Koh Kong Food Guide - Best Places to Eat
For such a small and quiet town, Koh Kong has a surprising number of restaurants and bars. Due to its close proximity to the Thai border, many of these restaurants are run by Westerners catering for expats who are on a visa run from Thailand. That said, there are still a couple of decent spots to try some traditional Khmer cuisine.
If you want to try some street food, the best and cheapest stalls can be found in the southeast corner of the Psar Leu market. There are also a number of food stalls along the river road, serving up fresh crab, grilled squid, chicken legs and steamed clams – plus cheap beer!
Those on the hunt for some Khmer cuisine should head to Baan Peakmai (Street 1), where the lack of ambience is more than made up for by the food. They also serve very tasty Thai dishes, and you can eat for under USD5 per person.
There are also a couple of excellent seafood places on the other side of the bridge, nearby to Koh Yor beach. The Crab Shack (Bak Klong Beach) serves great seafood and large portions; try either the crab or the gigantic prawns glazed in honey. It’s also the perfect spot to head to for watching the sunset.
There’s also Thmorda Crab House (Paklong Commune), which in addition to crab, also serves a good selection of Thai dishes. It’s on the riverside, so you can swim or go kayaking before grabbing some food and a beer at the bar.
Western & International Food
In terms of Western cuisine, you are totally spoilt for choice! Though we do love Khmer food, sometimes it’s nice to just enjoy a salad or a burger – there’s no need to feel guilty.
Café Laurent (Riverside, next to Koh Kong City Hotel) has a huge Western menu, plus some Asian dishes too. Plus, it’s a really beautiful spot to enjoy a glass of wine and watch the sunset over the river.
Wood House (Street 7) has really lovely owners who are very welcoming and provide excellent service, and the food is delicious. In addition to dinner, this is also a good place to enjoy a Western style breakfast.
If you have a big appetite, Fat Sam’s (Chicken Farm Road) serves a delicious range of hearty Western meals, including fish and chips, schnitzel and mash, burgers and spaghetti Bolognese. This is a good place to hang out with some expats and watch the world go by. The best breakfast can be found at Lim Mohaleap ( junction of Street 6/Street 3), as they serve both Khmer and Western style dishes, plus a good selection of juices.
Coffeehouses and cafes
Unlike other towns in Cambodia, there isn’t really anywhere in Koh Kong specifically recommended for coffee. That said, you can get Boncafe coffee at Seta Ice Cream Restaurant (Riverside), which also has a very decent and well-priced dinner menu. We would strongly recommend you opt for Thai and try either the tom kha gai or the pad thai¬. And obviously, they also serve ice cream!
For visitors who opt to stay in one of the beautiful resorts outside of town, most have their own in-house restaurant, so there’s no need to trek back to Koh Kong.
Also, the room price for several of the resorts includes full board. The Rainbow Lodge (Tatai Commune) serves a delicious buffet at both breakfast and dinner, plus an a la carte menu at lunch. The chefs are very creative with the menu, so it regularly changes, and there is always a good choice of dishes. Oasis Bungalow Resort (Smach Mean Chey) has a nice restaurant too, serving both Khmer and Thai cuisine. And of course, the luxurious 4 Rivers Floating Lodge (Tatai River) has a very classy restaurant, offering a set menu each day at breakfast, lunch and dinner.