We decided for dinner that our quest would be to find some fantastic authentic Thai food. We asked the concierge at the Resort for some recommendations, and received a great review on a restaurant called LOTUS at Bangtao Beach. It was about a 30 minute drive across the island to the location of the restaurant which was under renovation when we arrived. At first we were afraid we might be disappointed, as it appeared it might be a "tourist trap" kind of locale instead of an authentic Thai restaurant.
But we were not disappointed for long!
As we entered the main part of the building we saw large tanks of assorted local live seafood from which we could pick our choice for our meals! There were huge lobsters and langoustines and shrimp and fish and crabs. Beautiful! It was going to be hard to choose which delicious delicacy we would have for our meals! As you can see from the picture
We were led by our hostess to an open patio just 20 feet or so from the breaking surf. Sitting under the stars in the warm, breezy Thai night was amazing, and about to become even more memorable as we saw the first of the Wish Lanterns rise into the sky from the beach! Here is a bit of information about the Wish Lantern which is such a beautiful tradition in Thai Culture.