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Khlong Dao

On Khlong Dao, the most famous restaurant and a real must for foodies is the great Time for Lime. This place, which doubles as a cooking school (ok, it trebles as a bungalow operation), offers food best described as Thai/Euro fusion, and is top quality. The cooking school virtually guarantees the ingredients to be fresh and the service is snappy.

Other places of note along Khlong Dao include the restaurants at Southern Lanta and Maya Lanta resorts. Both serve Thai and Western favourites and the Maya in particular is worthy of note.

Moving away from the beach, the Nang Sabai Bakery is a good place to head for breakfast and coffee. The bakery produces authentic German cakes and breads, making the trek out to the main road well worthwhile.

If you want to try some authentic Thai snacks, then This Is Issan on the main road is a basic shop serving northeastern dishes and often has more locals than tourists, usually a good sign.

Just south from there is Krua Luk Jun, a small, cosy restaurant with outdoor and indoor seating. It has a few southern dishes, including satays and curries. If you like your food spicy, you'll have to spell it out as they tend to be overly cautious with the chillies.

Khlong Dao is the only beach with anything approaching sleaze as a handful of massage and karaoke bars do business here, but most are frequented by Thais and are easy to avoid.

Time For Lime, 72/2 Mo 3, Khlong Dao. T: (075) 684 590 http://www.timeforlime.net
Southern Lanta Resort, 105 Moo3, Khlong Dao. T: (075) 684 174 http://www.southernlanta.com
Best Western Maya Resort, 164 Moo 3, Khlong Dao. T: (075) 684 267 http://www.mayalanta.com
Nang Sabai Bakery, 265 Moo 1, Khlong Dao. Tel: (083) 175 9670

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