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Chaweng

Chaweng is lined with eateries, with everything from McDonald's to the finest dining. Increasingly, larger resorts in the area are setting up free-standing restaurants for both in-house and outside guests. Poppies (tel. 07742-2419), on South Chaweng, is famous for its beachside dining, Balinese fare, and romantic atmosphere, and brings in guest chefs from around the world. Reservations are recommended. Look out also for the highly recommended Red Snapper (at the Chaweng Regent; www.redsnapperbarandgrill.com), Prego (from Amari), and Zico's, from Centara.

In addition to the places reviewed below, also try to check out the branches of Will Wait, in Chaweng and Lamai, where you get a hearty breakfast in town at a decent price. And don't miss the impressive Dr Frog's (tel. 07741-3797), which sits on the hill between Chaweng and Lamai and is becoming very popular for its tasty Thai and Western food, free Wi-Fi, and spectacular views over the bay.

Bear in mind that if you use any credit cards on Samui, your payments are often surcharged up to 5%.

Fisherman's Village

You should take time out to wander through the Fisherman's Village area, just off the busy road to Bophut's beach and piers. Now transformed into a foodie paradise, it is lined with several atmospheric pubs and small upmarket restaurants along the water's edge. You can savor good pub food in the friendly and laid-back Frog and Gecko (tel. 07742-5248), or, if it's stylish dining you're after, pop into Starfish and Coffee (tel. 07742-7201), in the center of the street. Vegetarians will adore the friendly, laid-back ambience at Art Café (tel. 089724-9673, mobile), which dishes up healthy breakfasts, coffees, or light meals such as King Fish Pesto Sauce salad or the Special Tofu salad with curry dressing. You can also join yoga and art classes here; just ask at the counter.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.