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Dose Espresso | Udon Thani | Thailand

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This is popular spot for the morning breakfast and coffee lovers (both foreigners and Thai) with their early opening hours, great selection of breakfasts (thai and western) and top quality coffee!

Opening at 7am in the morning also gives them the advantage to get the early bird crowd as most places generally open around 8pm onwards.

But it’s not just a morning place either, there’s a great selection of meals avaiable for you right up until 6pm – including some tasy looking sandwiches, pastas, smoothies, thai dishes and a number of other crafty/modern fusion dishes I’m unable to name without refrencing the menu.

This place was one of my first stops a year or so back when I paid my first visit here and was out on my “good coffee hunt” walk. The place isn’t so visible from the street, as it’s tucked away in the corner of a plaza/car park, so you’ll most likely need your google maps open to locate the place (I’ve included the map below as well). Even once you’ve found the place – it hasn’t got the huge frontage or “WOW” factor entrance you’d expect from a quality place like Dose, but once you enter, it has all the good signs of a quality cafe.

There’s a good selection of tables and chairs to choose from and probably seats around 30 people in total. The interior is well designed and certainly doesn’t have a cheap look, it’s got all the modern cafe touches to it, including the overall interior design of place, and in particular the lighting (which is what stood out for me). There’s the quality coffee machine warm and ready to make your fresh coffee, bags of freshly roasted coffee beans stacked on shelves around the cafe for sale, and of course, that beautiful smell of freshly roasted coffee when opening the front door – which told me I was gonna get a good coffee from these guys. Then there’s the little promo leaflets/banners located around the cafe which romote some of their popular dishes, and they all looked awesome! So I was also convinced I was going to get a quality meal here too.

The Coffee was bang on! The house blend has a great strength and flavour, both as an americano and as a cappuccino, and as a piccolo latte and as every other coffee I’ve tried in this place :-). The cup size is perfect too, for all the variations, for example the cappuccino cup isn’t huge like you find in some places, but enough to make you feel like you’ve had a cappucino and not a cafe macchiato and still with a good ratio of milk:coffee. But if the smaller coffee is what you’re after, they have the piccolo latte for you as well.

Another thing that stood out for me was their Iced Chocolate, so much so, I bought a bag of their own freshly ground/powdered coco to take home to make my own chocolate drinks!

The food here is very impressive, both in quality, selection/variet and price. There is a huge range of western dishes to choose from, and a great selection of Thai dishes as well. They also vary in price quite a lot giving you a good option of dishes to choose based on price. For example, you can get two poached eggs on toast with grilled tomato, for 99 baht OR you can go for a Salmon Eggs Benedict (or eggs florentine) for 255 baht. There’s a good range of Eggs Bendict to choose from ranging between 200 – 255 baht, including a spinach and mushroom version, ham and cheese version, and one or two others.

The poached eggs here were cooked perfectly, and the bread was that rustic sourdough type which for me is the perfect match with eggs. I’d say they’ve changed their bread supplier or selection since my first visit, as the photos I have on the salmon and poached eggs wasn’t the same bread I got the other day (which was a doughier more sourdough type bread).

From your 99 baht meals to your 255 baht meals, you really get what you pay for. At the higher price, you’re getting more expensive ingredients (and quality) and large portions.

One thing I probably should mention is their club sandwich, which, although I haven’t tried yet, look amazing and quite a big sandwich! I found it impressive because the sandwich looked delicious, and quite sizy, and had a price of 150 baht…might be my next meal here.

The Thai meals are around 130 – 200 baht, and the coffee is around 65 baht (65 baht for a cappucino/latte).

All in all, a fantastic cafe and restaurant. Next stop will be their recently opened “Dose Factory” which is another branch off of Dose Espresso, but focuses more on the afternoons and evening meals with their opening hours being 10:30am – 10:00pm and have some amazing looking pizzas I’m looking forward to trying out. I have actually been here a couple of times, but just for a coffee, but will write more on this place once I check out some of their food.

What were the main things you liked about the place?

  • Opening Hours (opens early) – 7:00
  • The style and ambiance of the cafe – the selection of lighting is what stood out the most.
  • The quality of coffee – one of the best here in Udon Thani (so far – still a lot more places to check out here).
  • Great selection of Western Breakfast dishes including about 4 variations of the Eggs Benedict – and all served with perfectly poached eggs and good quality bread/toast
  • The staff – friendly and great service – ability to attend to your table without hasseling you too much or taking your plate away too early 🙂

What are the prices like?

Very well priced menu – with some cheaper options, and more expensive options if you’re looking to endulge a little.

Where are they located?

