Klong Prao Beach Restaurants – Our Guide

klong-prao-beach-restaurants-koh-chang Klong Prao Beach restaurants cover the full range of options from cheap Thai food to hotel dining, seafood to chic diners.

Seafood is well catered for around the northern canal at Iyara Seafood and Phu Talay, just turn in off the main road at Ramayana Resort. A hugely popular Thai choice, JE Seafood, can be found by the bridge near the old airfield and elephant camp, with incidentally a good Issan spot shortly before, complete with chickens turning temptingly on the spit at the front. The Cape has also had a new make-over, seafood again, situated in a lovely spot at the the mouth of the canal.

In the central temple area, a stretch that runs from the ubiquitous 7/11 at one end to Noren Resort by the bridge at the other, Tonsai and Kati Culinary are two restaurants out of Koh Chang’s top drawer. You’ll also find cheap and cheerful diners like Bam and Tom or Chumnan and look out for the excellent southern curry and rice shop, Raan Gaeng Som at the front of Potato Restaurant, with two dishes over rice a tasty steal at 50bt.

There is less choice up on the street at the southern end, but down on the sand, you will find plenty to keep you happy with the thatch strip of Klong Prao Beach Restaurants at Mandalay, Family and Pilot. Just Thai at Emerald Cove or on the terrace at The Dewa both offer more upmarket dining as an alternative, with neither outrageously expensive. You can get yet more seafood in Magic Resort at the far end, with its restaurant out over the water.

Shortly after Klong Prao School just before the temple, a large market area gets going from lunchtime onwards with plenty of cheap stalls along the front and you can tuck into cheap noodle soups, dishes on rice and somtam at plastic tables by the road. If you want bugs, the chap normally sets up outside that same 7/11, with the lottery man and the crepe stand as company.

Moccaccino makes a decent blend just near to the road down to Tropicana Resort, once again in that central temple area.

Klong Prao Beach 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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Phu Talay

Per Person: BB-BBB

On the canal (klong) at the northern end, very cute beach hut style seafood restaurant, with a terrace out over the water. All the usual favourites but in our experience can be a bit up and down. Still, a romantic spot. Can organise trips to see the fireflies.

Iyara Seafood

Per Person: BB-BBB

Just down from Phu Talay, another Thai seafood restaurant with lots of polished teak floors and low cushion seating. Great location, good cooking every time, can be very popular with tours. Will arrange a boat to see the fireflies too.

One Million Somtams

Per Person: B-BB

On the inland road near the entrance to the waterfall, excellent shack restaurant selling somtam, chicken and pork, sticky rice, cold drinks. Cheap, tasty and lovely peaceful location down by the river in the shade of the trees.

JE Seafood

Per Person: BB-BBB

Or Jae Aew Seafood as it is said, very popular seafood restaurant in an unglamorous location roadside by the bridge towards the northern end. Real Thai cooking with strong flavours, whether spicy, sour or sweet. Can get very very busy with vacationing Thais.

Tiger Huts

Per Person: B-BB

At the northern end, restaurant of the bungalows that makes a perfect people watching spot on its concrete dais. Full menu available all day, fried noodles to whole fish, pizzas, sandwiches. Again not high dining but easy to waste a very agreeable afternoon.

Crust Bakery

Per Person: BB

Opposite the temple in the main street hub, probably the island’s best bakery with an array of sandwiches and baguettes, hot and cold, western fillings, salami, ham, cheeses, coffee and croissants. Seating for breakfasts.

Chumnan Restaurant

Per Person: B-BB

Next door to Crust opposite the temple, cheap tasty Thai eaterie used by the locals and tourists alike. One dish over rice or similar, with a cold Chang, for about 80bt. Some western choices for families. Painfully slow service if busy.

Bam & Tom

Per Person: BB

Roadside place again in the main hub with somtam, chicken on the spit and sticky rice or DIY Korean bbq (Thai style) at the table with the conical hat and charcoal burner. Cheap, cheerful, good quality Thai Issan cooking and a very well liked spot.

Kati Culinary

Per Person: BB-BBB

Generally hailed as one of the island’s very best Thai restaurants with classic dishes executed perfectly in small and intimate surroundings. Lunch and dinner, can get very busy and maybe this has meant a dip in quality over time. Cooking school on site.

Tonsai

Per Person: BB-BBB

Again roadside opposite Kati, a long established very good Thai restaurant with an interesting menu of small starters, curries, noodles and Thai salads, all well cooked, spiced and presented. A mellow sophisticated atmosphere. Dinner only, so fills up fast.

Blue Lagoon

Per Person: BB

A wonderful location on the southern canal, with seating in little salas over the water. Thai food, usual wide selection of curries, salads, some western food. Cooking school on site, though not connected to the restaurant, with bungalows separate as well.

Family Restaurant

Per Person: B-BB

Perhaps the best of three similar thatch bar/diners on this southern section of the beach. Decent Thai dishes, simply spiced, with some western food thrown in, fruit shakes, beers, all served up on bamboo tables on the sand.


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