Sheep Farm and Salad Salad bar, Mae Nam, Ko Samui

This place excites me so much I might just change careers! Wait, I don’t really have a career, maybe I should chose this one?  Frolic amongst sheep on a hydroponic farm and coffee shop with playground! IMG_8051

A very strange concept that totally works. I had once started down the path to be a shepherd with a short-lived Alpaca venture many years ago, and I’ve spent many years setting up food gardens, some hydroponically, so when my usual desire to find the perfect cozy wifi-cafe-with-playground gets thrown into a mix with the other two, the whole shebang really hits home. All they’d need now is a drum-set, a large art studio and an ocean view… and maybe a bi-weekly daytime dance party and I’d be 100% set for life…

Really I had no idea what we were coming to when we set out on a Sunday to find “Sheep Farm”, and so did not bring my computer as I had no idea that this may be the ultimate workspace-playground. It had been suggested we come here and I figured it was just some dirty petting zoo that might entertain Trekker for an hour.  I sit now typing this into my phone, sipping some sort of sweet green tea latte in this lovely cafe with a trellis for a roof (also a style I totally jive with – this one even has gourd shaped baskets hanging down much like the original plan for Fort Trekker Baby)

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while Trekker frolics about below and plays in the safely contained and shaded playground while live sheep munch grass from a perfectly clean, dookey-free lawn around him. Its lovely 🙂

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Somebody must be following these sheep like dog-owners in NYC parks because there doesn’t appear to be a single dookey on that lawn. In fact the whole scene appears much like telly-tubby-land than a typical petting zoo. IMG_8231

Banana trees, and a couple dozen open-sided hydroponic greenhouses with cherry tomatoes and mostly lettuce are also visible from this spot and kids build with blocks and Legos on the astroturf carpet to my right.

IMG_8044IMG_8103I Also noticed at least 8 little portable personal air cooling units about the cafe, possibly not a very sustainable solution being that it’s an open-air cafe and all but who am I to judge? (especially as it cools my neck) Actually I’m not sure how much more power than a fan they use, if any.
Some not terribly offensive Thai pop was playing in the background, but still low enough to still hear the occasional “bhaaaaah” for ambiance.
I recorded the wifi speed at on my Speedtest app at

Download Rate:
12.16 Mbps
Upload Rate:
11.25 Mbps

which is better than most cafes around here and the 3G reception on my phone is also great. I am always looking for the perfect coffeeshop/kids play combo and this one really nails it because the ambiance is great and there is endless entertainment for the child.

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And of course the best part about this place is that the cafe is on a hill above the play/sheep area which is totally protected with no shady exits so mom-at-work doesn’t need to look up every 2 seconds to check child’s safety (since there is no where child could go and no shady entrances for potential danger-strangers to appear from.) This allows mom-at-work to continue her train of thought for longer periods of time (rarity) therefore leading to higher productivity.  And when mom-at-work DOES decide to give her eyes a rest from the screen she must simply gaze out at the pastoral scene below of her child frolicking happily with sheep. What more could a mom-at-work ask for?!IMG_8210