106 40 Srisuk Soi 4, Tambon Mak Khaeng, Amphoe Mueang Udon Thani, Chang Wat Udon Thani 41000

Opening Hours

7:000am – 6:00 pm Everyday 

Facebook Page

check out their facebook page here

What to Expect
  • 7.5/10
    Location - 7.5/10
  • 9/10
    Price - 9/10
  • 10/10
    Food Quality - 10/10
  • 10/10
    Coffee Quality - 10/10
  • 9/10
    Ambiance - 9/10
9.1/10

Wolf’s Den | Udon Thani | Thailand

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Probably the most “Chill” bar/cafe in Udon Thani, and easily one of my favourites!

The place is probably best of the evening, for ambiance anyway. The entrance has a heap of vines hanging over the front of it that hang almost to the ground, making it not such an easy place to find from street of a day, but of an evening, the lighting makes this place really stand out – it’s what got me in here for the first time. Behind the vines there’s some nice yellow fairy lights and the cafe is well lit up that makes it look intriguing, and a place you just have to check out (even it’s just a “poke ya head in” to take a look).

Just before entering the cafe, there’s an outside kitchen where all the cooking happens. It actually works well cause it keeps the place nice and cool inside and adds to the whole “intriguing” look of the place…I mean, you start to walk up, and then see this outdoor kitchen, and you take in the smell coming from it, and it just makes you more interested – it’s like a cafe sales funnel 🙂

The inside has two levels, the main ground floor with 2 lounge type areas/tables, and a long table 6-7 seater table with steel type chairs where you can sit with a big group of friendsfor a party or night out, but is also is a popular spot for the people wanting to set their laptops up and work away from. I opted for the lounge area first time, but this area the second – you know – mix it up a little.

The upstairs area has around 6 tables and probably seats around 15 people. And then there’s the outside area with 2-3 tables but isn’t the most popular spot right now as the weather is quite hot here (35 degrees most days with a “feels like” of 45 degrees).

The design, furniture, music and lighting of this place is what makes it so chill. I’m a huge fan of lighting, and find that a large majority of places in in Thailand use the fluresetn lighting which just makes the price to bright and white. The lighting here is really warm, dim, and yellow and got that “mellow yellow” thing on, so not too bright, but enough to see the food your eating or read a book.

The couches here are too much to give up…if you’re in a relaxed mood and looking to just lay back and chillout, they’ll invite you in and it’ll be hard to get off them and go home. They’re chesterfield style lounges and quite big and roomy, so a lot of space to lean back and stretch out. And then there’s the soft chill lounge music playing in the background…Angus and Julia Stone style – in fact one or two of the songs I think were Angus and Julia Stone…and so yeah…you might be lucky not to full asleep in the place if you’ve stolled in after a hard days work!

The food and drinks here are more than I could ask for! A selection to please almost anyone, including:

  • Pizzas (starting from around 175 baht)
  • Hamburgers
  • Thai Dishes (but not your standard – very impressive and creative versions of your favourites – ranging between around 100 – 180 baht)
  • Desserts (of course)
  • A good beer selection (all around 90 baht)
  • A great coffee selection (and quality too – around 65 baht for a coffee)

Quality and price is great – definitely value for money – in my opinion you get more calue than you spend here!

All in all, a fantastic cafe, chill bar, and restaurant – I think it covers all three of these quite well and it’s becoming a bit of “local” for me.

What were the main things you liked about the place?

  • The vines covering the front of the cafe
  • The lighting
  • The design and architecture of the place – a little industrial, but warm and cozy feeling as well
  • Price matched with the quality of food
  • The music – nice and relaxing, but not boring.

What are the prices like?

I think you get more than you pay for here. I’ve taken some snaps of the food menu with prices – so let me know what you think!

Where are they located?

43 / 33-34 Si Suk Road, Mueang Udon Thani District, Udon Thani 41000

Opening Hours

11:000am – 10:00 pm Everyday (Closed on Wednesday)

Facebook Page

check out their facebook page here

What to Expect
  • 9/10
    Location - 9/10
  • 9/10
    Price - 9/10
  • 9/10
    Food Quality - 9/10
  • 8/10
    Coffee Quality - 8/10
  • 10/10
    Ambiance - 10/10
9/10

A-One Restaurant | Ao Nang | Krabi | Thailand

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A taste of Italy with my Eggs on Toast this morning – a recipe I’ve never tried before, but sounded very interesting!

I was walking the main beach road through Ao Nang and checking the menu’s of the cafe’s for a good breaky. There was quite a lot on offer, and all the popular one’s I was looking for, like egg benedict, american breakfast, eggs on toast (any style). There certainly wasn’t a lack of good breakfasts around here, but when I read the menu of A-One Restaurant, a particular dish stood out that made me stop and have to try.

