Long Beach (known in Thai as Phra Ae) is very long area and is separated in two parts. It’s one of Lanta’s most popular beaches and so there is a wide variety of places to eat here.
Northern Long Beach
In the North right on the beachfront enjoying beautiful views direct out over the ocean you will find Suza Hut which is one of the best decorated beach restaurants (and also has good real coffee). There’s also Thai Cat offering a full range of Thai food, Mr. Wee serving legendary Pizzas and next door Funky Fish. They’re all great places to kick back and have a leisurely meal or snacks with some cold drinks. A long time favourite is Somewhere Else, a big round building set back from the beach that has a huge, cheap menu of lots of different Thai food and flavours.
Most of the eating action for Long Beach is back up on the road. On the road side of northern Long Beach there is a small cluster of restaurants with Mr.Greens (open very late), Chillie House and Kritsana all offering cheap Thai food. Across the road the ExPat bar which also has the with western food a must if your looking for home comforts.
Further South along the road after the Lanta Casuarina Resort there is a strip of restaurants and bars. Like Saladan it is the most populated area Lanta has to offer. The Irish Embassy with Mr.Bean conjuring up in the Kitchen with his legendary Sunday Roasts and two great owners who will make any night a fun night. Then there is May restaurant offering good Thai Food.
Further along you will find the Living Room cafe and restaurant which is a beautiful building sitting back in its own garden area offering a mix of Thai food ,pasta, steaks, breakfasts good coffee and mouth watering Gelato ice cream.
Blue Cafe, Soi 14 offer Thai and Western. If you’re looking for simple Thai Food try restaurants like Sweet and Sour, Papaya Restaurant, Country Loas which is an Isan place offering spicy Som Tam (Papaya Salad) and also mouth watering Nuer Nam Tok (Spicy Thai Beef Saldad – Nuer is beef and Nam Tok means waterfall, when you have eaten your nose will run like a waterfall and you will come back for more). Then there is Raan Restaurant with its cozy setting offering some great Thai and Seafood dishes and somehow seats 150 guests. It is a little bit more expensive but the quality is well worth it. There is also a noodle stand with 30 baht chicken noodle soup, open late which is a good snack place after a party.
Enjoy the Bajen Pizzeria offering international cuisine like pizza, pasta and steaks with mini golf behind which is great for the kids (and adults). The BeachComber Restaurant offers the best authentic Tex-Mex dishes in a nice garden area facing the Andaman Sea. There’s also Tamarind , Papaya Restaurant, Sweet and Sour which also host live music and the cool, air-con Coffee Club. A second branch of Mr. Wee Pizzeria is also found along this road with more outside dining.
Red Snapper is without a doubt one of the best restaurants on Koh Lanta offering the best imported steaks, salmon and a large tapas menu. In the day Red Snapper opens at 10:00 offering good coffee and home made breads to make creative sandwiches. In the high season booking in advance is advised, it simply is that good – over the years, the food quality and service has remained remarkably consistent.
Directly across the road is Retro, a Balinese style Cafe that offers Thai, Italian and Seafood and the popular French bakery Faim De Loup with fresh breads and pastries and continuing with the French flavour Manao restaurant situated in the Relax Bay resort offers dishes created by there own french chef.
Long Beach: Restaurants We Recommend
Thai food: Sweet and Sour (closed green season)
On The Beach: Mr.Wee and Suza Hut (closed green season)
The Living Room: (closed green season)
Not to be missed: Red Snapper (open all year)
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