Foodie Photo Journal: Chiang Mai

Posted By Heather

Chiang Mai Food Tour

I think it is well known that Trav and I love Thailand.

While there are many reasons why we love this country – the people, the customs, the beaches – FOOD is at the top of the list. Eating well and eating cheaply is easy to do in Thailand. Some of our favorite meals have only cost 1USD. So we thought it would be fun to share some of our favorite foodie memories of our most recent trip to Chiang Mai, Thailand.

I should probably begin with Trav’s favorite dish. The one he ate for five consecutive days and still dreams about when we are away from Chiang Mai.

Khao Soi


The best place to eat Khao Soi is at Khao Soi Mae Sai.

This dish is a Northern Thai speciality and it only costs 1USD.

I love cooking, and Trav dislikes it. However, when in Chiang Mai we always take a Thai cooking class and even Trav becomes enthusiastic.


//gathering our ingredients//


//preparing to make curry paste//


//tiny Thai eggplants//

Chiang Mai has many food markets but our favorite one is located north of the old city – Tanin Market (also called Siriwattana).

We went to this market almost every day as it was only a short walk from our hotel and had a huge selection of goodies!limes-double-photo

//tiny peppers and limes//


//sweet coconut and banana treats//


//mini Thai onions//



//mini bananas//


//drink selection//


//bags filled with yummy goodies//




//Trav grabbing his favorite snack – caramel drizzled rice cakes!//

And just in case you missed it… a couple of our favorite Instagram pics from Chiang Mai.

Instagram quad

1//Fresh Lemon Water at the Sunday Night Market  2//Pineapples at Sompet Market  3//Vegan Hemp Ice Cream in Old City  4//Pineapple Fried Rice at Lucky’s in Old City

Instagram Coffee duo

     //Ab Petite Cafe//                                                 //Akha Ama//

Our two favorite cafes in Chiang Mai.

Akha Ama has one of the best cappuccino’s I’ve ever had. Ab Petite Cafe has great wifi and western food. Not to mention air conditioning, which makes it one of the best places to work in Chiang Mai.

For more travel pictures you can follow Heather and Travis on Instagram.

What are some of your favorite foodie spots?


  1. StacyShine says:

    Looking at your photos is a treat :)

    1. Trav says:

      @StacyShine- Thank you so much. Heather does an amazing job with these photos. Every time I look at them again, even I’m blown away (and I was there to see it in person)!

  2. Laura says:

    I’m heading there next month! Super excited for the food. One question though – any trouble with eating raw foods (salads, etc) that had been washed in local water?

    1. Trav says:

      @Laura- We’ve never had any problems with it at all. And most places you go will wash them in clean water. It’s pretty well touristed, so you should be fine.

      Enjoy…it’s an amazing place!

  3. YES! Will definitely be using this when dominating food of all varieties in a few months out there. Face down, pants down excitement.

    1. Trav says:

      @Heath Armstrong- Nice! Enjoy yourself.

  4. Daniel says:

    Which cooking class do you recommend in Chiang Mai? I’m heading there with my wife in a month and would love to know.

  5. eric says:

    We visited both Akha Ama & Khao Soi Mae Sai. GREAT suggestions. Best coffee we had in our 3+ weeks in Thailand and the lunches at KSMS for $1usd were GREAT!!

    1. Trav says:

      @eric- Just went to both those places today before we headed out of Chiang Mai, so excellent. Glad you went as well. Tried 3 other “best” khao soi places yesterday, and while two were good, neither compared to the great Khao Soi Mae Sai!

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