How to Order Food in Thailand


  1. Oceana | M&M says:

    I LOVE Thai food so much, this post is giving me serious flash backs. I’m a curry girl personally, and the hotter the better! Panang and massaman are the best, but any kind of wide rice noodle dish will do just as well. I love the photos in this article, the light is just gorgeous. Think I’ll be heading out for Thai takeaway tonight!

  2. Krystal says:

    This post is amazing! I was in Thailand last year with my boyfriend. It took us a little while to get use to the food and their way of eating. I wish I had read this post before hand! Will be sharing this great post!

  3. Elizabeth says:

    Leo is my favorite beer!! Love that shot lol. Thankfully ordering here is pretty easy, although half the time when I say mai Waan or mai sai nam than my food or drink ends up sweetened. Oh well. I’ve found that the qualifier words are helpful, like khao suay song jaan, song gaew, etc I’ve been meaning to ask you where the best khao tom or jok places are in town. I mainly know Hang Dong and not the city center, and haven’t found a jok place nearby.

  4. jasbir says:

    How safe it is to try fried bugs ?

  5. Margie says:

    Great guide! One thing I’ve noticed from experience is that ordering food in the country itself is often very different from food that’s served in restaurants back home. It’s one of the reasons why I love traveling. Street food is the best. Though it can be a hit or miss on the belly.

  6. Cara says:

    Thank you for these great tips; as it can be difficult ordering food during your travels. The cuisine is so amazing, but getting what you ask for can be challenging. Food tourism has increased significantly in recent years and has become a major pull factor for so many destinations, really enhancing the overall experience. Balance, detail, and variety are of paramount significance to Thai chefs. Did you know, in 2011, seven of Thailand’s popular dishes appeared on the list of the “World’s 50 Most Delicious Foods “. Thailand seems worth a visit, even if its just for the food 0 not to mention its tropical beaches, opulent royal palaces, ancient ruins and ornate temples.

  7. Kim says:

    We’re going to Chaing Mai in a matter of days! Definitely going to study this article again and again!!

  8. Adriana says:

    Hi! My husband and I are coming to Thailand in April! I would love to ask you a few questions about itinerary and to ask for some suggestions. I am passionate about cooking and food and since I only have a few days I would prefer to have some suggestions rather than trial and error (as we did in Japan last year and I came back feeling like I had missed out). Let me know if you wouldn’t mind. THANKS

  9. Denise says:

    Thailand is a must visit place in the world. I love walking where the restaurants are. The food are great. The water is clean.

  10. Taro Gold says:

    This post is spot on! This helped us navigate the amazing food scene that makes Chiang Mai so special. Thanks for helping us get the most out of Thailand!

  11. Bryan Cole says:

    Wow – this is an incredibly savvy and detailed blog. Thanks so much for your time. I too am planning an extended stay in Thailand in 2019 for about 3 months and then over to Vietnam for the same. Even though I lived in Tokyo for 10 years, I realize there are some huge differences.

  12. Emily says:

    This was so helpful! Definitely the best food guide to Thailand I’ve seen so far. Do you have a comprehensive list of the common dishes and their Thai names? I’d like to try and order in Thai if possible. Thanks again.

  13. Jane M says:

    Love this guide. Should have read it before my last trip to Thailand.

    On the vegan and vegetarian question, I have travelled as both in Thailand. On my first trip, I was vegetarian and on other trips, vegan.

    As you said, Chiang Mai and Bangkok are relatively easy places to be veggie in Thailand but as soon as you get off the beaten track it is a lot harder. Thai people love their meat! And their fish sauce and dried shrimp. It’s especially hard to eat at night markets or street stalls.

    But it can be done. You just need to prepare for your trip (with useful phrases etc) ahead of time.


  14. Wonderful post, thank you.

  15. Thanks for Sharing and Very good post !!

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