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Eat and meet


There's not a bad choice of eateries considering the size of Soppong. Apart from the obvious guesthouse restaurants a couple of local places are worth mentioning. Little Eden does half-decent Western food courtesy of its former German management, including surprisingly edible pizzas. The Baan Cafe Nature Resort and Soppong River Inn both have very nice coffee shops serving simple Thai food as well as drinks, and Northern Hill also does reasonable Thai food.

For something slightly different try the excellent Thai barbeque establishment next door to Soppong River Inn, which makes for a fun, tasty and cheap dinner -- there's a flat fee to pay, then it's as much as you can eat (or barbeque).

By the market are several fried rice and noodle shops, which are popular and cheap for lunch, and there's a good chicken and pork on rice cafe down the old Soppong high street.

A little way out of town, if you do have transport or fancy a walk, is the Ban Rim Lang Resort restaurant, which does a good and reasonably priced Thai selection. It's popular with the locals, which is always a good sign!

Drinks and nightlife
Well you're set for drinks, but if it's nightlife you're after you've come to the wrong place! There is one great little bar that would put many in Pai to shame though -- The Border. Next to Lemonhill and opposite the market, this pub-style bar is run by an English and Thai couple and has an interesting mix of expats, tourists and locals as clientele, so interesting conversation is on offer along with the well-stocked bar and traditional Thai food. Soppong River Lodge and Little Eden both have nice sitting areas overlooking the river, so they make great choices for an early evening beer.

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