Welcome to the next installment of our ‘Where to Eat on Koh Tao’ series!
Having given you the low down on higher end eateries and the best vegetarian and vegan hangouts already, this time we are focusing on one of the questions we get asked the most – where to find the best Thai food? Its a hotly contended topic, and everyone has their own personal favourites, but based on all of our own preferences and experiences, these are the ones we recommend to our customers the most…
Thai Food by P Nut
This unnamed food stop is just a minute walk from master Divers and is run by P Nut, who serves up tasty flavours and fresh food with a smile every day. Easily identified by the pink stripe above the door, it’s a common lunch spot for many of our staff, and offers both eat in and take away (remember to take one of our tupperware containers to avoid plastic!) options. On the menu is a combination of traditional Thai dishes, fried rice and pad Thai, as well as soft drinks and fresh fruit shakes. Our top choices are the fried rice Tom Yum (all the fresh and tasty flavours of a Tom Yum soup, but in a rice), and the Pad Krapow Moo (minced pork fried with basic, garlic and chilies).
Located right on the water front in Mae Haad by the Lomprayah pier, this is a great spot not just to eat, but the watch the world come and go. With its prime location as a great boat/people watching spot, the prices are slightly higher than some other local Thai places, but the quality and portion sizes (as well as the view) do justify this in our opinion. There is lots of choice on the menu, including whole fresh fish as well as the regular starters, curries, rice and fried dishes. Top picks here include the Massman curry, and the Laab and Nam Tok dishes (both of these are traditional spicy meat salads).
Located on the main road on the way out of Mae Haad heading towards Chalok, this simple wooden restaurant on the bend of the road is a hot spot for both locals and tourists alike. Famed for its cheap prices, good portions and flavourful dishes, the quality of the food here presents excellent value for money. With an extensive range of Thai food, as well as many tasty western dishes, there is something to suit every craving. On the western side, everyone is a fan of Yangs french fries, which are basically the kind of fat chunky chips you’d find back in a local UK chippy – yum! On the Thai side, you cant go wrong with the morning glory with crispy pork – or indeed without the pork if you are not a meat eater!
Tukta can be slightly tricky to find for first time visitors as its easy to drive past if you don’t keep your eyes peeled! Heading from Mae Haad towards Chalok, its on the left side on the corner right before you drop down the hill to the T-junction. With plenty of parking, seating and a huge menu of generous portion sizes to choose from, its another firm favorite among Koh Tao residents. There’s also a fair amount of curious dishes for those who are feeling brave – frog curry or fried birds nest anyone?!?! But for those who prefer to play it safe and stick to more traditional dishes, we recommend the spicy chicken salad with a side of pork cakes.
We hope these tips of where and what to eat help you have a tasty stay, and be sure to stay tuned for the next installment of where to eat on Koh Tao!