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Klong Prao Beach Restaurants

Klong Prao Beach restaurants cover the full range of options from cheap Thai to Italian and Greek, cafes and bakeries. There’s exclusive hotel dining too, seafood on the canal and even to the odd chic diner, street-side.

Though the restaurants are found all over, the central temple area, a stretch that runs from before the large 7/11 at one end to Iyara Boty and The Gallery by the bridge at the other, is developing into the main restaurant quarter.

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Seafood – Klong Prao Beach Restaurants

On the northern canal (klong), Iyara Seafood and Phu Talay, serve up all the usual Thai seafood restaurant choices in a lovely setting down on terraces by the water’s edge. Koh Chang Seafood, another very dependable option, has its own terrific location at the the mouth of the canal.

You can access Iyara Seafood and Phu Talay by turning in off the main road at Ramayana Resort. For The Cape (Koh Chang Seafood), there’s a clearly signed track off the main road a few hundred metres before.

Perhaps the best of the seafood bunch is the hugely popular Jae Eew Seafood, which can be found by the bridge shortly after the turning to Klong Plu Waterfall. On weekends and holidays, the Thais fill the restaurant to capacity, as good as recommendation as you can get and the food is indeed excellent.

Diagonally oppsite the PTT garage and next door to Sing Thong Supermarket, Jae Mam runs its wholesale seafood business side by side with its restaurant, so you can literally see what you are ordering. Prices are in line with other restaurants and it’s frequently busy.

Further along at the far southern end, Hua Pla Mor Fai (opposite The Splash) and Magic Resort‘s in house diner up on stilts over the sea, are two other under-the-radar but very acceptable spots.

Thai Food – Klong Prao Beach Restaurants

Northern End

Running along both sides of the street from the entrance to Klong Prao Resort, the avenue of shop houses is home to a few cheap diners for noodle soup and one dish over rice. There’s also a 299bt BBQ restaurant, where you pick from the buffet and then cook on the charcoal fired conical pot at your table.

By the road down to Koh Chang Seafood, Zhong Zi Pad Pad offers a wide range of dishes specific to eastern Thailand. They have sets which give you a broad overview as well as individual dishes.

Also specialising in local Trat Province dishes, Baan Ta Klua, the in-house restaurant at Aana Resort, is owned and run by the same family as the Michelin starred Sri Trat in Bangkok. It’s a very tastefully designed space by the canal, with an interesting selection of well prepared dishes.

Before the Temple and Northern Beach Area

Shortly after Klong Prao School opposite Krongtarra and Leelawadee, the street food area gets going from early morning onwards. There are plenty of cheap stalls along the front, basic plastic tables by the road, where you can tuck into everything from noodle soup, one dish over rice or somtam.

In the middle of the food stalls, if you take the lane signed for Santhiya Tree, it will take you down to the beach at the northern end. Here, Tiger Huts in-house restaurant was previously a terrific choice on the sand with decent food and a great vantage point to watch the world go by. Unfortunately, the front of the diner has collapsed and like the resort is in a buit of a state. It seems it will be rebuilt for the coming 22/23 season…

There’s also another little cheap beach diner, just the other side of Santhiya Tree, though that too has somewhat lost its charm due to the addition of huge anti sea-erosion concrete blocks.

Opposite the temple, Bam, with its chickens on the spit out front, serves up delicious Issan food. While we are on Issan style, you could also try the ramshackle looking One Million Somtams up by the main waterfall at Klong Plu – it makes a great stop for lunch high up over the river.

Back at the temple, if you head down the little lane beside it, Soi Boonloy, the Thai Dutch Restaurant, is a long running establishment with a loyal following. It offers a wide ranging menu of everything from one plate dishes through to seafood.

Opposite the entrance to Centara Tropicana, you’ll find Kati Culinary, one of Koh Chang’s top drawer restaurants. It runs a short menu, where interesting choices sit alongside the more well known dishes. Everything is freshly made, the seasoning and spicing are well judged and it’s all delightfully presented. They have a cooking school on-site.

