Klong Son restaurants are few and far between. It’s not an area to find tables set out on the beach or a street for meandering back and forth peering at the ice laden seafood boat, such as at White Sand Beach or Kai Bae Beach.
What Klong Son does do very well is Thai street food and around the 7/11 crossroads, noodle and grilled chicken counters jostle for space among the vegetable stands, all cheap and tasty. Even better, from mid morning, maybe earlier, small stalls will appear selling bagged up goodies for takeaway at 30bt to 40bt upwards. This is the real thing, wild boar or southern vegetable curries, bitter gourd with pork ribs soup, loofah gourd with egg, crab and clams. You can find rice too, also by the bag, so why not be adventurous and give it whirl, as this is as authentic as it comes and once over your understandable trepidation at the unfamiliar, don’t be surprised at quite how delicious it is.
If you crave something western, The Beach Club in the Siam Royal View villas development will do the trick and Aiyapura Resort has also opened up an offshoot bakery and deli in the centre of town.
Jiang Noodles at Riverside Resort by the bridge is a Bangkok chain, fishballs being the house speciality. It also has a juice bar at the front and talking of chains, for a very good brew, try the Amazon coffee shop at the back of the PTT garage, a great pit-stop on your way out of town down the east coast.
Blues Blues Art and Food is well worth hunting out, right by the meandering road on the way to Ban Kwan Chang and Jao Leuam Waterfall, but like a little oasis of calm once you get inside behind the foliage.
You can also find one of the Koh Chang’s best chicken on rice and pad thai at Dula Villa’s tiny three tabled roadside diner, which is opposite Orchid Resort just before the mountain over to White Sand Beach.
Klong Son Restaurants – Our Favourites
Pricing Code/Per person in Baht (B) excluding drinks:
B= under 100; BB= under 500; BBB= over 500;
Blues Blues Arts and Food
Per Person: BB
Terrific little Thai food cafe tucked away on the inland road to the waterfall. Extensive menu with one dish over rice choices cheap and excellent, anything fried with red curry paste a house speciality. Coconuts, shakes, beers, mellow music, paintings adorning every available space for sale.
The Beach Club
Per Person: BB-BBB
Within the Siam Royal View development at the northern end, Thai and international food in the smart club house overlooking the bay. Well prepared and presented dishes, with the added bonus of being able to use the pool and beach if you eat here. Quiet and away from the crowds, relaxed.
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