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Top 5 Local Beverages in Thailand You Must Try – What to Drink to Avoid the Heat

Thailand’s heat is often unforgiving and making sure you’re hydrated is vital to ensure you don’t get fatigued. Here are 5 delicious and unique beverage options you must try in Thailand.


Sugarcane Juice

Sugarcane juice is greenish in colour and has a very powerful but sweet taste, making it impossible for it to ingested fast. The sugar cane stalks are fed to a machine, which will squeeze out every last drop out of the sugarcane’s delicious juice into a strainer. Once strained the juice is poured into a bottle and placed on a table full of ice to cool it down. You can observe the entire process when you buy a delicious bottle of sugarcane at one of the many sugarcane juice stalls that are located all over Thailand.


Orange Juice

Similar to most Thai food, the Orange juice that Thailand offers which are popular amongst locals and foreigners have a sweet but also salty taste. Due to a video showing a couple making “fake” orange juice using food colouring coming to light the Thai government have been vetting popular vendors that sell orange juice to ensure the safety of its locals and foreigners.


Pomegranate Juice

Freshly squeezed pomegranate juice sold in tall thin easy to carry plastic bottles are one of the best ways to quench your thirst while exploring Thailand’s busy streets in the hot sun. The pomegranate fruit you choose will be crushed and the juice will be poured into a tall plastic bottle. While most juices and beverages in Thailand are high in sugar, pomegranate juice is high in vitamin C, antioxidants, fibre and is good for your health; making it one of the healthiest ways to quench your thirst.


Grass Jelly Drinks

Grass Jelly drinks are one of Thailand’s most popular beverages. From some of the best-serviced apartment, Bangkok the likes of Somerset Sukhumvit Thonglor Bangkok to street food vendors, Grass Jelly drinks can be anywhere and everywhere! There are a number of different ways that it is served in: it can be served as a dessert when grass jelly or Chao Kua as known by the locals, is mixed with water and ice and brown sugar sprinkled on top or it can be served along with coconut ice cream. As you wander the streets of Thailand you’ll see sliced grass jelly added in cups that give you the choice of adding a drink of your choice like tea or a fruit juice or any other type of food that they have to offer. In addition, to being a refreshing drink, Grass Jelly drinks are believed to be good for your health and help cure nausea, heartburn, stomach pains and indigestion.



The variety of smoothies you will find in Thailand is unbelievable. From smoothies made from carrots, dragon fruit, mangoes to watermelon smoothies that are served in watermelon bowls; there is a large choice of mouth-watering smoothies that will keep you refreshed and hydrated while walking around the scorching heat of Thailand. Each of the smoothies is made with a health benefit in mind. Apple, orange or pineapple smoothies for example help with digestion. Thailand has a tropical climate that allows them to grow fruits all year long, hence guaranteeing the freshness of the smoothies and making you not want to leave this magical country.