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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

Which are the popular restaurants for Thai cuisine in Koh Samui?

Vineet Sharma DEC 10 2012
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So you’re sitting in the middle of Thailand, with a Thai spa to please your senses and Thai hospitality to take you back into traditional culture and values. What’s missing, you wonder? Thai food, of course! Though you’ll find staple Thai dishes almost at every restaurant in Koh Samui, try one of these for a truly memorable culinary journey:

  • The Five Islands

    One of Koh Samui’s finest restaurants, it serves authentic Thai cuisine in a peaceful, graceful ambience. Walk in here for a meal in the afternoon or better still, just before sunset, when the twinkling candles will light up your evening just as the sun goes down. The menu changes every 3 to 4 months, bringing in new, innovative dishes on the table. Enjoy a meal here with the special Five Islands cocktail, or choose from their old and new wine collection. A fine-dining experience, this one should be on your must-visit lists here in Koh Samui. What’s more, you can even take a boat tour to the mystical Five Islands and understand the traditional and cultural history of the place.

    Tourists can expect to pay around THB 4000 for a meal for two. Boat tours (optional) leave at 10am and 3pm.

    Address: Talling Ngan
    Koh Samui
    Telephone: +66-77-415359
    Official Website:

  • Twins Restaurant

    Located on the popular beach of Mae Nam, this restaurant is quite a hit among tourists. It is ideal for that quick bite between all that sightseeing and shopping, or for a more relaxed meal before heading back to your hotel. The staff here is quite friendly, and will be eager to guide you with the menu and recommend dishes. Fresh Thai meals are served in an ambience that will steal your heart, both with its simple grace and effervescent atmosphere. An important thing to keep in mind about this restaurant is that it is closed every 1st and 16th of the month.

    A mean for two would cost you around THB 1000, minus alcohol. It operates between 10am and 3pm and reopens for dinner between 6 and 10 pm.

    Address: Ring Road, Mae Nam
    Koh Samui
    Telephone: +66-77-247037

  • Krua Bang Po

    For those of you who thought that Thai cuisine was about the red and green curries served with rice, this little beachside restaurant offers a refreshing change. Try some truly local Thai cuisine here like Ъoo ním (deep-fried soft-shell crab mixed with cashews, pepper and garlic), nám prík pŏw (a type of chili paste) served on a coconut shell and hèt lúp pàt pèt (a stir-fried dish containing sea anemone). The restaurant is built with bamboo roofs and wooden seating, a rustic ambience to match the splendid, turquoise waves of the sea. The staff here is quite friendly and if you probe a little, will give you some valuable local insights about the island.

    Address: Ring Road
    Bang Po
    Koh Samui
    Telephone: +66-77-247514

  • Pee Soon

    If you’re looking for some fresh seafood that’s cooked in a typical, local Thai flavour, head to this little restaurant in Chaweng. The ambience may not be much to talk about, but the food more than makes up for what it loses in terms of interiors. Try their seafood options, prepared in the unique Thai way, which are sure to leave you wanting for more. A striking ice-boat at the entrance of the restaurant displays the catch of the day, where you can pick your own seafood preference and have it prepared in the sauce and style of your choice.

    Address: Moo 2, Chumchon Chaweng Yai Soi 4
    Koh Samui
    Surat Thani
    Telephone: +66-8-1271-4636

As is the case with almost all restaurants in Koh Samui, these restaurants may have a separate menu and rates for locals and tourists. It is always advisable to check for this before placing your order so that there is no confusion or conflict at the time your bill arrives. Though bargaining is usually not customary, but asking for a discount never hurts.

Go forth, chart out your gastronomic path and set out on this culinary adventure. Your taste-buds are going to enjoy this one thoroughly!

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