"Where to eat, what to eat" Thailand Restaurant Tip by AndreSTGT

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  Restaurant in Ao Nang
by AndreSTGT

Thai cuisine is deservedly one of the most popular and renowned in the world, and Thai people love their food, it seems to be an integral part of their life and culture. Unless you're on a deserted island, you'll hardly be more than 100m away from a place where you can get something to eat, at any time of the day.
Authentic Thai food is spicy and for some people it takes time to get accustomed to it, but it would be a shame not to enjoy the palatal pleasures of Thai food while you're in the country.

Where to eat?
This, of course, depends largely on your budget and style of traveling, but there are three main options for travelers :
1. There are many excellent upmarket or luxury restaurants in Bangkok, Chiang Mai and other tourist centers. Dining there is a great experience with a wonderful atmosphere, perfect service, and affordable prices (compared to home). Many of them serve Royal cuisine, an ancient style of cooking formerly reserved for the royal court. Expect to pay around 800B for a dinner for two in such an establishment.
2. The market and street stalls. This is, of course, the cheapest option where you can fill up on tasty food for next to nothing. Some travelers are afraid to eat on the market for hygienic reasons, but on all my travels in Thailand i've never had any negative experiences, so i suppose i can say that the food there is quite safe to eat. Just open the lids and make your choice, you'll rarely be disappointed.
3.Especially in touristy places you'll find plenty of traveler cafes and restaurants offering Thai and Western food to an almost exclusively farang clientele. While the Thai food there is not necessarily super-authentic, it's usually quite tasty and these places need not be avoided. They mostly offer standard Thai fare such as curries, salads and soups for around 40-80 Baht per dish, and let's admit it, there's nothing wrong with a sandwich or a piece of pie from time to time.

Favorite Dish: What to eat?
Curries, of course. There are plenty of variations to this national dish : red, green, yellow, from dead spicy to almost mild, from liquid to dry.
Other great dishes to check out are :
-Tom Yam Khung, a spicy prawn soup with lemongrass
-Som Tam, a very spicy salad made from green papayas
-Yam Neua, a spicy and sour beef salad

Rating: 5
Theme: Local

Review Helpfulness: 4 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated May 19, 2005
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