It’s actually a variation of one of my favourites, the Eggs Benedict, however think of the hollandaise sauce swapped with pesto, and the ham/bacon swapped with Italian Parma ham, and the base was a homemade English muffin. I love my Italian food, and love a good Eggs Benedict, and so I was sold just on this one dish.

The restaurant itself seems to be quite popular in the area, as often when passing by of an evening, there always seems to be a good crowd, and it occupies a nice large space of land facing out over the beach, with both and undercover (partly indoor area) and a large outdoor area as well. The place would have to seat around 80 people or so, it’s really got a lot of space. However this “passing by” was always of an evening, so wasn’t so sure how these guys would cater for the morning people.

A-One is more a restaurant than a cafe, however they do have the all day breakfasts and server coffee – it’s just not the cozy cafe you might be looking for if you wanted to chill and read a book or your laptop for an hour or so – it’s definitely more of a restaurant than anything else – hence the name “A-One Restaurant”.

So back to my poached eggs with parma ham, pesto sauce, on a homemade english muffin. Well – it was impressive, really impressive! In fact I may just prefer this over an Eggs Benedict or and Eggs Florentine (with salmon), but this could just be because it’s something new and different, but the combination works a treat!

The eggs were cooked to perfect, solid / cooked egg white and runny yoke that dribbles over the muffin and soaks into it adding to the texture. The Parma ham was cooked to be a little crisp, but not too crispy, just on some of the edges. Was good quality parma ham too, strong taste/flavour and worked well with the italian pesto touch as well. The pesto sauce seemed to be home made, not something that comes out of the jar, but I can’t be sure, either way, it was delicious. And the muffin – the perfect base! Nice and spongy, warm, and bit of a solid texture too, making it quite filling, which I found perfect (not too light so it left me still hungry afterwards).

Price was 200 baht for this dish, which I thought was really good considering the fresh Italian ingredients used to create it. You can pay this and more for a normal Eggs Benedict that uses bacon.

I can only speak for this one dish unfortunately, but the experience was really good and the rest of the menu looks impressive. A lot of things to choose from including western dishes and thai, a good 50/50 between the too I’d say. And the prices were very reasonable when you factor in location, quality of food, and overall ambiance of the place.

I think to best experience this place would be of the evening. I’ve seen this place lit up at night and it really stands out amongst a lot of the other restaurants in the evening. Nice dim garden lightening, with some water features and nice lawn area around the restaurant.

What were the main things you liked about the place?

Here’s what stood out for me in the first 5 minutes

  • Quality food – in particular the poached eggs with pesto
  • Outdoor garden and pond/water feature
  • The view – being one the beach front

What are the prices like?

Very reasonable considering the quality ingredients and the location. I paid 200 baht for my meal.

Where are they located?

On the main beach road, about 50 meters from the Holiday Inn (heading west).

A-One Restaurant
79/1 Moo.3 Nopparatthara Beach Rd., Ao Nang, Mueang Krabi District, Krabi 81180

Opening Hours

9:000am – 10:30 pm Every Day

Facebook Page

check out their facebook page here

What to Expect
  • 9/10
    Location - 9/10
  • 7.5/10
    Price - 7.5/10
  • 9/10
    Food Quality - 9/10
8.5/10

SeaBreeze Cafe & Bistro | Ao Nang | Krabi | Thailand

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I am really impressed with this place, and it’s just the place I’ve been looking for since arriving in Ao Nang.

What I find most with the popular tourist beach spots in Thailand is they’re flooded with 2 types of restaurants.

  1. Those marketed to the foreigner and focus a lot on western food, and thai food (dulled down in flavour for the non-thais).
  2. Expensive seafood / thai restaurants offering the “unique” and/or “traditional” thai experience, and you end up paying for the whole boutiqueness of the restaurant and fanciness of the food which isn’t always “true” thai anyway.

Don’t get me wrong, I love both of these places, but at least once during the day I want to find just a “normal” low key cafe/restaurant that still has comfortable space, offers good thai food and not necessarily fancy or in huge portions…just a simple phad krapow – and perhaps a coffee or beer.

This place has nailed it! A very clean and modern looking cafe, but not with all the frills. They do great traditional thai meals, with TRUE thai taste, and good portions too. They even have a few western dishes on the menu as well for you too choose from, and there will be more coming soon (so the owner tells me). In fact I got to try one of her chicken wraps which will be appearing on the menu soon.

So what have tried here?

