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) towards 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:
Asian-style Som Tum, 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 Khaosoy, a towering dessert of Sugary Ice Milk from a shop that’s always packed with local students
Please note that 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!
Inclusions: Local English-speaking guide, snacks and/or light meal at each food stall or restaurant on the tour. Note that the stalls and snack options will vary from tour to tour depending on the time of day and each guide's individual recommendations.
Exclusions: Additional food and drinks, souvenirs and personal shopping, tips/gratuities for your guide.
Dress standard: Chiang Mai can be extremely hot, so please wear lightweight, cool clothing.
Confirmation of booking: If you have your voucher, your booking is confirmed. We'll see you at the start point. Get in touch if you have any concerns or require more information via the email address or phone number (business hours only) on your voucher.
Additional Information: While walking through the markets or street stalls, please do not step over any food that is put on the floor, as this is a cultural no-no.
Closure of sites: With so many stalls to choose from, if one is closed, we can easily find another one that’s just as delicious!
Child Policy: This is a child-friendly tour. Children between the ages of 6 and 11 inclusively are permitted on this tour at the rate listed above. Please select ‘child’ above when booking. Children under the age of 6 are permitted to join this tour free of charge. Please inform us at the time of booking if you’ll be bringing a child under the age of 6. You can do so in the special request box on the checkout page.