Just before Kati, look out for the excellent southern Thai curry and rice shop, Raan Gaeng Som, with two dishes over rice a tasty steal at 40bt, and as is the traditional southern way, a side dish of fresh raw vegetables with dipping paste (nam prik goong siap). They also have braised pork leg (khao kha muu).

On the left hand side just before the bend by The Gallery, Naga is a standard Thai diner but it also cooks a wide range of vegan and vegetarian dishes.

Far Southern End

Just Thai at Emerald Cove or on the terrace at The Dewa both offer more upmarket dining as an alternative, with neither outrageously expensive.

Western Food – Klong Prao Beach Restaurants

At the northern end in the line of shop houses near Klong Prao resort, the tiny Annie P’s American Diner serves a decent burger and has many regulars in the expat community for its breakfasts.

Central Temple Area

At the start of the central temple area, Chef Studio brings fine dining to Klong Prao in a small unassuming spot down the little street leading to OYO Iyara Resort. They do both a tasting menu and à la carte – worth booking ahead as it does get busy, Chef Studio at Facebook.

Pizzeria Spaghetteria Toscana has a wood fired pizza oven out front serving all the classics as well as pasta and Italian mains. It’s now been joined by El Greco, the well reputed Greek diner which was previously in Bang Bao.

Further along the street, Babylon (formerly Pilot, on the beach) cooks up Italian and Thai food in Tonsai’s old spot. Opposite, the owners of the Korean restaurant in Bailan at Kohchang 7 have opened a new branch here specialising in classic Korean BBQ. A few doors down, you’ll also find a small Japanese outlet, Izakaya, where you can snack on simple plates of BBQ shrimp, chicken wings and much more with your Asahi or Sake.

And talking of Japanese, if you turn at Soi Boonloy just to the left of the temple, past Thai Dutch as recommended above and follow the street right round to just before the actual temple entrance, you’ll find, Tomoko’s (Deep House Wasabi). Mainly for takeaway and delivery, they cook up katsu curry, katsu don or okako don and miso soup as well as shabu shabu sets. There is also a small area to eat in.

Southern End

One more Italian diner often overlooked is Sale e Pepe, which sits on the corner of the lane down to Emerald Cove, Vayna and Dewa. With its wood fired pizza oven out front and a full menu available too, it makes a good choice at this end of Klong Prao.

Coffee Shops and Bakeries

At the northern end, Waree Coffee has a lovely spot on the beach next door to Klong Prao Resort, whilst near the school road, the bungalow resort, Krongtarra, has a good little cafe at the front – look out for the stylish coloured glass panels.

In the central strip, Mochaccino makes a very decent blend just near to the road down to Tropicana Resort, with simple sandwiches, cakes and food also available.

Opposite, there’s yet another branch of Marin Coffee. Talking of chains, further south, Amazon Coffee has a branch at the back of the PTT Garage.

Pawina’s down by the old Blue Lagoon makes her own Kombucha as well ginger beer and coconut milk yoghurt – it’s available for takeaway too so you can buy and return the bottles.

For bakeries, Crust, next door to the main 7-11 in that temple area, is one of the islands’s longest established, with its own cafe open for breakfast and lunch. Bread Box on the corner of the Sing Thong supermarket is another very good option – again, breads cakes, croissants and coffee.

Pricing Code/Per person in Baht (B) excluding drinks: B = under 100; BB = under 500; BBB = over 500.

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Zong Zi Pad Pad

Per Person: BB – BBB

At the northern end by the weekly market area, sleek a/c restaurant offering up eastern Thai cuisine in either 249bt sets of three dishes or entrees and mains. Among many interesting choices, you can choose pork with garcinia leaves, roasted shrimp paste dips or mussel curry with pineapple. Recommended

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Baan Ta Klua

Per Person: BB – BBB

In prime location on the northern canal, the in-house diner at Aana Resort offering many local specialities including Massaman chicken with unripened Durian, Trat signature noodles with crab or shrimp, hot and sour salads, dips made with Koh Chang kapi (shrimp paste). Drinks, open till 22.00.

