Ban Nam Khem (or Kem) or the Fisherman's Village is the name of the community that was so badly affected by the 2004 Tsunami. It is now, once again, a thriving community, having the main fishing port, ferry to Koh Kho Khao and the lovely, but touching, Tsunami Memorial within its environs.
On the recommendation of my wife's hairdresser who lives near there we last night visited the excellent restaurant that is located directly on the beach immediately to the left of the Tsunami Memorial. There are a variety of dining locations, most under cover, some small some large but our destination was one of the small little huts right at the beach edge so as to watch what we hoped would be, and in fact was, a beautiful sunset, whilst eating, which also was, a delicious meal. As you would expect being next to the port, the food is mostly fish and seafood but of a variety not found in the more popular restaurants. For instance, we had soft baked glass noodles with prawns and a BBQd fish, stuffed with herbs and served simply with a separate sweet and spicy sauce.
So if anyone is having a day out on KKK or visiting the Memorial or both, it is well worth finishing your day in a memorable way by a sunset dinner at this lovely spot. Sorry, the restaurant does not have an English name but you cannot miss it.
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Ban Nam Khem is about 25kms north of Khao Lak straight up Highway 4 towards Takua Pa. As you approach the turn off for KKK and the Tsunami Memorial don't be mislead by the first sign that you see on your left that says "Tsunami Memorial 1km". We took that and it took us about 5km in the opposite direction! It actually means, I think, 1km to the next turn off for the Memorial which is the main one to KKK down the road and says "Tsunami Memorial 3.5km.