Photo: Wat Tha Ton.

Eat and meet

For a small town, Tha Ton has a wide range of guesthouses and resorts, and there’s a correspondingly wide range of in-house eateries. Some of the smaller operations may not serve food during low season though, while some of the larger resorts can get very busy at lunch times with tour groups. There are a few decent independent options in town as well.

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On the north side of the main street, at the foot of the hill and around 100 metres from the bridge, is the rather good and very friendly Pattra coffee shop/restaurant. Their extensive menu covers most of the bases beginning with three pages of coffee options and moving through pasta and pizzas to classic Thai dishes. A range of breakfast options is priced at 75 to 100 baht while Thai dishes are 45 to 60 baht. Spaghetti dishes were 150 to 180 baht and their pizzas started at 89 baht for a small. We can’t vouch for their pizzas but the locals like them and they offer a takeaway service too. Pattra has an indoor air-con area with a couple of tables outside on a small terrace.

Across the road is the equally good Sunshine Cafe, in a more rustic setting with palm frond-roof and wooden furniture. Prices are similar to Pattra, with a range of breakfasts from 60 to 100 baht and Thai dishes also around 50 to 70. No pizzas this time but baguettes and salads are served instead. During busy times service can be slow -- it’s basically a one-woman operation -- but quality is very good and service friendly. They generally open around 08:00 with closing time depending upon how business is going. During low season they close early.

Sanay Chainam is a longstanding spot popular with locals and visitors alike, with a riverside location immediately east of the bridge. Basically they serve Thai food only but it’s slightly more refined than the town’s tourist cafes, although with correspondingly higher prices. Most dishes are 80 to 150 baht, with some good fish options.

Chongchang is another wooden, slightly country style bar and coffee shop; it’s on the main road in the centre of town and one of your few options for an evening beer. Otherwise Apple or Khunmai Baansuan are fine options for a riverside sundowner.

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