Islands like Phuket and Koh Samui offer a range of the finest imported food and beverages from around the world, so you can still enjoy your favourite flavours along with the tastes of Thailand.
After a long haul flight to Thailand, you may not be ready for a spicy Thai curry right away. Don’t fear – islands like Phuket and Samui import plenty of international favourites, including fine wines, craft beers, chocolate and delicatessen items.
Whether you’re a fan of soft French cheeses, Italian hams, Belgian chocolates or Australian wine, it’s not a problem sourcing your favourite treats to enjoy in the luxurious surroundings of your exclusive holiday home.
If you’re staying in a private rental villa, you can even have the concierge stock the fridge with a few delicious treats to welcome you and make you feel right at home.
Below are a few of the snacks you might like to pre-order.
If you have a passion for protein, then in addition to all of the fresh seafood available on the Thai islands you can also satisfy your craving for quality sausages, bacon and imported steaks. The villa manager or private chef at a rental villa on Phuket or Koh Samui can easily source a surprising range of succulent meat products, including Cumberland sausage and hand made pies.
For some people, a taste of home leans towards the sweeter side. If nothing else can satisfy your craving for chocolate after a long journey, then you can always send someone out to the local convenience store for a familiar brand. For a wider selection, larger supermarkets on the islands, as well as dedicated food suppliers stock a choice of chocolate treats, which is especially useful if you are visiting during a popular holiday period like Easter or Christmas.
Thailand’s reputation as a wine producing nation is growing fast, but if there is a particular Italian or French you feel like sipping by your villa’s pool it highly likely you’ll be able to get hold of it. Wine suppliers stocks hundreds of labels, including the moist prized whites, reds and roses – in addition to champagnes, so you can either have your villa concierge stock up the fridge in advance or include a trip to a couple of wine suppliers in your travel itinerary. Although most of the world’s wines are available in Thailand, high import duties do tend to make them more expensive than most visitors from Europe are used to.
Excellent bakeries and patisseries have popped up all over Phuket and Koh Samui in the last few years, and their produce is flying off the shelves as both locals and tourists savour the freshly baked goodness. From French croissants to Danish pastries and freshly baked muffins, a wide range of pastries can be found at these European style establishments. As the perfect breakfast by the pool, they’re hard to beat and only a request away.
There’s nothing quite like an ice cold beer to toast a sunny afternoon and Thailand’s local brews are a popular choice with many international visitors. It’s also possible to get hold of quite a few European, North American and Australian beers on the Thai islands. In fact, brands like Heineken are already commonplace and even craft beers have been gaining popularity throughout the country. Lesser known ales can be found at most of the best bards in Bangkok, Phuket and Koh Samui and niche importers including Beercana, Hopsession and Smiling Mad Dog are doing plenty to boost the Kingdom’s craft beer offerings.