As you might know, we are always traveling on a budget!

This time, we decided to explore South East Asia in slow mode, and we started our journey in The Land Of Smiles, Thailand.

We stayed nearly a month on a paradise island: KOH TAO. Too bad that we couldn’t stay any longer #visawaytooshort

On Koh Tao, you can find all the food that you might think of, but it can get quite pricey…

We love Tasty, Fresh and Cheap Thai Food!

Here are all the recommendations we want to share with you. From the best to the worse places we tried, you gonna find your winner 😃

Good To Know: We never spend more than 100 THB (2,5€) for one meal. Our average budget: 140 to 200 THB (3,5€ – 5€) for 2 people.


Babo Sushi

Babo Sushi is one of our favorite restaurant in Koh Tao. We can not count how many times we ate there!

Babo sushi

They offer a great variety of Thai dishes. Everything we ate at this place was just amazing! Obviously, Babo Sushi is also selling sushi, and burgers if you need “a break” with the Thai food 😉

The prices start at 60 THB (till 300 THB – 1,5€ – 8€).

Adrian favorite food is the chicken Yakitori (70THB – 1,8€) and mine is the fried yellow noodles with vegetables and chicken (70THB).

They even offer FREE cold drinking water, FREE soup & FREE Ice Cream.

It’s really good value for your money.

Thank You Babo 😃

Find their TripAdvisor Profile HERE, and the location HERE!

Mama Piyawan

Mama Piyawan is a traditional Thai restaurant. It’s a simple place which serves REALLY well cooked Thai Food.

Mama Piyawan

The Dishes are sold between 60 and 80 THB (1,5 – 2€).

My favorite meal is the vegetables cooked in oyster sauce (60 THB)! OMG Just Delicious!

The green curry is also delicious (60 THB) 😋 + add some rice for 20 THB (or 30 THB for a huge portion).

Adrian really enjoyed (A LOT!), the Deep Fried chicken on rice 🍚 (60THB)

We do recommend to eat at Mama’s!

PS: The FRESH pineapple fruit shake for just 40THB is a no-brainer! TRY IT!

They do not serve free drinking water, so bring your own bottle of water if you want.

This restaurant is not listed on TripAdvisor. It has a Facebook page, find the link here.

Click here to find Mama Piyawan on Google Map.


Samosa is located in front of Babo Sushi. The Thai Food is really good, and the plates are really BIG! So if you are really hungry, eat at Samosa 😉


All the dishes are sold between 80 and 150 THB (2€ – 4€).

Free cold drinking water is available for customers, love it! 👏

We do recommend the noodle soup, it’s a HUGE bowl! YUMMY!

Find their TripAdvisor Profile here, and the location HERE.

995 Duck

We went to 995 Duck after reading the reviews on TripAdvisor. The restaurant is located next to Mama Piyawan.

We both tried the fried duck with rice and bean sauce and paid 140 THB (3,70€) in total.

The duck was really good cooked with no fat, but it was not really tasty either.

The amount was also too light for us! So if you are hungry take the plate for 90 THB (instead of 70THB).

Find their TripAdvisor Profile here, and the location HERE.


Yang Thai Food Restaurant

We stopped at Yang restaurant without any recommendations or reading any reviews,  and it was a really nice surprise!

Yang Restaurant

Adrian ordered a chicken schnitzel with fries (So German 😜)  for 100 THB (2,6€) and I had Thai Curry with shrimps (80 THB – 2€).

OMG, the shrimps were sooooo good cooked 😋, and the Thai curry was just a delight! Loved it!

The prices are really fair, Adrian’s plate was huge!

They also have free cold drinking water for customers, just perfect!

Find their TripAdvisor Profile HERE, and the location HERE.

Bam Bam

We headed to Bam Bam Restaurant after reading some reviews online. We have to admit this was a good idea!

Bam Bam

Adrian had fried chicken with cooked potatoes (100 THB – 2,6€) and I chose mashed potatoes with tuna (90 THB – 2,3€).

To be really honest, Adrian’s food wasn’t enough seasoned, but still, it was good and fresh! For me – the tuna was really tasty, I really enjoyed it!

We also tried the Yellow Noodles with vegetables and chicken: perfect taste for 70 THB (1,8€)! On the other hand, the fried rice (70 THB) was not the best, the chicken wasn’t tasty either and the meal was full of “almost raw” onions, not a success.

Bam Bam is serving Thai food, European food (burgers, pasta…), there are plenty of choices for everyone.

Free drinking water available for costumers 👌

Find their TripAdvisor Profile here, and the location HERE.


Tukta Thai Food

After reading the reviews on TripAdvisor, we decided to give it a try. We ordered one fried rice and one Pad Thai, and to be honest, we were both (really) disappointed. The food wasn’t tasty at all. Sorry, we never came back again.

Find their TripAdvisor Profile HERE, and the location HERE.

The Blue Chair

Adrian had fried rice chicken (90THB – 2,3€) and I took vegetables in oyster sauce with rice (100 THB – 2,6€). The oyster sauce was disappointing and the fried rice was the worse we have ever tried in Thailand so far.

I can not recommend you to eat at this place.

Mama Piyawan, which is located next to this place, is offering the same dishes for a cheaper price AND with a better taste!

Find their TripAdvisor Profile here, and the location HERE.

Have you ever been to one of this places? And what did you experience?

If everything is new to you, please let me know in the comments below if this is any help.


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 Amandine & Adrian @whynotabroad


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