The Crab Shack in Koh Kong

The hand-painted sign outside of the Crab Shack in Koh Kong

Waste a day on the beach at Koh Kong’s Crab Shack.

One of the best meals you can have in Koh Kong is at the Crab Shack, a small family-run operation just over the Koh Kong Bridge (don’t worry, all of the tuk tuk and moto drivers in Koh Kong know exactly where it is, and they’ll get a free lunch for bringing you there).

Prawns glazed in honey at the Crab Shack in Koh Kong

The beach or the honey-glazed prawns? BOTH.

Located on the sands of Koh Yor beach, the Crab Shack is the perfect place to relax after a morning of sightseeing — or for the lazy among us, it’s not a bad spot to while away the entire day. They’ve got sun loungers set up on the beach and a few that are covered as well. There are a handful of swings, including a tire swing that looks out onto the water as well as shaded tables that practically beg one to unwind. Even if hanging out isn’t your thing, it’s worth going for the fresh-caught seafood, which is all quite reasonably priced.

They’re famous for their crab, which can be prepared in a variety of ways — try the crab with young pepper. They also offer soft-shell crab and squid served with a spicy chili sauce and their enormous honey-glazed prawns are sensational. There is usually a puppy around, who will wait patiently for you to abandon your seafood shells — he’s happy to take them off your hands.

Lounging on the beach outside of Koh Kong's Crab Shack

Swing from afternoon to sunset on Koh Yor Beach.

The place starts picking up around dusk — they’ve got a lovely view of the sunset and you’ll usually find a few locals drinking beer and enjoying the seafood. They’re always delighted when foreigners show up and drink a couple of cans of Angkor with them, so don’t be afraid to mingle.

The Crab Shack is a good few kilometers outside of town, but is definitely worth a visit. Bring a few friends and spend the afternoon there and stay for the sunset.

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