Whilst not offering Italian diners and Mediterranean bistros as on the west coast, you’ll still be spoilt for choice – everything from classic seafood diners to local curry and rice shops, noodle stalls and somtam shacks, with a few coffee shops thrown in too, for good measure.
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- Thai and Western
Seafood – East Coast Restaurants
In some terrific locations, the east coast has some of the best seafood restaurants on Koh Chang.
Starting in Ao Sapparot at the bottom of the hill just before Koh Chang ferry Pier, you’ll find an inexpensive and surprisingly tasty spot down the little street near OYO Baantalay Resort.
A good way further down the road at Dan Mai, the aptly named Dan Mai Seafood sits near the Chinese Temple. It’s rarely busy and not always open but if it is, that single table sala over the water is truly a great spot for lunch.
Salak Khok at last rears its tourist head with its own diner among the mangroves, the recommended Salak Khok Seafood. You can also take a gondola tour of the bay as a pre or post prandial excursion.
The Thai homestay resort of Rommai Chailay in Chek Bae plays host to a charming sleeper of a restaurant, with fabulous views out over the islands in the middle of the bay.
Finally, back around the Salak Phet side of the same bay at the far far end in Baan Rong Than, Salak Phet Seafood is generally packed, a legend in its own lunchtime in the Trat province. Sangarun next door is a cheaper alternative, with a similar menu.
Thai and Western along the East Coast
Outside of the seafood options, there’s plenty more to choose from as you head down the east coast or travel either side of Salak Phet bay.
With an extensive menu of both Thai (Issan especially) and selected western dishes, the boutique resort Amber Sands in Dan Khao happily accepts outside guests for lunch and dinner at its very well reviewed restaurant by the sea.
The Souk (currently closed) sold its bungalows to Sunrise Beach but the restaurant continues in the same vein as before. Known for its unique house style of Thai and western food, they also mix a mean cocktail.
Further along the main road, the small Suan Wirote just before Baan Talay Thai cooks simple one dish over rice dishes and noodles – cheap and tasty.
Moving down the coast, just before Dan Mai, The Boat House at Crown View offers classic Thai and western dishes either on the terrace by the pool or in an a/c room.
Around the next corner, you’ll find an excellent somtam restaurant next door to Fuengfah Hotel and in the town itself, look out too for the popular one up on the bank by the turning to Klong Nonsi waterfall.
Indeed, roadside throughout this area, there’s a whole host of simple noodle soup stalls or curry and rice shops, all catering to the local government and hospital staff. The no-name one with 4 tables, about 50 metres before the police station, hits the spot.
Than Mayom and Salak Khok
At the entrance to Than Mayom waterfall, Rimtang Restaurant makes a nice stop for a drink or quick lunch.
Next up, after the row of little blue benches, the boutique resort Na Tara has become another popular haunt, with its cafe overlooking the water – food and coffee.
A few kilometres further on, the hamlet of Baan Klong Ta Khian is home to a couple more cafes. Brewing coffee from beans grown here on Koh Chang, Ban Kafae also provides simple Thai dishes and snacks. Across the road, Ronnie’s Coconut Organic Garden, dabbles in a bit of everything from Thai food to burgers, coffee and shakes.
Finally, you reach Spa Koh Chang in Salak Khok, where non-guests are welcome for food and indeed massage. The restaurant specialises in vegetarian food, with a long menu of interesting takes on traditional Thai dishes.
On the corner of the garage opposite, the little thatched roof noodle soup shop is also worth a look, with the fish choice excellent.
Turning left off the main road towards Salak Khok village, there’s a tiny but decent somtam shop by the finishing point of the mangrove walkway.
As you approach Salak Phet, Chang Noi Kitchen on the left hand side offers local curry over rice, 40bt per plate, whilst opposite, the ba mee (wheat) noodles cart has 2 or 3 tables, always busy at lunchtimes.
Continue on down the road and after passing another somtam choice on the right, you can wolf down a great plate of crispy pork and Chinese broccoli at the restaurant by the health clinic. Similarly, opposite the temple, there are more cheap stalls.
Carry on straight again and this brings you to a sharp bend, where 50 metres in Gaya Cafe (currently closed) at the Sleepover! hostel offers coffee, shakes and one dish meals.
