the land of smiles…

I have never been this far away from home and it felt good. It is really amazing how you explore the new aspects of yourself when you are out of your comfort zone. I was in Thailand, Koh Samui, for couple days and then in Bangkok. I was really blown away by the culture and the manners… We are in hotel business, so I know the value of a honestly smiling face, it amazed me how everyone (seriously, every one we have seen and met) was amazingly friendly, smiling and respectful. They really deserve and live up to their slogan ‘The Land of Smiles’. The landscape also amazed me everywhere I go. I would probably become a fruitarian if I’d live there. There’s wide and tasty range of tropical fruits, I particularly adored rambutan and longan! Not to forget the coconut water, I drank liters of coconut water instead of water- it is almost identical to our blood plasma, so it is much more hydrating than any other water…

I think photos would tell much more than mere words, so enjoy the photo diary…

fruit buffet

The fruit and wheatgrass buffet

kamalaya pool

cisem & mung bean pasta

We enjoyed a wide variety of healthy Thai food such as mung bean pasta with Thai herbs.

green curry & holy basil

Thai green curry // In the resort every herb they use was grown there, so it was a pleasant surprise to see different herbs such as holy basil, tamarind and cilantro when you are walking around.

coconut juice

Raw coconut juice is probably my favorite drink ever. It is a shame we don’t have it in Turkey so I always indulge myself with huge amounts when I am abroad.

raw coconut ice cream & dessertLongan, another favorite and raw desserts with coconut ice cream


Amrita Cafe

tea sharing ceremonyTea Sharing ceremony, it was a great way to taste different teas coming mostly from China. Each of them has a story and a special way of brewing.

cisem 12

meditation & elephant sculpture & flower

beach & swing & yoga

I am by no means a yogini, but I really enjoy yoga and try my best to do the poses right. I also liked that there was a huge swing on the beach, it was really relaxing.

juices & smoothiesFresh juices and smoothies

sunset & hotel entrance & ocean

flower 4

raw pad thai & starter & radiance restaurant

We had the privilege to eat some very tasty raw foods in different restaurants…

four seasons brunch

My fruit plate for breakfast

monk & flowerin Big Buddha, Koh Samui

osho print on shopping bag & cisemI was surprised to see a quote by Osho on my shopping bag, which I realized when I am back to the hotel… It was really meaningful for me, reminding that I should open my eyes and enjoy the little details of life.

fruit plate & karma sutra cafe


Karma Sutra Cafe, The Fisherman’s Village, Koh Samui

banyan tree & coconut juice

Banyan Tree, Koh Samui

w retreat koh samui


Rambutan, I already miss these a lot!

bangkok 2

The Grand Palace, Bangkok

parliament blue

cisem 2

cisem 4

Hope you enjoyed this post, I will be back with informative posts and recipes. Stay tuned!

Love & Peace


  1. diana says:

    Can you name the raw vegan restaurants where you have eaten in Thailand? I am planning to travel there soon- BKK, Koh Samui and Koh Phi Phi Don and I haven’t found any raw vegan restaurants till now…


    • cisemcakir says:

      Hello Diana! I went to Koh Samui for detox, so I didn’t eat outside of the hotel.. Only in Radiance Restaurant in Spa Samui, which has a diverse raw food menu. We spend 3 days in Bangkok and because there were other people with me, I was following them rather than going to specific raw food restaurants- Thailand is great because you can find vegan/vegetarian food almost in every restaurant. I will suggest you however, to check Happy Cow website. This is a great website to find out the vegetarian/vegan/raw food and even health food stores in a specific area. Happy surfing!


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