UPDATED for 2018-19 Season
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 and cheerful Thai places dotted along the main street, such as Maxime and Lek’s Kitchen, all perfectly adequate.
For Issan style, Check Inn Moo Chum, in the cluster of buildings running from the bridge, serves up sticky rice, grilled chicken, somtam and DIY bbq, whilst the no frills place, by the street down to The White House, is also worth a mention.
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, head down the street by Harley Moon Hideaway to either Sea Terrace, the large restaurant over the water at the bottom or at the end to No Name Seafood by Koh Chang 7 Guesthouse (the former Bailan Huts). Preecha Seafood behind the police box at the northern end gives you one more option. All three offer full seafood menus with all the Thai classics, prices a little higher than at the diners on the street.
Down on the beach, next door to Mercure Hideaway, the Italian owned Lisca Beach serves up pizzas and Italian fare – a very relaxed spot to wile way the day.
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. Both those two and Bailan Sauna also offer breakfasts.
Our Favourites – Bailan Restaurants
Pricing Code/Per person in Baht (B) excluding drinks:
B= under 100; BB= under 500; BBB= over 500;
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.
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 coffee, cocktails and ice cream. Pool table in the back, additional area upstairs sometimes open. Can get busy, affable host.
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.
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