The range of cuisine in Khao Lak is huge, and you can probably find some of the same dishes at better prices elsewhere, but you shouldn't miss the opportunity to have lunch or dinner contemplating Bangniang quiet beach, sitting on the balcony you can hear the sound of ocean waves and enjoy its immense turquoise. If you go with children will enjoy playing these on the playground Restaurant. It's clean and luxurious, with exquisite dishes at affordable prices. If you just want to sit and have a drink on the terrace then you'll have to try their natural fruit smoothies.
Kruie Thai restaurant is situated on Tonsai Beach, right next to the tourist information center. It is a restaurant run by Muslim people and the menu offers clients international dishes as well as Thai and Muslim. It is a very cheap place to eat but it is essential to order food without the spice that is so popular in their culture. You can find it in just about everything. If you have this clear you will have no problem and also see that the food is very good. It is situated very close to the beach and this place is so peaceful, with illumination by candles that make it so guests can enjoy a truly peaceful experience. You will find that everything here is very traditional and somewhat rustic, such as wooden tables and chairs. Keep in mind that this beach can only be reached by boat and it often can not anchor near the shore. This makes it very difficult for transporting goods and material. Anyway everything is so much more welcoming. In this kind of place you can eat almost anything you want. Even if its hard to get goods on the island, in regards to the food you will be fine.
Koh Tao is a very touristy place, and full of Western-style restaurants, where the Tai food, my favorite, is watered down, with hardly any spicy or spices. This restaurant is a bit hidden, but very close to the beach, and it has authentic food with green curries, as well as yellow and red curries, and the coconut soups are to die for!
On the way to the crocodile farm and elephant camp, we stopped at one of those roadside restaurants where the name is virtually impossible to figure out unless you happen to speak Thai. We were a bit skeptical, but the food ended up being very good and very cheap. In fact, it ended up being one of the best place we ate during our trip! Try not to eat anything raw, or drink tap water, though. Along the same road, you can also find Pra Pathom Chedi, the highest pagoda in the world. We decided to take a taxi, as the traffic is too much for a tuk-tuk.
Khao Niau is a Thai restaurant with all the essence of the province of Isan (in the country's northeast), not only for its cuisine, but also its language. A German chef also prepares dishes from northern Europe. A great place to dine for every taste, with delicious and succulent dishes at affordable prices when compared with those of Spain, but expensive for Thailand. You can choose to eat at tables or sit on the floor on enormous cushions. It's next to Bang Niang market, about 5 km north of Khao Lak.
When you organise your holiday through local agencies rather than through a company in your country of origin, you're more likely to enjoy the local cuisine rather than generic Western food. The restaurant in Tonsai Bay on Phi Phi Don Island, close to the shore and easy to find, is a great place to go, where you can relax and enjoy the sea breeze. The tables are usually for eight to ten people, so you may find yourself sitting next to strangers, but this isn't a problem if you're the adventurous type! Don't forget to try the signature dishes like the pad thai. The atmosphere is surprisingly quiet, making it ideal to relax. Worth a visit.
This Asian restaurant is located in the small town of Koh Panyee and you can access it from your dock. All along the pier you'll discover that the basis of food in this town is the fish that they keep alive and that they sell for use in the restaurant. Although they offer sauteed meat dishes with vegetables like throughout the rest of Thailand, ideally you should order a good fresh fish accompanied by a typical soup and sauteed vegetables. In Thailand, everything is served together to enjoy the mixture of flavors that the dishes hold. Similarly, the presentation of the dishes and their odours are just as important for the enjoyment of the meal. This is the basic premise of Thai cuisine that I'm sharing in case anyone wants to delve into that realm of gastronomy. This place was a reference to discover the most typical cuisine of the country and I assure you that everything was great. If you visit the village, don't hesitate to eat here.