  • Chicken wrap with french fries
    FANTASTIC!! I asked for a healthy version and so it came without mayo, and just simply made of fresh (marinated) breast chicken strips and salad in a tortilla wrap. The french fries were the thin shoe string fries and pretty crispy. I had a small bowl of ketchup and mayo to add to the wrap if I needed to or dip my fries in.
  • Laab Ghai Tort (deep fried chicken balls with thai spices and herbs)
    WOW! How frickin tasty!!!! These are balls of absolute goodness…and flavour…wow the flavour! The moment you bite into them the thai herbs and spices are released into your mouth and the flavour is incredible!
  • Phad krapow (chicken and seafood)
    Great Phad Krapow! I can’t rave about this, because I’ve tried so many good one’s, but had a lot of boring ones as well. This certainly is an above average Phad Krapow, and the ingredients quality as well. I had a sliced chicken version, and a seafood version. For the prices (which are pretty cheap) I wasn’t expecting the best seafood, but for what you pay you get good quality ingredients, a great flavour, and good portion.
  • Interesting fried rice dish (forget the name of it)
  • Cappuccino & Iced Coffee
    The cappuccino I prefered over the iced coffee, and it could have been because of having more milk. I’m pretty picky about my coffee, and I wouldn’t put this on the top of my list for quality coffee in Ao Nang, but it is above average, and only 50 baht. Put it this way, I order one every time I go there, it’s definitely a good coffee – just not what I’d call the best.

What were the main things you liked about the place?

Here’s what stood out for me in the first 5 minutes

  • Clean and fresh feeling cafe
  • SUPER friendly staff and the eagerness for them to please the customer
  • Quality – WOW, so good to get a quality thai meal at closer to normal prices
  • Prices (very well priced and quite cheap)
  • The view – being one the beach front

What are the prices like?

They’d be some of the best you’ll find along the beach front in Ao Nang (possibly THE best)

Where are they located?

On the main beach road, about 200 meters from the Holiday Inn (heading west).

Sea Breeze Cafe & Bistro
4203, Tambon Ao Nang, Amphoe Mueang Krabi, Chang Wat Krabi 81180

Opening Hours

10:000 am – 8:00 pm Every Day

Facebook Page

check out their facebook page here

What to Expect
  • 9/10
    Location - 9/10
  • 10/10
    Price - 10/10
  • 8.5/10
    Food Quality - 8.5/10
  • 7/10
    Coffee Quality - 7/10
8.6/10

Lion & Shark | Ao Nang | Krabi | Thailand

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Cafe with a view! This place is a hidden gem in the Ao Nang area, and although not easy to notice walking by on the main street, it’s become pretty popular for the coffee and healthy breakfast lovers.

This cafe sits up on a second floor with an open lounge/balcony area where you can plonk yourself down on a cushion and take in the great mountain view of Ao Nang bay. It even has a cool little entrance where you literally walk up a steel ladder to enter…BUT…there is a more familiar method of entering as well, which involves walking up the hill a little more and simply walk straight in.

The whole upstairs area is open allowing the breeze to pass through, and because it’s well covered/shaded, even in the middle of a hot day, it’s quite fresh and peaceful upstairs so no need for the dry air of air-conditioners.

The cafe is very inviting and from the moment you walk in, you feel like you’re in a cozy chillout lounge room where all you want to do is sit back, relax, and maybe even have a little snooze 🙂

It’s always been nice and quiet too when I’ve been here. Other than the coffee machine grinding in the background, and a few people talking quietly amongst themselves, you really have your own little space here and a place to fully relax over a good cuppa’ or tasty dish from their food menu.

Their coffee is up there with the best in Ao Nang I think, but the price is a little higher than others. I generally get a cappuccino or latte for 90 baht from here, but you can get a piccolo latte for 80 baht…so that probably gives you an overall idea of all their coffee prices. If not – take a look at the image gallery, I snapped one of the coffee menu in there. Although the prices might be a little higher here, the ambience and view you take in from this place is something most of the others don’t offer…so…consider that, and they don’t make you feel unwelcome if you want to just chill there for a couple of ours and only order a drink or two.

The food menu looks delicious, and although I’ve only ever been to this cafe for the coffee, I see a lot of early birds coming in here for a healthy breakfast after a bike ride or walk, or simply just to start the day after waking up. Their food menu has a good range to choose from, and it’s reasonably priced as well, and I wouldn’t say it’s either pricey or cheap – I’d say it’s pretty much on par most other places serving quality food around here.

The other thing I love about these guys is their opening hours. They open at 7:30am,  hence why it’s a great spot for me, because I’m generally wanting a coffee around 7am-8am and it can be hard to find a place open in a lot places around Thailand. These guys not only open early, but they do amazing coffee as well – so Lion & Shark is a favourite for me.

If you’re in the Ao Nang area – check em out! They’re well worth the stop.

