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. There are 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.
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.
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 The Kitchen. 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.
This vein of restaurants continues on up the slope with Baan Mai a perennial favourite, but World of Tapas, at the back of BB Divers, does successfully try something different with its meats, cheeses and Belgian beers. On the corner of Soi 2, Warapura’s offshoot Sleepy Owl has a more Bangkok cafe feel, with coffee and western choices, pizza especially. It has another good restaurant down at the resort itself, which sits at the bottom end of the soi. Often overlooked, the sun deck at Sunset Huts, just along the connecting street back to Soi 1, is one of the prettiest spots around for lunch.
Perhaps, the most authentic Thai food in the Lonely Beach restaurants can be found at the no frills spot, Sai Ngam, opposite the vegetable shop near the Soi 1 turning. Its bbq catfish with somtam and sticky rice is delicious. For noodle soup, head down Soi 2 to Baan Mai Noodles opposite Stone Free, very good indeed. If you fancy a late night kebab after a night of over indulgence, fear not, it’s at the top of Soi 1 and one last tip for those on a budget, party venues will still sometimes lure you through the door early evening with a free bbq.
Lonely 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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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.
Per Person: B-BB
Thai food cafe at the start of the village with a solid reputation for tasty, simple cooking of a wide menu, with the one dish over rice options excellent. Popular spot with lots of fruit out front too.
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. A respite from the party vibe. Also have a pizzeria and cafe roadside at the top of Soi 2, Sleepy Owl
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.
The World of Tapas
Per Person: BB
Set back from the road at the southern end of the village, plates of tapas, from chorizo to tapenade, salamis to tsatziki, bread baskets, veggie selections. Shakes, Belgium beers, cool music.
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