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5 Best Drinks in Thailand – Quench Your Thirst!

It comes as no surprise that Thailand has a delicious variety of food and drinks that will make you drool at the mere thought of it! Here are the 5 best drinks which you must try.


Cha Yen

Do you generally love iced tea? Cha Yen is the local version of it and is believed to be the most popular, and quite obviously the most delicious Thai drinks. Easily stealing the hearts of tourists that visit the country, this milky tea is sweet and served cold and is the best way to cool yourself down after spending a day walking around the busy streets of Thailand. You will be able to find the best Cha Yen at some restaurants that specialise in local food and drinks like High Tide at Anantara Bophut Koh Samui Resort. Cha Yen is a special brew of tea leaves which is later mixed with sweetened condensed milk that gives its sweet and flavoured taste. However as most restaurants in Bophut and other parts of Thailand serve up this delicious version of iced tea, it can also be bought from motorcycle food carts for 20 THB max!



If you're more of an avid coffee drinker than a tea lover, Oliang is your go-to drink! Oliang is a delicious concoction of coffee and other ingredients. Thai coffee is most commonly sold at motorcycle carts or street outlets for no more than 30 THB.


Nom Yen

Nom Yen is a colourful iced milk drink served with syrup. Not only is this drink popular amongst kids and teenagers, but it is also mostly consumed by those who aren't a fan of Cha Yen, Oliang or other types of caffeinated drinks. Nom Yen is made with hot fresh milk and mixed with red or green syrup and served with ice. This drink is generally taken with a serving of hot steamed bread and a dollop of Kaya (coconut jam) and is quite commonly served at street drink shops. Nom Yen can be bought for a maximum of 25 THB at a local vendor; however the price increases when sold at a bakery.


Thai Beer

If you're not a fan of any of the above mentioned drinks, fret not! Thai beer is generally loved by all (adults). Singha and Chang are two of the most popular beers served in Thailand and are the most common alcoholic beverages due to being in a lower price range and their taste! Beers can be bought at any store from 11 am to 2 pm and 5 pm to midnight.


Thai Whiskey

Do you prefer something more on the stronger side? Local whiskey options such as Sangsom and Mekhong are the best options when it comes for taste and affordability. Sangsom and Mekhong, although sold as local whiskey options, are actually rum based alcohols. The whiskey is popular amongst backpackers and party-goers. This local whiskey is usually served in the famous buckets during the Full Moon parties across Thailand.