Bailan Beach Restaurants – Our Favourites

bailan-beach-restaurants-koh-chang Bailan Beach restaurants are cosy, friendly affairs as you expect of this local area where development has been steady rather than spectacular.

Happy Turtle and Tamarin are the attraction in the center of the village, with both drawing a good crowd each evening for their well priced Thai cooking. Elsewhere, there are now quite a few cheap Thai places dotted along the main street, with the Issan shack at the southern end worth a mention for its sticky rice, grilled chicken and somtam.

For noodle soup, look no further than the large house by the crossroads in the centre, whilst, by the bridge, the small restaurant with attached minimart knocks up a great cashew nut chicken complete with long dried red chillies.

For seafood, try either the large restaurant over the water at the bottom of the street by Harley Moon Hideaway or follow the same street to the end to No Name Seafood by Koh Chang 7 Guesthouse (the former Bailan Huts). Both offer full seafood menus with all the Thai classics.

Next door to Mercure Hideaway, the Italian owned Lisca Beach serves up pizzas and Italian fare down on the beach.

A couple of the Bailan Beach restaurants at the resorts themselves get decent feedback, with The Orchid’s name often cropping up for its curries. Similarly, the understated Mangrove at the northern end, is always highly praised by those that venture down there.

Finally, for coffee, Bailan Cafe has recently opened its doors but the best brew is undoubtedly served up by Nick at The Happy Turtle across the road.

Our Favourite Restaurants

Pricing Code/Per person in Baht (B) excluding drinks:
B= under 100; BB= under 500; BBB= over 500;

The Mangrove

Per Person: BB

Very chic restaurant and bar located down by the water at the northern end, with a large chill out sun deck. Small menu, changing each season, offers delicately spiced and well presented dishes, friendly bar provides the cocktails, wine and mellow music. Best go lunchtime, early evening as can close early.


Per Person: B-BB

In the center of the village, with tables on the terrace behind the tamarind tree. Good, tasty Thai cooking, with a Khmer influence from this very popular diner, run by a French and Cambodian couple. Well priced, breakfast too.

Happy Turtle

Per Person: BB

By the road at the southern end, Swedish owned, a restaurant serving good Thai and western food, with a separate bar area for superb coffee, cocktails and ice cream. Pool table in the back, chill-out area upstairs, cooking school. A most convivial spot with a very chatty host, busy.

Lisca Beach

Per Person: BB

At the southern end of the village near The Mercure, small beach cafe with tables on the sand serving pizzas, Italian and Thai dishes by the sea. Wines, spirits, beers and shakes, good place to hang out, chilled atmosphere. Now have glamping tents too.

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