Best street food in Chiang Mai: Som tam by Toy Rose Sab

Best street food in Chiang Mai: Som tam by Toy Rose Sab

The annual #streetfood50 Awards recognise the top street food vendors around the globe, handpicked by Urban Adventures’ own local guides-in-the-know. Local vendor Toy received top accolades from our Chiang Mai tour guides for the best street food in Chiang Mai in 2018, for her som tam recipe. Mali Chaiya, who...

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How Courageous Kitchen inspires marginalised youth through food

How Courageous Kitchen inspires marginalised youth through food

Down an unassuming residential street of Bangkok, Dwight Turner and his colleagues are helping refugee youth to find their way in a country they don’t know. His charity, Courageous Kitchen, is dedicated to “inspiring marginalised youth through the power of food.” Through cooking classes, dinner parties and other food-focused activities,...

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My cooking class with young women in Bangkok (who happen to be refugees)

My cooking class with young women in Bangkok (who happen to be refugees)

I visited Bangkok because I had to. I was headed to Chiang Mai and since it was my first time in Thailand, I thought it was silly to not at least stop by. Being from New York City, I should have known better. I had imagined Bangkok filled with tourists,...

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Why locals line up for 4am pig blood soup at this Chiang Mai street stall

Why locals line up for 4am pig blood soup at this Chiang Mai street stall

At 4am, Nek opens the doors to his family-run breakfast shop, Joke Suan Dok Gate. By 6am, the place is packed with locals, who are all ordering up one of three dishes: joke (Thai-style congee), khao tom moo (rice and pork soup), or the most popular dish, tom luad moo,...

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Bangkok’s best Muslim-Thai food is just steps away from Khao San Road

Bangkok’s best Muslim-Thai food is just steps away from Khao San Road

The matriarch and namesake of Aisyah Rod Dee passed away in late 2016, after running her Muslim-Thai restaurant on Thanon Tani in Bang Lamphu for more than 50 years. It was a sad loss for locals in Thailand, who have long loved the dishes she and her three generations of...

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Where to find the best tom yum in Bangkok Phra Nakhon

Where to find the best tom yum in Bangkok Phra Nakhon

There are only four tables in Som Sri’s tom yum shop in front of Bangkok City Hall. That means if you come for lunch, either get here early or be prepared to wait. But the wait is worth it. That’s because the tom yum in Sor Naa Wang might just be...

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This is the Chiang Mai stewed pork stall that Anthony Bourdain didn’t find

This is the Chiang Mai stewed pork stall that Anthony Bourdain didn’t find

The North Gate Cowgirl is easily the most famous vendor in Chiang Mai serving up khao kha moo (stewed pork leg). That’ll happen when none other than the patron saint of food-travel, Anthony Bourdain, takes his TV crew to your stall. But she’s not the only one in town cooking...

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The complete guide to: Chiang Mai travel

The complete guide to: Chiang Mai travel

From temple-hopping to eating your body weight in delicious street food; shopping vibrant night markets to exploring waterfalls, there’s slim chance you’ll be bored in charming Chiang Mai. Even if you never left the walls of the Old City with its meandering alleyways and temple-studded streets, there’s something interesting to...

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Wet and wild! A Songkran survival guide

Wet and wild! A Songkran survival guide

You’ve likely seen photos of it — even if you didn’t really know what it’s all about. The Songkran Water Festival is one of the most famous Thai celebrations and, at first glance, looks like nothing more than a wet and wild party. And yes, that’s kind of true, but...

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Things to do in: Chiang Mai

Things to do in: Chiang Mai

From the serene mountaintop temple of Doi Suthep to the smaller wats (temples) that greet you at nearly every turn, Chiang Mai is a cultural gem. But that’s not all. Between the charm of the city’s historic centre with its winding cobbled streets, abundance of vibrant night markets, and enough...

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