What were the main things you liked about the place?

Here’s what stood out for me in the first 5 minutes

  • Quality coffee
  • The view
  • The Ambiance – super chillout zone!
  • Powerpoints and good WiFi

What are the prices like?

Higher than others – but consider the ambiance and view that comes with it. I think it’s well priced for what you get.

Where are they located?

Probably best to check out the map – it’s not an easy one to find from the main street. Keep your eyes out for a second floor terrace and there is a small sign that hangs out the front that you can see from the street. But that’s about all you’ll see. You’ll need hang a right (if ya heading towards the beach) up the hill (a driveway) for a few meters and then enter in from the side.

Lion & Shark
247 3, Tambon Ao Nang, Amphoe Mueang Krabi, Chang Wat Krabi 81180

Opening Hours

7:30am – 10pm Every Day

Facebook Page

check out their facebook page here

What to Expect
  • 8/10
    Location - 8/10
  • 7.5/10
    Price - 7.5/10
  • 10/10
    Coffee Quality - 10/10
8.5/10

Meet Up Cafe | Ao Nang | Krabi | Thailand

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Serving up one of the best coffee’s in Krabi and at a fraction of the price to its competition!

Meet Up Cafe & Bistro might not be the easiest place to get to if you’re here visiting and don’t have your own wheels to get around, but in saying that, perhaps you like your morning walks, and if that’s the case, this place makes a perfect halfway stop, as it’s only about 2-3 KM’s from the beach strip.

I’ve already been around most of the cafe’s here in Ao Nang, and other than “Cafe 8.98” (which I blogged about on my last visit here) there guys are up there in the top when it comes to quality coffee. I’ve tried their Cappuccino, their Latte and their Iced Americano, and all had a perfect kick without being too strong, and true taste of quality. I’ve also tried a couple of their dishes (Thai Dishes) and they’re well priced and good quality. I wouldn’t rate the food 5 star, but it’s what you would expect from a standard “quality” Thai restaurant…so maybe 4 stars.

I hadn’t planned for a coffee stop on my first visit here, rather I was going for drive around the back of town to take a look at some different scenery to the beaches (where we were spending most of our time). The drive around here is really nice…it’s quiet, fresh and full of nature (greenery, hills, forest). The cafe feels a little bit the same, it’s got a very “green house” feel to it (being made with full height glass walls and wooden furniture), a very “organic” or “natural” feel. There’s plenty of space too and a few dining area to choose from including the main front of the cafe (inside), an outdoor area, and a large back indoor area (well large enough). I’d say the whole place could seat around 50 people or so. But the large space and seating areas doesn’t mean it’s busy, in fact it makes it feel really quiet and much less busy than your Coffee Clubs and other cafe’s in the city. All visits to this cafe there’s only ever been around 10 people, but with the large amount of space, it makes it feel like the place is all yours. It was low season on my visit here, so perhaps in high season it’s a little busier…I’m sure it is.

There’s a good amount of staff working all the time too, so you get prompt service, and the preparation times for both food and coffee is pretty quick.

Price here for coffee is one of the cheapest as well in Ao Nang (for quality coffee anyway). There’s probably another 5 cafe’s around here that do an awesome coffee, and they all start from around 80 baht, and go up to around 120 baht, Bangkok prices basically. These guys do a coffee for around 65 baht.

Been here 3 times now, and probably be popping in here a few more times before we head off!

What were the main things you liked about the place?

Here’s what stood out for me in the first 5 minutes

  • Quality coffee
  • Price
  • Beautiful location and cafe
  • Good amount of power points and great WiFi

What are the prices like?

Pretty good, 65 baht for a quality coffee is something you can’t complain about.

Where are they located?

Probably best to check out the map – but here’s the address

Meetup Cafe & Bistro
323/1 ม5 ต อ่าวนาง | 81180 Ban Ao Nang, Krabi, Thailand

Opening Hours

10am – 9pm Every Day (except Mondays)

Closed on Monday

Facebook Page

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What to Expect
  • 8.5/10
    Location - 8.5/10
  • 10/10
    Price - 10/10
  • 9.5/10
    Coffee Quality - 9.5/10
  • 7.5/10
    Food Quality - 7.5/10
8.9/10

Anjana Coffee | Hua Hin | Thailand

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Another coffee roaster in Hua Hin!

Anjana – A coffee roaster, coffee machine supplier and Cafe just at the top of Hin Lhek Fai.

They’re certainly not new to Hua Hin (as they’ve been around for quite a while), but they were new to me today. They were actually recommended to me a couple of years back, and it was only today I decided to take a ride up their and check it out.

