Bang La On is the main town of Khao Lak with most restaurants, bars and shops. See map at https:/…202016.htm However, it is mostly quiet during the day as most people are at the beach. Dinner and shopping would be better IMO.
Bang Niang is the second largest town and has many restaurants and bars but fewer shops as it is where yoiu will find the local markets and the Tsunami Police Boat Memorial. See map at https://www.t3x.de/khaolak/BangNiangKarte.htm and information on markets at https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/ShowTopic-g297… Great lovcal food on the markets.
Yes but go late afternoon, early evening, shop and eat, lots of choice and taxis are cheap
My wife can't eat spicy food. Do any of the local restaurants serve non-spicy or mild spiced food?
There are lots of other options Beanard. Even on the Thai menus there are many non-spicy dishes but you also have Italian restaurants to try if you like.
just ask for no spicy when you order, most places will accommodate or will tell you if that dish is not possible to be made with no spice
There are lots of dishes that are not spicy at all. Look for fried noodles or rice with chicken/beef etc, spring rolls, chicken and cashew nut (lots of variations of flavour but generally a non spicy option), many of the stir fries are not hot. Just ask for not spicy.
Great. Thanks for the responses, my wife was worried that restaurants outside the hotel may be serving only spicy dishes.
Beanerd it is a misconception that all Thai food is spicy. There are many dishes that don't have chilli at all and are often served with a set of condiments to add. Many places have seafood that you can choose like whole fish and have it cooked as you like. This can just be barbecued or with a sauce so these are a good option too.
Also, even most small local type restaurants (no frills, plastic chairs etc) have western options. Definitley don't restrict yourself to the hotel, you will be missing out on some wonderful food.
Beanerd the problem (not a big one) I was having in Khao Lak was finding food that was spicy enough for my taste despite all my "phet maak" and "phet phet" (two ways of saying very spicy) and my wife assuring the staff that I "gin dai" (can eat) most of the time I found the food "toned down" compared to what I am used to at home.
As an aside why do we refer to food with a lot of chilli in it as "spicy" when chilli is not a spice?Edited: 10 August 2018, 05:20