Chiang Rai is the largest city in Northern Thailand. It has a rich history and has developed its own unique culture. Chiang Rai offers authentic Lanna food (Northern Thai food), which is slightly influenced by Yunnan cuisine. Here’s our favorite restaurants to experience the local culture in this spectacular Thai city.
Ran Lab Sanam Keela
Ran Lab Sanam Keela takes you on a journey through authentic Lanna food. This is one of the most well known restaurants in Chiang Rai. Although the menu offers only a few dishes, all of them are irresistible delicacies that reflect the traditional dining culture of the area. The Yang Ruam is particularly recommended. It is made up of grilled pork, including meat, intestine, and liver and tastes delicious dipped in the house soy sauce. Pla tabtim tod kratiem, Tom sab moo and Jeen Neung are also worth a try.
This restaurant is found at the corner of the Sanambin Road in Mueang District and serves the best Thai stir fried food. Gai ban tom sab (boiled chicken) is among the most popular dishes. The chicken is boiled with soybean sauce and tastes tender and smooth. Pad yod on tandawan moo is pork belly with a perfect complement of sunflower sprouts and is delicious with a bowl of rice.