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Top Choice Historic Site in Chanthaburi

Chanthaboon Waterfront Community

Hugging the banks of Mae Nam Chanthaburi is this charismatic part of town, filled with restored houses and elderly residents sitting around reminiscing with each other about their Chanthaburi tales. The Learning Hou…
Top Choice Thai in Pattaya

Mantra

One of Pattaya's top restaurants, Mantra is fun even if you can only afford a classy cocktail (from 180B). The building and interior are sumptuous; try for a seat upstairs where you can overlook proceedings or nestl…
Top Choice Thai in Trat

Namchok

This uncomplicated open-walled restaurant is deservedly a local favourite, with some excellent seafood dishes and well-meaning service from an army of young helpers. The unpriced English menu could be better transla…
Top Choice Bar in Ko Chang

Shambhala

Perched at the top of the island, this poolside bar has some excellent, fairly priced cocktails and a magnificent outlook across green lawn to a secluded golden sweep of beach and forested peninsula. It's the perfec…
Top Choice Seafood in Ko Chang

Phu-Talay

A beautiful place right on the klorng, Phu-Talay has cute wooden-floored, blue-and-white decor, a picturesque deck and its own boat (for pick-up up from nearby accommodations). It specialises in seafood, with stando…
Top Choice International in Ko Si Chang

Pan & David Restaurant

With free-range chicken, homemade ice cream, a reasonable wine list, excellent Thai dishes and an Italian touch, you can’t go wrong here. It also has a series of rooms and bungalows available in spacious grounds (75…
Top Choice Thai in Chanthaburi

Chanthorn

This welcoming family-run restaurant in the centre near the waterfront is a great place to try local specialities; the chamung leaves with pork and Chanthaburi crab noodles are particularly good, but it's all really…
Top Choice Mexican in Ko Chang

Barrio Bonito

Fab fajitas and cracking cocktails are served by a charming French-Mexican couple at this roadside spot in the middle of Kaibae. Offering authentic, delicious, beautifully presented food and stylish surroundings, th…
Top Choice Thai in Ko Chang

Blues Blues Restaurant

Through the green screen of tropical plants is an arty stir-fry hut that is beloved for its expertise, efficiency and economy. The owner’s delicate watercolour paintings are on display too. Take the road to Ban Kwan…
Buddhist Monument in Pattaya

Sanctuary of Truth

Made entirely of wood (without any metal nails) and commanding a celestial view of the ocean, the Sanctuary of Truth is best described as a visionary environment: part art installation, religious shrine and cultural…