When you go to Ko Samui, you will not only see magnificent sights: you will also be treated to superb gastronomic pleasures. Aside from the usual swimming and sightseeing, eating and drinking in Samui is going to be one of the highlights of your vacation.
Traditional Thai food is characteristically cooked with lots of vegetables and not too much fat, and that’s why it is mostly healthy. It is generally rich in spices, chili, and flavor. Most dishes are served spicy, so if you are not too keen on eating spicy food, you must remember to inform the waiter if you like your food only mildly spicy or not at all.
The island is dotted with numerous restaurants serving traditionally cooked Thai food. The most popular beach on the island, Chaweng Beach, has a string of restaurants along the coastline that provides a “beach dining” experience to their guests. When the sun begins to set, restaurant staff lay out mats and cushions on the sand, along with short tables and lights. Some place candles on each table while others use electric lamps. This beach dining trend is observed among restaurants along the coast, even in those found in Lamai.
If you know where the best restaurants and bars can be found, eating and drinking in Samui may turn out to be one of your greatest vacation experiences. Here’s a quick list of some of the restaurants you can find in Ko Samui.
Among the more affordable restaurants in Chaweng are Baan Boran, Drop In, Captain Kirk, and Tropical Murphy’s. Baan Boran serves traditional Thai cuisine. The restaurant is designed in Ayudhaya style, exuding a genuine Thai ambience. Drop In serves affordable Thai and Italian dishes. It is found along central Chaweng Beach Road. Captain Kirk, also along central Chaweng, serves moderately priced Thai and Mediterranean food. Tropical Murphy’s is a somewhat pub style restaurant that serves British and Gaelic dishes and lots of beer.
The more expensive restaurants in Chaweng include The Muda House, Eat Sense, Olivio, and Spice Island. The Muda House is found along Chaweng Lake Side and serves Royal Thai Cuisine. The Muda House is a century old structure. Guests here are treated to evening shows while they dine. As for Eat Sense, it serves Southern Thai dishes such as roasted duck in red cury and crispy soft shell crab stuffed with eggplant. The restaurant is found along North Chaweng Beach. Olivio, also found in North Chaweng, is an Italian restaurant in Baan Haad Ngam Boutique Resort. This restaurant probably holds the most romantic setting in entire Chaweng beach. The food and the ambience are definitely worth the price.
Finally, Spice Island is in Centara Grand Beach Resort in Chaweng South. It is one of the more elegant places for eating and drinking in Samui. With over 100 items in its menu, the restaurant serves authentic Thai dishes from different regions in Thailand. It has both indoor and outdoor tables. With all these options awaiting you, eating and drinking in Samui is surely a treat you can look forward to during your vacation.