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Top 10 Fun Restaurants in Thailand

Destination(s): Chiang Mai

Our choice of fun restaurants in Thailand offers some memorable dining experiences that are not just about the food, but also about the atmosphere and the jolly crowds that prefer these places. Promoting the perfect mix between locals, expats and tourists, these fun Thai eateries are all about large portions and organic, locally sourced produce, so you can count on some amazing and fresh dinners to be served on your plate. We naturally encourage that you go for the traditional Thai cuisine offers (after all, there's no better place in the world for Thai food than Thailand) in places like Baan Rim Pa Restaurant or the really special Khun Churn Thai Vegetarian Restaurant. However, if you still want to have a piece of home, La Gritta is a genuine Italian joint with great pizzas, while Café Andaman has a wide and reliable selection of international dishes. read more about Top 10 Fun Restaurants in Thailand

Gritta (La)

Gritta (La)

  • Soi 19, Sukhumvit Road
  • City Lodge
  • tel:+66 2 255 7350
  • Visit website
  • Bangkok, 10100

It's enough to know that the chef is Sardinian with over 20 years of experience. La Gritta is located just off Sukhumvit Road near Robinson's Department Store. Recipes come from a variety of regions in Italy, but you can count on the staples of pasta, lasagna, macaroni and ravioli. The presentation is worthy of photography and the chef often mingles with guests and doubles as sommelier to help you with the excellent wine list. read more about Gritta (La)

Khun Churn Thai Vegetarian Restaurant

Khun Churn Thai Vegetarian Restaurant

  • Bangkok Mediplex Bldg., Sukhumvit 42 Road
  • Bangrak
  • tel:0-2713-6599
  • Visit website
  • Bangkok, 10500

Khun Churn is Khun , a restaurateur with a passion for healthy food. She got her start in a small kitchen in Chiang Mai in the early 90s, and opened this third location in the basement floor of the Bangkok Mediplex Building. You will not find another menu in Bangkok so filled with organic and macrobiotic veggie options. Most dishes are traditional Thai recipes with creative substitutions. Tom Yum Mushroom, fresh spring rolls, a lovely pomelo salad. For example, order Laab and Nam Tok dishes with mushrooms replacing the pork or some soy-based "chicken" recipes. Everything is fresh and the herbal and fruit juice blends are fantastic. From the Ekamai BTS Skytrain station take the pedestrian bridge into the Mediplex and go two floors down into the lowest level; Khun Churn is on the right at the bottom of the staircase.
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Secret Garden

Secret Garden

  • 117/1 South Sathorn Road
  • tel:66 0 2 286 2464
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  • Bangkok, 10120

Despite the name the place is no secret. The food is reasonably priced Thai fare and the setting is as wonderful as the flavor. Fish is fresh, generally fried. Curries and noodle dishes lean toward the milder foreign tongue unless you ask for more heat. A bright café offers air-conditioning but the preferred seats are likely the ones in the garden courtyard behind it. Set out beneath a massive old tree with strings of lights dangling from its branches, this casual but classy eatery makes a nice romantic setting. A nice bakery is also on site making this a good coffee break, and off street parking is a nice plus in such a busy neighborhood. Check out the Earl Grey cake!


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Tein Sieng Taiwanese Vegetarian Restaurant

Tein Sieng Taiwanese Vegetarian Restaurant

  • Phra Pok Klao
  • tel:053-206056
  • Chiang Mai

Food is always fresh. Large portions for the price of only 20b for rice and two veggie items from the buffet.  You can have lunch here for under 40b easy.  They cook various dishes throughout the day.  Soy khao soi is quite delicious.  Many locals and tourists pop in regularly.  This is a well known place to many locals.  Some vegetarian restaurants in Chiang Mai buy their ingredients from this store. 

Water provided and it is drinkable. 
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Peppermint Coffee House

Peppermint Coffee House

  • 1/1 Soi 5, Rachadamnoen Rd
  • tel:53-326539
  • Chiang Mai

Excellent food, relaxing atmosphere, clean facilities, friendly staff and wifi!  Hidden away from the main street of the Sunday Night Market, this is a nice get away if you are looking for a place to chill where you can have a variety of selection for food and drinks with some wifi. 
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Freebird Cafe

Freebird Cafe

Thai Freedom House's mission is to provide opportunities for displaced peoples that have slipped through the cracks of society; living almost invisibly around us.

They are Refugees from war torn countries, Indigenous People who have been denied basic human rights and those who are impoverished and crushed by their societies' demands.

We educate, train, nurture and inspire them to make the most of their circumstances in life by showing them how to locate and use the resources available to them, within themselves and their communities.

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Baan Rim Pa Restaurant

Baan Rim Pa Restaurant

  • 223 Kalim Beach Road
  • On the cliffs just north of Patong Beach
  • tel:+66 76 34 0789
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  • Phuket, 83150

Baan Rim Pa is located right next to another of Phuket's best restaurants, Da Maurizio. Both places share breathtaking views of the ocean and the Bay of Kalim. Baan Rim Pa offers a one-of-a-kind menu, though. The dishes served here were once reserved for only Thailand's royalty. Though the ingredients are basic (chicken, noodles, prawns), the preparation and flavors are not. Secure a place on the open balcony and try the herbed crispy vermicelli or the fried rolled fish topped with garlic sauce. Both are favorites here and a good example of the Baan Rim Pa's attention to detail. For a taste of something local, order Tom Kloang Pla Grob, a smoked dried fish served in a spicy soup. read more about Baan Rim Pa Restaurant

Acqua Restaurant

Acqua Restaurant

  • 324/15 Prabaramee Road
  • Kalim Bay
  • tel:+66 76 618 127
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  • Phuket
Café Andaman

Café Andaman

  • 27, Mu 8, Sakdidej Road
  • Talad Yai, Muang District (Cape Panwa Hotel)
  • tel:+66 76 39 1123
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  • Phuket, 83000
The Deck

The Deck

  • 36-38 Soi Pratoo Nok Yoong, Maharat Road,
  • Rattanakosin Island
  • tel:66 0 2 221 9158
  • Visit website
  • Bangkok, 10200

Located just a short walk from Wat Pho, this restaurant serves refined Thai food and Italian pastas with outdoor seating that overlooks the Chao Phraya River. Opposite the river is Wat Arun which when lit up at night creates an ambiance for this eatery like no other. The upstairs bar Amorosa enjoys the same view. The hot spices are backed off a bit to accommodate the foreign palate; you might request extra spice if you prefer. There is also indoor seating available but it sacrifices the view. Reservations are highly recommended. If you are just going for the sunset be sure to at least order a drink at the bar. The place is cozy and romantic, so the management frowns on tourists who merely tromp through for the photo opp.
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