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Haad Phra Ae

Eat and meet

Haad Phra Ae

On Long beach, Somewhere Else serves great Thai food in beachside salas. It is open for breakfast and stays open until about midnight. Prices are cheap and the food is excellent.

Beside Somewhere Else you'll find Thai Cat. With its long bar and friendly owner, this place is just about the quintessential beach bar and the food ain't too shabby either.

The big draw on the beach is Funky Fish Bar and Restaurant, which seems to have cornered the market in Western food. Everything from pizzas to burgers—though we found the burgers to be disappointing—is offered in this spot, renowned for its cool vibe.

Also worth exploring beachside is Suza Hut for its fresh seafood and great service, and the neighbouring and slightly more formal Sood's Second Home, which offers southern Thai food. If you walk further south you'll find the slightly incongruous sight of Muslim workers in a collection of small reggae bars.

Long Beach actually has a couple of places worth visiting on the main road, away from the beach. British-style pub The Tavern serves cheap beer as well as fantastic ribs. Ex-Pat bar, a few doors down, is worth popping into if you ever get bored by the ribs at The Tavern.

For drinking, head to The Irish Embassy or Shooters, both located at the far southern end of the beach. The Irish Embassy is about the only place you'll find Dwyer's Stout on tap and its gets busy when live football is on, while Shooters is one of the numerous small bars located in the purpose-built units just off the main road, but it stands out for its good quality pool table and efficient staff. The place is reasonably new but seems to do a great deal of business because of its happy hour specials.

Expat Bar Haad Phra Ae. T: (083) 171 7254
Funky Fish Haad Phra Ae. T: (075) 684 501. http://www.funkyfish-lanta.com
Somewhere Else Bungalows 253 Moo 3, Haad Phra Ae. T: (081) 536 0858.
The Tavern 305/3 Moo 3, Haad Phra Ae.

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