Chiang Mai Food Tour | Cost of Food in Thailand 2017

Cristina Uncategorized 2 Comments

We’ve now been living in Chiang Mai for one month! We’ve loved every bite of life here and wanted to share a look into what it’s like to eat your way through Chiang Mai with the latest video on our YouTube channel.

There are too many new favorites to even dig into them all but at the top of the list is definitely the Northern Thai specialty, Khao Soi. Khao Soi is an incredibly flavorful noodle dish usually eaten with either chicken, pork, or beef.  Our favorite place in town for a delicious bowl of Khao Soi is Khao Soi Mae Sai ร้านข้าวซอยแม่สาย Here you can get the best meal of your life for only ฿40 or $1.20.

The best way to experience a huge variety of foods all at once is to visit one of the ciy’s many night markets. The Sunday Night Walking Market located in the old city is impressive! It stretches for blocks and blocks and blocks full of a variety of vendors serving local and international foods. I felt like I needed to be rolled out of there after sampling my way through about a mile of booths a few weeks ago. My favorite street foods are definitely the fruit smoothies and the interesting Thai desserts you can find here. Smoothies are usually around ฿30 or $0.90 and the incredible Kanom buang is an unbelievable ฿20 or $0.60 for 12! WOW! Lucky for us there is a vendor who makes these usually stationed right outside our favorite Khao Soi spot!


Chiang Mai is known for its abundance of top notch coffee shops (this is a University city after all!) and with so many great options it’s hard to choose a favorite. BUT Barisotel by the Baristro really beats out any competition! While the prices here are a bit above average, the ambiance of the “Most Instagrammable Coffee Shop in Thailand” will more than make up for it.

While we definitely prefer Thai food to western foods it is nice to sometimes indulge in a familiar favorite from home. For this, we head over to Salsa Kitchen Mexican Restaurant for the best quesadillas and tacos in town. Eating international foods here in Thailand can be a bit expensive compared to eating local foods. The quesadillas al pastor will set you back ฿209 or $6.29.

One of my favorite dishes in Chiang Mai is chargilled chicken and rice. There are many great choices for this in town but Cherng Doi Roasted Chicken is far and away the BEST in town. Words cannot even begin to describe the flavors you will taste in every bite of Cherng Doi chicken! A plate of this chicken plus rice will set you back about ฿85 or $2.50.

The now famous, Cowboy Hat lady will serve you up a killer pork leg, khao kha moo. She was featured on Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unknown. The name of her stall is Khao Kha Moo Chang Phueak (ข้าวขาหมูช้างเผือก) at the Chang Phueak Market just across from the north gate in Chiang Mai. This place is a must visit! I’ve never tasted anything like this before in my life! A large plate here costs ฿50 or $1.50.

And of course, last but not least: the booze! Drinking in Thailand is very cheap compared to the US. Leo is our favorite beer here but we also enjoy Chang and Singha. Imported beers are much more expensive and we love Thai beer so we usually stick to one of these three when we go out. A large Leo is 640 mL and costs between ฿70 and ฿90 which is about $2.10 to $2.70. We were amazed to discover that you can buy your own bottle of SangSom, Thai “special” rum (300 mL) at bars here for barely above the cost you’d pay at your local 7-11. This bottle was only ฿160 or $4.80 at the Living Machine Bar and contained about 7 shots worth of rum.


Thailand is a beautiful country full of unforgettable flavors. I am savoring every bite here because I know Thailand has ruined me forever for any other foods around the world. Can anything else compare? Tell me what you think in the comments below.

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