Though hardly abundant, Chai Chet restaurants do now offer a selection of very decent options, where you can dine out on seafood, Italian and Thai classics.
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At the northern end by Thai Hill Garden Resort, Nhong Korean BBQ has an open air buffet from 259bt per person. Next door, Gloy is a great little Thai cafe, the real McCoy, normally full with locals and workers.
Just along from these, U-Turn has become a real success in the last year or so, with a wide ranging menu of seafood, classic Thai, a few western dishes and even a short list of Khmer cuisine.
In the centre of the area, VJ Plaza lost literally all of its tourist orientated diners due to the pandemic’s business downturn, with even the top notch noodle soup joint giving up the ghost. Fear not, though, as the first shoots of recovery are already springing up with a couple of new cheap and cheerful places around the front and side of the supermarket. It’s all very street Thai – tables, chairs, and kitchen area squeezed in to wherever there is space – but things are off and running once more.
Down on the sand at the southern end, Flora i Talay and Koh Chang Paradise have some decent in house diners which are worth a visit – Flora does a nightly BBQ – but the restaurant to look out for is up by the road, Signature, next door to Pajamas Hostel.
This is the rebranding of the the former Nong Bua and it comes complete with upstairs bar and coffee house as well as a separate area at the rear with thatch covered salas. This is certainly one of the best Chai Chet restaurants – we reviewed it here a few years ago.
Sitting diagonally opposite, the roadside Thai restaurant is also a good bet at this end – somtam particularly.
In amongst the beer bars at the northern end, King Pizza comes with a slew of recommendations – takeaway only.
Once of VJ Plaza, Marco now makes his home opposite Flora i Talay. Ranking near the top of all the Koh Chang Italian restaurants, the affable host serves up homemade pastas, pizzas and mains – plenty of good reviews in Tripadvisor.
Incidentally, Abella is another long running Italian over in Coconut Plaza which has a steady following.
For a decent cup of coffee, the Koh Chang chain, Marin, has a large and wonderfully cooling a/c shop on the corner of Coconut Plaza. Nong Bua Alam, upstairs at Signature too now gives you another option.
Recommended – Chai Chet Restaurants
Per Person: BB – BBB
At the southern end by the beach walkway, the rebranded Nong Bua, offers a menu of classic Thai dishes centring on seafood at great prices, with some western choices too. Chic thatch salas at the rear for outdoor dining, relaxed bar and coffee shop upstairs with views out to sea. Already very popular with locals and tourists alike.
Marco Ristorante Italiano
Per Person: BB
Southern end of the village opposite Flora, highly recommended Italian restaurant run by Marco. Fresh lasagne, ravioli, pizzas, sangria, tiramisu, homemade bread and a friendly taverna style atmosphere – a little corner of Italy, well worth seeking out.
UPDATED JULY 22 for 22/23 Season
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