Chiang Mai, 'The Rose of the North' is one of the finest areas of Thailand to experience traditional Thai food. Northern Thai food is heavily influenced by Burmese cuisine with milder curries than the North Eastern regions and sticky rice, which was traditionally eaten by hand after kneading it into a ball. Though Chiang Mai is host to many authentic Thai restaurants there are many international restaurants as well, reflecting the popularity of Chiang Mai as a European tourist destination, as well as a number of Chinese restaurants. Often located along the picturesque Mae Ping River and even in the mountains dining at one of Chiang Mai's restaurant is a relaxing way to really sample a taste of Thai culture as well as the food.
The Tha Nam Restaurant and Guest House
The Tha Nam restaurant is located on Changklan Rd. along the banks of Chiang Mai's Mae Ping River, and not just a restaurant but a guesthouse and art gallery attractively set in century old teak houses. An interesting fact is that most of the artwork available in the gallery and used as decor was created by Mr Pichien, one of the establishments proprietors. Befitting of Chiang Mai it is a traditional restaurant serving Lanna style Thai food from North Thailand as well as the popular Central Thai food. With it's relaxing setting, overlooking the river and with traditional Thai folk musicians playing in the background, it's no surprise that in the last 15 years it has become one of the most popular venues in Chiang Mai for expats, locals, families and those intimate romantic dinners for two.
Chez Daniel Restaurant
An old favourite in Chiang Mai, Chez Daniel provides a taste of Northern French cuisine in Northern Thailand. The owner and chef originates from Normandy and the menu of the French food is flavoured to this taste, complimented with an excellent selection of fine wines and pate. This classy yet cosy French restaurant is located on Chiang Mai's Orn Muang Rd, decorated with a typically French rustic home style with cooking pots on the walls. Combining excellent French food with a comfortable relaxed atmosphere has made Chez Daniel one of the most popular restaurants in Chiang Mai.
Kantoke Palace Restaurant
A Khantoke dinner is a mix of traditional Northern and Lanna Thai foods and traditional Thai hill tribe dancing and there is no better place in Chiang Mai to experience this than the Kantoke Palace. The restaurant aims to keep the spirit of the Kantoke tradition alive and achieves this to great effect with delicious Northern Thai Cuisine served nightly to the sounds of accomplished musicians and skilled dancers, highlights of the shows being the fingernail dance, the candle dance and the sword dance. Even the seating is arranged with a twist so though you will be eating on the floor in the traditional Thai style they have accommodated this with extra leg room for foreign visitors so your comfort is ensured. Booking is advised.