Chiang Mai Food Travel Guide

If food is the big part of the reason why you travel, this Chiang Mai food travel guide is just for you! Learn more about 5 best ways to enjoy the most authentic Thai food in Chiang Mai.

Chiang Mai is well known for its fabulous food culture. Everywhere you look while walking around the city, you’ll be attracted by something delicious – whether it is spice filled coconut milk curry noodle or smoke-pouring skewer grill on streets. People say Chiang Mai is indeed a paradise for foodies.

In this Chiang Mai food travel guide which is specifically written for foodies, we are going to share some essential travel tips that will help you make the most of your time in Chiang Mai. 😉 Make sure to read on if you are a food lover!

1. Chiang Mai Street Food

Indulge in Chiang Mai’s mouthwatering street food!

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All over Chiang Mai, you can find food stalls run by friendly locals, making a variety of tempting dishes. Here’s our mini guide to some of the best street food Chiang Mai has to offer.

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  • Khao Soi: Northern-Thai soup noodle with yellow curry and coconut milk. If you only have one meal in Chiang Mai, it should be Khao Soi! 🤤
  • Sau Ua: Northern-Thai sausage with full of flavor.
  • Khao Man Gai: Thai variation of Hainanese chicken rice.
  • Sakoo Sai Moo: Tapioca dumpling without pork, one of the Royal Thai dishes.
  • Khao Kriap Pak Maw: Steamed rice-flour dumpling.
  • Mango Sticky Rice: Traditional Thai dessert made with glutinous rice, fresh mango, and coconut milk.

While street food is everywhere you look in Chiang Mai, you definitely want to visit the best food spots without wasting time and money. One of the best ways to do it is to get a local guide who can take you around the hidden gems in the city.

In this one of the most recommended local food tours, not only you get to have the best form of signature Thai food in the hidden spots, but also get the knowledge on Chiang Mai’s history while visiting iconic temples and sanctuaries.

Here is the most recommended local food tour in Chiang Mai that will give you the exclusive chance to taste top-rated local dishes! 👇

▷▷ Chiang Mai Half Day Foodie Tour (+Transfer option) ◁◁

2. Chiang Mai Dinner Cruise

Set sail on a Mae Ping River Cruise for a romantic dinner!

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If you want to enjoy fancy dining in Chiang Mai, there is no better option than a dinner cruise. Not only can you enjoy scenic views of the Mae Ping River, you can also experience the romantic mood of Chiang Mai at sunset as you hop aboard a dinner cruise.  

You can just sit back and enjoy a wide variety of delicious Northern-Thai foods and relish Chiang Mai’s romantic surroundings as you are cruising along the beautiful Mae Ping River. They also offer door-to-door transfer service from/to your hotel in Chiang Mai, which makes your evening more enjoyable.

Click here if you want to book Chiang Mai dinner cruise. 👇

▷▷ Mae Ping River Day/Dinner Cruise & Transfer ◁◁

3. Chiang Mai Cooking Class

Learn how to make authentic Thai dishes at the best cooking schools in Chiang Mai!

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If you are a true food lover, you would really enjoy the Thai cooking class. Thai cooking class is actually kind of a rite of passage for every traveler visiting Chiang Mai.

You don’t need to have cooking skills to take the course. The friendly instructors will ensure you make delicious Thai dishes no matter what. You can choose up to 7 dishes that you want to make, and by end of the course, you will be surprised by the dishes you made on your own!

Don’t worry even if you’re a vegetarian. There are vegetarian and vegan cooking classes available such as May Kaidee where you can learn to cook authentic Thai cuisine with a brilliant vegetarian twist!

Click here to book Chiang Mai cooking classes. 👇

▷▷ Authentic Thai Cooking Class in Chiang Mai ◁◁

▷▷ Thai Vegetarian & Vegan Cooking Class in Chiang Mai ◁◁

4. Chiang Mai Araksa Tea Garden

Enjoy a fresh cup of tea at the evergreen tea garden in Chiang Mai!

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This section is for the tea lovers out there! Araksa Tea Garden is a beautiful tea plantation that specializes in producing high-quality Assam tea.

When you arrive at Araksa Tea Garden, you will appreciate the beauty of the evergreen tea garden and learn about the tea-growing process from cultivating to roasting.

Then you get to try harvesting tea leaves with the native people. Aside from that, you will witness the process of making these tea leaves in a special way, and finally, you can enjoy a refreshing cup of Assam tea with traditional Thai snacks.

Araksa Tea Garden is highly recommended to every tea lover visiting Chiang Mai. Click here to book Araksa Tea Garden tour. 👇

▷▷ Araksa Tea Garden (Plantation) Tour ◁◁

5. Khantoke Dinner (Traditional Northern Style Dinner)

Feast on the northern-Thai style dinner while enjoying Chiang Mai’s traditional performance!

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If you want to have the most traditional dining experience in Chiang Mai, you should try Khantoke dinner at least once.

Khantoke dinner is the northern-Thai homemade dinner such as sticky rice, fried pork skin, northern chili paste, pork curry, sweet crispy rice and deep fried banana, served on large wooden trays and eaten sitting on the floor. You can also enjoy the traditional Thai dance performance by talented hill tribes while enjoying the delicious Thai dishes.

Chiang Mai food

Khantoke dinner experience is recommended for those who want to totally dive into Chiang Mai’s remarkable food culture by visiting a famous local market and dining on the most authentic northern-Thai dishes with the traditional dance and music.

Click here to book a Khantoke Dinner experience. 👇

▷▷ Khantoke Dinner with Cultural Performance + Local Market Tour ◁◁


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