While further edited for publishing on our site, this was originally submitted by Carolann and published in Southeast Asia Backpacker Magazine, Issue 34: pg 17, under the title “Homesick for Hamburgers”
It’s something every backpacker experiences and while you don’t know when it will hit, you know it’s coming. In a place like the gorgeous island of Koh Phangan, you can get complacent, forget the impending attack. And when it strikes, you may not be prepared.
One common affliction of any traveller is the dreaded food craving. True, Thailand has some amazing food, but when those nostalgic “I just want a taste of home” urges overwhelm, you won’t be satisfied until those cravings are fulfilled and for many, a burger is the culprit.
Finding good Thai food is easy. Whether it’s a street vendor, a little plastic chair restaurant, or a well-known dine-in restaurant, you’re sure to find the type of food that puts Thailand on the culinary map. Finding a good burger when the craving strikes however, can be tricky. Fortunately, Koh Phangan has tapped into international culinary styles offering several places that would satisfy any burger seeker.
Finding Good Hamburgers In Koh Phangan:
The Gourmet Burger – Crave Restaurant, Haad Yao
For the ultimate burger experience with amazing service, head to Crave restaurant to find wonderfully blended gourmet flavours such as the deluxe burger with bacon, homemade mayo and brie. Don’t forget to switch your side of fries for a poutine as their Thai-version of the French-Canadian dish is a perfect complement. Happy hour is from 5-7pm, where their homemade sangria and marinated spirits are ‘buy one, get one free’. We also wrote a detailed review of Crave.
The Simple Burger– Yummy Restaurant, Haad Rin Nok
Haad Rin Nok is the destination for backpackers looking to experience the Full Moon Party and fortunately, a great burger is waiting around the corner. Simple, yet well-seasoned, Yummy Restaurant offers quality burgers at great prices, served with a smile. Afterwards, satisfy your sweet tooth with their fruit shake and roti special – only 89THB!
The Veggie Burger – Vintage Burger Friends and Booze, Thongsala
If beef patties aren’t your thing, you’ll want to try Vintage Burger. While their beef burgers are worth a taste, their veggie burger, made of bean, coriander and carrot topped with cheese, onion, lettuce and homemade sweet chili sauce, is a must-try. Alongside crispy, delicious fries, this meal will satisfy any burger craving. Ask for it without cheese to make it a vegan option. A homemade mojito and chocolate mousse are wonderful ways to round-out the meal.
The Late-Night Burger – Handsome Sandwiches, Thong Nai Pan Noi
A long-time staple, Handsome Sandwiches is located a distance from the Full Moon Party but offers to satisfy those burger cravings when nothing else is open. Thai-style, the restaurant consists of a small stall and several tables with a simple fare of burgers, fries and shakes. The exterior may leave something to be desired but the food impresses and the prices are reasonable.
The Chicken Schnitzel Burger – Mama’s Schnitzel, Haad Rin Nok
As the name suggests, Mama’s Schnitzel is well-known for their chicken schnitzel. Take those pieces of crispy, tender chicken and turn it into a burger and you’ve got one mouth-watering, hunger-satisfying meal. In the heart of Haad Rin, it’s a great place to eat after a day at the beach or while taking part in the Full Moon celebrations. After indulging in your meal, their chocolate bar shakes will quench your thirst and cool you down.
Whether you are craving an all-beef patty, crispy chicken or prefer to go vegetarian, Koh Phangan has something to satisfy all your burger cravings and in taking your first bite into that flavourful and well-crafted burger you may just find you are sinking your teeth into a little taste of home.
Where can you find these great restaurants?
Open 5pm – 11pm, CLOSED on Tuesdays
Please check their website as they close for approximately 2 months a year during low-season.
Trickier to pinpoint due to its lack of website – you can find it easily if you’re headed to the “Full Moon Beach” or Haad Rin Nok. Near where the two main streets intersect, and across from the big 7-Eleven, is where you’ll find Yummy!
Vintage Burgers, Friends & Booze
A little tricky to find as the streets start to criss-cross and narrow in this area but we followed this map and found it easily. Check out their Facebook page or contact them to confirm hours of operation.
Check out their TripAdvisor page for a map to locate them. Here you’ll not only find food, but also cold beer, a gas station, laundry service, and a decently priced taxi service!
You’ll find this busy eatery close to Haad Rin Nok, on the busy intersection of two major streets. It’s hard to miss with no walls and a constant flow of patrons.
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