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Island Restaurants

Famous Thai Dishes

Thailand is well known for its traditional food. It is generally very healthy with a lot of vegetables and not much fat, but some dishes are hot and spicy because of the generous use of chili in cooking. So when you are ordering your meal, we recommend you to tell the waiter if you like it spicy or not.

Below we have listed a few of the most commonly served dishes served in the Kingdom:

  Tom Yum Kung - A spicy lemon grass soup. Often served with shrimps or seafood.

  Khao Phad - Fried rice with chicken, seafood, pork or beef. Often served with vegetables and half a lime.

  Khao Man Gai - Chicken with plain rice.

  Kaeng Phet - Red curry in coconut milk served with chicken, seafood, pork or beef.

  Khao Tom - Rice soup with pork (popular breakfast).

  Kaeng Masaman - A Malay inspired and creamy coconut soup with potato. Popular in south Thailand.

  Tom Kha Gai - A coconut milk soup with chicken and galanga root.

Dining on the Islands

On this page we have listed a selection of the most popular restaurants on the islands. It is everything from affordable food centers to gourmet restaurants. Maybe you'll find it useful when you are going to find a place to eat your breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner.

On these islands you will of course find the traditional Thai food, not rarely with a noticeable curry and chili sting. Thai food often has a rice or noodle base, flavored with various ingredients such as vegetables, chicken, fish, sea food, coconut milk, lemongrass, nuts etc.

International restaurants and cuisines such as Japanese, American, Italian, Swedish, Korean, English, Chinese, Spanish, German, Indian etc. are of course also found on these islands.

Great dinner
AROY DEE (DELICIOUS) - Photo by Jens W - Kohsamui.org

Food Stall or Restaurant?

Almost everywhere, you will find cheap local Thai food stalls, food centers, soup stalls and other rather basic restaurants. It is normally delicious, and the prices are very reasonable. 40-100 baht per meal is a common price. Boiled drinking water and ice is commonly served free.

Thai restaurant in Lamai
CHEAP AND DELICIOUS - Photo by Jens W - Kohsamui.org

Restaurants in Lamai

Yellow Pizzeria - Lamai

Yellow Pizzeria

The Italian chef guarantees a delicious and authentic Italian cuisine, traditional Thai dishes and a great pizza made in a wood fired oven. Many of the ingredients are imported directly from Italy.

Home delivery (17:00-24:00): 08-7891 8860

  Location: 129/2, Moo 3, T. Maret, Koh Samui. (Close to Amadeus Bungalows, south Lamai)

The Cliff Bar & Grill

The Cliff Bar & Grill

Between Lamai and Chaweng. Stylish dining Mediterranean and International menu in this restaurant, bar and a 28 seat terrace area outside. A marvelous view over the Thailand Gulf and Ao Tong Takian.

  Location: 124/2, Moo 4, T. Maret, Koh Samui. (Between Lamai beach and Chaweng beach)

The Cliff Bar & Grill


Lamai Beach Road. Thai classic dining Traditional gourmet Thai menu. Fresh fish and seafood. A full range of selected red and white wine as well as beer and delicious fruit juices and shakes.

  Location: 124/173, Moo 3, Tambon Maret, Koh Samui (In the center of Lamai beach).

Ciao Restaurant


At Lamai Beach Road. Swedish meatballs A mix of Italian, Swedish, Thai and International food in the heart of Lamai. Pasta, pizza, salads, sandwiches, meatballs, mashed potatoes and complete drink list.

  Location: 124/164, Moo 3, Tambon Maret, Koh Samui (In the South or Center of Lamai beach).
Eldorado Restaurant

El Dorado Restaurant and Bar

At Lamai Beach. A dining El dorado with International, European and Thai menu. A very popular barbecue grill every Wednesday with marinated meat and a range of delicious sauces and salads.

  Location: Moo 3, Tambon Maret, Koh Samui (In the South/Center of Lamai beach).

Kokomiko Restaurant

Kokomiko Restaurant

At Ring Road, close to Hinta Hinyai South of Lamai A small but cozy restaurant with a menu including Thai, German and International dishes. We definitely recommend the steaks. Beer, wine and non alcoholic drinks.

  Location: 127/4, Moo 3, Tambon Maret, Koh Samui (South of Lamai beach, close to the Post Office).

