SPICE UP YOUR LIFE: Take a culinary journey to the north of Thailand

You may think you know and love Thai food but a trip to Chiang Mai in northern Thailand will leave an amazing taste in your mouth.

You may think you know and love Thai food but a trip to Chiang Mai in northern Thailand will leave an amazing taste in your mouth.

It’s no surprise that the best place to dive right into Thai cuisine is on a trip to Thailand – but what may surprise you is that the northern city of Chiang Mai is a culinary hotspot to rival the capital of Bangkok.

Pack your fork and spoon and hit the road on a culinary trip to Thailand.

 

NORTHERN DELIGHTS

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Most foodies head for Bangkok but Chiang Mai has more to offer travellers than the perfect peaks, ancient Buddhist temples and fantastic markets.

Chiang Mai has been rated as one of Asia’s coolest creative cities and this vibe extends from the arts to a vibrant food scene.

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You can choose from a range of eclectic dining options that are nothing like the Thai food yo

u know from back home, but will soon become your new favourite dishes of all time.

Try some khao soi (egg noodle in curry soup), a plate of sai oua (grilled herb sausages) or the spicy delights of nam prik ong and nam prik noom (red & green chilli dip).

 

QUIRKY EATS

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The best thing about Chiang Mai is the unusual eateries.

If you are after molecular gastronomy, visit Cuisine de Garden, seasonal local produce pimped into world-class cuisine.

If you love rice, try Meena Rice-Based Cuisine whose motto is “all things rice” and they make all your favourite rice dishes.

Another quirky restaurant is The House a heritage Thai house converted into a restaurant and shop. It serves Asian fusion food and runs the Ginger & Kafe Bistro next door.

 

COFFEE SHOPS AND BAKERIES

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Cafe des Artists

Northern Thailand produces some of the world’s best Arabica coffee beans, so a hip new café culture has sprouted up in Chiang Mai.

Café des Artists is set in the back garden of Hotel des Artists. While Woo Café has an art gallery on its second floor and a beautiful home décor shop next door.

 

THE BEST SOUVENIR

KARRYON_thai_foodThe greatest thing you can do in Thailand is learn to cook Thai food. Surrounded by the exotic smells, the fresh produce and the artisan cooks of Thailand, you can achieve results that no recipe book can.

Nothing compares to a hands-on lesson from a great Thai chef, who can teach you the nuances, and the tricks, to the perfect Thai dinner party.

Some of the best cooking schools are Thai Farm Cooking School, Siripanna Cooking School and Pantawan Cooking School – but you will still have to go back and learn some more.

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