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Directions to restaurants & massage near Ramada

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Directions to restaurants & massage near Ramada

Hi all

I've been scoping the forum up for tips. Booked Ramada 2 lanai rooms for 16-19 Dec for my brother, me and our parents, all adults. All first timers to Khao Lak but I've been to Phuket, Krabi, Pattaya.

My mom can't walk very much as she has feet and knee problems so I wanted to get some clearer directions to the recommended eateries so we don't end up going up and down looking for them and her having a hard time. We are fine to get a cab where required too.

Hoping to get some indication of which direction to walk when exiting Ramada, obviously going the wrong way would be a disaster for mom (and grumpy dad), thanks in advance. Lots of the recommendations are from arandora and others here, are there any phone numbers or actual addresses we can check with the hotel concierge for directions?:

1) "The little Soi (road) next to the Smile Bar (opposite the Mukdara on the Beach road - you will soon find it) has some great places with cuisine of all nationalities from Thai (of course), Mexican, Italian and at the Jungle Restaurant and bar (part English owned) even Fish, chips and mushy peas - except the fish is barracuda steak in beer batter and the chips are roasted sweet potatoes - yummy!!!"

- Where is Smile Bar in the first place? It is just a bar for drinks?

2) Just up the Beach Road from the Smile (turn right instead of left when going to the Smile) the very popular Jane Isan German/Thai restaurant has relocated here and renamed Bavarian House with is BBQd chicken Thai or German style going an absolute bomb - you have to order in advance.

2) Candle (Thai fusion), Khao Niau (spicy northern Isan cuisine)

3) Lobster Seafood

- Is this recommended for seafood? Anywhere else for reliable fresh seafood? We love stuff like crab, prawns, lobster. Any idea on pricing as lobster can be quite pricey.

4) on the highway going towards the main town of Bang la On, the deservedly still Number One in Khao Lak, the most excellent Hill Tribes.

- Is this a taxi trip? How much do we expect to pay. Do you book one way or two ways? Just flag down?

5) In Bang la On, the consistently good Everyday Lazy House has some great new specials as well as fortnightly All You Can Eat BBQ for 200 baht plus new Everyday2 at the opposite end of town, the ever popular, refurbished and extended Jai with best Penang Gai (chicken ) in town, Somsri next door to Nang Thong Supermarket still cheap, cheerful and always full, Boonyarit's Kitchen just opposite the Book Tree for Thai and unusual but superb Indian cooked with Thai herbs dishes (and cooking lessons too!), Weerapat's Kitchen next door to the Happy Snapper and as well as many others two newcomers, the Keeper Restaurant next door to Monty the Tailor's ( East meets West menu with great Thai tapas) and across the road, the relocated Smile Restaurant - very impressive Thai food with an individual twist at sensible prices with quirky service from French co-owner Francky.

- I admit this one confuses me. I do want to go to Monty's to do some blouses and pants for work though. Is Bang La On more like a taxi ride? I mean anything more than a 10min walk would be hard for mom but she could manage an easy 15min walk sometimes (just not all the time). Obviously we don't want to get a taxi, haggle etc and it ends up like 400m down the road.

Anywhere good cheap massage near Ramada and also please recommend a nicer spa type place where we could all get a good massage like swedish type and not just thai. I like thai but I think too painful and difficult for mom and dad who is very inflexible and 60+ years old.

Thanks all in advance!!

Poulton Le Fylde...
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1. Re: Directions to restaurants & massage near Ramada

See Map of Bang Niang showing restaurants near Ramada. There have been some changes since this version, some new, some closed.

walagata.com/w/arandora/Bang_Niang_2010.jpg

There are beach restaurants to the left of the Ramada also.

1) See map - Smile is just a cocktail bar with live music.

2)See map

3) Lobster Seafood closed but opposite is now Lamu Sea Food, then just further are Sawasdee Seafood and Lucky Seafood

4) A taxi ride in view of your parents. Just walk from Ramada towards the Beach Road and there is a taxi place there. Ask for "best price". Should be no more than 200 baht and will take 5 - 10 minutes at most.

5) Bang La On is th largest township in Khao Lak and very definitely a 10 - 15 minute taxi ride to Monty's which is the far end of the dual carriageway.

The Ramada has its own excellent, but more expensive Spa. There are massage places on the beach on either side of the Ramada and on the roads nearby as shown on the map. If you want a good indoor one, go to the bottom of the Emerald Plaza plaza next to the Smile Bar and it is last on the left just before Island seafood (now closed).

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2. Re: Directions to restaurants & massage near Ramada

Thanks so much Arandora.

some clarification qns

1) spa at bottom of Emerald Plaza. Does "bottom" mean like basement, go underground? Is there a name and number or website so we can prebook as sometimes spas get very busy? How much did you pay for an hour massage or a package?

2) If we wanted to hire a driver for say 4 to 8 hours, is the recommended option Boss? We are using him for airport transfers.

3) Monty's. Checked his website, only saw one location at Khaolak Grand City. I assume that is the big one with more fabrics. Is it possible to do 1 or 2 blouses/shirts and pants if we see him Friday afternoon and need it by Sun evening? Is it usually 2 or 3 fittings? I actually have samples I can bring just to copy, that should make it easier right?

