Chiang Mai’s old city is the prettiest place in town — and also the best area for grabbing delicious Thai food. But with all the tourist restaurants in the ‘hood cooking mediocre Khao Soy and bland Som Tum for backpackers, it can be hard to find the good stuff if you don’t know where to look. That’s where we can help! With our local guide by your side, we can help you discover the hidden spots where the food is authentic and locals love to eat.
Let us take you on the ultimate local tour that’ll make all your foodie dreams come true. This Chiang Mai food tour will lead you to some of the best hidden restaurants and street food stalls inside the moat walls — and all within easy walking distance of the Thapae, Suandok, and Changphuak Gates. Our local, food-obsessed guides will share with you their handpicked all-time favorite spots. We’ll introduce you to the places that only locals know about, tucked down back alleys, in quiet corners, and even hiding in plain sight, invisible to most tourists who walk past!
Try the most famous Khao Soy in town, followed with a towering sundae topped with chocolate and cornflakes (!) at a dessert shop frequented by local students. Or escape the old town altogether and hop aboard a Songthaew (those iconic red trucks) to the spiciest Som Tum (spicy papaya salad) you’ve ever tasted, hidden away in the residential neighborhood of Changphuak.
Some of our guides' favorites that might be on your tour include:
- Isan-style Som Tum is a spicy papaya salad made not just from papaya, but also from other fresh vegetables and fruits such as cucumber salad, pomelo salad, and mango salad
- A bowl of the most famous Khao Soy in Chiang Mai
- Towering dessert of Sugary Ice Milk from a shop that's always packed with local students
Note: this tour changes daily depending on what shops are open and what culinary stories your guide will tell — but no matter what, you'll walk away from the day stuffed with delicious Thai food!