Photo: Another busy day on Ko Sukorn.

Eat and meet

The standard of food at Sukorn’s resorts is not too shabby, even if options are limited. You’ll find a few cheaper options inland and in Baan Saimai. Beer is served at the resorts, but don’t expect any wild parties here.

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Serving reasonable Thai food in a big and breezy beachside pavilion, we felt that Andaman Resort’s restaurant has the best sundowner atmosphere. We enjoyed a green curry, fresh squid salad and tom yum with seafood, all with enough spice to make the nose run. Cabana Resort also offers flavourful Thai dishes, including whole barbecued fish, on its newish dining patio that also comes with great sunset views. Though we didn’t try the food at Yataa Resort, it has a similar menu of Thai standards and a few Western options. Prices start at around 100 baht at all three of the resorts.

If you want to save some cash or just try somewhere different, head inland from the beach to Bahn Dang. Despite a smaller menu, portions are large and the home-cooked red chicken curry that we tried was very tasty, prepared with kaffir lime leaves and plenty of spice. Most dishes cost only around 50 baht and are served to a few tables in a makeshift roofed area that fronts the family’s house. Bahn Dang used to also rent out a couple of simple bungalows, but at research time they were drooping and uninhabitable.

Over in Baan Saimai, you’ll find a few unassuming curry shops, noodle stands and made-to-order eateries that are good options if you prefer to do it the local way -- and save money. Some places have English menus, but don’t worry if not, as they’ll be happy to whip something up for you. The village is also the place to score gai yang (barbecued chicken) with sticky rice from a few street-cart vendors near the school. These also offer milky chah yen (Thai iced tea) and khanom snacks of sweet sticky rice with fillings wrapped in banana leaves. You’ll also find a few hole-in-the-wall shops selling fruit, cookies and candy bars to cure your sweet tooth.

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