6 Best Local Thai Foods You Have to Try in Koh Samui - Banana Fan Sea Resort

6 Best Local Thai Foods You Have to Try in Koh Samui

November 18, 2021
Banana Fan Sea Resort

One way or another, everyone needs a vacation, and surely every vacation requires an appetizing ensemble of vibrant feasts. In moments like these, do you ever end up asking yourself, “How on earth am I going to find an amazing vacation experience that comes hand in hand with an equally amazing, lovingly tailored adventure for my palate? Well lucky for you, the specialized chefs at our beachfront resort in Koh Samui have just the right answer.

We’ve put together six of the very best local specialties in Koh Samui that we believe you’ll love!
Ready for your taste buds to be blown away? Perfect, let’s jump right in!

1. Seafood – Oceans of Flavor Waiting to Be Unearthed

It’s no surprise that seafood makes it onto this list. Koh Samui is famous for its enamoring beaches, flourishing jungles, and enchanting atmosphere. Seafood is one of Koh Samui’s most beloved dishes due to its efficient cultivation of marine life within their surrounding waters.

Masterfully crafted into Thai-style meals that embrace the best of both land and sea, Koh Samui seafood is second to none in popularity.

2. Tom Yum Goong

If you’re looking for a meal that offers you a little more tropical bizazz, then you better be ready to turn up the heat. Because tom yum goong might just be what you’re looking for.

Tom yum goong is a beautiful explosion of flavors that offers you a wide variety of spice combinations. The dish is prepared with lemongrass, chili, galangal, lime leaves, coconut cream, and fish sauce.

3. Khao Phad (Thai Fried Rice)

Now that you’ve familiarized yourself with dishes that radiate both freshness and explosiveness, let’s take a step back and welcome our next dish, “Khao Phad – Thai Fried Rice.” You might be thinking, “How is fried rice in Thailand any different from the fried rice that I’m used to eating?”

The answer lies within the virtually unlimited combination of ingredients. Originally from Central Thailand, the basic ingredients are jasmine rice, egg, garlic, oyster, soy sauce, salt, and sugar. The ingredients are cooked using a wok, resulting in a rather smoky yet beautifully acquired convergence of sweet and bitter elements.

4. Pad Thai

If you’re new to Thailand and thoroughly enjoy discovering street food, then there’s a very good chance you’ve already bumped into pad thai, which is arguably Thailand’s favorite fried noodle dish. This iconic dish was introduced to Siam (Old Thailand) during the Ayutthaya Kingdom era. It’s widely believed to be of Chinese and/or Vietnamese origin.

5. Kai Pad Med Ma Muang (Stir-fried Chicken with Cashew Nuts)

Most commonly known to locals as “Chicken Cashew Nuts,” kai pad med ma muang is one of the most enjoyed dishes amongst visitors that come to Thailand.

In many ways, this meal is a wonderful introduction to Thai cuisine that people from all walks of life can experience. Containing dried chili, bell peppers, onions, Thai herbs, cashew nuts, and of course stir-fried chicken, this delicious meal is prepared and served with white rice.

6. Khao Niew Ma Muang (Sticky Rice with Mango)

Last but not least, we have khao niew ma muang. We can’t have a list of essential Thai cuisines without this amazing delicacy. While this Thai dessert may seem simple, it doesn’t fall behind in the flavor department. Served with glutinous rice, fresh mango, and coconut cream, its sweet and sticky texture is extremely addictive and will always leave you wanting more.


You see, we don’t have to be seasoned tourists to discover hidden gems within the world of delicious local cuisines. It’s easy for many of us to get sidetracked when thinking about finding the best honeymoon destinations. Koh Samui has something for everyone, which is why it’s an amazing place for you to get away from the hustle and bustle of your everyday life.

If you’re looking for the best hotels in Koh Samui, look no further than Banana Fan Sea Resort! We offer full accommodations combined with breathtaking views because our guests deserve nothing but the best for their trip to the island. Contact us today and book now!