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Must eats in Koh Samui, Thailand

aj84 Jun 23, 2010 02:42 AM

I will be in Samui for 3 days - staying at the newly opened Banyan Tree Samui. I managed to get a list of restaurant recommendations but was wondering if anyone has been to any of these places and if they have other favorites to recommend. Thanks!

- Mamma Romma for Italian
- Bangpo seafood
- Poppies
- Eat Senses
- Library Hotel for drinks

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    CrystalBaySamui Oct 7, 2012 08:32 PM

    Best Thai food in Koh Samui.
    Sabieng Lay (near grand mother grandfather rock) Very nice local seafood on the beach.
    Ao Thai (near bandon hospital between bophut and chaweng) With live band every night.
    Pee Chet (at the traffic lights bophut). Same owner as Ao Thai but no band.
    Ranong (open all night at Pang bua market chaweng).
    Bang Por seafood in bang por.

    Best Thai breakfast/late night eaterie "Jay Joo" near the post office in Chaweng. Ask a taxi driver, this place does the best rice soup, salapao and pork with garlic in town.

    Best western food
    Orgasmic - between bophut and bangrak
    Oceans 11 - Bangrak

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      MissLambkins Jun 24, 2010 09:31 PM

      Places like Eat Sense and The Cliff are great, but they're pretty Western. Go to Ninja (opposite Eat Sense's entrance on the main chaweng Beach Road), where they will serve you authentic local thai food on chipped plastic plates - it doesn't have any of the accolades that Poppies does, but this is Koh Samui, a beachy casual place! Go to the market where you can eat excellent food really cheaply - or there's a restaurant at the SeaScape resort in which you should avoid the western food but anything Thai is great.
      It really depends whether you want a local Thai experience (which could be had standing at a stall in the market) or a disappointing western meal (in which case walk up the chaweng beach road and pick from any of the neon signs)

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      1. re: MissLambkins
        aj84 Jun 26, 2010 08:51 PM

        I am up for authentic experiences and will add Ninja to my list. Thank you!

        1. re: aj84
          aj84 Jul 21, 2010 07:21 PM

          I ended up going to Bangpo seafood and Sabeinglei. Both highly highly recommended, just watch out for the surat oysters!

          Must eats are the samui grilled fish, the crab in curry sauce, prawns, fried catfish and of course order the young coconut as drinks.


          1. re: aj84
            cwodtke Apr 15, 2012 06:24 PM

            The best food I've had so far I cooked myself at SITCA in Chaweng beach, Koh Samui... it's also my favorite cooking school in thailand so far.

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        tommyzau Jun 23, 2010 06:04 AM

        This is what I have:


        Zazen Restaurant, Thai and European cuisine, 15 mins drive. 177 Moo 1, Bo Phut,
        Le Boudoir, French restaurant, 10 mins drive. Mae Nam. ( Isabelle)
        The Shack, Steakhouse, 15 mins drive, Bo Phut
        Starfish, cheap Thai Seafood Restaurant, 15 mins drive, Bo Phut- No reservations
        Zicos, Brazilian cuisine, 25 mins drive, Chaweng
        Dr Frogs Bar and Grill, 25 mins drive, between Lamai and Chaweng

        Beach Venues - also offer massage and jet-ski services
        Nikki Beach, 15 mins drive, Lipa Noi, world famous beach hang out
        Beach Republic, 25 mins drive, Lamai Beach, The original samui beach
        hang out.

        Spa Venue
        Eranda Herbal Spa, 25 mins drive, North Chaweng /

        Golf Venue
        Santiburi, Golf, 10 min drive. 12-12 Moo 1, Tambol Bo Phut, Amphur Koh Samui

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        1. re: tommyzau
          aj84 Jun 23, 2010 08:19 PM

          Thanks Tommy! Super helpful

          1. re: tommyzau
            maoliu Oct 5, 2011 11:10 PM

            I am very surprised that Samui is not a destination on the board. Is Zazen still worth a visit?

            1. re: tommyzau
              walkrunstumble Oct 24, 2012 03:22 AM

              Wife and I have visited Samui multiple times and dinned at a number of places listed here. The place that we still remember is Le Boudoir. It is a little hard to find, but the trek is worth it. Husband (chef) and wife (host) team that made amazing food and even better dessert (e.g passion fruit creme brulee).

              Other places we enjoyed meals: Zazen (ate at the chef's table), Orgasmic, and the H Bistro at Hansar Samui (amazing hotel). Again, these are suggestions are not local cuisine.

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