Follow the bend instead and you head all the way into Salak Phet fishing village. At the far end, Fishermen’s Hut Restaurant (currently closed), Swedish and Thai food, has a terrific location out over the water. Beyond that and over the gleaming new bridge, Baan Yemaya (currently closed) sits in amongst all the stilt houses, serving up Thai cuisine on its tiny terrace. Alternatively, View Point Restaurant, almost the very last house, looks up the bay towards the pier, with some decent Thai food to boot.
Retracing our steps and turning right instead at Chang Noi Kitchen, you start out along the road to Salak Phet Seafood. There’s a mini food court at the start, Kavarna Cafe next door and then not much else until you reach the area signed Klong Thum.
Here, by the bridge, there’s a popular multi-tasking restaurant which does everything from pork and chicken on the oil drum bbq to noodle soup and pad thai from the stove. 100 metres further on, the friendly Diamond Hill give you another option.
Chek Bae (Jek Bae)
In Chek Bae, the village which runs along the coast on the opposite side of the bay to Salak Phet, the a/c 62 Cafe and Restaurant has a wide reaching Thai menu with all the classics.
Formerly on the beach near Klong Prao Resort, Kokomo has a sweet little thatched diner up on raised ground above the road – nothing fancy, Thai and western. It’s diagonally opposite Rommai Talay.
Beyond them both, Journey’s End, run by a chatty English lady, has a bar/restaurant by the sea, its homestay style bungalows in the garden behind.
Incidentally, don’t forget the the in-house restaurant at Parama – well presented food in a wonderful location by the water though of course prices are condiserably steeper than elsewhere.
Over in Long Beach, Treehouse Bungalows is your spot for a simple feed after the long drive to get there and as an alternative, check out Tantawan Resort, at the very end. If they are open, it’s another beautiful setting to enjoy lunch.
Recommended – East Coast Restaurants
Per Person: BB – BBB
Currently Closed Long established diner in Dan Khao, right on the beach amongst the 3 resorts. Thai and western, lots of speciality pasta from black ink, salmon, pesto and seafood, all with a unique twist. Full Thai menu also, breakfasts. House Cocktails.
Per Person: B – BB
A couple of kilometres further on from Than Mayom waterfall, well-liked coffee shop which grows all its own beans locally on the island. Simple thai food and snacks menu alongside all the usual coffee choices, other drinks also available. Homestay at the rear.
Coconut Organic Garden
Per Person: B – BB
Across the road from Ban Kafae, hotch potch collection of reclaimed wood, old glass and anything else to hand make up this restaurant, which serves everything from burgers to Thai food, shakes, coffee and fruits. Affable host. Local produce, nice cakes too from time to time.
The Spa Koh Chang
Per Person: BB – BBB
At the Radiance in-house restaurant of the detox centre by the mangroves near Salak Khok, vegetarian and vegan menu (Western and Thai) – soups, salads, burgers, raw, curries, noodles – with some chicken and fresh local seafood options too. Produce from the Royal project, unpolished rices, wholewheat breads, no msg and sugar free juices.
Salak Khok Seafood
Per Person: BB – BBB
Amongst the mangroves in Salak Khok village, wooden floored seafood restaurant with a nice local feel. Fresh well cooked dishes, well spiced dips, friendly owners, can get the odd tour party, but normally never too crowded. Gondolas and kayaks available to explore the bay.
Rommai Chailay Seafood
Per Person: BB
Towards the end of Chek Bae, one of the large Thai style east coast restaurants with tables on the terrace or in the shade. Seafood and other, spicy salads, fresh baby squid with garlic and pepper (tawt kratiam prik thai) or seafood mix fried with krachai, a variety of ginger, (pad cha). Fabulous views of Salak Phet bay.
Per Person: BB – BBB
Currently Closed In Salak Phet fishing village after Mangrove Hideaway, shaded terrace at the end of the mini-pier looking directly up the whole bay. Thai and Swedish cuisine, with Falukorv sausages and other Scandinavian dishes house specialities. Private trawling fishing trips.
Salak Phet Seafood
Per Person: BB
Long established and busy seafood restaurant in prime location at the end of the bay at Salak Phet with the fish kept in netted areas off wooden jetties. Long menu with all the usual choices, well spiced, cooked and presented. Known throughout Trat Province so popular with Thai visitors and packages.
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