Duration: Approx 3½ hours
We take you off the beaten track. You will try some amazing tasting Thai food in humble surrounds.
You will be eating with locals, which just backs up the age-old adage that 'locals always know where to find the best food in town'.
For this tour, we searched for venues that had a high standard of food hygiene, were family-run, used their family recipes and that offered truly 5 star flavours, without a 5 star appearance.
We start the tour where locals come to satisfy their appetites to start the day. Under this traditional 2 story Thai house there are 3 generations working. There are a steady stream of hungry customers dropping by for take away, or sitting at the tables slurping freshly made noodles, all this with fresh Nam Prik Pao (น้ำพริกเผา) - Chilli Jam taking pride of place. It's in no way fancy, but there's a reason why this place is so popular; super tasty food with fast and friendly service!
We then travel to Baan Rak & The Cassia where we meet a local girl and her sister who started selling Kanom Gui Chai (ขนมกุยช่าย) - Steamed Dumplings from the front of their family home. With local Thai people searching for more healthy options, their offerings are fast becoming more and more popular. We watch how the cooks make Gui Chai, learn about its history and taste some freshly made.
At our next 2 stops, we will be tasting the dishes from both the fiery South and Isaan (อีสาน), the NorthEast. These dishes are designed to challenge the taste buds a little. The depth of flavour exhibited by both regions' food is astonishing.
On the way to our second last venue, we stop and try some roadside sweets, Khao Lam (ข้าวหลาม), cooked the traditional way, in bamboo tubes
Our penultimate stop is a very local eatery which serves exclusively Northern Thai cuisine just opposite the Klai Kangwon Palace (วังไกลกังวล). Here there is no menu in English. True to the palace's translated name, Far From Worries, we have no worries to come to try 2 of the North's most famous dishes in Khao Soi (ข้าวซอย) - Chiang Mai Noodles and Sai Ua (ไส้อั่ว) - Chiang Mai Sausage .
It's not so easy to find great Northern food outside of the North of Thailand, but here, Khun Wanphen has been serving up great Northern food for over 20 years. You'll taste why she has been going so long. Read about Khun Wanphen and her food here.
Our final destination is another very local institution - Guay Tiaw Chom Suan. Its serene garden location serving excellent Thai food. Here we try Gaeng Kiaw Wan (แกงเขียวหวาน) - Green Chicken Curry with Roti. We also sample a unique Thai dessert in Khanom Thuay (ขนมถ้วย) - Steamed Coconut Pudding.
Read about Guay Tiaw Chom Suan here.
- Slurp and eat noodles within a traditional 2 storey Thai house near the railway line
- See how a classic Chinese snack has been updated; see how it's made by a local Thai family
- Sample Thai sweets that will challenge and delight your senses
- Taste the remarkable depth of flavour with both Southern & NorthEastern food
- Sample the sublime tastes of Northern Thai food opposite the King's Summer palace
- Dine at a restaurant that has such serene garden surroundings as they serve up a remarkable Gaeng Kiaw Wan - Green Chicken Curry with Roti, along with another couple of treats