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Pai Food Guide

A small backpacker-favourite town, a few hours north of Chiang Mai. There's a night market along the main walking street every night with lots of tasty Thai dishes as well as some international choices to please the tourists. There are also some small budget Thai restaurants where you can get a rice or noodle dish for around 30B.

Below is some of the best food in Pai...

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Updated: 12th July, 2018

Queen Falafel

INTERNATIONAL STREET FOOD

"Fantastic falafel at a road-side stall. Definitely better than the other falafel places I found."

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Silhouette By Reverie Siam

THAI BAR

"Fancy restaurant with some great wine. Such a nice place to spoil yourself."

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Om Garden Cafe

INTERNATIONAL RESTAURANT

"Really peaceful place to get lunch. The menu is varied and the food was good, but mainly I went there because it was a nice relaxing place with good smoothies."

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Bigs Little Cafe

INTERNATIONAL RESTAURANT

"If you're craving a Full English breakfast, this is a good place to come. Although it's only a small hut with limited seats, so you may have to wait a while."

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Na's Kitchen

THAI RESTAURANT

"Really delicious fried fish. It gets busy so you may have to wait or share a table."

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A Taste of Joy

THAI RESTAURANT

"Very nice open space and cute design. The long waiting time for my Cuban sandwich was strange given that it was almost empty."

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Burger Queen

INTERNATIONAL RESTAURANT

"They've recently moved to a larger restaurant on the same road. The chicken burger is good."

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Good Life Herb and Health Restaurant

THAI RESTAURANT

"I've only been once so I can't fully judge it but I had the pumpkin soup special and it was honestly one of the most bland things I've ever eaten. I can't imagine how they managed to produce something with zero flavour."

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Charlie And Lek's

THAI RESTAURANT

"Popular Westernised Thai food."

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Karsa Long Thai Food

THAI RESTAURANT

"Pretty good sandwiches. I had the mixed mushroom banh mi (70B) and the papaya salad (40B)."

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Cafecito

MEXICAN RESTAURANT

"I've been twice now and I can't quite understand the amazing reviews. It's nice, but that's all."

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Almost Famous

THAI BAR

"Fun place with lots of different flavoured mojitos for 100B each (buy 4, get 1 free). Good place for groups of friends."

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Jikko Beer

THAI BAR

"Craft beer for about 200B each. Great place to sit and watch the walking street!"

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Pen's Kitchen

THAI RESTAURANT

"Popular place for simple Thai dishes. It's a tiny spot though so it fills up quickly and there can be a bit of a wait."

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Walking Street

THAI STREET FOOD AREA

"Every night there's a market along walking street with enough food to keep you busy for weeks."

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Romance Farm

THAI CAFE

"Great little cafe in a cool farm. They do coffee, smoothies, Japanese cheesecake and various other bits, all in a little building with A/C or you can sit outside on the decking."

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Boom Bar

THAI BAR

"Really busy and popular bar, especially later on in the night."

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Yellow Sun

THAI BAR

"Late-night crowds and fun to be had."

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Don't Cry

THAI BAR

"Pai's main (only) late-night club. There's a fire pit and it can get pretty busy, but it seems to vary."

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Nong Beer Restaurant

THAI RESTAURANT

"Good menu, tasty khao soi (including vegetarian version) and curries. Cheap too!"

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Dang Thai Food

THAI STREET FOOD

"Really cheap simple Thai food and smoothies. Be prepared for quite a long wait during busy periods."

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Mama Falafel Pai

THAI RESTAURANT

"Very average falafel. Go to the Falafel Queen near Edible Jazz instead."

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Ganesh Bar and Restaurant

THAI RESTAURANT (NOT VISITED)

"Apparently it's a good place and people seem to like the khao soi but when I went there at 6pm for an early dinner, I wasn't greeted and had to ask for a menu and the reply was "we only have three menus" and he pointed to a table of six people. The place wasn't even half full so I have no idea how they cope when it's full."

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Earth Tone

THAI RESTAURANT (NOT VISITED)

"Popular vegetarian cafe and health shop."

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Pool Bar

THAI BAR (NOT VISITED)

"Newly built bar with a pool. Apparently they are generous with the amount of alcohol in their free-pour drinks."

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Pai Siam Bistro

INTERNATIONAL RESTAURANT (NOT VISITED)

"Popular place and half-price pizza between 4pm and 6pm."

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Sugar Cane

THAI RESTAURANT (NOT VISITED)

"New addition to walking street. It looks nice but I have yet to try it."

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