Koh Samui is always changing, people come and go, new businesses start, old ones close and over the last decade the island has evolved from what was fundamentally a backpacker haven to a holiday destination that holds some of the most impressive five star accommodation you will find anywhere in Asia. This is true not only of accommodation but of the restaurants in Koh Samui.

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The choice of Koh Samui restaurants is vast. The street vendors have remained from the days of cheap eats for the backpackers. A great place to enjoy cheap and cheerful local delicacies is walking street when colourful markets selling cocktails, local produce and handicrafts as well as food come to town. Walking streets can be found in Maenam on Thursdays, Bophut on Fridays and Lamai on Sundays. The markets start at around 4pm and go on sometimes until after midnight.

Mid range restaurants in Samui can be found just about anywhere and serve both Thai and Western dishes at a reasonable price. Maenam and Lamai have some excellent restaurants in the budget range bracket.

Five Star Restaurants in Koh Samui can be found in all of the top end hotels. Here top chefs from all over the world create mouthwatering dishes that would rival anything you can find in Paris, London and New York.

Eating in Koh Samui is as varied as the people that visit the island. Italian, French, German, Indian, Mexican, Korean, Turkish, Chinese and Russian restaurants are now common place.

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If you don’t know where to start when it comes to dining on Koh Samui then here are some suggestions.

Chaweng Beach is the most developed area on Koh Samui and is located on the east side of the island. The beach has white sandy beaches and an amazing array of nightlife and dining opportunities. Both local and international fayre can be enjoyed and every budget is catered for in myriad of restaurants in Chaweng. It is not easy to find out where to eat in Chaweng, so we hope Samui Good Eating will help you find some of the best places, the known and the hidden gems!

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The Fisherman’s Village. Once a sleepy Fisherman’s Village Bophut is now a vibrant and interesting place to shop, eat and drink. Know as Koh Samui’s most romantic village Bophut is more than well worth a visit. Bophut offers beachfront dining with spectacular views of our neighboring Koh Phangan and is home to Thai, Mexican, Indian, Sushi, French, Italian and some superb fish restaurants.

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Maenam Beach in Koh Samui is located on the north coast just a stones throw away from the popular Bophut Fisherman’s village. Maenam is less developed than Bophut and dining wise considerably cheaper. There are several parts to Maenam, the pier road has some bars and restaurants as well as old Chinese shops. The ring road has several good Thai restaurants as well as Italian and further down on Soi Meanam Resort there are several great bars and restaurants.

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Bangrak, on the north shore of Koh Samui, is close to the famous Big Buddha Temple and the airport and is where the full moon speed boats take party revelers from Koh Samui to the party. There are several lively bars as well as more than a handful of restaurants in Bangrak. There are several beach bars and restaurants serving everything from basic and very affordable Thai food to world class restaurants. Bangrak has a handful of very good western restaurants serving all your favorites from back home, especially if you are from the UK!

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Choeng Mon
Choeng Mon is one of the lesser known areas in Koh Samui on the northeast corner of the island. Choeng Mon is pretty secluded and has the most wonderful Beach. Choeng Mon is a popular place to chill out and laze around as well as being popular for water sports. There are some high end hotels in this area as well as some some super restaurants and places to eat to suit all budgets.

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Lamai Beach is the little sister to Chaweng Beach and has lots of restaurants. The atmosphere is laid back and the area offers cheap and cheerful as well as high end restaurants. There are some great places to eat in Lamai both on the ring road, in the town and on the beach.

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There are so many great restaurants in Koh Samui, far too many to mention here. Why not let us know your favorite Koh Samui dining suggestions via our contacts page so we can feature them on our site.

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