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Phu Talay

Per Person: BB – BBB

Just along from Baan Ta Klua on the canal, very cute beach hut style seafood restaurant, with a terrace out over the water. All the usual favourites but in our experience can be a bit up and down. Still, a romantic spot. Can also organise trips to see the fireflies in the mangroves.

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Iyara Seafood

Per Person: BB – BBB

Just down from Phu Talay, long running Thai seafood restaurant from the Iyara stable – they have resorts all over too. Whole fish steamed or fried, shellfish, squid all available in a terrific location by the water. Low seating, beautifully polished wooden floors. Can get busy if a Thai tour drops in. And you can try SUP at their centre immediately next door.

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Jae Eew Seafood

Per Person: BB – BBB

Or Jae Aew Seafood as it is said, very popular seafood restaurant in an unglamorous location roadside by the bridge towards the northern end. Real Thai cooking with strong flavours, whether spicy, sour or sweet, all the usual Thi seafood favourites. Can get very busy with vacationing Thais.

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Bam Issan

Per Person: B – BBB

Roadside place opposite the temple in the main hub with somtam, chicken on the spit and sticky rice or DIY Korean bbq (Thai style) at the table with the conical hat and charcoal burner. Cheap, cheerful, good quality Thai Issan cooking and a very well liked spot.

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Chef Studio

Per Person: BBB

Within the grounds of Iyara Resort down the little side street, small Asian fusion restaurant pitched at the fine dining market. 8 course taster menu at 1,300bt as well as à la carte dishes, all meticulously prepared by Chef Bill. Steak, seared duck and beef, grilled sea bass with barley truffle, salmon, sashimi. Birthday cakes and desserts a speciality. Open from 12.00 to 22.00. Can bring your own wine. Reservations advised. Parking.

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Raan Gaeng Som

Per Person: B – BB

In the strip, authentic southern curry and rice shop serving up beef and chicken curries, bamboo, pumpkin or pickled cabbage with egg, clams in red curry paste, spicy fried cat fish, fish liver curry. Nam prik with raw veg complimentary. Cheap and excellent, busy with Thai workers, drivers and locals. Stewed pork leg too, various thai desserts.

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Spaghetteria Toscana

Per Person: BB – BBB

Italian restaurant in the centre of the village. Wood fired pizza oven out front serving all the classics with veggie options too. Seafood pasta, carpaccio with rocket, homemade ravioli, daily specials, espresso, gelato and tirimasu. Indoor and outdoor seating. Delivery, frequent promotions.

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El Greco

Per Person: BB – BBB

Now moved from its orginal home in Bang Bao via Noren Resort (Iyara Boty) to its new home in the Klong Prao restaurants’ strip, this Greek diner serves up classic dishes such as feta salads, souvlaki, kalamari, homemade pitta, alongside cocktails, wine and beers.

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Kati Culinary

Per Person: BB – BBB

Generally hailed as one of the island’s very best Thai restaurants with classic dishes executed perfectly in small and intimate surroundings. Lunch and dinner, can get very busy. Cooking school on site.

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Kohchang 7 Korean BBQ

Per Person: BB – BBB

Second outlet from the Korean owner of Kohchang 7 GH in Bailan. Either sets for 2 persons on the hot plate or classic dishes such as Bi Bim Bap (pork and mix veg rice), Korean Maki, Dok Bok Keim Tang (chicken and potato stew), rice , glass noodles, drinks. Open from 12.00 onwards.

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Jae Mam Seafood

Per Person: BB – BBB

In the strip near the PTT gas station, long running seafood diner with its own wholesale business next door – you can literally point at what you want cooked. All the usual Thai classic dishes including fried fish with lemongrass salad, baked crab with glass noodle, sour seafood curry. Good alternative at this end.

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Blue Lagoon

Per Person: n/a

CLOSED permanently but it will apparently re-open for 22/23 season under new owners as a vegetarian restaurant.

UPDATED NOVEMBER 22 for 22/23 Season

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