Rocky's Restaurant

Rocky's Restaurant

Located inside Rocky Resort, between Lamai and Hua Thanon, close to Hinta Hinyai. Homemade pizza, fine meats and steaks, fresh seafood, and traditional Thai dishes on the menu in this beautiful restaurant.

  Location: At Rocky Resort, 438/, Moo 1, Tambon Maret, Koh Samui (South Lamai)

More Lamai Restaurants

Buddy Beer - North Lamai Ring Road
Ninja Crepes - North Lamai at the Ring Road
Rocky 's Restaurant - North of Lamai Beach
Tawann - In Renaissance Resort & Spa
The Patio Restaurant - In Pavilion Resort
The Rising Sun - Central Lamai Beach Road
Sri Nuan - Behind Friendly Mart + Bangkok Bank

Tom yum gai
TOM YUM GAI SOUP - Photo by Jens W - Kohsamui.org

Tom Yum Kung

Restaurants in Chaweng

Tropical Murphys Restaurant

Tropical Murphy's

Chaweng Beach Road Dinner and a stout? An Irish Bar and Restaurant in the heart of Chaweng. Choose from a large variety of dishes. Eat it together with a draught pint of a stout or cream ale, such as Guinness or Kilkenny etc.

  Location: 14/40, Moo 2, Tambon Bo Phut, Koh Samui (In the center of Chaweng, opposite McDonald's).

Prego Restaurant


Chaweng Beach Road Italian cuisine in a refreshing open "al fresco" atmosphere! Wood fire pizza, risotto, fresh sea food and italian wine is just a few examples from the menu.

  Location: Moo 2, Tambon Bo Phut, Koh Samui (North Chaweng, opposite Amari Palm Reef Resort).

Zico´s Brazilian Grill & Bar

Zico's Brazilian Grill & Bar

Chaweng Beach Road Samba style Zico's is a very comfortable and nicely designed restaurant and bar with unlimited BBQ and a 50 items salad bar, a Live Band and Samba Dance Shows!

  Location: 38/2, Moo 3, Tambon Bo Phut, Koh Samui (In the South of Chaweng Beach Road).

Thai vegetables
A VARIETY OF VEGETABLES - Photo by Jens W - Kohsamui.org

More Chaweng Restaurants

Ali Baba Indian Restaurant - South Chaweng
Bellini Restaurant & Bar - Soi Colibri, Chaweng
Betelnut Restaurant - Soi Colibri, Chaweng
Chez Andy Steak House - Central Chaweng
Coco Blues - North Chaweng Beach Road
Coco China House - North Chaweng
Green Olive - Buri Rasa Village, Central Chaweng
Jing - Soi Colibri, South Chaweng
Olivio - Italian Cuisine, in Baan Haad Ngam
Poppies - South Chaweng Beach Road
Red Snapper - Beside Chaweng Regent
Rice - Central Chaweng Beach Road
Rong Beer - South Chaweng Beach Road
Sibelius - Central Chaweng Beach Road
Tamarind Restaurant - Impana, Chaweng Noi
The Three Monkeys - Central Chaweng
Toto's Restaurant - Central Chaweng Beach Road
Via Vai - Central Chaweng Beach Road

Island restaurant
CHAWENG RESTAURANT - Photo by Jens W - Kohsamui.org

Maenam, Bo Phut, Bangrak

Starfish and Coffee

Starfish and Coffee

Bo Phut, Fisherman's village. With a nice breeze If you are looking for a stylish restaurant with a stunning sea view this is it! International and Thai menu. Wine, beer and non alcoholic drinks.

  Location: 51/7, Moo 1, Bo Phut, Tambon Bo Phut, Koh Samui.

Sea Breeze at Secret Garden

Sea Breeze - Secret Garden

Sea Breeze is overlooking the beach and the island of Phangan. The menu includes authentic Thai dishes and sea food.

  Location: 22/1 Moo 4, Big Buddha Beach (just west of the pier), Koh Samui.

More Northern Restaurants

Antica Locanda - Big Buddha Beach
Dao Wa Deung - B1 Spa, Bo Phut
Roma Restaurant - Paradise Beach Resort
Villa Bianca - Bo Phut (Fisherman's Village)

Erik's Restaurant in Lamai
ERIK'S RESTAURANT - Photo by Jens W - Kohsamui.org

Restaurants in other Areas

Will be published soon.

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Thai vegetables
COMMON VEGETABLES - Photo by Jens W - Kohsamui.org

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