Somtum Inter – Garden Cottage & Restaurant
” It’s Nice ‘n Easy.”

Sawasdee khrap! Greetings from Somtum Inter where life is nice and easy.


“My name is Tan, and I look forward to welcoming you, cooking for you, and making your visit very special.


Somtum Inter – Garden Cottage and Restaurant is the new landmark in the village of Ban Thung Yao, Si Sa Ket Province, Isaan.

and a separate, air-conditioned, queen-bedded cottage for two…

with sitting area, desk, Thai Cable TV, WiFi, and ensuite bathroom with hot-water shower.

“For traveling executives, the desk provides plenty of room for a laptop. You can see the entrance to Wat Ban Yao across the street.

“The artwork is valuable, twentieth-century, fine-art photography.

“The view out the Cottage door and across the patio to the restaurant.

“The cottage and restaurant share a cool patio and lush garden for outdoor relaxing and dining under the trees.

“The restaurant is informal in keeping with the spirit of rural Isaan.













“The meals are “Nice n’ Easy” Thai specialties ranging from tangy Samet-style to fiery Isaan varieties, including fresh fish and vegetables from today’s village market. We also offer several, delicious international dishes. 

“We have an off-street, lockable, paved parking lot.


“Also, you have the free use of our beautiful swimming pool, nearby.

“As the only overnight guests, you will enjoy complete privacy, peace, and quiet until the village wakes up in the morning and the farmers “tuk-tuk” along our street to their paddies and plantations.


“The village is charming with long vistas of green fields, dark forests, and distant mountains.













Isaan is the orange section above. It is bordered by Laos on the north and east, and by Cambodia on the south.


Our village – Ban Thung Yao, is the green dot ● due north of Siem Reap in Cambodia, just over the Thai/Cambodian border approximately halfway between Khorat/Nakhon Ratchasima (more commonly known as Korat) in the northwest and Ubon Ratchathani (our nearest international airport) in the northeast.


Korat is at the western edge of the Korat Plateau. Historically, it once marked the boundary between Lao and Siamese territory. It is the gateway to the Lao-speaking northeast - Isaan.


Ubon Ratchathani is one of the four major cities of Isaan - Khorat/Nakhon Ratchasima, Ubon Ratchathani, Udon Thani, and Khon Kaen. Ubon is best known for its annual Candle Festival, held in July.


Moo 4 (Ban Thung Yao) is one of 12 muban (villages) that make up the Tambon (sub-district) of Lalai. Lalai has a population of 7586.


Ban Thung Yao is approximately 300 miles (500 km) due east of Bangkok.


Getting here…


Due to the good roads, it is an easy drive from almost anywhere in Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, or Thailand. Driving Directions are below.


If you are arriving by plane to the Ubon Ratchathani Airport and haven’t arranged for a car, call either of the following two taxis at the airport:
Taxi No. 175 – Khun Tee – 086-244-0002 or 061-948-5754, or
Taxi No. 248 – Khun Pairoat, 096-034-7753.
Both drivers have been to Somtum Inter.


Our village is an 80-minute drive southwest from the Ubon Ratchathani airport.


There is also a comfortable, executive bus whose 6-hour trip from Bangkok directly to our nearest town - Kantharalak - will give you a fascinating look at the country.

Ban Thung Yao is a 20-minute drive southwest from Kantharalak on Route 2335.


Driving Directions:


Our address:


288 Moo 4 (the street number)
Ban Thung Yao (the village)
La Lai (the district)
Kantharalak (the county)
Si Sa Ket (the province), Thailand 33110
Mobile (English language): Edward Carter - 087-103-9916
Mobile (Thai language): Tan Sitthiphan – 087-050-6661
Email: eglcarter@yahoo.com
(Emergency email: Tan Sitthiphan – blueskyisland@yahoo.com)


The exact location of Somtum Inter - Garden Cottage and Restaurant is:
Latitude: 14.5077450 or 14 degrees, 30 min., 27.88 sec. North.
Longitude: 104.5782709 or 104 degrees, 34 min., 41.78 sec. East.


Take route 2178 out of Ubon Ratchathani, after 42 km turn left onto Route 2085 and follow into Kantharalak. Turn right on the main street and go until you see the tall, white, Chedi, several blocks down on the left. Turn left before the Chedi and, when you can, turn left onto another main road which is Route 221, head south in the direction of Preah Vihern. Check your odometer, now.


At just under 5 km from Kantharalak, off a long, straight section, turn Right onto Route 2126 toward Khun Han and Ban Thung Yao (no sign). (It is approximately 16 km from this turn to Ban Thung Yao.)


Go through Mueang and Rung, and a large reservoir on both sides of the road.

