Bang Bao Restaurants – Our Favourites

bang-bao-restaurants-koh-chang Bang Bao restaurants are famous for their seafood. What else would one expect with a series of wooden diners built out on stilts off a central walking pier? Happily, for visitors to Koh Chang and local residents alike, some of the cooking can be very good indeed.

Menus at these typical Thai seafood restaurants are pages long, with choices from whole fish to raw prawns, squid to shellfish. Each can be cooked in every which way from steaming to frying in a myriad of sauces or styles, with two prices according to portion size. In fact, there is so much choice, it’s difficult to know where to start.

Our tip if you are in a group? Why not order a big pot of rice, share a fish and some other dishes, clams, prawns, a salad, a soup, even a plate of French Fries and then you are dining the way the Thais would do. It’s much more sociable and fun to go down this route than ordering one dish for yourself.

There are three seafood restaurants in a row, with our two favourite choice at Ruan Thai. Here, we feel the food is not adapted so much to a tourist palate, so the tastes have that bit more zing, but you must still stress and stress again if you like your dishes spicy. Expect to pay about 250bt to 300bt a head upwards with drinks.

Elsewhere, fusion gets a look-in at Buddha View, great for a sundowner too by the way and amazingly, you can get Greek cooking at where else, El Greco opposite the seafood restaurants on the pier. Chill House, just a few doors further down is another nice choice out over the water.

There are few cheap and cheerful Thai places, one dish over rice, somtam, noodles that sort of thing on the road running down to the 7/11 at the start of the pier. In particular, the tiny one tabled noodle shop by the taxis’ car park serves up a mean broth and opposite Alysia Springs is another popular spot.

Bang Bao Restaurants – Our Favourites

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

Per Person: BB-BBB

First of the four Thai seafood restaurants on the pier and probably the best, with good strong flavours and spices. Usual choices abound from raw prawns with spicy dip to clams in roasted chilli paste and Sea Bass in tamarind sauce.

Chow Lay Seafood

Per Person: BB

Long established seafood restaurant on the pier with choices of fish and crab in the tanks at the front. Extensive menu, busy and bustling atmosphere with tasty well prepared dishes, tempered to suit all tastes.

El Greco

Per Person: B-BBB

Down a walkway off the pier opposite Lom Talay Seafood, Greek restaurant and lounge bar set on the terrace over the water. Feta salads, souvlaki, kalamari, homemade pitta, cocktails, cushions, music.

Barracuda Restaurant

Per Person: B-BB

Down another offshoot jetty, a restaurant and bar with a beach vibe offering simple but good Thai food with some western choices, shakes, cold beers and artwork for sale. Nice views out over the water.

Bang Bao Delight

Per Person: B-BB

Towards the end of the pier, coffee shop with lovely wood floors, seating indoors and a couple of small tables out front. Freshly baked bread, cakes and snacks alongside Thai and western one dish food and of course, all manner of coffees. Wifi, couple of homestay rooms.

Buddha View

Per Person: BB-BBB

Stylish restaurant and bar, with extensive menu offering more of a fusion Thai flavour than the seafood eateries elsewhere on the pier. Full array of drinks and cocktails, perfect for an early evening drink too. Grab one of the glass tables looking through the floorboards. Guesthouse rooms.

Bang Bao Nightlife

We have now moved the nightlife section across to this page for the simple but overwhelming reason that there is isn’t any.

For sundowners, try the cocktails at Buddha View or Nirvana has a sunset terrace and will arrange pick up. El Greco also has a Thai house band from time to time.

Alternatively, why not simply DIY at the end of the pier by the lighthouse, really lovely with the changing light on the bay.

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