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Smiling Buddha Restaurant, Thai Restaurant With A Lot Of Extras

Smiling Buddha Restaurant

Smiling Buddha Restaurant

For a local Thai restaurant to be named after a pleased deity, you know you’ll be getting a serious chunk of some local, exotic culinary aura to take back home with you and a dining experience that will leave a lasting impression on your mind.


You know you’re facing the Smiling Buddha when you’re greeted with a large overhead billboard, advertising some of the dishes you can expect in full colored, big photographs to convince you that you have now arrived at the right place.


The Smiling Buddha is set in an older part of the island, giving it its quaint look and feel that looks like it comes straight out of a 70s Asian action flick.


The narrow entrance is rather inviting to say the least, but the size is in no way cramped at all – rather a bit cosy looking with an air of exclusivity, leaving the onlooker with no choice but to simply go in and check out what they have on offer.


The Smiling Buddha is predominantly listed as a restaurant offering Thai cuisine, in the tourist guides, but suitors will be pleasantly surprised to find that some western cuisine is also suitably catered for, with a distinctive German influence to the predominantly Thai menu, that is rather extensive in the variety of dishes offered.


Apart from the size, which actually serves to add to the allure of the place, Smiling Buddha more than holds its own when pitted against some of the larger dining spots, anywhere on the island, and pips the big guns in some cases with the food.


It’s a rather nice walk towards the restaurant and once you have your first taste of the food offered, you will inevitably find yourself holding thumbs that the place isn’t fully occupied.


That rarely ever happens though, as a lot of people prefer the wilder side of the island, but with more and more people taking the time to actually have a taste for the place, fuller crowds might have become a future “problem”.

published: 16.07.2012

Klong Son Beach is good for:

peace and quiet

sandy beach



Short description:

Klong Son beach (or Had Klong Son) is located on the north of Koh Chang. Nice bay at the very top of the island. Pure white sand stretch of beach, shaded with coconut trees. Klong Son gets very low numbers of visitors with the bulk of the backpackers and tourists alike speeding south enroute to Koh Chang's finer and more popular stretches of sand.

White Sand Beach is good for:

night live

sandy beach

variety of restaurants


Short description:

Koh Chang's most famous stretch of sand, at over 2km long there's certainly room for everyone! Lined with bungalows, food stalls and shops this is one of the best beaches in all of Thailand.

Klong Phrao Beach is good for:

tranquil surroundings

gorgeous rocky landscape

all sorts of activities

quiet and peaceful

Short description:

Situated on the somewhat less glamorous, northern side of the Koh Chang Island, Klong Prao isn’t all that much of tourist destination, especially for those who are in need of a true holiday experience of the exotic kind.

Lonely Beach is good for:

great sunset

cheap and peaceful retreat

all sorts of beach activities

perfect for family

Short description:

Also known as Kai Bae Beach, this is the spot to catch a great sunset! A few small shops and food stalls are along the beach, a good spot to chill out away from the crowds at White Sands Beach.

Bangbao Bay is good for:


seafood restaurants



Short description:

A well-sheltered bay with a small and quiet beach. It is a fishing community where residents still live in houses built on stilts and are connected by wooden bridges. There are a growing number of tourist shops, scuba dive outlets and seafood restaurants offering a good selection of seafood.

Salak Khok Bay is good for:

pretty, unspoiled area

traditional Thai community


quiet and peaceful

Short description:

There aren’t so much attraction in Salak Kok, but tourists can Kayak among the mangroves. Salak Kok Bay still has a fishing community that doesn’t change so much in many years, a great place to see the real traditional Thai community.



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