Imagine taking a boat to one of the private islands off of Koh Samui and savouring some spicy authentic southern Thai food at its best.

The entire experience seems to be a culinary dream. It’s just you and nature, away from the bustling city for a sheer relaxing evening of great food and ambience.

[All images courtesy of Cape Fah Hotel, Koh Samui and Long Dtai]

Chef David Thompson has collaborated with Cape and Kantary Hotels to open a new restaurant, Long Dtai, which literally translates to ‘heading south’. It is designed to recreate the quintessential southern Thai palate. Merely 300 meters from the glorious strip of Choeng Mon beach, Long Dtai gorgeously sits under the roof of Cape Fahn Hotel, Koh Samui, inviting all of us to bathe in a culinary journey of Thai comfort food. 

Renowned for establishing Nahm in Bangkok, Chef Thompson is a globally-recognised Australian chef with expertise in Thai cuisine. He is ready to woo us with his creative twist on local southern food because this time he spins things around — he chose the local ingredients first, and then decided the menu. 

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Chef David Thompson and Tirawan Taechaubol.

The Australian chef has been working with Tirawan Taechaubol, Group Project Development Manager of all the Cape and Kantary Hotels, to offer traditional flavours that are truly satisfying with a completely new experience at the luxurious private islands of resort Cape Fahn. A culinary getaway? Sure.

“I walked onto Cape Fahn island and didn’t want to leave. It is so enchanting and so beautiful. As I sat on the terrace of the restaurant I began to think of how to achieve just that. A restaurant as inviting and relaxed as the resort itself is.’

Long dtai is the outcome. A restaurant that sits on the crest of the island, overlooking the sea, offering the best of locally found food.  

‘Southern Thailand has such a rich culinary tradition and I will do my utmost to present the best of it. Good cooking can only happen with good ingredients so I have been scouting around the island and across the straits on the mainland looking for local items, especially vegetables and seafood to devise a thoroughly southern Thai menu.’

Marine sustainability

The open-aired restaurant will be using only line-caught fish to promote marine sustainability and to offer the freshest seasonal seafood sourced right from the local markets. 

As Chef Thompson says, “let nature dictate what comes to us” and that’s why the menu will be curated regularly based on the resources available during the day. Currently, there are 20 menus on the card with developing recipes nurturing its way. Adventurous souls, get ready to be surprised with unique dishes each time you visit this island getaway. 

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There is nothing sweeter than spending time with your loved ones on a private island where you watch the sunset and indulge in some tangy mouth-watering dishes. With a spectacular view of crystal clear blue water of the bay, and the serene, peaceful ambiance, it’s a heavenly spot for locals and tourists to completely embrace what Koh Samui has to offer. Whilst you can take a boat to the island, during low tides it beautifully creates a pathway for you to walk, too. 

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Whilst the menu will be changed daily, here are some of the must-try dishes you can expect to relish in at Long Dtai:

Long Dtai will be opening its doors on 14 December 2019 at Cape Fahn Hotel, Private Islands, Koh Samui. There couldn’t be a better time to welcome a new restaurant than this holiday season.

Long Dtai, Cape Fahn Hotel, Koh Samui, 24/269 Moo 5, T.Bo-Phut, A.Koh Samui, Suratthani 84320, Thailand, Contact +66 77 602 301-2, Dinner : 6:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. (Thu – Tue), Bar : 5:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. (Thu – Tue)


Alisha Pawa
Alisha is a passionate dancer and is always creating her own choreographies. She is a fan of rom-com novels, a coffee-drinker who loves tea, and is always on-the-go for her midnight chocolate cravings. She hopes to tick-off her never-ending bucket list one day by hosting her own travel show.