by Kristie Rodgers
Ko Lanta Funky Fish
Ao Phra-Ae 81150 Tel 08-1275-9501
Probably the first restaurant/bungalow operation to spring up on Ao Phra-Ae, Funky Fish is famous for its great pizzas and good music. The Thai food is toned down to suit Western palates. Can get quite noisy and crowded especially in the evening.
KO LANTA Red Snapper
Ao Phra-Ae 81150 Tel 0-7585-6965
One of the better restaurants on Ao Phra-Ae, Red Snapper has a unique atmosphere. Set in a garden, the Dutch owners have done a good job on the menu and the decor. A great place for a pleasant afternoon or evening meal. Start with the tapas, then try the catch of the day. The restaurant also has an impressive wine list.
KO LANTA Time for Lime Cooking School
Hat Klong Dao 81150 Tel 0-7568-4590
Started as a cooking school which later evolved into a restaurant, Time for Lime Cooking School also offers bungalow accommodations. The Norwegian owner still trains Thais in the finer points of European cooking while her Thai staff teaches Thai cooking to visitors. Wide choice of culinary delights prepared by trained cooks.
KO LANTA Mango Bistro
Ko Lanta Old Town 81150 Tel 0-7569-7181
This Chinese-style house on stilts along the coastline was once an opium den, but today has been renovated into the Mango Bistro. An excellent restaurant with a small library, Mango Bistro offers a wide variety of Thai and European dishes. The owner also rents the charming fisherman’s houses nearby.
KO LANTA Sayang Beach Resort
Ao Phra-Ae 81150 Tel 0-7568-4156
Even visitors not staying at Sayang Beach Resort are regulars for lunch and dinner at its restaurant. Located on a headland at the north end of Ao Phra-Ae, the restaurant is noted for its chic ambience and wide choice of Thai and Indian food, prepared by a chef from the subcontinent.
KO PHI PHI Ciao Bella
Ao Lo Dalam 81000 Tel 08-1894-1246
A romantic beachside Italian restaurant on Ao Lo Dalam, Ciao Bella is very popular with Italian visitors. Pizzas and pastas are excellent, as is the grilled seafood. Some Thai dishes, including the fresh seafood, are also worth trying. Includes a nice selection of cocktails and pleasant music.
KO PHI PHI Madame Restaurant
Ton Sai 81000
A popular hangout in central Ton Sai, the main village in Ko Phi Phi, Madame Restaurant offers great Thai curries and good pizzas – all for a reasonable price and served with a smile. Try the tom yam, which is very good. There is also an excellent spread for the vegetarians to dig into. The evening movie always attracts a crowd.
KO PHI PHI HC Anderson
Ao Ton Sai 81000 Tel 08-6267-6628
A Danish owned steakhouse, HC Anderson specializes in expensive, but delicious imported New Zealand beef and lamb. Mid-priced European food is also on offer, largely of the roasted meat variety. The restaurant offers good wines and has a lively atmosphere in the evenings.
KO PHI PHI Tacada
Zeavola Resort 81000 Tel 0-7562-7000
Located on the grounds of the very luxurious Zeavola resort (see p309) at the northeast end of the island, Tacada is the place to head after a long, tiring day of sightseeing. An open-air venue on the beachside that offers both Thai and Western food, this is definitely one of the best places for a meal on Ko Phi Phi.
KRABI Ruan Pae
Utarakit Rd 81000 Tel 0-7561-1956
A well-known floating restaurant on the Krabi River, Ruan Pae is a good place for soaking up the beautiful surroundings over a chilled beer and good Thai food, especially around sunset. Visitors must beware of the mosquitoes. Try the house specialty – tom yam thalay (spicy seafood soup).
KRABI Baie Toey
Khong Kha Rd 81000
Located close to a nice park along the river in the center of town, thisThai restaurant is a favorite among locals who come here after work. A fine menu allows diners to experiment with their orders. Look for the booth seating downstairs by the river. Closes early.
Beach Rd, Ao Nang 81000
The nicest place in Ao Nang for Italian food beyond pizza. There are also good sandwiches, made with dark grain bread, perfect for a mid-day snack. The restaurant makes its own ice cream and has a good selection of imported beers and wines. Picturesque location just across the beach.