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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 the large 7/11 opposite the Tourist Police at one end to Noren Resort by the bridge at the other, is developing into the main restaurant quarter.

Klong Prao Beach has been particularly hard hit by Covid-19’s business downturn. We have removed businesses we know will not return and marked selected others as currently closed – at this stage, it’s impossible to say if they will restart in the future or not? Separate to this, all venues will of course also adhere to the regularly changing Covid rules.

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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 JE Seafood, which can be found by the bridge near the old airfield and elephant camp. 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.

In the street food section shortly before the temple, Heatree Seafood is also worth a look, keenly priced and with a wide selection on offer – it’s a few metres north of the turning down to Santhiya Tree. Chumnam, a veteran of the Klong Prao restaurant scene, has also moved here too.


Thai Food – Klong Prao Beach Restaurants

Northern End

At the northern end on the beach, Tiger Huts in-house restaurant is on the oceanfront, serving up decent food and drinks all day and a perfect place to watch the world go by. There’s another little cheap diner, with its tables on the sand, just back towards the canal.

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. The highly recommended Muslim one is currently closed and sadly does not look like returning.

Central Area

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 at the front of Potato Restaurant, 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).

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.

Turn off the strip as signed and Blue Lagoon on the bank of the southern canal serves fusion, Thai and western in its salas by the water. It also has a lovely cooking school by the water.

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.

Eastern Thai

By the road down to Koh Chang Seafood at the northern end of Klong Prao Beach, 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, the in-house restaurant at Aana Resort is owned and run by the same family as the Michelin starred Sri Trat in Bangkok.

Resorts

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

At the far southern end, the in-house seafood restaurant at Magic Resort, up on stilts over the sea, is also worth a look if in that area.


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 as a loyal following in the expat community for its breakfasts.

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.

In the central area, 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. Tonsai closed up as did Pilot’s ex neighbours down on the sand, Mandalay and Family.

Near the southern end of Klong Prao, Alchemy (currently closed) brings you its own eclectic mix of western and Thai food, noted in particular for its healthy breakfasts and its Russian food evening every Thursday.


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. Nearby Zest has opened its doors in mid 2021 with its own wide range of coffee, smoothies, cakes and indeed food.

Opposite them both, 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.

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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Phu Talay

Per Person: BB – BBB

On the canal (klong) at the northern end, 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, another Thai seafood restaurant with lots of polished teak floors and low cushion seating. Great location, good cooking every time, can be very popular with tours. Will arrange too a boat to see the fireflies too.

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One Million Somtams

Per Person: BB

On the inland road near the entrance to the waterfall, excellent shack restaurant selling somtam, chicken and pork, sticky rice, cold drinks. Cheap, tasty and lovely peaceful location down by the river in the shade of the trees.

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JE 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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Tiger Huts

Per Person: B – BBB

At the northern end of Klong Prao, restaurant of the cheap bungalow resort, which makes a perfect people watching spot on its concrete dais up above the sand. Full menu available all day, fried noodles to whole fish, pizzas, sandwiches. Not high dining but easy to waste a very agreeable afternoon here.

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Crust Bakery

Per Person: B – BB

Opposite the temple in the main street hub, probably the island’s best bakery with an array of sandwiches and baguettes, hot and cold, western fillings, salami, ham, cheeses, coffee and croissants. Seating for breakfasts and lunch.

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Bam Issan

Per Person: B – BBB

Roadside place again 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 at Potato

Per Person: B – BB

in the strip, housed in Potato Restaurant, 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. Cheap and excellent, busy with Thai workers, drivers and locals. Stewed pork leg too, various thai desserts. Can order off a menu too but would someaht missing the point.

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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 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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Blue Lagoon

Per Person: BB – BBB

A wonderful location on the southern canal, with seating in little salas over the water. Thai food, usual wide selection of curries, salads, some western food. Cooking school on site, though not connected to the restaurant, with bungalows separate as well.


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