Photo: Crabs all round.

Farm Buu Nim

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Sloppily dressed servers stepped over a yipping dog, concentrating to keep their massive platters of boiled crab from tipping. A plump domesticated boar slept on the bamboo floor. It was just another evening at Farm Buu Nim, a quirky restaurant and seafood farm near the town of Khlung in Chanthaburi province’s southeastern corner.





With its wooden decks and walkways built around mangroves and supported by makeshift stilts over a brackish river, Farm Buu Nim serves the namesake soft-shell crab and other seafood harvested daily. The ambiance is rustic Thai, with fish-net hammocks strung above not-so-level bamboo floors and potted plants sitting beside old bike tires and fishing poles.

Not your average restaurant. Photo taken in or around Farm Buu Nim, Chanthaburi, Thailand by David Luekens.

Not your average restaurant. Photo: David Luekens

Heavy wooden tables line the decks and it’s a wonder they don’t plummet through the floors and into the cloudy water below. Some decks have roofs to protect diners from Chanthaburi’s notoriously rainy climate, while others sit under the shade of mangrove leaves. A communal hand-washing sink sits lopsided in the middle of the largest deck—after feasting on crab you’ll be happy it’s there.

Locals, a few Thai tourists and very few foreign travellers catch a small motorboat to Farm Buu Nim from a pier in the south part of Khlung. The restaurant can’t be reached by land, but even if it could, who would want to pass on the relaxing (and free) river cruise?

Now we’re in for a treat. Photo taken in or around Farm Buu Nim, Chanthaburi, Thailand by David Luekens.

Now we’re in for a treat. Photo: David Luekens

We started with buu lon for 120 baht, a room-temperature bowl of soft-shell crab pounded with coconut milk, a couple of different types of chillies, some sort of curry paste and pickled shallot. With a hint of sweetness reminiscent of panang curry, the crab was like candy.

Next we went for a little more substance in a large, 140-baht portion kung op wun sen, featuring prawns steamed in a steel pot with a top layer of lightly scrambled egg, a centre of glass noodles and herbs at the bottom. The mild dish didn’t burst with flavour but the prawns were as fresh as ... please log in to read the rest of this story.


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How to get there
You'll need to first get to Khlung (Trat-bound buses run throughout the day and into early evening and stop in Khlung, or you can come by motorbike or car) and then find the pier called Tha Buu Nim at the end of Thetsabun 2 Road. Just keep saying "Farm Buu Nim" to locals and they'll point you to the right boat. The restaurant opens for lunch and dinner.

Farm Buu Nim
Khlung, Chanthaburi province
Daily 09:00-21:00
T: (086) 834 4523, (089) 369 0389 

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