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Top Choice Fusion in Bo Phut & the Northeast

Dining On The Rocks

Samui’s ultimate dining experience takes place on nine cantilevered verandahs of weathered teak and bamboo that yawn over the gulf. After sunset (and wine), guests feel like they’re dining on a barge set adrift on a…
Top Choice Bakery in Hat Lamai & the Southeast

La Fabrique

Ceiling fans chop the air and service is snappy and helpful at this roomy French-styled boulangerie/patisserie away from the main drag, near Wat Lamai on Rte 4169. Choose from fresh bread, croissants, gratins, bague…
Top Choice French in Bo Phut & the Northeast

Chez François

With no à la carte menu, but a reputation for outstanding cuisine that has sent waves across the culinary map of Ko Samui, Chez Francois serves a three-course surprise meal. Book ahead using the Facebook page and if…
Top Choice European in Hat Chaweng

Larder

This restaurant/bar/gastropub pulls out the stops in an invigorating menu of classic fare in a relaxing and tasteful setting, supported by a strong selection of wines and zesty cocktails. It's a winning formula, wit…
Top Choice Italian in Hat Chaweng

Pepenero

Pepenero has caused quite a stir on Ko Samui. What this excellent and neatly designed Italian restaurant lacks in views, is more than made up for by a terrific menu (including cutting boards with cheese and cold cut…
Top Choice Steak in Hat Chaweng

Stacked

All sharp lines, open kitchen/grill, a team of busy and super-efficient staff plus a cracker of a menu, this awesome burger restaurant is a visual and culinary feast. Burgers and steaks – bursting with flavour – are…
Seafood in Ko Samui

Five Islands

Five Islands offers a unique (yet pricey) eating experience. First, a long-tail boat (tours for two including meal 7500B to 9250B) will take you out into the turquoise sea to visit the haunting Five Sister Islands w…
Market in Hat Lamai & the Southeast

Hua Thanon Market

Slip into the rhythm of this village market slightly south of Lamai; it's a window into the food ways of southern Thailand. Vendors shoo away the flies from the freshly butchered meat and housewives load bundles of …
French in Hat Lamai & the Southeast

Baobab

Grab a free beach towel and crash out on a sun lounger after a full meal at breezy Baobab, or have a massage next door, but seize one of the beach tables (if you can). You'll need two hands to turn over the hefty me…
Buddhist Temple in Bo Phut & the Northeast

Wat Phra Yai

At Samui’s northern end, on a small rocky island linked by a causeway, is Wat Phra Yai. Erected in 1972, the modern Buddha (sitting in the Mara posture) stands 15m high and makes an alluring silhouette against the t…