Restaurants – General
With its low key development and beaches so spread out along the coast, Koh Kood does not exactly overflow with restaurants outside the resorts themselves. Visitors tend to eat in-house or wander next door to the next resort along if they fancy a change. That said, for those who wish to venture out, we have rounded up our choices and recommmendations.
Restaurants – Klong Chao
There are a few options which have sprung up around Klong Chao Beach in the centre of the west coast. The Fisherman Hut is perhaps the most popular, offering a full menu with nightly bbq all at reasonable prices. Round the round are a couple of cheap but very acceptable joints, Chill out Cafe, Rimtang Kitchen among others and even an Indian, Masaala Haat, with its terrace at the back overlooking the mangroves.
In and around the resorts along the river, Klong Chao Garden View attracts plenty of outsiders and from there, it is only a short walk to the tiny Ra Beang Mai, the intimate Mangrove Bungalows and the very sociable bbq at Cozy House by the bridge.
Restaurants – North from Klong Chao to Ao Salad
Heading north from Klong Chao, you’ll find some basic but tasty Thai noodle or one dish shacks scattered here and there near the hospital and a good somtam centre opposite Little Hut Resort at the start of the Ao Salad road.
Once you reach Ao Salad, Kraten Seafood makes a great choice for lunch, some very well judged dishes, nicely presented and wonderful views over the bay from its vantage point above the village. Meanwhile, down at the end of the walkway by the sea, Ao Salad Seafood, has all manner of fish kept in nets under the floorboards – point at one and it’s yours on a plate a few minutes later.
One last restaurant that you may come upon when out exploring is Restaurant Benz, deep in the mangroves near to Captain Hook Resort in the north west of the island. In the main, this chic wooden diner over the water is used by those staying at Soneva Kiri and the guests arrive by boat to enjoy a 3 course dinner at 3,250bt per head. If not staying at the resort, it can sometimes be possible to get a table but your resort will need to book it for you. Alternatively, turn up during the day and speak to the staff directly as they set up for evening service.
Restaurants – South from Klong Chao
Heading south from Klong Chao, the tiny Chaiyo, as basic a Thai diner as they come but with tasty fare, sits at the front of the village by the creek at the southern end of Ngamkho Beach, with the popular Guy Restaurant up on the hill as you leave the area. Just before Bang Bao Beach, Chiang Mai is famed among the expat locals for its large though not particularly subtle portions and there is another simple seafood and standard Thai restaurant at the bottom of the hill at the other end, Pong’s Seafood.
With the arrival of Cham’s House in Ao Takian Beach, the area by the road on the approaches to its turning has started to develop. It is still very nascent but there are some noodle stalls and somtam shops scattered about and Eve House, a new backpacker bungalow resort has its own bar and restaurant, Taleh.
Much further down the island, Relax has re-appeared after moving from Klong Chao Beach. Its food was very good there, nothing too fancy but well spiced, the curries especially and should you be down this way, it’s definitely worth a stop. If not, the road finally hits Ao Yai, the fishing village. A cluster of small seafood restaurants have opened up at the start of the village accessed down a wooden walkway off the main road, with the Thai Kitchen proving the most popular. At the other end of the village, Chonthicha has a prime location on the pier, squid, fish and crab all available and equally delicious, plus it makes a great spot for boat watching.
Restaurants – Cafes
Coffee wise, there are various places across the island, Viewpoint Cafe, on stilts over the water on the narrow road that runs towards Away Resort on Klong Chao Beach, specialises in a Vietnamese blend and brew. Its old home above the beach at the northern end is now occupied by Good View, but the wonderful ocean and beach panoramic vista remain constant, perfect to absorb as you sip their very acceptable cappuccino, good wifi too by the way.
Ngamkho Resort has a little cafe at the southern end of that beach, while Bann Suan Homestay at the turning to Siam Beach Resort grinds the beans for Bang Bao Beach. Going north, the little BB Coffee down by the sea at Klong Mad is a sweet spot worth a stop and a look-round.
Our Recommended Restaurants
Pricing Code/Per person in Baht (B) excluding drinks:
B= under 100; BB= under 500; BBB= over 500;
Ao Salad Seafood
Per Person: BB-BBB
At the very end of the walkway, pick your fish or crabs from the nets under the floorboards and have it cooked up anyway you wish. Great views, friendly owners, very local. Homestay at the back as well.
Per Person: B-BB
Recently moved from Klong Chao to a roadside location far down in the south west near Ao Phrao. One dish over rice, curries, salads, good home cooking, friendly, room on offer too.
The Fisherman Hut
Per Person: B-BB
By the bridge, relaxed spot with full menu serving well presented breakfasts, seafood, one dish Thai classics and curries, western dishes, cocktails, wine, shakes. Fishing trips, just ask.
Per Person: B-BB
Built out over the water and accessed off the winding road after the bridge. Lassis, Vietnamese coffee, sandwiches, wifi and good conversation. Aussie and Thai owners.
Per Person: BB
At the very end of the road, down the slope and turn onto the rickety walkway, sala out over the water. with large wooden tables and benches. full seafood menu – try the crab any which way. Fabulous views across the bay. Home made ice cream sometimes available.
Per Person: B-BBB
On the road above the walkway, very well balanced, spiced and presented seafood, together with other Thai dishes, high above the bay. Thai souvenirs and dried foods in the shop attached. Recommended.
Chiang Mai Restaurant
Bang Bao Beach
Per Person: B-BB
On the hill before Bang Bao. Extensive menu, unnecessarily huge portions, cheap and just about tasty enough no frills Thai food. Can spice things up as needed.