The shop itself has a nice outdoor area surrounded with plants and some water features, a main showroom area where you can see all their coffee machines, grinders, and coffee beans for sale, and then the cafe, which is an indoor air conditioned area able to to sit about 15 people.

I had a quick look through the shop to start with, and it was pretty impressive. A lot of quality coffee machines and grinders to choose from, and a good range as well (as far as price and quality goes). Most of the machines I thought were more suitable for a home or small cafe, but there’s some big beasts available as well. There was a HUGE selection of coffee beans, and all at very reasonable prices. I took a quick glance at a few bags and the prices were around 250 baht for a 500 gram bag, which is a very good price!

The cafe serves mainly drinks, however there are a few light snacks (sweets) to choose from that sit on the counter.

I ordered a cappuccino and a Mango smoothie. The cappuccino was definitely above average here and I’d say in the top 30% of coffee’s I’ve had in Hua Hin. A cappuccino can sometimes make any coffee taste good because the milk can hide the quality a little and so if it’s nice, thick, and creamy you might like the drink, but quality of coffee isn’t actually that good (eg. Starbucks – milk and syrup!). The quality of coffee really came through though, and that’s what I think makes a good cappuccino ie. being able to taste the quality of coffee in your cup and having a good kick to it.  The cost of a cappuccino here is 60 baht.

The mango smoothie was good as well – I’d asked for one without sugar and/or yogurt (I’m not sure if yogurt comes in it normally, but I asked for without anyway, as often they do), and the lady obviously listened well cause it was made perfect! The smoothie cups are pretty big too – definitely one of the larger sized smoothies I’ve ordered, and the cost is around 80 baht.

Overall I was pretty impressed the place and it actually exceeded my expectations before arriving here. It’s a damn good coffee, but still maybe a little out of the way for me to come just for a cup of coffee. It is worth the trip though if I’m gonna stock up on some coffee beans while I’m there as well though.

What did you like most about the place?

The freshly roasted beans – always love having a coffee from a place that roast their own beans.

What other features/facilities stood out?

The showroom – OK, it’s just another showroom, but it’s something to take a look at while you’re there.

What are the prices like?

Pretty good, 60 baht for a quality coffee is definitely a cheap coffee.

Where are they located?

Probably best to check out the map – but here’s the address

Anjana Coffee Roastery Hua-hin ( Coffee-Coffee Co.,Ltd.)
254 -254/1 M.15, Tambol: Hin Lhek Fai, Hua Hin Prachup Khiri Khan Thailand 77110

Facebook Page

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What to Expect
  • 5/10
    Location - 5/10
  • 10/10
    Price - 10/10
  • 8.5/10
    Food/Drink Quality - 8.5/10
7.8/10

Kocchira Cafe (Rest and Bake) | Khao Takiab | Hua Hin | Thailand

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Another new cafe in Khao Takiab!

After taking a drive down to Khao Takiab beach the other weekend, it seems there’s a lot going down in the area including a a new wood fired pizza restaurant that used to be the “O La La Pizza” place, or perhaps it’s the same place but just had a reno and a new pizza oven installed…not sure cause I haven’t checked it out yet, but it’s on the list. If anyone’s been there, would be interested hear what you thought about it!

Anyway, back to the topic – “Kocchira Cafe”. It was late afternoon on the way back from the beach when checking this place out, so I wasn’t going to grab a coffee, but I was keen to take a look inside and see what they had on offer.

The cafe does have the normal selections of coffees and chocolate drinks on the menu (just so you know), as well as a number of cakes and sweets to choose from, and some healthy, and not so healthy smoothies to sip up as well. Being hot, dry and thirsty from the beach, I was after something fresh, cold and thirst quenching, so I ordered the mango smoothie. My partner ordered the Oreo smoothie and then we also ordered some cookies and blueberry muffin to share as well.

The smoothies we great! The mango smoothie was a bit too icy to start with, and so I had a bit of difficulty sucking it up through the straw, but after giving it some to melt a little, all was good! Was really fresh and not too sweet.

The Oreo smoothie was much more drinkable (not too icy) and absolutely delicious. Probably not the healthiest option but very tasty nonetheless and hard to stop drinking once you’ve taken a sip. Try it…see if you can stop!

The cookies – really nice. We had the cranberry cookies….they were kinda like shortbread in taste and texture, so not the soft and chewy type is that’s your preference, more break and melt in your mouth type stuff.

The last thing i tried was one of the freshly bakes muffins (blueberry). The top was great where all the magic was, with a lot of blueberries a blueberry syrup, however below that, not too much…it could have had a few more berries in the middle…after eating off the top off of it, it was more like eating a plane muffin.

