Restaurants in Thailand

This humble place, with a fast-food sheen that could be at home in any L.A. strip mall, features Isan food, from Thailand's northeast. From raw mango to spicy pork salad, the dinner is a fiesta of strong chile and onions, everything moist and perfect, waiting to be sopped up with sticky rice.

At this lantern-lit spot, young Dutch chefs make everything from tapas and Turkish dips to mojitos and steamed mussels.

Order the banana blossom, chicken, and shrimp salad at this hotel restaurant.

The Metropolitan Bangkok is urbane, with a streamlined glass and concrete facade that includes different textured finishes and several serene water features.

Décor may be spare, but the pocket-size sushi bar prides itself in ultrafresh ingredients.

Part of the international restaurant chain, Blue Elephant Bangkok is located inside a renovated colonial building and exudes an elegant, yet inviting feel with dark wood tables and crystal chandeliers.

The atmosphere and views are the main attraction at Vertigo, perched atop the 61st floor of the Banyan Tree Hotel. Acrophobics beware: tables are placed close to the edge, leaving little more than a glass wall between patrons and the endless city view.

This Michelin-starred French restaurant at the 517-room Dusit Thani Hotel is the creative collaboration of brothers Jacques and Laurent Pourcel.

Ruen Mallika, with a menu as thick as the Talmud, is as much a restaurant as a veritable encyclopedia of Thai food. A traditional nobleman's teak house, where overweight carp make the rounds of a peaceful outdoor pond, Ruen Mallika graces a poverty-stricken stretch of the Asoke neighborhood.

At this open-air restaurant and cooking school, visitors learn to prepare dishes such as curries and mango salad.

The seaside restaurant at the Rayavadee hotel serves yum talay (spicy seafood salad) and chu chi goong (prawns in red curry) are the dishes to order.