Eating Our Way through Chiang Mai, Thailand

(Full disclosure: I’m writing this and I haven’t had lunch yet.)

Alex getting a fresh coconut drink

Alex getting a fresh coconut drink

Alex and I really enjoyed our time in Chiang Mai, not just because it’s a beautiful ancient town with lots of temples, and not just because we petted tigers and rode elephants while we were there (that’s for another blog post!), but because Chiang Mai offers diverse restaurants with lots of good food and (very) reasonable prices. Alex and I aren’t fancy: our two criteria for food are delicious and cheap. 🙂

Our beautiful hotel room

Our beautiful hotel room

I thought this sign in our room was funny... the "no durian" must be for Chinese guests...

I thought this sign in our room was funny… the “no durian” must be for Chinese guests…

After checking into our hotel (the beautiful Sirilanna within the old city wall), we went straight to Bagel House Cafe (highly rated on TripAdvisor and rightfully so). Now, we’d been craving good bagels since leaving NYC, and these bagels really hit the spot. Alex ordered a chicken and avocado bagel and I had the curry chicken bagel. They were both so good and we’re such pigs that we ordered another bagel to split! The fruit shakes were pretty good too. These bagels made us go back to Bagel House Cafe on our last day in Chiang Mai.

Bagels and fruit smoothies

Bagels and fruit smoothies

Alex with curries

Alex with curries

We also found this cute restaurant Cooking Love, where we ate twice. The pad thai was delicious (only 2 USD), as were the mango salads (although it was a little spicy) and the fruit smoothies. We had the mango sticky rice for dessert (on our friend’s recommendation). The sticky rice is sweetened with coconut milk and served with a side of fresh mango. I liked it enough but Alex LOVED it.

Best pad thai in Thailand

Best pad thai in Thailand

Mango salad

Mango salad

Alex's favorite dessert: mango sticky rice

Alex’s favorite dessert: mango sticky rice

While in Thailand, you wouldn’t expect good pizza (it’s certainly hard to find good pizza in Seoul), but we found a place (thanks again to TripAdvisor) serving Neapolitan-style pizza, called Pizza by Hand. The pizza was very good: 5 stars for Thailand- I’m sure the ingredients aren’t easy to find but only 4 stars for pizza we’ve had (the sauce was slightly bland and the crust wasn’t amazing). Still, we devoured our two pizzas!

Margherita pizza

Margherita pizza

We also found a highly rated Indian restaurant, Taj Mahal. The food was delicious (chicken tikka and eggplant bharta as well as nan, roti, and rice- yes we carb’ed up!) and so much cheaper than anything we could find in Seoul.

Indian food

Indian food

Right before being picked up for the airport, we went to a local noodle shop for some pork noodles with a Thai iced tea. The place was always packed whenever we walked by. On our last day in Chiang Mai, we managed to squeeze in four meals (plus the hotel breakfast) into one day. 😀

Noodles and Thai iced tea

Noodles and Thai iced tea

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