Lonely Beach Restaurants – Our Favourites

UPDATED for 2018-19 Season

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Lonely Beach Restaurants on Koh Chang offer simple, cheap and tasty Thai food, catering perfectly to the travellers and backpackers flocking to this beach for its parties and laid back vibe.

Besides the resorts’ in-house restaurants and our recommendations in the guide below, you wil also find plenty of small roadside cafes, where a plate of pad thai, a hangover-curing banana pancake or a fruit shake can be knocked up at the drop of Thai hat for next to nothing.

The Beach – Lonely Beach Restaurants

Down on the beach, Siam Huts has a long running nightly bbq at around 100bt to 150bt a head and Nature Beach is a great spot to have lunch, with its vantage point in the centre of the sand just perfect for escaping the heat of the day and people watching.

By the Bridge and Soi 1 – Lonely Beach Restaurants

Back in the village, by the bridge at the top of Soi 1, you’ll find several restaurants in a row, with the pick of the bunch at Rim Tarn, though Dang Seafood also gets good reviews. The food is very samey in all of these spots, so they swing in and out of fashion and popularity, but a simple plate of something simple like seafood noodles in soy sauce (pad siyu thale) is 60bt. The previous best of the best The Kitchen has now closed.

Ducking down into Soi 1, the kebab and burger bar has been a fixture for years providing that late night sustenance for those that have over-indulged. Cafe Del Sunshine a few metres further down serves good breakfasts and all the standard Thai dishes. Head right to the end for Sunset Huts, where the food is tasty enough but the deck out over the sea is one of the Lonely Beach’s best kept secrets.

Soi 2 – Lonely Beach Restaurants

At the other end of the connecting street and so the bottom of Soi 2, Khao Tha at Waraprua is another charming restaurant by the sea, its presentation and cooking in line with its top boutique resort reputation.

Continuing back up to the main street, Marco’s Guesthouse uses a unique and authentic Italian recipe as the base for the best pizzas in Lonely Beach. It’s open evening’s only from 18.30 to till 21.00. At the top, Sleepy Owl also bakes a very decent pizza and has excellent coffee in its air conditioned Bangkok style cafe. The tiny place opposite, just a few tables, is popular for its smoothies.

Main Street – Lonely Beach Restaurants

Back out on the main street, Baan Mai is a perennial favourite, cheap and good value Thai dishes. Incidentally, it also has a small noodle offshoot down on Soi 2, known its vegetarian dishes. Yummy Fusion Kitchen next door to the main Baan Mai lives up to it name with an interesting selection of different western dishes. Magic Garden at the far end remains a great hang-out, fresh coffee, wifi and a huge selection of western and Thai food.

Finally, Paradise Cottage continues to offer well prepared dishes in the very relaxed atmosphere at the edge of the village down the lane to Nest Sense.

Our Favourites – Lonely Beach Restaurants

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

Per Person: B-BB

Prime location in the middle of the beach, relaxed restaurant and bar serving Thai, western food, cold drinks and shakes. Great place for some lunch and watching the people, sundown beer or cocktail.

Cafe del Sunshine

Per Person: B-BB

Half way down Soi 1, cosy little cafe serving breakfasts, lunch and dinner, western or Thai. Fresh coffee, shakes and cocktails with friendly staff. Nice place to hang out. Tickets and information, rooms out back.

Kao Tha at Warapura

Per Person: B-BBB

Chilled out bar diner down by the sea at the boutique resort. Nicely spiced and presented fusion Thai food, alongside some western choices, good cocktails and music. Also have a pizzeria and cafe roadside at the top of Soi 2, Sleepy Owl

Baan Mai

Per Person: B-BB

No frills spot further up the slope on the main street, serving Thai and western food with cold drinks and shakes. Good cooking that can be spiced to suit all tastes. Popular.

Magic Garden

Per Person: B-BB

A winning combination of Thai and western food – curries, pasta, lots of seafood, bbqs, sweet treats, coffee – and chilled out atmosphere continues to draw in the travellers. Wifi, good value.

Paradise Cottage

Per Person: BB

Terrific location by the sea for this chic restaurant and bar attached to the bungalows. Thai food, starters and snacks, delicately flavoured curries with some western choices thrown in as well.

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