want something decent head to Tesco Lotus on the main ring road in Chaweng and you'll find a d

varied range of reds and whites from all round the world (including Aus) in their liquor section.

There's also a decent wine store just next door to the Tescos Lotus centre that sells wine (and apparently wind as Pea says, lol)

Edited: 12:09 am, October 31, 2013
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13. Re: cocktails in Samui

Nothing like a good drop of wind, i prefer a 2012 myself, lol!!

Well it looks like common sense i guess. I presume that the "local stuff" is just stronger than the "regular" stuff. Therefore more likely to feel blah the next day??

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14. Re: cocktails in Samui

Locals Thai stuffs ..Yes definitely stronger but legal.

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15. Re: cocktails in Samui

Oh yeah the Samui wind is a great drop, right up there with Grange, lol.

Local spirits are probably not "stronger" more so it's not as refined I'm guessing.

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16. Re: cocktails in Samui

My old neighbour, ( a very resourceful fellow), made his own stil and therefore his own spirits, they were around 50% proof.

His spirits were known to knock a few people over when they didn't heed the warnings ((-;

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17. Re: cocktails in Samui

Wine is pretty expensive in Thailand.

There are two specialist wine shops almost next to each other in the block of shops just north (200m?) of the main Tesco Lotus on the ring road.

www.wineconnection.co.th/our_stores.aspx

They both have a big range and the Spanish and some Aus reds are probably the best buys at the cheaper end, but you probably have to pay 800-900Bt per bottle or more for decent stuff.

Tesco Lotus and TOPS have a selection of wines, some at reasonable prices.

If you like Champagne or Italian Prosecco, there can be some relative bargains amongst those, compared to the usual markup on Aus prices.

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18. Re: cocktails in Samui

I agree with Pea, it wasn't the no brand alcohol that made your son sick.

I drank my way up and down walking street in bophut and was totally fine.

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