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Food Lover's Guide to Chiang Mai

By Viator, February 2018

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Chiang Mai is not only Thailand's cultural capital, it's also home to street stalls, markets, and shophouses where flavorful plates of food can be had at budget prices. Unlike that of Bangkok, Chiang Mai cuisine is more heavily influenced by neighboring Myanmar, China, and Laos. Here are a few dishes and activities you won't want to miss.

Must-Try Dishes
Chiang Mai's most beloved dish, khao soi, is made up of egg noodles topped with mustard greens, shallots, crispy fried noodles, and fresh lime wedges, all set in a bowl of spicy coconut milk curry. Curries are as ubiquitous in Chiang Mai as in the rest of the country, but here you can sample gaeng hang lay, a Burmese-style sweet curry, or gaeng hoh, a mixed curry with pork belly, glass noodles, and an assortment of veggies.

Minced meat salads, called larb, are spicier in this part of Thailand and often include beef, pork, chicken, or fish. For a quick snack while perusing a market, grab some sai oua, a northern-style sausage made from minced pork, chilies, and herbs.

Must-Do Experiences
  • Head out to the city's many street food stalls on foot or by bike and fill up on the flavors of Northern Thailand
  • Bring the taste of Chiang Mai home with you by spending time touring a local market and learning how to prepare iconic local dishes with the aid of a Chiang Mai chef
  • Taste a traditional Thai breakfast and lunch on a daytime food tour

Tours & Tickets

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Thai and Akha Cooking Class in Chiang Mai, Chiang Mai, null
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Thai and Akha Cooking Class in Chiang Mai

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 42 Reviews

Learn how to cook Thai and Akha dishes during your holiday in Chiang Mai with our master chef, a native Akha people. You will learn some unique cooking ...  Read more

Location: Chiang Mai, Thailand
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $32.00
Chiang Mai Street Food Tours, Chiang Mai, Cooking Classes
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Chiang Mai Street Food Tours

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 43 Reviews

Traveling by foot and songthaew this tour explores a number of the evening street food markets around Chiang Mai city, Thailand trying out some northern Thai ...  Read more

Location: Chiang Mai, Thailand
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $30.93
Half Day Cooking Class Including Market Tour from Chiang Mai, Chiang Mai, Street Food Tours
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Half Day Cooking Class Including Market Tour from Chiang Mai

4.5 star rating: Recommended 10 Reviews

Spend a wonderful time at our cookery school in Chiang Mai set in a beautiful organic garden. Learn about the Thai ingredients to cook authentic Thai dishes ...  Read more

Location: Chiang Mai, Thailand
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $26.32
Chiang Mai Street Food Small-Group Night Tour, Chiang Mai, Cooking Classes
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Chiang Mai Street Food Small-Group Night Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 8 Reviews

Get a taste of northern Thailand’s unique flavors on a 3-hour discovery of Chiang Mai's culinary culture. Set off with your guide to the city's lesser-explored ...  Read more

Location: Chiang Mai, Thailand
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $56.43
Chiang Mai Food Tour by Bike, Chiang Mai, Street Food Tours
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Chiang Mai Food Tour by Bike

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 6 Reviews

A cycling adventure off the beaten tourist path to discover the wonders of traditional Chiang Mai cuisine. Come hop on a bike and let us take you for a food ...  Read more

Location: Chiang Mai, Thailand
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $65.81
Chiang Mai Small-Group Thai Cooking Class, Chiang Mai, Food Tours
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Chiang Mai Small-Group Thai Cooking Class

Familiarize yourself with Thai ingredients and learn the techniques and secrets of Thai cooking during this 4.5-hour cooking class experience. Join the chef ...  Read more

Location: Chiang Mai, Thailand
Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $32.90
Benny's Home Cooking Chiang Mai, Chiang Mai, Cooking Classes
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Benny's Home Cooking Chiang Mai

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 5 Reviews

Join this full-day cooking class in Chiang Mai, learn to cook and have fun in a lovely home surrounded by an organic garden, where you will use personally ...  Read more

Location: Chiang Mai, Thailand
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $49.36
Private Half-Day Thai Cooking Class in Chiang Mai, Chiang Mai, Cooking Classes
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Private Half-Day Thai Cooking Class in Chiang Mai

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

Discover the secrets of authentic Thai cuisine with a private 4.5-hour cooking class in Chiang Mai led by a professional chef. Shop for ingredients at  ...  Read more

Location: Chiang Mai, Thailand
Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $94.60
Suan Lahu Coffee and Tribal Experience from Chiang Mai, Chiang Mai, Cooking Classes
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Suan Lahu Coffee and Tribal Experience from Chiang Mai

This is a wonderful and enriching day in the mountains of Northern Thailand. This private tour takes you to a unique coffee plantation, north of Chiang Mai. ...  Read more

Location: Chiang Mai, Thailand
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

From USD $92.13
Private Dinner Cooking Class in Chiang Mai, Chiang Mai, Coffee & Tea Tours
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Private Dinner Cooking Class in Chiang Mai

Join this special dinner private cooking class in Chiang Mai. It is very suitable if you want to get a more personal touch and celebrate a special occasion by ...  Read more

Location: Chiang Mai, Thailand
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $82.26

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