Best Places to Eat in Thailand: Sabieng Lae – Seaside seafood
A mid-range seafood restaurant popular with both Thais and tourists, Sabieng Lae has a large menu filled with all kinds of once-swimming food.
I tried and enjoyed fried soft shell crab, a raw shrimp salad (tossed with garlic, onions, mind and basil) as well as a sour coconut soup with chicken (and turmeric and lime).
It's just south of Lamai Beach.
Best Places to Eat in Thailand: Sweet Sisters – Organic and fresh on Koh Samui
A newer cafe serving up delicious, creative and healthy Thai food, Sweet Sisters focuses on southern specialties (think fish laap made with a thick mackerel steak) and regional favorites. There's a large board of changing specials (I had the banana blossom flower salad with prawn that day) and a range of desserts. You'll find the food tangy and light.
A couple of Western favorites take a Thai twist, such as a Thai basil chili pasta with ground cashews and prawn.
It's some of the best places to eat on the island.
Corner of routes 4173 and 4170 on the south side of the island.
Best Places to Eat in Thailand: Boomelicious – Delicious food in Pai
This excellent little cafe is a good value: burgers, which come on pillow-like homemade buns and house made sweet potato chips, are only 96 baht. Large breakfasts are served all day, and there's a big menu of healthy juices and smoothies. They also serve smooth coffee.
It's right on the corner of the two main backpacker streets in Pai, near soi 1.
Best Places to Eat in Thailand: Cafe d'tist – Coffee, smoothies and breakfast in Pai
Try the eggs benedict! Just do it. Though the menu says they use Hollandaise sauce, it's actually a mild yellow curry and so delicious.
The setting is very pleasant, even though it's on the street. A small, treed patio, a few earthen walls, a pavilion and decent people-watching opportunities make it a nice place sit for a while.
Hotel des Artists has some equally lovely rooms and a riverside area.