The best local restaurants in Koh Chang are drawn from the dozens of eateries and roadside diners selling delicious traditional Thai food. As an island, it’s no surprise that fresh seafood features heavily on restaurant menus. But you can also find authentic Thai curries, soups, salads, and roasted chicken.

    Koh Chang is a popular vacation spot for national and regional tourists, meaning restaurants can fill up quickly on weekends and Thai vacations. Many of the local restaurants take the strain when large groups of tourists arrive. So be prepared to wait a little longer for your food to be served if you visit during high season. Ready to discover the best local restaurants in Koh Chang? Here are some suggestions:


    Jae Eaw Seafood

    Dine at one of the oldest seafood restaurants on the island

    Jae Eaw Seafood has been serving delicious Thai seafood dishes for over 20 years. Visit this eatery virtually any evening, and it'll be busy with locals and in-the-know tourists. The efficient service, extensive menu options, and family-size portions of seafood at reasonable prices keep the crowds coming.

    Menu highlights include broiled prawns, au suan (Chinese-style oyster omelet), and the tom yum gung (hot and sour shrimp soup). The restaurant is less than 2 km from Klong Prao Beach and can easily be reached by taxi cab or scooter.

    Location: 4 22/10 Ko Chang, Ko Chang District, Trat 23170, Thailand

    Open: Daily from 11 am to 10 pm

    Phone: +66 (0)81 982 3954


    Street Food Market Koh Chang

    Try traditional Thai snacks and takeout food

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    Street Food Market Koh Chang is a great place for finding local Thai food and snacks at the northern end of the island. From the late afternoon to the evening, local vendors sell traditional food and snacks in the center of Klong Son. Look out for khao lam, a Thai dessert consisting of sweet sticky rice cooked in coconut milk inside bamboo tubes over a charcoal barbecue.

    When the sun goes down, head to the center of White Sand Beach to browse the food stalls at the nightly street food market. You’ll find seafood, BBQ meats on sticks and pad Thai on offer, plus smoothie and fruit juice stalls.


    Ido Ido Restaurant

    Enjoy Thai food with your feet in the sand

    Ido Ido Restaurant is a laidback spot in the south of Koh Chang near the village of Bang Bao. The restaurant is located on the beach and is popular with locals and tourists looking for affordable and delicious Thai food and beautiful sea views. The menu features typical Thai food, including a variety of vegetarian options. But the kitchen can make almost any dish with tofu instead of meat.

    Seating includes wooden tables and chairs under the main thatched roof or directly on the beach. If you’re feeling lazy, there are sun loungers wedged into the sand just a few steps from the sea.

    Location: 32 Moo 1, Bang Bao, Ko Chang, Trat 23170, Thailand

    Open: Daily from 9 am to 9 pm

    Phone: +66 (0)61 359 9464


    Salak Kok Seafood

    The place to go for ocean-to-plate dishes

    For fresh seafood dishes, head to Salak Kok Seafood in the fishing community of Salakkok on the southeast coast of Koh Chang. The restaurant’s charming rustic location – alongside a river walkway in a mangrove forest – alone makes a trip to this remote region worthwhile.

    The restaurant’s menu features a good selection of fresh fish, prawns, shrimps, and crabs. Service is friendly, and you can watch boats glide past while you wait for your food. If you're up for it, you can enjoy a relaxing boat or canoe ride through the mangroves after your meal.

    Location: Koh Chang Tai, Ko Chang District, Trat 23170, Thailand

    Open: Daily from 9 am to 7 pm

    Phone: +66 (0)87 614 0959


    Chao Lay Seafood Restaurant

    A longstanding favorite of weekending Thais

    Chao Lay Seafood Restaurant sits on the pier in Bang Bao village. As you walk in, there are tanks of live seafood – a guarantee of the freshness of the dishes. You can choose which fish, prawns, crabs, lobster, and shellfish you’d like to have for dinner.

    The food here is prepared ‘Thai style’, so expect it to be spicy – an ice-cold beer pairs well with a traditional Thai seafood dish. The restaurant can get very busy on weekends and Thai vacations, so plan to visit on a weekday to enjoy a quiet, unhurried meal.

