Last Updated on September 16, 2019 by Maria Kennedy
Since the early 90s, visiting Thailand has become a ‘must-do’ for thousands of people across the world. Many have followed the tales of the country’s countless books and movies. And wanted to experience its mix of outstanding natural beauty, spiritual peace, and hedonism. Nearly everyone must know someone who has packed a backpack and begun a trek across Thailand. Often travelling in search of some spiritual enlightenment. Or simply taking a food trip to Thailand. A culinary experience to remember for the rest of their lives.
But as the numbers of tourists grow, so has Thailand’s tourism industry. And the Asian country is finding ways to offer different types of tourists new reasons to visit the country. One of Thailand’s fastest-growing sectors is its food industry. With some of the world best restaurants opening for business in its cities to offer globetrotters something more than all-night raves on the beach and treks to Buddhist temples in the mountains.
Here are three great food reasons to take a trip to Thailand. Visit this beautiful country and sample what some of the best restaurants in Asia have to offer a traveller that likes to tickle their taste buds.
1. No One Does Street Food Like the People of Thailand
Thailand has always had some of the best street food, with carts and cafes on nearly every street in Bangkok. These are often operated by independent owners who know the success of their business depends on offering high-quality dishes that are both unique and traditional.
Some of Thailand’s best food experiences can be found in a small cart on the street or a tiny café nestled between bigger bars and stores.
2. Fine Dining has Become Thailand’s Latest Craze
Fine dining has quickly become a Thai specialty, with some of the best restaurants in the world found in Bangkok, like this restaurant in Thonglor.
Thailand has gained a reputation for offering some of the best in East/West fusion dishes, coupled with a level of service and attention to detail that restaurants around the world are struggling to match.
3. Find a Feast for Your Eyes, As Well As Your Palate
One of Thailand’s biggest assets is its breath-taking scenery, and many entrepreneurial restaurateurs have used this to their advantage, building restaurants in some of the most beautiful settings on the planet.
There are great meals to be found at some of Thailand’s most beautiful destinations, with bars and restaurants in picturesque lagoons and perched on mountainsides.
Thailand’s tourism industry has gone through a period of maturation in the last few years. As the country seeks to shed its reputation as a destination for backpacking graduates and a place of hedonistic holidays for travelling bachelor parties.
Cities like Bangkok and Phuket now offer high-quality cuisine and resorts for the more discerning traveller. The restaurants and hotels of the country have been at the forefront of this movement. And they are creating high-quality fine dining experiences and dishes that have become the envy of the rest of the culinary world.
Hopefully, this guide has given you all the excuses you need to jet off to Thailand and sample some of the cuisine and culture that Thailand now offers.