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Local Eating

We are travelling to Bophut in September this year and would love to eat where the locals eat sometimes. Does anyone have idea of where to find/do this. Much appreciate some assistance with this - thank you

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1. Re: Local Eating

If you go from Bophut traffic lights towards Tescos , about 100mtrs pst Tescos entrance on the right hand side is a place called Ranong restaurant. A lot of Thai people eat there. Or further on down that road go over the traffic lights and another 100 metres or so on the left hand side is a reataurant called Tum Zaab . Enjoy your food wherever you eat

Have a great time Andy

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2. Re: Local Eating

If you head to the night market just out of Bophut on the main ring road (to the right) at the traffic lights, we found plenty of locals eating there and the food was very spicy!

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It's not hard to find places where mainly locals eat, you just have to get a little way off the main tourist strips or down the side streets and look. It does help if you have a car though.

It also depends how "brave" you are, some places may not have any English menus, but there is usually someone who speaks English, either owner/staff or other customers, many of the younger generation speak good English. The "ambience" can be pretty basic too, but most food on Samui is pretty safe if you stick to cooked food and avoid raw vegetables/salads.

One way to start is look for the roadside stalls or market benches full of pots/trays of pre-cooked food. You can see and smell the food and even taste it if you wish. Some of them are take-away only, others have basic tables/chairs to eat there. Two serves of the same or different items + rice or Kanom Jeen noodles make a decent meal and will cost about 70-80Bt. Plus a Singha beer for 30Bt and that's a fine lunch. We have been going to some places so often we do get offered the raw vegetables and green herbs that accompany many meals and usually accept now. They will probably try to steer you away from the spicier/hotter dishes, if you can cope with properly spiced Thai food, that's a sure sign of one you may want to try. Some of the fish curries are a bit confronting though, we haven't tried too many of them, can't get past the fermented fish aromas.

We stay at places with at least basic kitchenettes and often pick up takeaway food to re-heat and eat in the evening.

One place we like as it has about 6 different types of Som Tam, including a tempura battered/fried version is Tum Thai, on the left on the road from the ring road going from Bophut to Big Buddha, I think about 2.5km from the lights at the ring road turnoff. The sign is in English as well as Thai now, so you may find some farang there as well as the mostly locals who eat there, it's a level above the basic local eateries, but not fancy or expensive, all dishes freshly prepared, you can watch the open kitchen at work.

Another one on the right just before the markets at the turn-off to the airport (coming from Bophut towards Big Buddha) is Khaow Hom, it has a big illuminated sign, but it was pretty faded last year and the restaurant is a bit hidden behind shrubbery, but has off-road parking. It used to have a huge menu of old Samui and Southern Thai recipes, but had cut back a lot last year, most of the menu has English names (not that that always helps) and some have pictures of the dish.

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4. Re: Local Eating

Thanks so much for this information - a great help

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