I think we can all agree that one of the best things about travelling is trying new food. Southeast Asia is known for its fantastic cuisine, but with so many options, where do you even begin? As founder and CEO of leading luxury villa booking portal TheLuxeNomad.com, as well as a self-proclaimed foodie, Stephanie Chai has tracked down all the best restaurants in Southeast Asia so that you don't have to. Below you will find her exclusive guide from cheap eats to fine dining, and everything in between.
This week, we head to Thailand's beautiful beach spot Phuket.
$: Somtam Yok Lor
This under-the-radar hawker stall was recommended to me by local Thai friends, and is a great place to grab some delicious Thai food before hitting the beach!
$: La Gaetana Phuket
A delightful family-run Italian restaurant in Phuket Town, owned by a hospitable Italian man Gianni and his lovely Thai wife. The décor is classic Italian, as is the food, with an unparalleled attention to detail and the most delicious tiramisu!
352 Phuket Road, Phuket Town, Phuket, facebook.com/pages/La-Gaetana
$$: Kata Rocks Restaurant
Known as the most romantic restaurant in Phuket, Kata Rocks is located right at water's edge at Kata Rocks Resort with spectacular sunset views. You'll come for the views but stay for the fabulous food, Mediterranean inspired cuisine and fresh seafood!
186/22, Kok Tanode Road, Kata Beach, Phuket, katarocks.com/dining
$$: Seafood at Trisara
Without a doubt Phuket's best seafood restaurant, Seafood at Trisara Resort is a gorgeous beachfront restaurant serving authentic Southern Thai food and only the freshest seafood. You must try the locally harvested Phuket oysters as well as the stir-fry squid in black ink!
60/1 Moo 6, Srisoonthorn Road, Cherngtalay,Thalang, Phuket, trisara.com