Photo: Off the pancake trail.

Eat and meet

Unless staying somewhere else, most visitors take all of their meals at Siboya Bungalows.

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The chefs at Siboya Bungalows prepare an extensive range of delicious Thai, seafood, pasta and sandwiches. The curries come chock full of veggies, with aromatic spices like kaffir lime leaf not left out as in many island-resort restaurants. The Thai soups and salads are also excellent; expect anything to be truly spicy if you ask for it. Breakfasts are hearty, and the baguette sandwiches can rival Ko Lanta’s best. Those with voracious appetites should try the Hollger, a formidable baguette piled high with scrambled egg, bacon, onion, tomato and cheese. Specialty seafood items like live lobster can be arranged if you order in advance. Cold beer, fresh coffee, smoothies and a range of soft drinks are also available. Overall, prices are quite reasonable for what you get, and the service is excellent. With friendly vibes all around, the spacious seaside restaurant is also a good spot to hang out and chat with the few other travellers who make it here.

If you feel like a change of scenery, Racha Sunset also serves authentic Thai food to a handful of tables in its cosy beachside restaurant. While the menu is large, selections can be limited due to a shortage of ingredients (and customers). The guys who we met at Racha were very friendly and quick to hop into the kitchen to show off their cooking skills.

Beyond these, you’ll find a handful of simple noodle, curry, Thai iced tea and fruit shops over in the village. None of these really cater to foreigners, with no English menus and virtually no English spoken; one local shopkeeper looked like she’d seen a ghost when we sat down at one of her roadside tables. If you don’t mind the curious stares, you can save cash by eating in the village.

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