When I asked the girl who would later become my wife out to dinner the first time, I asked if she knew a good restaurant. Sure, she knew. She knew very well! Oh boy, DID SHE KNOW?! When it was time to pay I was a bit shocked it was so expensive. I thought it was cheap eating out in Thailand. It turned out she had taken me to one of the finest and most expensive restaurants in Phuket. She has never eaten there before, but she wanted to try. She is not dumb, my wife. But it was probably the best dining experience I ever had in Thailand. The bill landed at around 2,500-3,000 THB (600 Norwegian kroner or 75 USD).
Ruen Mai is without a doubt the best restaurant in Krabi if you want to eat authentic southern Thai food. When we had lunch here, most of the guests were Thai – probably tourists from Bangkok on holiday in Krabi interested in trying real southern Thai cuisine.
Ruen Mai used to be located in Krabi Town, but after a short closure, it has re-opened in a nice new location in Klong Chilat, just out of town. The restaurant is set outdoors in a garden with wooden raised boardwalks, and most of the vegetables and herbs are grown on site.
You can sit under the open sky or a fabulous bamboo hut which is lit at night. I wish I’d taken my camera so I could have taken better “food pictures,” but I just had my GoPro with me. We didn’t order any extraordinary meals, as my wife craved for “normal” southern Thai food. But it was bloody yummy!
Well, this is actually a tip for everybody since it’s a good restaurant, serving both Thai and international dishes. Blue Mango is a Swedish owned restaurant with some Swedish specialties in the menu like meatballs, plank steak and baked potato with skagenröra. Located on the main beach road in Ao Nang, just opposite the popular Krabi Resort, the restaurant has around 35 seats outdoors and 70 inside.
Lae Lay Grill is situated on the hillside with a stunning view overlooking Nopparat Thara Beach in Ao Nang. The restaurant has a shuttle service from and to your hotel, as it’s quite a distance to walk up to the hill. But since my wife has a car in Thailand, we didn’t have to use that service.
We didn’t know anything about Lae Lay Grill, but It looked amazing from down the road which we were passing every day during our stay at Maleedee Bay Resort. So we decided to try it out, and it was a pleasant surprise!
My wife, hungry and ready to walk up the stairs. The staff was very welcoming and helpful.
A while ago I made a post about Ayutthaya Historical Park. Ayutthaya is not only famous for the ancient ruins – the giant prawns from Chao Phraya river must not be missed! Several restaurants are serving these ridiculously large prawns. As for which one is best, I don’t know, but we ended up at a restaurant called Ruean Kanya, after our tuk-tuk driver told us about this place. Boy oh boy! These prawns were so fresh and delicious. Before we ordered they let us see the live prawns in a water tank.
I have tried giant prawns before, but it was not from freshwater, and the texture was very mealy. But these prawns were different from anything else I’ve tried before. They had a sweet taste and perfect texture. The prawns were sliced in half and cooked on a hot grill, shell down and served with a chili dipping sauce.
The prawns are quite expensive – around 1,000 baht per kg. We ordered just two prawns, cut into four halves, and it was a perfect dish along with a couple of other dishes.