by Kristie Rodgers
CHANTHABURI Chanthorn Pochana
Srijan Rd 22000 Tel 0-3931-2339
A centrally located restaurant, Chanthorn Pochana has a tempting variety of curries, spicy Thai salads, and delicious stir-fries on an extensive menu. Try the local specialty sen mi phad pu (egg noodles topped with delicious crab meat) – a sure winner.
CHANTHABURI Muen Baan
Saritdet Rd 22000
An excellent restaurant providing a delectable array of home-cooked food, Muen Baan, which means just like home, serves a variety of options for vegetarians. The restaurant is conveniently located next to the bus station, and the owners are warm and friendly.
KO CHANG Invito
Hat Sai Khao 23170 Tel 0-3955-1326
Ideal for a romantic Italian dinner by candlelight, Invito is an old northern Thai house transported from Chiang Mai and rebuilt in its current location. The food is excellent – from pizzas to fine dining choices covering all regional cuisines of Italy. The restaurant also has a pleasant outdoor terrace.
KO CHANG Oodie’s Place
Hat Sai Khao 23170 Tel 08-1853-1271
A lively restaurant on pretty Hat Sai Khao, Oodie’s Place is run by a local musician who entertains his guests by playing covers of rock classics most nights from around 10pm. Diners can choose from a reliable menu of Thai dishes as well as French specialties.
KO CHANG Paddy’s Palms
Hat Sai Khao 23170 Tel 0-3955-1095
An Irish pub with bright green interiors, Paddy’s Palms is incongruous with the rest of Hat Sai Khao. The food however is authentic – shepherd’s pie and beer-marinated beef. Try the Sunday roast. The pub also has an attached guesthouse for visitors who would like to stay the night.
KO CHANG Sabay Bar
Hat Sai Khao 23170
For the past few years, this has been one of the most popular spots to spend an evening on Hat Sai Khao. Sabay Bar’s successful formula involves the choice between a fancy air-conditioned interior where a live band plays nightly, and alfresco dining with mats and cushions on the sand.
KO CHANG The Bay
Ban Bang Bao Pier 23170
One of several seafood restaurants located on the pier, in the picturesque fishing village of Bang Bao at the southern end of Ko Chang. The Bay has a sophisticated atmosphere and a good range of cocktails. The restaurant is popular with the diving crowd.
KO CHANG Tonsai
Hat Sai Khao 23170 Tel 08-9895-7229
A tree-house restaurant, Tonsai is set in and around a huge banyan tree. This is an ideal spot for an afternoon drink or evening dinner in Hat Sai Khao. The menu offers Thai as well as international cuisine and vegetarians can choose from variety of options.
KO SAMET Naga
Ao Hin Khok 21160
Started by an astute English woman, Naga – a guesthouse and restaurant – serves simple fare, using fresh vegetables and baked goods from its famous bakery. The chefs still cook the food according to the high standards set by its founder. Stroll down to the beach bar after dinner.
KO SAMET Jeb’s
Ao Hin Khok 21160 Tel 0-3864-4112
Offering a wide variety of Thai, Western, Indian, and Mexican dishes, Jeb’s is an inviting place where diners can enjoy a perfect outdoor eating experience. As with most restaurants on Ko Samet, seafood is the most popular item on the menu. There is a wide a variety of cocktails to choose from.