Stretching along the north-western coast of Koh Samui, Laem Yai is a golden mean, where unspoilt natural beauty is perfectly matched by a fair number of terrific dining venues. Most of the restaurants in Laem Yai serve elaborate Thai cuisine, but you can also find several great venues serving Western favourites. Here are our picks for the best restaurants in Laem Yai.
1. The Terrace
The Terrace is a beautiful fine-dining venue set in an open-sided building and serving contemporary Thai and Western cuisine. The retaurant is a place to head when you want to be treated to scrumptious dishes, stellar service and stunning ocean views.
2. Baita Koh Samui
Featuring a superb beachfront location, nautically themed decor and friendly service, Baita Koh Samui serves outstanding Italian and Thai food. Savour seafood spaghetti or opt for the seafood pad thai – the restaurant is guaranteed to satisfy your taste buds. And, of course, save room for the delish dessert (especially the tiramisu).
3. Pla Pla
Pla Pla is an upscale, exquisite restaurant offering an eclectic mix of Mediterranean and Thai cuisine. Situated right on the beach, the restaurant provides a choice of outside and inside seating, though you should not worry about the rain, as the alfresco area has a removable tent, which is erected in seconds should a monsoon hit. Pla Pla is also a family-friendly venue offering an attractive kids menu, including beautifully presented healthy options for the little ones.
4. Jawat Seafood
Jawat Seafood owes its popularity to the stellar location and cosy atmosphere. Featuring appealing bamboo structures right on the water’s edge and tables dotting the elevated platform, ensuring the best sunset views. The restaurant serves fabulous seafood at a great value. Head there an hour before the sunset to ensure you get the best seats in the house.
5. Aromi Diversi
Embrace the awe-inspiring natural scenery, breathtaking sunset and scrumptious Italian and Mediterranean cuisine served at Aromi Diversi. The beachfront restaurant features a few bamboo cabanas offering a romantic and intimate atmosphere, and also provides comfortable seating on the open-air veranda, surrounded by lush tropical greenery. Aroma Diversi offers a wide selection of mouth-watering salads, pizza, pasta and desserts.