Restaurants in Thailand
Western palates have long become familiar with Thai cuisine, and if once pad thai and massaman curry were exotic and strange, they are now almost familiar comfort foods for many. But needless to say, it just tastes better at the source, especially if you search out the local specialties—seafood in the south, meat dishes in the north—and you'll also get to sample curries and salads that aren't on the menu at your local Thai place. Options range from night markets where you can eat for a few dollars, to white tablecloth restaurants in Bangkok. In many cases, you won't need to leave your hotel to experience some of the country's best cuisine, like at the Normandie at the Mandarin Oriental in Bangkok, as popular with locals celebrating special occasions as it is with travelers.
Especially in Bangkok, you'll find that restaurants in Thailand serve international fare. There are plenty of restaurants in Chiang Mai that serve western food and many Thailand restaurants serve Chinese and Vietnamese food, popular with locals and visitors as well. The best restaurants in Thailand, however, serve Thai cuisine, in all its many spicy, regional variations, which should be no surprise to travelers.
Named after H.S.H. Princess Sulabh Valleng Visuddhi, a head cook in the Sukhothai Palace, Thanying Restaurant serves the same type of traditional Thai cuisine the princess prepared in the palace. The eatery is a joint venture between the princess’s son, M.R.
Order the banana blossom, chicken, and shrimp salad at this hotel restaurant.
Décor may be spare, but the pocket-size sushi bar prides itself in ultrafresh ingredients.
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.
At the Oriental hotel; renovated in the style of a 1930's Shanghai dance hall.
At sunset, sip a coconut cocktail at this
This restored, Sino-Portuguese style building, located in the heart of Phuket Town, is easy to spot thanks to its red exterior.
Showcasing the tandoor clay oven and handi wok, Hazara serves Indian cuisine that celebrates culinary traditions found across the subcontinent.
Located in one of the oldest parts of Bangkok, Chinatown serves exotic foods like bird's-nest soup.