Saladan is the main shopping center of Koh Lanta where the ferry ports are located. It’s a fantastic hub offering the widest choice of restaurants in the closest proximity to one another. There’s quite a number of restaurants here ranging from simple street food of chicken and sticky rice to fashionable dining in The Frog. Some restaurants are open early morning and all will close around 22:00.
Restaurants On Stilts Over The Water
The best eating in Saladan with some wonderful views are all the restaurants built on stilts over the sea. If you go into Saladan follow the road till it ends. Turn left and you will find many Seafood restaurants offering the catch of the day. Saladan Seafood, Lanta Seafood enjoy Squid, Crab, Prawns and a really nice dish to try is Bhla Neung Man Ow, steamed fish with lemon, garlic and chili sauce. The Reaun Mai Seafood restaurant is a favourite to try the hot plate . You will also find the Black Pearl, Lanta Pizzeria which also does take away and the Swedish Restaurant ( actually Thai owned) who used to be a dj and is stacked with music memorabilia. Also along here you will find Coffee My House open at 07:00 for breakfast and enjoys home made bread, pastries and real coffee it is another place a lot of the expats frequent.
If you turn right along the waters edge again you have many restaurants to choose from – the Terrace restaurant, Seaview Seafood are good quality places. Then further along is Star Restaurant with amazing Green Curry and Massaman Kai. Baifern noodle shop offers a nice cheaper option in town then followed by Papas restaurant which is very large and normally busy. Try the Sea Terrace Restaurant.
Memory Restaurant with a new creative authentic Thai menu also offers free pick up from Khlong Dao Beach. Next is Catfish which is great for Burgers, Club sandwich, Breakfasts and the Thai food is always first rate here. Sincere guest house makes for a nice place to eat and relax with a BBQ on Saturdays and a Jam sessions happening, everyone welcome. Then stop at the Lanta Lantern guest house where you will be welcomed by two very nice people Anthony and Fran.
Saladan’s Finest Restaurant
Along this road you will also find Kung Restaurant where you can sit outside, The Old House with very good Thai food and the Frog. The Frog is with out a doubt Saladan’s finest Restaurant and makes for a perfect setting for a romantic couple or socialising with friends and family. The have an extensive wine cellar at the front of the shop. Then you have a choice of sitting in a beautiful garden or sitting upstairs overlooking the garden.
This road also allows access to Koh Lanta’s main pier where you can catch the ferry to Krabi, Koh Phi Phi, Phuket and Ao Nang. If you fancy a bite before your trip check out the @Pier Restaurant serving mainly Thai dishes. This restaurant is also open early every day if you need to eat breakfast.
Straight across from the 7-Eleven shop there is usually a small vendor selling sticks of BBQ chicken, pork and sticky rice, makes for a great simple snack during the day.
Cheap Eats And Lots Of Choice
Just before Saladan town on the right side of the road, near the Kon Tiki dive shop, you will find a host of outdoor restaurants offering the cheapest food around – Pad Kapow Kai ( spicy chicken with basil ) with an egg on top of your rice is ideal. Then along this strip on the left near the market you will find Sala Restaurant which is always busy due to the location and good food. Parkway Restaurant which offers simple Thai food and also Cafe Mocha a two storey coffee shop with free wifi. On the right amongst the KT optics shops you will find Mr.Pizza – its quite a large restaurant which opens up and inside you will find a nice bar.
Saladan Village, Koh Lanta: Restaurants We Recommend
The Frog (open all year)
Saladan Sea Food (open all year)
Memory Restaurant (closed Green Season)
Restaurant not to be missed: Catfish (behind the bookstore) (closed Green Season)
Cheap eats – Sticky Rice and Chicken
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