First impression of this place was really good. From walking in the door I was really impressed with design and ambiance of the place, great use of colours, great lighting and a lot of space. There’s actually 4 areas to choose from….including the main indoor area which is mainly cushion type stools and a couch….two outdoor areas (the front outdoor area facing the street with 3-4 tables seating 4 people, and the back outdoor area which sits in the main garden and pool area of the hotel attached) and another indoor area which is used for their baking workshops that they hold 3-4 days a week in the morning and afternoons.

It’s this second indoor area that appealed to me the most, as it had a good number of benches and tables to sit at where you could work away on your notebook for a good couple of hours. There was a workshop on when I was here, but I did ask the owner if the space was available when the workshops weren’t running and she said it was. I can’t be 100% sure of this as I haven’t been here when there’s no workshops on, but I’ll be making a visit in the next couple of days to find out. I’ve posted the workshop hours on the website too in case you’re interested in a “learn to bake” session or in case you’d prefer to avoid these hours and use the workshop area.

What i liked most about this place was the ambiance. Great colours and lighting…really chill and relaxed feel the place. I’ll be coming back for a coffee and think it’ll be a great place to set my notebook up and work away for a few hours….when the workshops aren’t on.

What did you like most about the place?

The space and ambiance, very open and spacious with a great area to get some work done.

What other features/facilities stood out?

I loved the selection of colours combined with the lighting (dim, but not too dark). Was also cool seeing the cooking/baking workshops they run regularly.

What are the prices like?

Pretty good. 15 baht for 2 cookies, 35 baht for a Blueberry muffin, 90 baht for a smoothie, and I think around 60 baht for a coffee (can’t remember the price for coffee exactly).

Where are they located?

In between the first 7/11 and Family Mart (opposite side) when coming into the bottom of Kaho Takiab (from Hua Hin). It’s actually the place “Brew Monkey” used to be. Check out the map below anyway.

Facebook Page

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What to Expect
  • Location
  • Price
  • Food/Drink Quality
3.8

Ta9 Coffee | Kaeng Krachan | Thailand

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Probably the best coffee to find if you’re in Kaeng Krachan.

If you’re out visiting Kaeng Krachan, there’s not a lot to find out this way as far as a quality coffee or cafe goes, and in my opinion, as far as coffee goes, this is the best there is. The place is located about 1 km from the main town where the only 7/11 is, which is the perfect distance to give it the private country feel without being in the middle of nowhere.

The cafe is surrounded by a lot of greenery and a nice garden which is also where the bathrooms / toilets are located (take your time, enjoy the stroll – unless you’re busting!). It’s got a real nice country feel to it, and there is a nice balcony which runs around the outside of the place so you can really take it all in. Take a seat on the deck and breath in the fresh country air, lap it all up!

There’s not much on the menu here though as far as food goes, just a couple of sweets and some croissants, so this is really only a place to stop for a coffee, smoothie or other sweet drink.

If you’re looking for somewhere to eat, perhaps read my next blog post I’ll be writing on “Radee Coffee” – another good cafe that sits near the river. Not as good a coffee, but a MUCH wider selection of food, and this place has OK coffee too.

If you’re looking for western food, there’s not too many options either. What you will find here though is

 

  • Beautiful scenery
  • Great hikes and activities
  • The khaen krachan dam (great scenery again)
  • A 7/11
  • And a lot of thai restaurants

 

The thai restaurants I’ve visited here have so far been a little average. I’ve been to three so far and the prices in some were more than I’d pay for in Hua Hin (where I get quality seafood)…and for a higher price. BUT…you don’t come here for an eating tour…you come for the scenery and fun….food just keeps you going.

Like i said, for a coffee stop, this was the best i could find. Comfy seating, air conditioned, good wifi, and not bad coffee.

I think for a morning coffee, this place is Brilliant. Sit on the deck, have a “pretty” good coffee, and soak up the Country freshness…it’s all about nature here, not the food.

Prices were good…60 baht for a coffee….and a cold/iced chocolate about 50 baht as well.

What did you like most about the place?

The coffee and scenery…feels like you have your own private garden and is very peaceful.

What other features/facilities stood out?

The bathrooms/toilets. There’s a nice little pathway that runs from the cafe to the toilets which are located in the garden. For outdoor bathrooms/toilets. they’re kept very clean too.

What are the prices like?

Pretty good, 60 baht for a quality coffee is definitely a cheap coffee.

Where are they located?

About 1km (probably closer to 500 meters) after you pass the 7/11 heading out of town (towards phetkhasem road) on the right hand side.

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What to Expect
  • 8.5/10
    Location (considering being out in the sticks) - 8.5/10
  • 8/10
    Price - 8/10
  • 6/10
    Coffee Quality - 6/10
7.5/10

Le Colonial Beach Club | Hua Hin | Thailand

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Well here’s something a bit different! Normally I’m posting mainly on food and coffee, however this place (although having a good food menu as well), has more to write about than just the food, drinks and coffee.

