I found Ao Nang a bit of a strange place from a restaurant perspective. Usually when I head to Thailand, I absolutely love eating mountains of Thai food, I will easily eat it for every single meal. So when I arrived in Ao Nang I was super excited to get my usual Thai food fix.
On our first night, we walked down the main street looking at menus and trying to decide on a place to eat. To my mounting despair, there was a trend in all the menus we looked in: not one of them had only Thai food. There were heaps of Thai/Indian, Thai/Italian and other mixed cuisine type places, but we really couldn’t find a restaurant that only served Thai food on the main street.
I was a bit disappointed, as Thai food is one of my favourites, and it was clear that I wasn’t going to be gorging myself on all my favourite dishes over the next few days as I had expected. Given Ao Nang is a town that seems to be solely geared towards the tourist industry, it should have come as no surprise that there was plenty of international food.
We tried quite a few different places over the few days that we stayed in Ao Nang, but to be perfectly honest, nothing really blew me away. We did have some good meals, but nothing really like that delicious traditional Thai food. A couple of places that we enjoyed were:
Rasoi: This was actually the place we ended up eating on our very first night, and given that the staff working there were all of Indian origin we opted to go for dishes on their Indian menu. The curries here were quite tasty, the service was quick and it was reasonably priced. It’s obviously a reasonably popular place as we went there a couple of times and there weren’t many free tables either day.
Crazy Gringo’s: Oddly enough, this is where I had my best Thai meal of the trip – at a Tex Mex restaurant! I had a delicious Larb Gai (Thai chicken salad) there, perfectly balanced and just the right amount of spice. Ash enjoyed the Tex Mex side of the menu as well. Crazy Gringo’s also has a great cocktail list, including an entire menu page dedicated to different flavours of margaritas – our personal favourite was the passionfruit margarita. They do have large tv’s that show sporting events, and they also have a live cover band that plays during the evening. This was probably my favourite place to eat in Ao Nang.
So if you’re heading to Ao Nang, be prepared for a myriad of different cuisines, and don’t have your heart set on Thai food for every meal!
Where are your favourite places to eat in Ao Nang?