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5 of the Best Foodie Experiences in Koh Samui, Thailand

Describing a tropical paradise would literally be describing Koh Samui, Thailand. White sand beaches and crystal clear blue waters are the highlights to many travelers. There is, however, another reason to visit this blissful oasis–food. Infused with Thai flavors and you’ll see why more time is spent eating than enjoying the beaches. Figuring out what to eat in Koh Samui when you’re surrounded by so many options may seem daunting. To make it easier for you–here are 5 of the Best Foodie Experiences in Koh Samui, Thailand.

Satay for Breakfast

Found on menus of street vendors and fine restaurants alike is satay. The popular meat on the stick is barbecued and served with peanut sauce. Meat options range from chicken, pork, beef, fish, goat, and even mutton. Satay originated in Java, Indonesia and is now commonly found in much of Southeast Asia. Street food lovers rejoice–this barbecued delight is nearly on every street corner.

Pla Som Tod for Lunch

Many travel to Thailand for the seafood dishes alone. The fresh variety of fish, shellfish, crab, lobster, squid, and shrimp–caught daily–is prepared with Thai flavors like tamarind, ginger, Thai basil, coconut, and citrus.

Pla som tod is a Thai specialty–a preserved, pickled fish lends a salty and sour taste to your mouth. You can find it served raw or even deep fried–nice and crispy. When prepared well, the crispy fish is cooked so that even the salty bones can be devoured. The flesh is firm, dry, and flavorful–paired with rice it’s a very satisfying meal,

Tom Yum for Dinner

One of the most popular dishes in all of Thailand, let alone Koh Samui, is tom yum. Spicy with a bit of sourness, the soup is full of lemongrass, limes, chiles, and various seafood. Each restaurant has their own little spin on the classic food. Remember that tom yum is a spicy dish and even spicier in Thailand, so be sure to tell the restaurant your heat level preference.

Coconut Jam for Dessert

The abundance of coconuts on the island of Samui has led to an explosion in innovative ways to use the tasty fruit. During your stay in paradise, you may decide that you want to have breakfast in bed. Coconut jam is a staple of many Thai kitchens. Enjoy it on toast, flaky croissants, or smothered atop a stack of banana pancakes. It’s so good, many travelers bring dozens of jars home to remember the taste.

Buffet for Brunch

Brunch isn’t just a popular institution in the big cities of North America. Brunch in Koh Samui is taken just as seriously. For a place like Beach Republic, a Samui beach club, offers their Sunday Sessions–a smorgasbord of cultural delicacies. Fresh oysters, Thai food, and other assorted seafood populate the delicious display of foods sure to satisfy anyone’s taste buds.

The best coconuts and seafood in Thailand are known to be found on the island of Samui. Innovative dishes are emerging consistently from this enchanted island using the freshest ingredients available locally. This has created quite the scene in Koh Samui. Whether you prefer western food or traditional Thai food or anything and everything in between, you’ll always be able to find things to eat in Koh Samui.

Wassana Lampech

Wassana is originally from southern Thailand. She loves to travel. You can find her on Twitter or see more Thailand photos from her Instagram.

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  • Shatree Suwanvalaikorn

    Koh Samui is an interesting place to travel. I have been there once and I really love this place. Food that I like the most in Samui is Tom Yum because it is spicy and delicious. This article makes me feel hungry right now and I feel like I have to go there again real soon!

  • Benjapol Juntharee

    Thailand has so many islands and Samui is one of the very popular island in Thailand. Since, there is the island that is very close to the sea, so I do encourage people to eat seafood because the seafood there is very fresh. After I read this, I want to go back and spend some times there with my friend because I have so many good memories there with a great people. :)

  • Beam Alisa

    This article is very interest. I never have charge to go to Koh Samui. But what, I hear this island is one of the beautiful island. And as, We all know all that the best dishes of this place is seafood . I really want to enjoy my breakfast, lunch and dinner in this island. can not imagine how happy I will be.

  • Chanidapa Smt

    i planned to go there various time! but failed! but i still want to go there.. I plan to go to Koh samui after finishing final this will benefit for me as it is the information about abundant foods as i am an big eater and who love eating seafood!