At 10 km after joining 2126, you will pass a school on your left, and come up to a stop sign. Turn right onto Route 2335 (no sign) and continue about 6 km.


After a very small village, as you pass a school with a large schoolyard on the left (Ban Thung Yao Kham Proi School), slow down to walking pace. You are in Ban Thung Yao. The second building on the left is Somtum Inter. (Dark-roofed one-storey building with trees in front; next to a small, white building with a fancy, Lanna roof.) You will find Khun Tan inside - 087-050-6661


Directly across the road, on the right as you approach from Kantharalak, is the entrance to Wat Thung Yao - do not drive in. Park in front of Somtam Inter and ring the doorbell. 


Highlights of Somtum Inter - Garden Cottage and Restaurant.

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Dateline: May 16, 2018; Ban Thung Yao, Isaan

TOP JOURNALIST VISITS

SOMTUM INTER - GARDEN COTTAGE & RESTAURANT


Alan S. Brown, a highly respected journalist who lives most of the year in Pattaya, Thailand, lunched at Somtum Inter today. He was amazed at the quality and value of his multi-course luncheon.

Mr. Brown, and Akharaphat (Tan) Sitthiphan

"Khun Tan may call it "Nice 'n Easy," but the decor, the cuisine, and especially the romantic cottage in the garden, are world-class chic, cosmopolitan, and very, very comfortable."


The journalist was staying as a houseguest in The White Elephant House, a ten-minute walk through the quaint village.

Experience the heart and soul of Thailand…


While tourism has ravaged much of Thailand, Isaan – the northeast corner of the Kingdom - is untouched, especially our province of Si Sa Ket. This ranging region is as it has always been – idyllic, bucolic, rustic, and calm.


Our village of Ban Thung Yao is typical of Si Sa Ket. While on a modern road, it is a remote, pastoral village surrounded by bright green rice paddies, stands of dark rubber trees, clusters of heavy cattle, troops of water buffalo, and primitive, wooden houses filled with grinning families.


It is a village of sights and sounds…


Sights…


Lining the lanes are bright orange marigolds, deep green Elephant Ears, tall swaying palms, yellow and white plumes of Plumeria trees, and the golden rains of the Ratchaphruek - Thailand’s national flower that bursts into bloom at the end of the cool season.


Known as the flower of Buddhism and an important religious symbol, the Lotus can be found in ponds, rivers, lakes, and large, water-filled urns all around the nation. It is especially common here in Isaan. Here is one from our garden…


Our gardens are full of orchids - there are more than 1,000 different species in the country. Indeed, Thailand has the most orchids of any country in Southeast Asia.
This from our garden…

The Mangrove Trumpet Tree, also known as Tui, has white flowers on long stems. The fluted appearance makes it look somewhat like a trumpet, hence its name...

Often associated with the tropics, the Hibiscus flower is very common here.

The lovely, purple Krachiao flower, also known as the Siamese tulip, bursts into color at the start of the rainy season. One of the best places to see flower-filled fields stretching for as far as the eye can see is here in Isaan.

In the evening, our gardens are filled with the enticingly sweet aroma of Jasmine; it is the symbol of Mother’s Day in Thailand.

And here, growing in the garden of Somtum Inter, is the most unusual Mayom or Gooseberry tree. We eat the fruit right off the tree with salt and pepper. Tart and tasty, it is an ingredient in Somtum – our famous, spicy, green papaya salad.

More from our gardens…

Come visit us and experience them all for yourself. We’d love to welcome you.




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Sounds - the sounds of the village are as magic as the sights…


In the morning, the farming families are up before dawn. The roosters herald the new day, wives chop wood to prepare breakfasts, and tuk-tuks chug off to the farms.


If you’re lucky, some mornings, around 6 am, music comes over the village loudspeakers signaling the village headman’s announcements… it doesn’t last long, and we usually go back to sleep.


During the day, most folks are in the fields and forests, and the village is quiet. It comes back to life in the evening… the farmers and the monks produce a special atmosphere.


Some evenings, when there is news to share, it's fun to hear the “D.J.” Headman’s broadcasts. Preceded by a few minutes of music that gets everyone’s attention, the farming and weather news last only a few minutes. Bonding the villagers, this long tradition is followed all over Isaan.


We and our guests support Wat Thung Yao, our local temple, and each evening for about an hour, the monks respond by filling the air with traditional music and melodious chanting. The experience is moving and very special.


Then the sounds are of the tinkle of glasses toasting the sunset and stories and laughter and... memories that will last forever.



Where exactly are we?


The exact location of Somtum Inter – Garden Cottage & Restaurant is:
Latitude: 14.5077450 or 14 degrees, 30 min., 27.88 sec. North.
Longitude: 104.5782709 or 104 degrees, 34 min., 41.78 sec. East.