    Location: 1 40/1 Koh Chang Tai, Ko Chang District, Trat 23170, Thailand

    Open: Daily from 10 am to 9 pm

    Phone: +66 (0)81 917 9084


    Thai Dutch Restaurant Koh Chang

    Thai Dutch Restaurant Koh Chang

    Thai Dutch Restaurant Koh Chang is an unassuming family-run eatery located a couple of meters from the main road on Koh Chang’s west coast. The owner is friendly and will make you feel at home while the ladies in the kitchen prepare your meal with fresh local ingredients from the nearby market. You may also see them cutting fresh herbs in their garden to add to your curry.

    The extensive menu includes various curries, stir-fries, fried fish, and Thai salads. Previous patrons rave about the pad Thai, red curry with fish, tom yum soup, and massaman curry.

    Location: Ko Chang, Ko Chang District, Trat 23170, Thailand

    Open: Monday–Saturday from 11 am to 10 pm, Sunday from 11 am to midnight

    Phone: +66 (0)84 070 7738


    Blues Blues Arts&Food

    Enjoy delicious local food in art-filled surroundings

    Blues Blues Arts&Food is a funky restaurant housed in an artist’s home in Klong Son, in the northern part of Koh Chang. The menu features a great selection of tasty, well-priced traditional Thai cuisine that is big on flavors rather than fancy presentations.

    Soft blues and jazz set the mood of this little hideaway, complete with a peaceful garden and outdoor modern art gallery. All the paintings, sculptures and small pieces of artwork were created by the owner and are for sale.

    Location: Klong Son, Ko Chang, Ko Chang District, Trat 23170, Thailand

    Open: Sunday–Thursday from 8 am to 2 pm (closed Friday)

    Phone: +66 (0)87 144 6412


    Kung Kra Ta Buffet

    An excellent value-for-money meal near Kaibae Beach

    Arrive hungry at Kung Kra Ta Buffet to enjoy the all-you-can-eat self-service and self-cooking buffet with a vast selection of food. You can find fish, shrimp, squid, mussels, pork, chicken, beef, and local vegetables here. To cook your food, you either broil it over a small Korean-style hot pot or cook it in boiling water.

    The buffet includes dipping sauces, fruit, dessert, ice cream, and sodas. With no time limits, you can sample all the food at a leisurely pace. The restaurant can get lively, with Thai music often blaring. So be prepared for a loud but fun and sociable evening.

    Location: Ko Chang, Ko Chang District, Trat 23170, Thailand

    Open: Daily from 5 pm to 11 pm

    Phone: +66 (0)91 738 7429


    Chang Yes

    For large portions of authentic Thai food

    Chang Yes is a welcoming restaurant serving delicious traditional, home-style Thai food prepared with fresh local ingredients. You can order spring rolls, whole fish, seafood pad Thai, chicken with cashew nuts, various Thai curries, and more.

    Portions are sizeable and guaranteed to leave you with a full and happy belly. The service and hospitality here are warm and attentive – don’t be surprised if the owner and head chef come to your table to ask if everything is okay.

    Location: 31/17, Ko Chang, Ko Chang District, Trat 23170, Thailand

    Open: Monday–Thursday from 5 pm to 10 pm, Friday–Sunday from midday to 3 pm and from 5 pm to 10 pm

    Phone: +66 (0)97 128 3000


    BAM & BOY Thai Restaurant

    Small roadside spot in the Klong Prao area

    Stop by BAM & BOY Thai Restaurant to enjoy some broiled chicken when you need a break from seafood or red curries. While you can find barbecue chicken restaurants across the island, BAM & BOY stands out for its super-clean dining area, consistently tasty food, and reasonable prices.

    Besides the rotisserie chicken, you can order green papaya salad (som tam, in Thai). Papaya salad is one of Thailand’s most common street foods. It consists of unripe papaya mixed with chilies, lime, peanuts, palm sugar, dried shrimps, and fish sauce, which have been pounded together in a mortar and pestle.

    Location: DPT., Ko Chang, Ko Chang District, Trat 23170, Thailand

    Open: Daily from 10:30 am to 9 pm

    Jacqui de Klerk | Contributing Writer

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