Chai Chet restaurants are not going to set the gastronomic juices flowing, but in amongst the obviously tourist orientated affairs, you can dine out on some excellent seafood and Italian.
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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.
In the centre of the area, VJ Plaza is home to a cluster of typical Chai Chet restaurants, Wow and Goya Cafe principal amongst them (all currently closed). They cater to the resorts across the street such as Coconut Beach and in truth, it’s pretty standard fare but keenly priced.
Opposite VJ Supermarket’s side door, there is a top notch noodle soup restaurant, with options ranging from clear to tom yam, pork blood to yentafo (the bright pink one) and more besides.
J and G Bistro and U-Turn across the street from VJ Plaza offer more of the same hybrid style as well as breakfast and coffee.
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, Nong Bua Seafood, next door to Pajamas Hostel.
It’s the same owners as the one in White Sand Beach but this branch is more of a chic affair, much in contrast to the delightful shabbiness of its sister. This is certainly one of the best Chai Chet restaurants – our review here. Sitting diagonally opposite, the somtam restaurant is also worth a try.
In amongst the beer bars at the northern end, King Pizza comes with a slew of recommendations – takeaway only.
Formerly in VJ Plaza, Marco has now moved 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.
Recommended – Chai Chet Restaurants
Nong Bua Seafood
Per Person: B – BBB
At the southern end by the beach walkway, sister restaurant to the hugely successful White Sand version, same menu of classic Thai dishes centring on seafood at great prices, but this one is a very relaxed and chic affair. Very popular with locals and tourists alike. Full bar, some western choices.
Marco Ristorante Italiano
Per Person: BB
Tucked away in VJ Plaza in the middle of Chai Chet, 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.
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