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Banyan Tree Samui’s new bar oozes nostalgia

A classic tuk-tuk from the 1960s forms the centrepiece of this beachfront bar.
A classic tuk-tuk from the 1960s forms the centrepiece of this beachfront bar.

Banyan Tree's Samui resort recently re-modelled a classic 1960s tuk-tuk and turned it into a cocktail caravan at its beachfront bar.

What makes the tuk-tuk special is the fact that this specific model, the MP4 Midget, is unseen on the streets of Thailand these days - unlike the 1960s when these "frogs", as they were known as, were practically everywhere. In fact, thousands of these 350cc three-wheelers prowled the streets of Thailand back in the day to transport passengers.

This particular frog was discovered last year in the southern Thai port town of Trang by Banyan Tree Samui's head chef, Rainer Roersch. From the moment he set eyes on the old tuk-tuk, he knew it would make an ideal art installation on the Koh Samui beachfront.

Now dubbed the Froggy Sea Breeze Beach Bar, the venue can be rented for group functions with a maximum capacity of around 35 guests. However, if rolled out as part of a dinner function, the capacity can be increased to 60 on the beach and 120 on the beachfront lawn.