Photo: Coffee time.

Eat and meet



As you might expect there’s not a lot in the way of places to eat in this tiny and little visited town but, as with just about anywhere in Thailand, there’s always some good food to be found somewhere and Khun Yuam even comes with a couple of its own decent coffee shops too.


Perhaps Khun Yuam’s fanciest in-town eatery is conveniently located next to the museum and the name, Shabu Sushi predictably continues the Japanese theme. We confess to not having tried the Japanese specials so can’t comment on those or their pizzas, but the selection of Thai dishes was very good and reasonably priced. Sushi options go for between 40 and 70 baht, pizzas around the 130 mark and Thai classics for 40 or so.

Scootering? Refuel here.

Scootering? Refuel here. Photo: Mark Ord

Heading down the main street you’ll find a couple of unnamed local cafes selling simple though adequate noodle and rice dishes with the one opposite the Colour World shop dishing up an excellent khao soi at 30 baht. Pick of the bunch for us, on the right-hand side, is a combined coffee shop-cum-restaurant going under the name of Banana Garden Cafe. With some cute decor and a choice of indoor or pavement seating their locally sourced brews were the best we’d had in a while plus they offer a selection of well-prepared Thai standards from 40 to 60 baht. They also serve beers and juices and with an advertised closing time of 23:00 Banana is also one of your best bets for an evening beverage.

Another good option, though you may have to go there a bit earlier, is Ban Farang Guesthouse’s restaurant. There’s a pleasant seating area and they serve up reasonably priced Thai dishes along with various competent Western options such as burgers and pasta dishes, though be warned a quiet night will see the chef heading home by mid-evening.

While on the subject of hotel eateries Mitkhoonyuom also has a small restaurant and cafe attached which opens to serve drinks anytime and simple Thai food if they think there are enough customers about—in theory at least they are open for breakfast as well.

Finally, in the centre of town you’ll find a small evening food market on the west side of the main street with a few stalls selling grilled meats and noodles. There isn’t a wide choice but it is at least open daily, all year round, setting the charcoal glowing around 17:00 and dampening down between 20:00 or 21:00 depending upon business.

Apart from the aforementioned excellent coffee served up at Banana Garden, Doi Khun, by the museum, is another good coffee shop this time with a choice of accompanying sugar hits in the form of waffles, cakes or ice creams. They close late afternoon but it is another good lunch option as they have the same owners as adjacent Shabu Sushi so you can sit in the former yet order food form the latter.

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