See the following map… 


"We are known for our wonderful breakfasts (not included in the price of the Cottage). Our cooked-to-order breakfasts can be almost anything you want... here are fried eggs with bacon, ham, sausage, croissant, toast, butter, and jam.

"And here is an omelet with bacon, ham, sausage, croissant, toast, butter, and jam.

“And here is a stack of pancakes with lots of butter and Maple Syrup.


"Of course, breakfast can be accompanied by orange juice and many varieties of freshly ground coffee.

“It consists of a large inner courtyard and garden, a popular restaurant…

"From a different angle... I have a variety of fine linens that are provided without charge.

(A graduate of Bangkok's famous Bartender Course School, Khun Tan is also a master of exotic drinks!) 




"Somtum Inter is in Sisaket Province in Northeast Thailand, a territory commonly referred to as Isaan - an undiscovered region of verdant rice paddies, shiny rubber plantations, splashing waterfalls, and ancient ruins. It is as it has always been – idyllic, bucolic, rustic, and calm.


"The nearest international airport is Ubon Ratchathani, an hour’s flight from Bangkok. There is also a comfortable, executive bus whose 6-hour trip from Bangkok directly to the city of Kantharalak will give you a fascinating look at the country. Ban Thung Yao is an 80-minute drive southwest from Ubon Ratchathani and 25 minutes southwest of Kantharalak on Route 2335. We can send you Driving Directions.

"Our village is typical of Isaan - while on a modern road, it is a remote and pastoral with clusters of heavy cattle, troops of water buffalo, and primitive, wooden houses filled with grinning families. There is an interesting temple, Wat Thung Yao, immediately across the street from Somtum Inter.


"After your marvelous breakfast, while the patio, garden, and pool await, there is much to do - you’re free to sun and swim, walk the village, or visit the temple. You can have lunch at Somtum Inter and then you have many options… long-tail boating on the nearby lake; bargaining at the village market; and luxuriating with a traditional Thai or oil massage in the privacy of our massage room by a licensed masseuse.


"Some evenings, when there is news to share, it's fun to hear the “D.J.” Headman’s broadcasts. Preceded by a few minutes of music that gets everyone’s attention, the farming and weather news last only a few minutes. Bonding the villagers, this long tradition is followed all over Isaan.


"We and our guests support Wat Thung Yao, our local temple, and each evening for about an hour, the monks respond by filling the air with traditional music and melodious chanting. The experience is moving and very special.


Then, under a tree in the garden, the sounds are of the splashing fountain and tinkle of glasses toasting the sunset and stories and laughter... memories that will last forever.

“Then it’s time for dinner… 

"and another blissful day winds down under the stars.

“The Cottage is THB 850 (approximately US$27.00) per night, including taxes. Towels, linens, and basic toiletries are provided. There is a one-time charge of THB 200 (US$6) to provide a child's bed(s) in the Cottage. The Restaurant is equally reasonable; for example, an American breakfast is only THB 180 (approximately US$5.50) per person.”


Make a booking by calling Khun Tan at +66 87 050 6661 or

click the button below.

“Sawasdee khrap! Hello! My son, Opaul, and I are so happy to welcome you!!”


BOOK THE COTTAGE:

Telephone Khun Tan in Thailand - +66-87-050-6661


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A note about Somtum. Somtum is the original style of papaya salad as prepared in Isaan. An abundance of fresh ingredients is ever-present in Thai cuisine. The most popular Thai dish that showcases fresh vegetables is som tum Thai or green papaya salad. Som tum Thai is a fantastic raw Thai salad often made of shredded unripe papaya, sliced tomatoes, raw yard-long beans, peanuts, dried mini shrimp, and fresh garlic. Sometimes there are shreds of carrots and green or purple cabbage to add a pop of color. A sweet, salty, tangy sauce made of sugar, lime juice, and fish sauce completes the dish.


Of course, Khun Tan is an expert when it comes to Somtum. He often adds Inter-national touches that make it even more special. Thus, Somtum Inter!



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Somtum Inter is ranked ALL 10s in both Booking.com and Agoda.com...

One of our recent guests is a professional photographer from the north of France. He is married to a lady from a neighboring village here in Sisaket. He has made a lovely video of his visit with us and Somtum Inter is the penultimate scene in the film...

October 10, 2018


We served a special buffet lunch to some 20 members of a photographic group from Kantharalak last week. Here are two of the photographs from the shoot...

“Towels and basic toiletries are provided free of charge.

Note the Emergency Lights (on the right) that come on automatically if the power goes out.

The ensuite bathroom

I hope to see you soon. Best wishes,

Tan


November 9, 2018 - Great Feedback on Expedia!