101/28 Moo1, Bophut Koh Samui, Suratthani Thailand, Koh Samui Island, อำเภอเกาะสมุย สุราษฎร์ธานี 84320, Thailand
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Happy Elephant Restaurant, Haad Bo Phut, Koh Samui, Thailand.Disclaimer: Happy Elephant isn't the best restaurant in Thailand. It's probably not even the best restaurant on Koh Samui, to be honest, but it is rather quaint, it features a subdued decor (funny how that can be tough to find in South East Asia), fresh food, and a view over the ocean that makes everything else wholly inconsequential. Dining at sunset, looking out over Koh Phangan, washing curry down with warm Beer Chang... I can deal with that.
My first night in Samui on this trip, the power was out across the island. Not sure then why I opted for the yellow curry with duck, but it turned out to be quite delicious. I suppose duck that has been on ice all afternoon has a little extra zing to it.
Another bonus is that this restaurant is on my favorite part of the island - Haad Bo Phut is a pretty beach, and never feels overly crowded, regardless of how busy the big resorts are. There's enough space for everyone!