UPDATED for 2019-20 Season
Bang Bao Beach restaurants are, in the main, exactly that, classic beach restaurants of the bamboo chairs and thatch roof variety, offering simple one dish over rice, noodles and western food, shakes and cold beers.
After Bang Bao Pier and the village, Rasta View, the brightly painted wooden cafe next door to Tranquillity Bay is worth a stop for its reggae inspired vibes and the terrific views across the bay. Shortly afterwards, you reach the first beach, Hat Sai Noi (noi, little, sai, sand, hat, beach). Over time, this has developed into a great hang out spot and you can spend all day at either Ido Ido or next door at Maha, both offering up good food and a chilled-out atmosphere.
Continue on down the road for a a couple more kilometres and you reach Bang Bao Beach itself. Chaipura Resort, a few metres further on from all the parking, has a lovely restaurant setting, high up over the creek and makes a nice change from the other beach choices. Across the bridge, The Beach, run by the same people as Buddha View on Bang Bao Pier, serves a good selection of Thai and western dishes on its terrace as does Yu Yu Golden Beach alongside – plenty of deckchairs too for a post-prandial snooze.
Klong Kloi Kitchen, also on the sand, is again nothing fancy but well prepared and tasty fare, with its seafood bbq in the evenings the best on the strip. Chivapuri Resort and Tropical Beach Resort at the southern end are also worth a nose if you are staying here, seafood in particular at the latter. Best @ Bang Bao, another decent choice for Thai and western, also runs a cooking school on site.
On the tracks and trails behind the beach and worth seeking out, is The Journey, which specialises in home-made burgers from its converted portacabin kitchen. Meanwhile, Mumlukyim, just around the corner near Yak Bungalows, serves a vast array of cheap and tasty standard Thai dishes.
Incidentally, Bang Bao Beach Koh Chang is also known as Klong Goi or Klong Kloi Beach.
Our Favourites – Bang Bao Beach and Hat Sai Noi Restaurants
Pricing Code/Per person in Baht (B) excluding drinks:
B= under 100; BB= under 500; BBB= over 500;
Per Person: B-BB
The best of the bunch along this little stretch of sand known as Hat Sai Noi, just before you reach Bang Bao Beach, offering the usual fried rice, noodles and curries, late breakfasts. Drinks, wifi, deckchairs. Friendly, good hang out.
Per Person: B-BB
Nice, relaxed beach restaurant and bar serving simple well cooked Thai and western food, curries, tacos, burritos, shakes, cocktails, cold beers. Good spot for lunch, with loungers to relax in afterwards.
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