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Salakphet Bay

Eat and meet

Salakphet

Seafood is the name of the game in Salak Phet, with cheap meals available at several modest roadside eateries and homestays.

Salak Phet's seafood restaurants are often considered destinations in their own right. On the west side, Salakphet Seafood seems to have attempted to monopolise the market, with at least 10 signs beginning all the way up in Khlong Son. But it's not just hype -- the restaurant is considered by Thais to be one of the best on Ko Chang. We concur that the whole fishes, squid and crab are fresh and tasty, and the huge deck perched directly over the bay is both picturesque and lively on most nights. For cheaper seafood dishes with a more modest set-up, neighbouring Sang Arun Seafood also receives good marks.

Over on the east side of the bay, Rommai Chailay Seafood isn't afraid to lay on the spice if you ask for it. Their portions are large, prices reasonable, and while the cement floors and bulky tables make for a utilitarian atmosphere, the large open-air dining area affords great views across the bay. Rommai also offers kayaks and a few bungalows for rent if you feel like making a weekend of it.

Beyond the seafood, you'll find no shortage of roadside stalls offering cheap noodle soup, pad Thai, grilled chicken and som tam. Some of these also put their best efforts into pizza, spaghetti and sandwiches. For Western fare, Salak Petch Guesthouse probably has the most experience, and they offer smoothies and beer to go with a billiards table.

In the heart of the village, Baan Yemaya has what is arguably the area's most relaxing dining atmosphere, with a pair of outdoor tables overlooking the bay and chill lounges inside. The fresh coffee and Thai food are excellent -- you can't go wrong with the massaman or green curry fried rice for under 100 baht. Along with several vegetarian options, they also offer a few cocktails, wine and beer.

Health nuts will be pleased to know that what is undoubtedly Ko Chang's healthiest food is served at The Spa Koh Chang's restaurant just north of Salak Khok. Along with fresh-squeezed juice, including wheatgrass, you can enjoy a full spread of vegan raw foods or a soul-nurturing plate of fresh zucchini with pesto. All of the food is organic and most of the veggies are grown on site. Fish and chicken are available, but no pork or beef, and prices are steep.


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