Zazen Restaurant

Zazen Restaurant has earned widespread fame and praise as one of the best restaurants on Koh Samui for its superior menu, invigorating beachfront location and dreamily romantic ambiance. Zazen Restaurant Samui is the Thai food lover’s dream, the international food lovers reawakening. The atmosphere at Zazen Restaurant is one of romance, sophistication, and intimacy. At night, the trendy restaurant glows with the light of over one hundred candles. Soft jazz mingles with the sound of gentle waves and guests enjoy the pleasures of fine dining, elegant service and the entertainment of traditional Thai dance in Samui. The restaurant is located on the beachfront at Bophut, with sweeping views of neighboring islands over the tranquil and gentle waters of the bay.


Trakulsak Yaoyuan
Executive Chef

Chef Kul has been a professional chef for more than 25 years and has extensive experience in senior positions in some of the most prestigious resorts and restaurants on Koh Samui, Koh Pha Ngan and Krabi. An expert in regional Thai cuisine and international cuisines, his culinary journey began long before he set foot in a professional kitchen.

“My father was a chef and my passion for Thai cuisine began as a young boy, helping my dad to prepare family meals. I was mesmerized by the aromas and flavours he could create from seemingly simple locally produced ingredients and I knew then that this was something I very much wanted to know more about. With my father’s guidance I created and cooked my first family meal at the age of nine and I’ve never stopped learning about or loving food ever since.”

Chef Kul has previously worked at Zazen as the Executive Sous Chef and was thrilled to be invited back when the position of Executive Chef became vacant recently. “I very much enjoyed my time at Zazen before and I particularly love the friendly, family ambience of the team at Zazen and everyone’s desire to excel and be the very best for all of our guests.



Fall in love at Zazen Restaurant!

Magnificently lit with over 100 candles every night, Zazen Restaurant is truly one of the most romantic & serene beach side dining restaurants on the island.


Amazing Thai Dance Show

Join us for our special Thai Dance Show with live music and traditional costumes at Zazen Restaurant every Thursday and Sunday.


Discover the taste of Koh Samui.

The diversity of cooking styles and the quality of the fare itself makes the island a veritable "gourmet's paradise" too.