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Your gastronomical guide to Thai Street Food - Discover the unique blends of taste within Thailand

Thai street food is a sensory feast that beckons locals and visitors alike with its tantalising aromas, bold flavours, and colourful displays. From bustling markets in the heart of Bangkok to quaint roadside stalls in charming provincial towns, the streets of Thailand come alive with a kaleidoscope of dishes that showcase the country's rich culinary heritage. It is a gastronomic adventure that invites exploration and celebrates the artistry of skilled hawkers who transform humble ingredients into delectable delights, creating an immersive and unforgettable culinary experience.



Satay is most enjoyable when savoured as a quintessential Thai street food. Delivered piping hot and accompanied by an array of zesty sauces, Satay represents a grilled meat delicacy, predominantly served with peanut sauce. Fit for both a snack or the beginning of a Thai feast, this delicious food is but a mere appetizer to the delicious dishes out in the Thai streets - regardless if you're in a family hotel in Phuket, or simply wandering the Bangkok streets.


Som Tum

Thought to have its roots in the ancient Lao community, Som Tum is essentially a zesty and delightful salad crafted from shredded green papaya - and the perfect way to try out unripe papaya if you've never dealt with it before. It's quite delicious, and when presented in this dish, is a perfect dish that blends the cultural spice of Thai with a healthy addition to a diet. 


Khao Pad

Given that "Khao" denotes rice and "phat" signifies anything fried, a comprehensive Bangkok street food guide would be lacking without highlighting Khao Pad as a top contender. Widely recognized as a quintessential Thai street food, indulging in this dish is a requisite experience for all travellers exploring Thailand - especially those who like rice!


Pad See Eiw

Pad See Eiw stands out as a key dish sampled during all food tours in Bangkok city. Ideally paired with meat and curry, Pad See Eiw is primarily a stir-fried noodle dish that enjoys widespread popularity in Thai restaurants across the country, almost enough to be considered a staple part of the diet. 


Kluay Tod

A superior, crunchier, and more flavorful Thai rendition of banana fritters, Kluay Tod stands out as a renowned street food delicacy in Thailand. Priced affordably among the offerings in Bangkok's street food scene, Kluay Tod is an essential indulgence for anyone exploring the capital or even in Phuket based in such a place as the Travelodge Phuket


Sai Ooah

Primarily originating from Burma, Sai Ooahis a grilled sausage with a predominant pork base. While pork is a prevalent feature in much of Bangkok's street food, Sai Ooah stands out as a notable exception due to its sausage form and presentation.


Pad Thai

Every eatery in Bangkok features this renowned Thai street food; the popular pork noodle soup known as Guay Teow or Pad Thai. Its ease of preparation, convenience in serving, and irresistible taste make it a dish that is hard to enjoy only once - but there's a good chance you've had a version of this somewhere in the world, as its popularity knows no bounds.