UPDATED for 2019-20 Season
Chai Chet restaurants tend to appear and disappear with the seasons but you’ll still find plenty of choices at reasonable prices.
At the top end of VJ Plaza, the highly respected Italian restaurant Marco is one of the best of its kind on the island, with the affable host serving up homemade pastas, pizzas and mains – plenty of good reviews in Tripadvisor.
Also in the vicinity, the Thai and western food at Yes, Wow and Goya Cafe are popular with those staying at the likes of Coconut Beach Resort – it’s pretty standard fare but keenly priced. Opposite the supermarket side door, there is an excellent noodle soup restaurant, with options ranging through from clear to tom yam, pork blood and yentafo (the bright pink one). Next door is a good cheap Thai style diner.
J and G Bistro across the street from VJ Plaza is another hybrid restaurant with a wide menu, also offering breakfast and coffee. By Thai Hill Garden Resort, Nhong Korean BBQ has an open air buffet from 229bt per person and you’ll also find a couple of curry and rice shops nearby along the front. In amongst the beer bars, King Pizza is recommended too. At the far northern end of Chai Chet, Max’s Bistro remains popular with the expats, in particular its pasta nights and own unique BBQ.
Down on the sand at the southern end, Flora i Talay and Koh Chang Paradise have some decent in house diners which are worth a visit but the restaurant to look our for is up by the road, Nong Bua Seafood, next door to Pajamas Hostel. It’s the same owners as the one in White Sand Beach but this branch is more of a chic affair much in contrast to the delightful shabbiness of its sister. Like Marco, this is one of the best restaurants in the area, with our review here. Incidentally, opposite is also a very good somtam diner, the one with the the chickens turning on the spit.
For a decent cup of coffee, the Koh Chang chain, Marin, has a large and wonderfully cooling a/c shop on the corner of Coconut Plaza.
Our Favourites – Chai Chet Restaurants
Pricing Code/Per person in Baht (B) excluding drinks:
B= under 100; BB= under 500; BBB= over 500;
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Nong Bua Seafood
Per Person: B-BBB
At the southern end by the beach walkway, sister restaurant to the hugely successful White Sand version, same menu of classic Thai dishes centring on seafood at great prices, but this one is a very relaxed and chic affair. Very popular with locals and tourists alike. Full bar, some western choices.
Per Person: BB-BBB
Tucked away in VJ Plaza in the middle of Chai Chet, highly recommended Italian restaurant run by Marco. Fresh lasagne, ravioli, pizzas, sangria, tiramisu, homemade bread and a friendly taverna style atmosphere – a little corner of Italy.
Per Person: BB-BBB
At the far northern end as you enter the Chai Chet area, South African run bistro offering Western and Thai food, with weekly pasta nights (Tuesdays) and bbq specials (Fridays). Wide selection of grilled meats, salad bar, fresh breads. The place to go for a western fix. Popular. Full Bar.
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