Foods to Try in Thailand

Thai food is very popular around the world and what better place to eat Thai food than in Thailand? Below are different foods to try, what to say if you have dietary restrictions, and more resources for foods to try during your trip from well-known travel & food bloggers. Happy eating!

A dish prepared for me at the Amphawa Floating Market

A dish prepared for me at the Amphawa Floating Market

Recommended by the Locals

  • Tom Yum Gai (Sour & Spicy Chicken Soup)
  • Pat Thai (Stir Fry Rice Noodles)
  • Tom Yum Kung (Hot & Sour Shrimp Soup)
  • Matsaman (Thai Curry Dish) <- a little difficult to find
  • Coconut Ice Cream

Dietary Restrictions

Is there a particular dish/food that you do not eat? Try saying this phrase:

“mai gin ______” (I don’t eat ________)

Mai = I don’t  ; Gin = eat;  moo (หมู) = pork, gai (ไก่) = chicken, kai (ไข่) = egg

Mai gin moo = I don’t eat pork. (ไม่กินหมู)

*make sure you add formalities to the end of your sentence when speaking to elders.

[crap] when you are a boy, [ka] when you are a lady, and [ha] when you are a lady-boy

For example: A lady would say “Mai gin mooka” ; the same sentence would be said by a boy as “Mai gin moocrap“; and a lady boy would say “Mai gin mooha


Thai Coconut Ice Cream

Food Resources for Thailand:

[With Husband in Tow] Taste of Bangkok Food Tour

[Migrationology] 100 Thai Dishes to Eat in Bangkok

[Our Oyster] Eat Your Way Around Thailand
By |2017-07-30T01:10:16+00:00September 2nd, 2012|Culinary Tourism, Thailand|3 Comments


  1. Colleen Brynn Oct 17, 2012 at 9:18 pm - Reply

    Yum, I love trying new foods when I travel. I can’t wait to go to SE Asia to try all the food there!!!

  2. Ellen Jun 30, 2014 at 1:29 am - Reply

    Brings me right back to when I was in Thailand – love Pad Thai and Tom Yum soup in particular!

    • Chanel Jun 30, 2014 at 3:49 pm - Reply

      Oh my gosh! I love Thai food 😀 Tom Yum and Pad Thai…. yummy!!

Leave A Comment

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.