Klong Son restaurants are few and far between. It’s not an area to find tables set out on the beach or a street for meandering back and forth peering at the ice laden seafood boat, such as at White Sand Beach or Kai Bae Beach.
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Coming in from the ferry end, you’ll find a handful of roadside diners – raan ahaan dtam sang (stir fry style food cooked to order), noodle soup and Issan – along the main street leading from the PTT gas station and from the bridge to the 7/11. It’s all standard fare but cooked for locals rather than tourists, so quick, cheap, properly spiced if you want and tasty. Ones to try include Tee opposite the hardward store, Dang opposite Mini Big C and the tiny 4 table corner diner at the 7/11 crossroads, its speciality crispy pork with chinese brocoli (khana muu krawp).
In the same 7/11 area, in the mornings, small stalls also pop up to sell bagged-up goodies for takeaway at 30bt to 40bt upwards. This is the real thing, with dishes like wild boar curry, southern vegetable curry, bitter gourd with pork ribs soup, loofah gourd with egg or clams in red curry paste. You can get rice too by the bag so take your pick and eat at home. On selected days, in the afternoon, the food market comes to town in the field diagonally oposite the 7/11.
In the final stretch heading towards White Sand Beach, on the right hand side, you’ll find a good noodle shop with cook to order also available and a few doors down, a somtam diner next to to the wedding shop. Across the road in among the vehicle repair shops, there’s one more similar option next door to the barber.
For the best restaurant in the area, predominately Thai but with some western choices, hunt out Blues Blues Art and Food along the inland road to Klong Son Elephant Camp and Jao Leuam Waterfall. Once you get inside behind the foliage, the shaded open air diner is an perfect oasis of calm and the cooking really is very good indeed – nice music and interesting artwork too. As of July 22, they are only offering noodle soup, but once the tourists arrive back at the end of the year, they have assured us that the kicthen will swing back into action.
The Blue Haven Bay development at the northern end of Klong Son is home to both The Beach Club in the main villa/golf course area and Shambala in the marina/condo section. Open from breakfast onwards, both have wide ranging menus offering bistro style food alongside classic Thai dishes. Shambala also makes a mean cocktail.
By the bridge in front of Riverside Guesthouse, Papa il Baffo is a tiny Italian diner offering a range of pastas and pizzas alongside salads, other mains and paninis. You can also order takeaway.
And talking of pizza, Feel@Chill, on one the back lanes near the Thai temple, runs a small pizza cafe at the front of its resort. It has a separate restaurant for Thai seafood too.
Kebab Station on the main street between the 7/11 and Grand Orchid Resort serves, of course, kebabs but it does have a few other dishes too. It’s takeaway or eat in, with a full bar for drinks and a pool table at the back. Incidentally, this is used to be the original petrol station so the serving area is actually where the pumps used to be.
For a good strong blend, try the Amazon coffee shop at the back of the PTT garage, a useful pit-stop on your way out of town down the east coast.
OYO Pukdee also has coffee shop at the front of its bungalows near the Chinese Temple.
Recommended – Klong Son Restaurants
Blues Blues Arts and Food
Per Person: B – BBB
Terrific little Thai food cafe tucked away on the inland road to the waterfall. Extensive menu with one dish over rice choices cheap and excellent, anything fried with red curry paste a house speciality. Coconuts, shakes, beers, house wine, mellow music, paintings adorning every available space for sale. July 22 – only open for classic noodle soup till season starts and tourists (business) returns.
The Beach Club
Per Person: B – BBB
Within the Blue Haven development at the northern end, Thai and international food in the smart club house overlooking the bay. Well prepared and presented dishes, with the added bonus of being able to use the pool and beach if you eat here. Quiet and away from the crowds, relaxed.
UPDATED NOVEMBER 22 for 22/23 Season
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