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chiangmai / top 5 restaurants to dine like a local

acnxthe highlight of this chiang mai trip (who am i kidding, of all trips i ever take) has got to be all the delicious food that was devoured. chiang mai is home to many flavor-ful dishes that often times bring tears to your eyes with its spicy level such as khao soi (burmese influenced coconut curry noodle), sai ua (northern sausage), nam prik noom (green chilli paste), kaeb moo (deep fried pork rind), just to name a few. 

here i’ve pinned down some of most famous local eateries around chiang mai where you can dine like a local instead of following the flock of tourists. prepare to salivate!

hong taew

probably our favorite one of all.

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khao soi samer jai

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nhong kao lum

lovely traditional thai place!

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good view

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dash

okay, tbh this place was the least local of all. i mean, we were so confused they kept speaking chinese to us. but! the food was great.

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hope they come in handy if you’re thinking of travelling to chiang mai someday!

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18 Comments

  • Reply Jack Collier

    Totally fabulous, I would love to go to dinner with you.

    January 31, 2016 at 4:58 pm
  • Reply Mitzie Mee

    I really need to visit Chiang Mai someday. The food looks so delicious, especially at that first place. In Denmark we also eat pork rind, but it seldom gets so big and puffy like what you have in Thailand:)
    When is the best time to visit Chiang Mai?

    January 31, 2016 at 9:27 pm
    • Reply annie lee

      It depends on the year but usually the weather during december is really nice!

      January 31, 2016 at 10:00 pm
  • Reply Elizabeth T.

    Wow everything looks so delicious :D Hahaha and don’t worry, Annie :P That’s how I am too! The highlight of every trip is the amazing food <3 Hope you had lots of fun!

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    January 31, 2016 at 11:26 pm
  • Reply Sohi

    Hi Annie,
    This list will come in handy when I am in Chiangmai next time. The mushroom sculptures were a riot.

    February 1, 2016 at 12:38 am
  • Reply Tiffany

    oh my god, these food looks really delicious! its 11pm, and your photos makes me hungry haha! and i totally agree with you Annie, the first thing i look for before a trip is good food! its a highlight of all of my trips as well :)

    February 1, 2016 at 6:10 am
    • Reply annie lee

      hahaha glad you agree tiffany!

      February 4, 2016 at 1:33 am
  • Reply Izzy

    Oh Annie, remind me to not visit your site when I haven’t had enough to eat – I start drooling just looking at your pretty food shots and there’s no place near where I can get this food :-(
    Ha ha ha, regarding the “mushrooms”, first thing I thought before I read your comment was: “hey, a penis forest”. Great minds think alike ;-)
    XO,
    Izzy
    http://www.nearnoise.com

    February 1, 2016 at 5:23 pm
  • Reply Izzy

    Oh Annie, remind me to not visit your site when I haven’t had enough to eat – I start drooling just looking at your pretty food shots and there’s no place near where I can get this food :-(
    Ha ha ha, regarding the “mushrooms”, first thing I thought before I read your comment was: “hey, a penis forest”. Great minds think alike ;-)
    XO,
    Izzy
    http://www.nearnoise.com

    February 1, 2016 at 5:24 pm
    • Reply annie lee

      izzy, how are you so sure i was thinking about a “penis forest”…? LOOOOL you crack me up! but you’re right. great minds do think a like ;) HAH!

      February 4, 2016 at 1:33 am
  • Reply itsshania

    Nice photos the food looks great,

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    February 2, 2016 at 3:55 am
  • Reply Sileas

    Oh I love Khai Soi and I remember that place from 4 years ago, great to see that it hasn’t changed! All the other places look great too, especially your foodporn pics (as always!) ;)

    February 2, 2016 at 4:09 pm
    • Reply annie lee

      oh that khao soi was one of the best! so cheap but so good!

      February 4, 2016 at 1:31 am
  • Reply Joyce

    I love this guide! I wasn’t able to visit Chiangmai when I went to Thailand a few years back so I can’t wait to go and go to some of these places :D love your photos & thanks for even adding the google maps, so useful!

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    February 4, 2016 at 12:33 am
    • Reply annie lee

      my pleasure joyce! i’d say if you really wanna see thailand go to chiangmai instead of bkk!

      February 4, 2016 at 1:28 am
  • Reply Gabe

    I’ve realised this now reading ur blog and looking thru ur food pictures at night is the biggest mistake in a day hahah jk but seriously those thai northern food look amazing i really really wanna eat them all but thanks for the review Annie i’ve got a lot on my lists because of uuu !!!! ^^

    February 17, 2016 at 4:48 am
  • Reply Sophie

    Thank you for the post, looking for local food when traveling is just wonderful <3

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    March 7, 2016 at 4:48 pm
    • Reply annie lee

      yes i couldn’t agree more!

      March 21, 2016 at 3:01 pm

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