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White Sand Beach Restaurants

White Sand Beach restaurants offer up a wide range of choices, covering everything from classic Thai food to western steak houses, Italian bistros, Indian diners and cafes.

From place to place, prices are broadly in line with one another, whilst the style of cooking and presentation also has a certain similarity in its approach. It’s safe dining with no surprises, perfectly acceptable rather than spectacular and so compliments the area rather nicely.

White Sand 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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On the Beach – White Sand Beach Restaurants

Of all the areas on Koh Chang, White Sand Beach has mastered that experience of eating on the beach under the stars.

Each evening throughout the season, the ocean-side restaurants and resorts put out tables and chairs, with accompanying candles and low lighting, to create that unique holiday atmosphere. With the seafood boat BBQ alongside a full menu of curries, noodles and western choices like pasta and pizza, it’s not cooking to over-excite but it works and given the full tables, the locals are not going to change it anytime soon.

Turn in at either of the two public walkways, one at the northern end by the 7-11 next to KC Grande, the other by Du Talay Hotel in the middle of town and you are spoilt for choice. As to which are the best, it’s very subjective but our two favourites are Koh Chang Grand Lagoon and Sea Bar.

Sangtawan near the first walkway is worth an honourable mention for its more real Thai style of cooking. Beach Tango and Tantawan, both located roughly in the middle, have the most esoteric menus.


Thai Food – White Sand Beach Restaurants

At street level, you can find all manner of Thai food under a roof or on tables spilling out onto the pavement.

Perhaps the best and most popular of White Sand Beach restaurants is Nong Bua (currently closed), about half way along the main drag. At first glance, its decor of fluorescent lights, plastic chairs, dusty broken ceiling tiles and old loos hardly inspires confidence but each evening and indeed most of the day, you’ll find it packed with both locals and tourists.

There’s a full menu including seafood, with all dishes well prepared, fresh, authentic and above all, excellent value for money. The Issan restaurant Gai Mun (currently closed) sits next door, serving up chickens on the spit, somtam and sticky rice.

With its vantage point above the sand, Sun and Soul at Cookies Hotel, is well worth a visit for its seafood – some of the best prices in the area. The Tropical (currently closed), which combines Thai and western choices such as pizza, is another reasonably priced lively spot about half way along on the main street.

The tiny Siam Kitchen by Chang Buri Resort also quietly and successfully goes about its business – a Thai menu with some western dishes, good value and consistent.

Cheap Eats and Street Food

The small enclosed food court next door to Sea Sun Resort is the place to go for very decent chicken over rice (khao man gai) or braised pork leg (khao kha muu).

Meanwhile, for noodles try the stand by Island Net as you start heading up the hill at the southern end. Seafood, chicken, beef, pork are all available either in the broth or dry, with a side plate of beansprouts and sweet basil. For a very intense flavour, ask for nam tok style, where they add a splash of animal’s blood.

Finally, there’s a nightly food market on the main road at the back of Apple Beachfront Resort and Bamboo Resort. Very much aimed at tourists, it’s not especially adventurous or indeed true street-style, but it still draws in the crowds and is fun to wander along to see what’s on offer.


Around the World

White Sand Beach restaurants is home to a couple of excellent Italian restaurants. Ciao Italian has been a fixture for many years at the far southern end and continues to garner very positive reviews, whilst Bella Vita in Grand View Plaza is noted for its homemade pasta and bread.

For Indian restaurants, Taste of India at the northern end by opposite Sabay Bar and Royal India along the front of Grand View Plaza, both hit the mark.

Sun and Soul as recommended above in the Thai section, interestingly also has a popular sideline in Mexican food.

For Turkish and Mediterranean, Alaturka once again in Grand View Plaza gets excellent reviews serving all the classics from Baba Ganoush to balloon bread and kebabs.

Oodies, the live music venue, is renown for its steaks and Buffalo Bill (currently closed), just a few doors down, also has a very extensive selection alongside its burgers.

The relaxed 15 Palms on the beach near to KC Grande serves good Thai and western food (steaks a speciality) as well as being an ideal spot to just hang out and watch the world go by. Paddy Palms Irish Pub moved here in late 2020 so many of its choices are now also available including an excellent full English breakfast and weekend roasts.

Its former neighbour, White Elephant, the sports pub on the hill at the southern end, continues as before, with an extensive pub style menu – pies, roasts, burgers, Thai dishes and breakfasts.


Coffee Shops

Marin, the Koh Chang coffee shop chain, has 2 branches in White Sand Beach, one at the northern end on the raised parade of shops by White Sand Princess and the Bangkok Bankand one by Grand View Resort towards the southern end. Chang Buri Resort boasts a cafe at the front of its sea-side main entrance, as does KC Grande and Mac Resort.

The excellent Coco Mango (currently closed)at the front of Keeree Ele Hotel, mountain-side, southern end, offers up veggie and vegan dishes, together with a vast choice of teas, coffees and smoothies.


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


North to South

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15 Palms

Per Person: B – BBB

Long established, popular restaurant and bar on the beach. Bean bags and deckchairs, Thai and western food, cocktails, smoothies, nightly buffet. Live sports a big draw. Great to hang out for a couple of hours. New home to Paddy’s Palms Irish Pub.

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Sun and Soul

Per Person: BB – BBB

Located above the beach in Cookies Hotel, plenty of seafood choices alongside a regular Thai menu. Western dishes also, specialising in Mexican. Full bar. Get the tables at the front for people watching. Recomended.

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Koh Chang Lagoon Resort

Per Person: BB – BBB

Perhaps the busiest of the resort restaurants on the beach, tables laid out at night, seafood bbq, lots of salads and mildly spiced Thai dishes. Nice spot for lunch too.

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Beach Tango

Per Person: BB – BBB

On the beach under the tree, an interesting selection of western dishes such as lamb burgers and falafels as well as evenly spiced Thai food. Coffee and cocktails. A laid back atmosphere.

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Nong Bua

Per Person: BB -BBB

Currently Closed Opposite Banpu Resort, consistently excellent Thai food, properly spiced, with quick service and cheap prices at this no frills eaterie. Very very popular, and for sure an island institution beloved by Thais and farangs alike.

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Kai Mun Restaurant

Per Person: BB

Currently Closed In translation called Boogie Chicken, slightly smarter version of its neighbour, Nong Bua. Again, good tasty well seasoned Thai food at reasonable prices, with Issan grilled chickens and som tam the signature dishes.

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Sea Bar

Per Person: B – BBB

Currently Closed At the end of the sand part of the beach, long standing establishment with tables overlooking the sand, an exuberant owner and an extensive menu of Thai food that can be cooked to suit all tastes. Has an offshoot noodle shop by on the street at its main entrance.

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Alaturka

Per Person: B – BBB

Well reviewed Turkish restaurant serving the classics from Baba Ganoush to lamb, chicken and vegetable kebabs, Moussaka and salads. Hot balloon bread a speciality. Now with a Doner Kebab station also.

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Coco Mango

Per Person: BB – BBB

Currently Closed Cafe bistro with a healthy living emphasis at the southern end in front of Keeree Ele Hotel. Wide selection of vegetarian and vegan dishes (some chicken too) in both Thai and western styles as well as breakfast smoothies bowls. Coffees, teas, smoothies, cold pressed juices every which way. Almond milk only used. Recommended.

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Ciao Italian

Per Person: BB – BBB

At the far southern end of White Sands Beach, another long established restaurant, Italian menu with pasta and pizza prepared in an open kitchen, cafe and patisserie. Good service, friendly staff, well worth making the effort to get here.


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