4) Seafood. I gather the other seafood restaurant names you mentioned are all recommended then?

5) Can you recommend 1 or 2 companies to do surin island snorkelling by speedboat? I think you went on Seastar but how do I contact them? We definitely prefer small groups as we are not experienced snorkelers.

For Mom, do you reckon Koh Ta Chai instead as can snorkel from the beach. She definitely cannot jump off a boat into water and climb up again (which I assume that Surin islands requires) but has snorkeled off beaches before (Maldives - hence my interest due to your description of Koh Ta Chai). Otherwise she may stay at hotel. Both Ta Chai and Surin are an hour speed boat ride after a 75min land ride I think from your past posts. How much did you pay and what time do you get back to hotel (in case we left parents behind and they start getting bored)?

Thanks so much!

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3. Re: Directions to restaurants & massage near Ramada

1) Sorry, bottom means "at the end". It is the last place on your left at the end of the plaza. It is a fully equipped massage parlour not in a basement. We have not used it as we prefer beach massages. It was recommended by a friend here. Can't help on prices but they will be typical of others.

2) Yes, try Boss.

3) His main shop is in the Khao Lak Grand City building. Providing your own sample designs will help. The time and fittings necessary will depend on the work involved.

4) I'm not particularly recommending them, just indicating what choice there is. We have used Loma and Sawasdee, our daughter Lucky and and these were fine. Another nearer to you which is not specifically a seafood restaurant but included it on the menu is Mali opposite Pinoccio's on the map.

5) SeaStar have an office in Bang La On but the company we used and recommend for the Surins is Kuraburi Greenview who are by far the most experienced operator to Surins. See http://www.kuraburigreenviewresort.com/

Koh Tachai definitely better for snorkeling from the beach. Try Love Andaman at http://www.loveandaman.com/ They were part of SeaStar but one of partners set up this company that specialises in Tachai. Departure for Tachai is Tab Lamu pier, the same as Similans so is only about 20 minutes land transfer. Pick up 07.30 to 08.00 depending on whether there are others to pick up and return to there by about 17:00. Shop around for prices when you arrive if you don't book in advance, which is generally more expensive. Don't know Love Andaman's prices but expect to pay 2500 to 3200 baht per person.

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4. Re: Directions to restaurants & massage near Ramada

Thanks Arandora

If you could only go on one trip, would it be Surins or Koh Ta Chai? I'm intrigued by the fact that love andaman's site says Koh Ta Chai has turtles coz I've never seen that while snorkeling before and that the journey seems shorter, there is more time spent on shore. But lots of reports I read say the best snorkelling is at Surin.

Also I was a bit confused, did you mean it's cheaper to prebook or to book when there? btw loveandaman's website says it's 3600bht for koh ta chai.

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5. Re: Directions to restaurants & massage near Ramada

Surin is better for snorkelling but it is from the boat. I was answering re your parents' needs. Cheaper to book when you arrive.

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thanks!

More qns :P

A lot of recommended restaurants, coffee places (Dao Thong), some german bakery (?), sasimantra spa at RT hotel seem to be near the 7-11 area.

1) How long is the walk from Ramada to 7-11 or that area? Normal pace, not hurried.

2) I see some references to beach road, which is the beach road? Is it the road parallel along the beach right in front of Ramada and other beach-facing resorts?

3) I see recommendations for Green Pepper and Green Pepper on the Beach. These are 2 different restaurants, different owners? The map Arandora (very useful map btw, thanks!) gave shows a Green Pepper nearer to Lobster (closed down) but a lot of people seem to recommend Green Pepper on the Beach which if near to Chong Fah restaurant would be much nearer to my hotel.

4) Where do you recommend to get a good affordable lobster meal?

5) Any other good coffee places nearer to Ramada as my parents love coffee. I noticed a Jade Coffee recommended by Arandora on the map. Is that an easy walk from Ramada? It looks like it's hidden in some back small soi.

Getting pretty excited for the trip this Friday!

Poulton Le Fylde...
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7. Re: Directions to restaurants & massage near Ramada

The 711 is at the top of the beach road, so called because it goes down to the beach:-) where it meets the highway. The Dao Thong is directly opposite, next door to the Takieng. A leisurely stroll from Ramada 15 - 20 minutes.

The original Green Pepper is just behind the market. The new Green Pepper (same owners) is next door to the Chong Fah Resort on the beach. Take care, especially with your parents, if you go to the new one. There have been a couple of potentially nasty accidents here with floorboards giving way under a couple of customers' feet.

Lobster Seafood used to be the specialist for lobster but one of the reasons it closed is that lobster is no longer as affordable, therefore commercially viable. as it used to be. It is still featured on some seafood restaurant menus but you usually need to give at least a days notice to order it. Have a look at Loma, Sawasdee and Lucky restaurant menus as you pass.

The Jade Coffee shop has relocated and is now where the Coconut Grove Restaurant is shown on the map just past the Chong Fah. The best coffee IMHO in Khao Lak is at Take a Seat which faces the rear of the Chong Fah Restaurant.

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8. Re: Directions to restaurants & massage near Ramada

Thanks again! How long are you there for Arandora? :)

Poulton Le Fylde...
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April 2012.:-)

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!! Pure holidaying?? For 4 months? Respect ;)

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