Le Colonial Beach Club Hua Hin offers great value for money and a great way to spend the morning, afternoon or whole day on the beaches of Hua Hin. You can really indulge yourself here in luxury at a very reasonable price.

The beach club sits right on the front of one the best parts of Hua Hin beach and has an alfresco type dining area, an infinity swimming pool that faces the beach, deck chairs by the pool, a bar by the pool, and a number of private cabanas to choose from. Walking into the place it’s all very impressive, and perhaps you’re expecting a heavy price tag to come with it – which, although isn’t on the “cheap” size, it’s a very reasonable price for what you get.

The sun beds are 300 baht per day – BUT – you also get to order 300 baht worth of  food/drink from their menu. So basically your bed comes free as long as you spend a minimum of 300 baht. They also have private cabanas with two beds at 500 baht per person (so 1000 baht total), and like the sunbeds, you get 1000 baht to spend at the bar/restaurant.

Now food isn’t cheap, but not expensive either, and they’ve got a good range of choices to choose from. For example, you can get a Phad Si-Eaw for 80 baht, a phad thai for 120 baht, or a club sandwich for 350 baht. This isn’t all that’s on the menu, however it gives you a good idea of the range of prices and type of food you can expect.

The beers are what might chew your money up here, as most small (330ml) beers are around 200-220 baht except for a 330ml glass of Chaang Draft for 180 baht. The smoothies/fruit shakes are delicious and are around 150 baht. I had about three of them – a watermelon smoothie, pina colada and a pineapple shake – the favourite was the pina colada.If you’re thinking that’s a bit to pricey, than maybe head down here around 3:00 pm and use the pool and deck chairs for a bit and that make use of the happy hour from 4pm – 5pm where you buy 1 and get 1 free. They also have another discount that runs between 11:00-12:00 in the morning where you get whatever the current temperature is (so normally around 32-33 degrees) percent off your drinks (so 32-33%).

The food was great, and we tried a couple of the cheaper dishes and one of the western dishes which are a little more expensive (but nothing more than you’d expect to pay at Coffee Club or some of the other restaurants – without the beach view and swimming pool). We tried the Phad Si-Eaw, and being 80 baht we were expecting a snack size serving, however we got a very large serving and is definitely enough to share between two people. We also tried the Phad Thai, Tom Yum Talay (Spicy Thai Soup with Seafood), the Club Sandwich and some of their snacks like French Fries (100 baht – and also a very good serving) and some spring rolls (100 baht also).

The club sandwich was a little ordinary, it makes for a good photo maybe and looks good coming out of the kitchen, but the ingredients were very minimal, just a couple of slices of lettuce, not much chicken, not much bacon, and with 4 layers/slices of bread, it actually felt like I could really only taste the bread and not much else.

Other than the Club Sandwich though, the rest was really delicious!!

We’ve tried both options here, first time the sunbeds at 300 baht per person, and then the cabana at 500 baht per person (1000 baht total). Having tried both, I can say that at 1000 baht for a private cabana, this is the best deal. With the cabana we were much more comfortable and spent a whole day here, so for 1000 baht we had a whole day on the beach, swimming pool, 1000 baht worth of food and drink and our own private cabana. The cabanas also have power points if you need to plug in any of your devices or charge your phone. For a whole day in a luxurious resort style beach club and all of this, 1000 baht is amazing value!

What did you like most about the place?

What didn’t I like?!?! everything here was great, from the sunbeds, cabanas, swimming pool, service, cleanliness (toilets etc.) – I couldn’t find a thing you would complain about with this place. The swimming pool however was probably the best – spending a day just lazing in the pool overlooking the beach with a pina colada – perfect!

What other features/facilities stood out?

Well, everything stood out – all the features and facilities I’ve listed above. But what I think makes this place better/different from the umbrella beach bars, is the cleanliness. If you’re wanting to spend a day on the beach but don’t want to get sand all over you or you’re wanting clean toilets and showers to have access to, this is a great choice.

What are the prices like?

Great value for money – for what you get, I’d say “cheap”. I don’t know of any other place where you get all of this for a whole day with at 1000 baht. If there other places – I’d love to know where they are.

Where are they located?

Easy to find! Directly opposite Market Village – well almost directly. You can see it from the overpass actually – if you’re on the overpass to Market Village, have a look towards the beach and you’ll see a big vacant block of land (a little to the left). At the end of that block of land is the beach club.

What to Expect
  • Location
  • Price
  • Food Quality
4.2

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