Greetings, fellow travelers! On the long beach of Lamai, on the west side of Koh Samui is where you'll find the Blue Marina Beach Bar & Restaurant. It's a restaurant that usually offers haute cuisine, but they also offer international and Asian dishes and all kinds of fast food type burgers, club sandwiches, etc. This place is special because you can eat at the edge of the sand while looking at the sea. You can enjoy the view from their wood, bamboo, and teak dinner tables, and they're really low so you can enjoy eating in a typical Asian style. You can also have a coffee or a drink in the shade after or during a sunny day. In fact, this is the ideal place for that. It's a quiet place to relax with the sea breeze in the afternoon. If you are on the beach I recommend stopping by because if you're already staying on the beach you won't appreciate the scene as much.
Although I'm not a big fan of eating in mall restaurant, I have to admit that the Food Court at MBK, Bangkok's most famous shopping mall, is awesome! It's on the fifth floor, and when you enter you get a magnetic card which you use to charge all the food you order and then you pay when you leave. When I went, they had a promotion where they gave a free fruit cocktail to all foreigners who showed a passport. There is a huge variety of food stalls ranging from Thai to Japanese, Italian, Greek, Mexican, vegetarian, seafood, and more. It is perfect to go as a group as everyone will find their favorite food.
As soon as we arrived at the Sala Daeng Silom Road, the wooden facade of O'Reillys Irish Pub caught our eye, and honestly, we needed a beer. It has two floors, all nicely decorated in wood paneling, a pool table and of course a large TV showing sports matches. We ordered a bucket of beers, and several brands were available including Tiger, Singha and Chang. We had one of each, and for me, the best was definitely Singha. As regards the food, there are appetizers, salads, sandwiches and burgers if you want something quick and easy; if you have more time, though, you can enjoy the barbecue menu, with Thai and international food. They have entertainment throughout the week, and weekday lunches are very cheap. Happy hour between 4 and 7 pm.
When I get tired of noodles and rice, I want to visit an international restaurant, and here you can enjoy Italian, French, and even Spanish cuisine. I ordered some fried calamari, with tartar and chili sauces, and they were delicious. The decor is typical Thai, with wood and oriental style figures. The price between 6 €, or € 10 with drink.
This restaurant is situated right next to the Bridge over the River Kwai. It offers several eating areas. One of them is set right on the river on a typical structure made of Thai wood and the views are magnificent. They serve both Thai and international cuisine. This restaurant also offers rooms to stay on the river in small cabins. It is a very good idea because it is very relaxing and extraordinary landscapes but perhaps not the best place to do it. Later I'll show considerably more accommodation section of the city where we slept. Otherwise eat here with a drink included, provided you do not overdo it, it will cost you about 5-6 euros.
For only ten euros, apart from the wonderful deluxe cabin, we also had a breakfast which was included every morning that we enjoyed on the beach - a varied continental breakfast. Juice, milk, toast, some pastries, omelette with ham, fried eggs, sausages, ... Well, we got everything that we wanted. The fact that part of it was the best view. We breakfasted almost directly beneath a huge rock that climbs right over the beach. A marvel. I remember the last day we skipped breakfast because we had to go and there was no problem even though at that time it was closed. A good place for breakfast, lunch or dinner. We always ate on the terrace as it there were some building works being carried out, which I imagine are already finished. It was nice because at 7 or 8 in the morning it was not hot yet and you could have breakfast with the sea breeze in the shade of the trees that are surrounding this place. A great place.
When I travel around mostly vegetarian countries, I end up getting a huge craving for steak and places like Santa Fe Steak come in handy because they serve good steaks at reasonable prices. In Bangkok, there are several Santa Fe Steak outlets, located mainly in shopping centers. I went to the one of the fifth floor food court in MBK for a quick meal. The staff is very friendly and you can get a decent steak is about €5.00 with your choice of baked potato, fries or salad.
This international restaurant is in the middle of the beach. If you do not want to risk eating Asian food this is the place. Here they serve everything from a hamburger to a pizza or if you want, a beef steak or fish. The seafood pasta dishes are very good and there are also all kinds of extras such as potatoes, salads, etc.. Prices are,as always in this country quite affordable although here perhaps a touch more expensive since everything comes from the sea but are still cheaper than found in Spain. The restaurant is on the sea front and like the other bars in the area there it is perfectly in tune with the landscape, in addition to being made of wood it is surrounded by lush ,vegetation. They are the type of places you can not see from far away and you always seem to see the foilage first, and then until you are actually in front of it you do not know what it is. By the Thai Kruie bars there are the only two that are on the sea front, they are the Freedom and Chillout bars. The rest of the establishments in the area are further away. This place is very quiet and the service is reasonably fast, although here the truth is ... Who wants to rush? Greetings.
The Roof Bar & Restaurant is located on Bangkok's famous Khao San Road in the same building as the Center Point Plaza. By day, it's a restaurant where you can enjoy local and international food, but by night it's a meeting place for backpackers from all over the world who come to drink and listen to live music. I must say that the music here is pretty good, and it's interesting to hear Thai versions of the Rolling Stones, Beatles, Bruce Springsteen, and other Western artists. The good thing about Roof Bar is the chance to meet new people. It's on the second floor, and once you're inside you forget all about the bustle of the street outside. Not a place to dance, but to talk and listen to good music, and meet interesting people.