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!!