Koh Chang East Coast Restaurants

koh-chang-east-coast-restaurantsKoh Chang east coast restaurants vary from local curry and rice shops, noodle stalls and somtam shacks to classic seafood diners catering to the Thai weekenders.

Koh Chang East Coast Restaurants – Seafood

These seafood restaurants are scattered all along the coast, starting in Ao Sapparot at the bottom of the hill just before Koh Chang ferry Pier, where you’ll find some inexpensive and surprisingly tasty spots down that little street.

A good way further down the road at Dan Mai, there is a very quiet but somehow atmospheric restaurant, Dan Mai Seafood near the Chinese Temple. Salak Khok at last rears its tourist head with its own diner among the mangroves, Salak Khok Seafood, where you can also be paddled off on a gondola tour as a post-prandial excursion.

The Thai homestay resort of Rommai Chailay in Chek Bae plays host to a charming sleeper of a restaurant, with fabulous views out over the islands in the middle of the bay. Finally, Salak Phet Seafood, back around the Salak Phet side of the same bay at the far far end, is generally packed, a legend in its own lunchtime in the Trat province.

Koh Chang East Coast Restaurants – Western and Thai

For western choices, Fishermen’s Hut Restaurant, offering Swedish and Thai food, has a terrific location out over the water in Salak Phet fishing village and further along in the same area, Baan Yemaya, serves up Thai cuisine on its tiny terrace.

Over in Long Beach, Treehouse Bungalows is your spot for a simple feed after the long drive to get there and as an alternative, check out Tantawan Resort, at the very end. If they are open, it’s another beautiful setting to enjoy lunch.

Koh Chang’s only truly vegetarian restaurant is at Spa Koh Chang, with a long menu of interesting takes on traditional Thai dishes.

Koh Chang East Coast Restaurants – Local Food

Otherwise, as you would expect in Koh Chang’s most local area, expect lots of authentic Thai food choices.

With its grilled chickens roasting slowly on a spit at the front, there is an excellent somtam restaurant just before Flower House Hotel on the way into Dan Mai. Indeed, roadside throughout this area, you’ll find plenty on offer for the local government workers from simple noodle soup stalls to curry and rice shops. Another very popular somtam restaurant is located up on the bank by the turning to Klong Nonsi waterfall.

Between Dan Mai and the turning to Salak Kohok and Long Beach, three coffee shops have now opened, in-house at Na Tara Resort, Chill Chill Cafe by the bridge at so called Ban Hat Sai Daeng and Ban Kafae in the hamlet of Baan Klong Ta Khian.

Moving on, Salak Khok has a tiny but very decent somtam shop by its mangrove walkway and as you approach Salak Phet, Chang Noi Kitchen serves up noodle soup and curry over rice. Opposite, there’s a one dish over rice shack and a bai mee (wheat) noodles cart.

Carrying on down the road, you can wolf down a great plate of crispy pork and Chinese broccoli among other simple choices at the restaurant 500 metres before the temple, whilst in and around the temple itself, you’ll find more stalls and cheap options.

Turning right instead at Chang Noi Kitchen and heading along the road to Salak Phet Seafood, there are more cheap diners in the area signed Klong Thum, inlcuding a popular multi-tasking restaurant which does everything from pork and chicken on the oil drum bbq to noodle soup and pad thai from the stove.

Koh Chang East Coast 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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Dan Mai Seafood

Per Person: BB-BBB

Down in Salak Phet village by the sea, large party room and tiny sala located over the water with great panoramic views. Mainly seafood menu, Thai style. Take a kg of crab and have it cooked different ways, say with black pepper (pad prik dam) or curry sauce (pad pon karee). Great place to lose an afternoon.

The Spa Koh Chang

Per Person: BB

Vegetarian menu that reminds you of student days, but it’s good, with fresh local seafood too, served up at the in-house restaurant of the detox centre by the mangroves near Salak Khok. Produce from the Royal project, unpolished rices, wholewheat breads, no msg and sugar free juices.

Salak Khok Seafood

Per Person: BB-BBB

Amongst the mangroves in Salak Khok village, wooden floored seafood restaurant with a nice local feel. Fresh well cooked dishes, well spiced dips, friendly owners, can get the odd tour party, but normally never too crowded. Gondolas and kayaks available to explore the bay.

Rommai Chailay Seafood

Per Person: BB

Towards the end of Chek Bae, large Thai style restaurant with tables on the terrace or in the shade. Seafood and other, spicy salads, fresh baby squid with garlic and pepper (tawt kratiam prik thai) or seafood mix fried with krachai, a variety of ginger, (pad cha). Fabulous views of Salak Phet bay.

Fishermen’s Hut

Per Person: BB

In Salak Phet fishing village after Mangrove Hideaway, shaded terrace at the end of the mini-pier looking directly up the whole bay. Thai and Swedish cuisine, with Falukorv sausages and other Scandinavian dishes house specialities. Private trawling fishing trips.

Baan Yemaya

Per Person: BB

Further into Salak Phet fishing village down a walkway after the bridge, terrace or tasteful interior dining area at this tiny guesthouse, full menu, curries, fish dishes, shakes, cocktails,beers, decent tunes in the background. Nice touches like blue jasmine rice (natural dye from the butterfly pea flower).

Salak Phet Seafood

Per Person: BB

Long established and busy seafood restaurant in prime location at the end of the bay at Salak Phet with the fish kept in netted areas off wooden jetties. Long menu with all the usual choices, well spiced, cooked and presented. Known throughout Trad Province so popular with Thai visitors and packages.

Koh Chang East Coast Nightlife

We have moved our nightlife page here, as there’s nothing to get excited about. Cocktails at The Souk in Dan Khao near Centrepoint Ferry are very good, a drink at Mangrove Hideaway overlooking the local boats is very peaceful but they do periodically apply a policy of no outside guests and finally, the new Parama has a monumental wine list, many offered by the glass, with top notch whiskies too, but expect top Bangkok hotel prices.

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