A guide to Thailand food
Biting into som tumfor the first time I was in awe of the flavours – a spicy green papaya salad with peanuts and dried shrimp I was surprised at the well-balanced flavour profile. Shrimp with nuts and fruit? I’d never in my wildest dreams imagined that this would taste good. But it did … it tasted realgood. So much so that I became obsessed with eating as much of this refreshing, crunchy salad as I could during my three-week stay in Thailand.
Like most folks, ‘delicious food’ and ‘holiday’ are synonymous in my books – without tasty new dishes to sample, my time away from the daily grind just isn’t the same.So it’s easy to understand why Thailand is one of my favourite travel destinations. From famous street food vendors to specialty eateries and fine dining restaurants, there’s fabulous food to be had everywhere you go.As with any country, Thai food is a reflection of its history, cultures and even its natural environment. The migration of people throughout SE Asia, the country’s fertile soils and teeming oceans have all directly impacted on the tastes – salty, sweet, umami and sour – that are found in the majority of Thai dishes (and don’t forget the chilli!).To truly understand the link between specific dishes and cooking style, sign up for a food tour. It’s a fantastic introduction to the country’s many local and regional dishes, and they provide a wonderful way to learn about Thailand’s history and unique cultures.
Explore Bangkok (also dubbed the Food Capital of the World) on foot with the guidance of a culinary-trained, fully-licensed guide who will regale you with the myths surrounding the city’s most famous restaurants and their recipes. Come hungry as you’ll be sipping and sampling a variety of dishes along the way.
Giles first opened up Checkout Travel (Club Travel Fourways in those days) over 15 years ago. He is passionate about researching new technologies whether it be in the digital marketing space or actual travel platforms ensuring seamless quoting procedures for our travel creators – gone are the days of dusty hotel guides! Currently completing his MBA, this adventure junkie’s best travel memory thus far is trekking around South East Asia for 3 months.
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