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Ko Samui Food Guide

A guide to help you find the best hotels & places in Ko Samui for Food lovers


Ko Samui - enchanting, yet delicious!

Sat just off the east coast of the Kra Isthmus, Ko Samui is the second largest island of Thailand and a popular destination for food enthusiasts.

No matter what food you like, this cosmopolitan island has a rich dining scene ranging from 5-star restaurants offering international cuisine and traditional Thai restaurants over the hills serving local delicacies to Thai street vendors and seaside restaurants where you will sample the freshest seafood.

All along Ko Samui’s most popular beach roads, you will find many restaurants offering international & local dishes, while Thai food stalls are also almost everywhere. However, the seaside village of Bophut is the most popular destination in Koh Samui for food lovers, due to its diverse and excellent dining options, ranging from gourmet restaurants to casual street food.

After all, there are some delicious street foods that every foodie traveller in Ko Samui must-try at least one. A bowl of Thai Noodle Soup (Gwoy Tiao) is one of them, consisting of chicken, beef, or pork along with dry chilli, white vinegar, and other spices as well as the noodles of your preference. Another popular dish that you will find everywhere in Ko Samui is the renowned Papaya Salad (Som Tam), a cold dish made of green papaya, garlic, tomato, yardlong bean, peanuts and chilli while it can also include barbecued chicken or fish, and with sticky rice.

In this Ko Samui Food Guide, you will find the best hotels with restaurants in Ko Samui offering delicious breakfast and gastronomic delights based on Thai and International cuisine, and the top places and markets to taste the best of Ko Samui’s street food!

The best Hotels and Beach Resorts with Restaurants in Ko Samui

Especially known for its luxury resorts by the beach, Ko Samui’s hotels could not but also offer an extensive ray of fine-dining options and seaside lounge bars.

Chaweng Beach is a popular destination for food holidays in Ko Samui having an excellent collection of internationally-acclaimed restaurants and seaside dining resorts with diverse venues offering Thai and international cuisine. While at the beach village of Bophut, you will find luxury beach resorts with fancy restaurants and exotic lounge bars surrounded by tropical vegetation and stunning sea views on the backdrop.

The sanctuary of Sheraton Samui Resort sets right on the beach and is located in a tranquil natural environment with long coconut palm-trees, just five minutes’ drive from the bustling Chaweng Beach. Its dining options are diverse ranging from seafood to Thai, to international, while sumptuous buffet breakfast, signature cocktails, as well as light refreshments and drinks aim to satisfy your thirst and appetite from early in the morning to late at night!

Nestled amid a hillside tropical forest Vana Belle, a Luxury Collection Resort in Ko Samui caters to your desires with palatable experiences and personalised service. Whether you are into tasting a sumptuous meal by the beach, enjoying a refreshing cocktail under the starry night, or having an intimate dinner in the privacy of your own villa, this grand holiday property got you covered!

Where to eat the best of street food in Ko Samui

Ko Samui has a wealth of delicious eateries serving Thai and International cuisine, but tasting its delicious street foods will be the highlight of your culinary explorations in Thailand! The island’s street food is literary everywhere, from the roads to markets, to beaches.

If you are looking to try both local and international street foods in Ko Samui, do not miss to visit the Friday night market on the Fisherman’s village walking street in Bophut. It is the most popular food market in Ko Samui frequented by both tourists and locals alike. Delicious cocktails are also on display.

Another popular walking street market in Ko Samui is Lamai Sunday Night market which operates on a Sunday evening in Lamai Beach. You can taste everything you desire from exotic fresh fruit and vegetables, deep fried fish, barbecued duck, pancakes and even Thai style waffles.

Koh Samui has many ''delicious'' places that will rejuvenate your taste buds.

Food Tips

Dual pricing is very common in Koh Samui since many restaurants have one catalogue for tourists & other for locals, while the price of a typical meal in a Thai restaurant should range up to 500 Baht!

If you like seafood, then you will simply adore Ko Samui! Keep in mind that during high-season, the demand of fisheries often exceeds the local supply!

Bophut is the most popular destination in Koh Samui for food lovers, as it features numerous selections for dining, from gourmet restaurants to casual street food.

The most popular beaches usually have many restaurants offering international & local dishes. Bophut beach tops the list of the most popular areas in Koh Samui due to its excellent dining options.

The cosmopolitan island of Ko Samui has a rich dining scene ranging from gourmet restaurants offering international cuisine to traditional Thai restaurants where you will enjoy local delicacies.

Ko Samui is especially known for its excellent coconut production. You will find them available anywhere on the island and you will be surprised by how delicious they taste!

Travel Info

How to get there

  • By ferry
  • By air

Move around

  • Buses
  • Taxi

Ideal for

  • Beach holidays
  • Lgbt holidays
  • Honeymoon & wedding
  • Yoga & meditation
  • Snorkelling & scuba diving
  • Local gastronomy
  • Couples holidays
  • Water sports
  • Sightseeing
  • Wildlife & safari
  • Art & culture

Destination Type

  • Island

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 What can I find in this Food Travel Guide ?

Our Travel by Interest Experts have created this dedicated food travel guide, to help you easily plan your next culinary holidays and discover all the places you want to see and all the things you want to do. You can find here the top restaurants, bars, cafes, bistros as well as gastronomy Hotels to stay!

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