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East Coast Restaurants

East coast restaurants on Koh Chang are found in all the local areas of Dan Khao, Dan Mai, Than Mayom and Salak Khok as well as around the bay at Salak Phet, Chek Bae and Long Beach.

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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Seafood – East Coast Restaurants

In their terrific locations around the bays of the east and south east coast of Koh Chang, you can find some of the best seafood restaurants on the island.

Starting in Ao Sapparot at the bottom of the hill just before Koh Chang ferry Pier, you’ll find the inexpensive diner, Chomview Seafood, a tasty spot down the little street near Baan Rim talay Resort.

Salak Khok at last rears its tourist head with its own diner among the mangroves, the well recommended Salak Khok Seafood. You can also take a gondola tour of the bay as a pre or post prandial excursion. Carry on past it to the very end of the narrow lane and you’ll find another tiny seafood diner on the pier, this time the outlet to the sea and the mangroves as your view.

The Thai homestay resort of Rommai Chailay in Chek Bae plays host to a charming sleeper of a restaurant, with fabulous views this time 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, Coffee Shops – East Coast Restaurants

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.

Dan Khao

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.

Next door, The Souk has closed down, though it’s still there – no word if ut may reopen again in the furture.

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.

Dan Mai

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, which also has its own extensive menu – both are popular lunch stops for those out and about exploring. In Dan Mai itself, hidden away behind its hanging baskets, the simple Issan diner by the turning to Klong Nonsi waterfall has also been a well liked fixture for many years.

Roadside throughout this area and catering to the local government workers and hospital staff, there’s a whole host of very acceptable noodle soup stalls or one dish over rice cooked to order diners. Just after the hospital on the left hand side, look out for the ones just before the bridge and then then immediately after it .

Further along too, the local police use the one on the right hand side which has just 4 tables, about 50 metres before their station. Opposite the sports field, they cook to order for the town hall workers across the road. Finally, newly opened in 2023 and on the left hand side as you leave town (before the huge villas), the cute white diner, Ban Chor Chamuang specialises in local Trat dishes such as pork stewed with chamuang leaves.

Than Mayom and Salak Khok

A couple of kilometres before the waterfall, the tiny Khaw Rim Le @ Than Mayom appeared in 2023 in a great new location by the sea – it’s dishes cooked to order.

At the entrance to Than Mayom waterfall, Tanggyur 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.

New in 2023, Hill Cafe opened opposite Koh Chang Shooting – hip and modern keeping with the whole Thai coffee shop fashion which has exploded in the last few years.

And talking of coffee shops, 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. One of the best east coast restaurants, it 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.

Salak Phet

In the Village

As you approach Salak Phet, Chang Noi Kitchen on the left hand side offers noodle soup, whilst opposite, the ba mee (wheat) noodles cart has 2 or 3 tables, always busy at lunchtimes. It also does one dish over rice to order.

Continue on down the road past the 7-11 and after passing another good somtam choice on the right (the usual chickens on the spit out front), the local diner by the health clinic is a popular stop. It principally offers noodle soup or one dish over rice dishes but if it’s in the cabinet, she also makes a great plate of crispy pork and Chinese broccoli. Note, they do offer a long menu but it’s mostly not available, so you just go with what you have on the day.

Tip: When ordering in restaurants where only one person is doing the cooking, avoid each person in the group ordering a different dish. Try and have the same dish or sets of the same dish so the cook can make a few at the same time – thay way you save on long waits.

After this diner, continue on past the temple, follow the bend head all the way into Salak Phet fishing village. At the far end, Fishermen’s Hut Restaurant, Swedish and Thai food, has a terrific location out over the water.

Beyond that and over the gleaming newish bridge, View Point Restaurant, almost the very last house, looks up the bay towards the pier, with some decent Thai food to boot.

Heading Around the Bay

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 and a sometimes open cannabis shop a 100 metres further on (with the portacabins and their colourful roofs behind).

If you turn immediately right by the food court and follow this to the very end and then keep going straight on, you’ll spot the signs to Altitude 79. Built on the hillside, this wooden coffee shop with connecting raised seating terraces gives you wonderful views over Salak Phet Bay.

Ignoring that detour, there’s not much else on the main road until you reach the area signed Klong Thum. Here, by the bridge on the left, the popular multi-tasking restaurant offers everything from pork and chicken on the oil drum bbq to noodle soup, som tam and Pad Thai from the open kitchen behind. 100 metres further on, the friendly Diamond Hill (if open) give you another option.

Continue on to the very end and you reach Salak Phet Seafood. If you park here and continue on foot along the narrow path which hugs the shoreline, you will eventually come to Aoy’s Little Farm and Bakery – coffees, cakes, fresh bread, sandwiches and more – a lovely spot.

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 rarely opens, but past it, Kokomo is a sweet little thatched cafe up on the raised land above the road – nothing fancy, Thai and western, friendly Swedish host. It’s diagonally opposite Rommai Talay.

Beyond them both, Journey’s End, run by an equally friendly and 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 considerably steeper than elsewhere.

Long Beach

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.

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

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Ban Chor Chamuang

Per Person: B – BBB

Newly opened in 2023 towards the end of Dan Mai, family run restaurant with a wide menu including some Trat province specialities such as pork stewed in chamuang leaves (Moo Bai Chamuang) and sweet jellyfish with dipping sauce. Other Thai classics, Tom Yam Gung, Pad Thai, vegan dishes possible too. Fresh fruit in season from the garden.

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Ban Kafae

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Fishermen’s Hut

Per Person: BB – BBB

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. May be closed in rainy season.

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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.

UPDATED December 23

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