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Ko Kho Khao

Eat and meet

Ko Kho Khao

While many choose to dine at their resort, there are some great beach restaurants and bars to be found on Ko Kho Khao, plus a delicious Italian spot, and even a Mexican restaurant.

Unless you want to go with the often over-priced and bland Thai food that resorts in this area are notorious for, we suggest you head straight to Ko Kho Khao's beaches and grab a table or lounge chair at one of the island's great beach restaurants.

On the southern beach in between Tacola Resort and the KIB Resort, Boom's Restaurant serves home style Thai food and a few western style sandwiches and pastas in a chilled out beach bum atmosphere. The green curry we tried was everything we ask for from this dish — spicy, savoury but not too salty, and with just the right amount of spice.

Just north of Boom's, Siam Restaurant offers a near identical atmosphere and menu. Further up the beach and not far from C &N Resort are another pair of beach restaurants, Lazy House and Cool House, each of which offer reasonably priced seafood barbeques, Thai and Western food, and cocktails — get there before the sun goes down for a relaxed and memorable dining experience. All of the above are open all day until 21:00 or 22:00.

There are also some good Thai-Western barbeque restaurants near the pier. Harbour Restaurant is a worthy choice for indulging in lobster and steaks on an open air patio over the water. Not far up the road you'll find Taco Time, which bridges the gap from Thai to Western. The better part of their menu is actually Thai food, and the yum woon sen glass noodle spicy salad failed to impress. However, the chicken enchiladas with a Thai influenced tomatillo style sauce, while far from authentic Mexican food, did the trick in satisfying our Tex Mex craving. Taco Time also offers burritos, fajitas, pizza, pasta, salads, and a full bar, although incredibly no tequila, which is a must for any restaurant that even thinks of selling Mexican food.

Across the street from Taco Time is Pinocchio, an very good but expensive Italian spot founded by an Italian chef. Their brick oven pizza was very filling but also delectably tasty, so we ended up stuffing ourselves to the gills. A range of authentic pasta dishes, Italian style salads, and fine wines may also be enjoyed here in a relaxed atmosphere set to the sounds of some of Italy's most popular rock musicians. While Taco Time is open throughout the day until 22:00, Pinocchio is only open for dinner from 18:00 to 22:00.

For a night cap, Joe's Bar in the same area is the only proper bar we came across on the island, and although it's small, Joe's is a good spot to chat it up with other tourists while enjoying a few cold drinks.

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