Thailand’s diverse cuisine is now immensely popular around the world and where better to experience this than on one of the country’s best holiday destinations, the stunning island of Ko Samui. With strong historical influences from throughout south-east Asia Thai food traditionally combines aromatic ingredients with a spicy edge, popular dishes include Pad Thai, Tom Yam Goong and of course Thai Green Curry. The island is well stocked with a fantastic range of cafes, restaurants, street vendors and bars serving everything from tasty local snacks to five-star cuisine meaning you will never go hungry. So, whether you are looking for the best breakfasts places, local street food for lunch or a fancy dinner on the beach Ko Samui has you covered.
Begin The Day the Right Way
The majority of hotels and resorts will include the usual faire of cereal and cooked options for breakfast, but the star is usually the local Thai fruits, try everything, especially the ones you do not recognise. Among the particularly good hotel breakfasts worth a visit are –
- The Caramel Banana Brioche French Toast at SALA Samui Chaweng.
- Waffles and Smoothies at The Tongsai Bay.
- Fresh honey straight from the honeycomb at SALA Choeng Mon.
Or if you have an especially late night enjoy your morning coffee at one of the many beachside coffee houses.
Lunch On the Go?
Whether you are having a relaxing day on the beach or are enjoying a day out there are eateries to suit all. For those with time on their hands a couple of award-winning options are the fantastic Had Bang Po Seafood restaurant in Bang Po or The Jungle club overlooking Chaweng Beach. If you want to sample Thai street food you will find vendors in most of towns around the island especially the markets, popular dishes to try can include Som Tam Salad, Roti pancakes and Kon Mon Gai.
Finding A Special Dinner
If you want to bookend your stay with a special fine dining experience, then Ko Samui has superb range of high-class restaurants serving both Thai and international cuisine. Among them are these fantastic eateries –
- Dining on the Rocks – in a fantastic setting overlooking Bophut beach, its views at sunset are great for a romantic dinner.
- The Tent Restaurant and Bar – a sleek modern restaurant on Chaweng beach with a wide variety of dishes.
- Namu – attached to the W Hotel on Mae Nam beach is a fantastic Japanese restaurant with great seafood dishes.
There are many other fantastic eateries dotted throughout the island which should combine to make your culinary experiences of Ko Samui ones you will never forget.