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Where and What to Eat in Thailand

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Whether chowing down on crispy roast pig in Bangkok's Chinatown or sampling wonderfully spicy khao soi gai (curry noodles with chicken) in the north of the country, dining is one of the true highlights of visiting Thailand. The country's cuisine is famed throughout the world for its variety and its complexity of flavors and rightly so. You are never far from a great meal in Thailand, but here's some food for thought to get you started.
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Bangkok, Thailand
I had already begged a woman to write down the name of her ground—what, pork?—dish that first melted my brain. She scratched a couple Thai words on my notepad. Later, I learned she’d written “lunch.” Bangkok’s...
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61 Phuket Rd, ตำบล ตลาดใหญ่ อำเภอ เมืองภูเก็ต Chang Wat Phuket 83000, Thailand
This popular café is lovingly decorated in a seemingly random collection of vintage furnishings and is justly famous for its "Phuket Kopi," a rich and creamy serving of concentrated milk and coffee that, when served iced, makes for a welcome...
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Spend an evening eating your way through the labyrinth of food stalls at Victory Monument. Boat noodles, a popular street-food staple, are found in abundance at vendors along the canal. Portions are small, so order several bowls (typically, four...
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27 โรงแรม เมโทรโพลิแทน Sathon Tai Rd, Khwaeng Thung Maha Mek, Khet Sathon, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10210, Thailand
Bangkok’s vibrant, tongue-tingling street food will leave every traveler with lasting memories, but many visitors might be surprised to learn the city is also home to a Thai boîte that was at the top of S. Pelligrino’s 2014 list of the best...
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68/1 ซอยหลังสวน Thanon Phloen Chit, Khwaeng Lumphini, Khet Pathum Wan, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10330, Thailand
Bangkok has a significant Indian population. Indeed, the city even has its own ‘Little India’ around Phahurat Road. The best Indian dining options, however, can be found around the main Sukhumvit and Silom drags. The daddy of them all,...
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Charoen Prathet 1 Alley, Tambon Chang Moi, Amphoe Mueang Chiang Mai, Chang Wat Chiang Mai 50100, Thailand
Located in a deeply Muslim neighborhood, this shop traffics in Thai-Muslim food, including goat biryani and a khao soi that’s heavy on dried spices and topped with a Burmese-style pickled green. According to some, this khao soi most closely...
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Soi Polo, Khwaeng Lumphini, Khet Pathum Wan, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10330, Thailand
Fried Chicken. From little wings on the street to the proliferation of KFCs, it's clear fried chicken plays an important role in the Bangkok diet. But there's nowhere like this (or so they tell me.) What could possibly make good fried chicken...
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Su Thep, Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai, Thailand
Kuaytiaw Tii Noi on Suthep Road has the best kuaytiaw reua, boat noodles. This restaurant is famous for having tiny bowls of either beef or pork boat noodles and I would advise getting one of each, or just order phiseht (special), which will score...
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89 ถนน เยาวพานิช Khwaeng Chakkrawat, Khet Samphanthawong, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10100, Thailand
One of the longest-standing restaurants in Chinatown’s Yaowarat Road area, Tang Jai Yoo fits the template of many of the dining venues in this part of town. The decor is faded and the harsh lighting would cast a sickly glow on even the most...
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4 ซอย ศรีอักษร ถนน เชื้อเพลิง Khwaeng Thung Maha Mek, Khet Sathon, กรุงเทพมหานคร 10120, Thailand
Surrounded by a garden studded with beanbag chairs, Issaya Siamese Club serves cuisine that blends Thai flavors with international techniques. Such dishes as massaman lamb curry as well as jasmine flan (pictured) incorporate ingredients from the...
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48 Dibuk Rd, Tambon Talat Yai, Amphoe Mueang Phuket, Chang Wat Phuket 83000, Thailand
This charming 90-year-old former shop house is famous for its traditional Southern Phuket food. Braised pork belly with black pepper, and crab-meat curry with rice noodles are just some of the favorites that will get you salivating. Very popular...
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Bangkok, Thailand
Jae Fai is a legendary street restaurant in Bangkok. Though more expensive than typical street food, it's worth every penny. Jae Fai is still definitely no-frills and only accepts payment in cash. Ms. Fai or Mom, who is ageless, still cooks every...
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One of my favorite places to eat in Bangkok is the food court in the MBK building because it’s delicious and good for my solo traveler budget. It’s hidden on the sixth floor behind all the chain restaurants and vendor stalls. It’s a series of...