Throughout your Explore Thailand trip, you will be fully catered for with breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks in between. On a day to day basis, you can expect both western-style and traditional Thai dishes.
In a very different manner to the UK, there is no big distinction between which foods are eaten at each meal. For example, at breakfast, you might eat chicken curry and rice, as you might for lunch or dinner. Rice is the main staple food eaten in Thailand and the cuisine tends to be a fusion of sweet, sour, salty, spicy and bitter flavours. Food is usually eaten with a spoon (in your right hand) and fork (in your left), with noodles being eaten using chopsticks. In general, it’s appropriate in Thailand to eat with your right hand.
Thai restaurants are hugely popular in the UK so may already be a fan. But, as with all cuisines, eating authentic Thai food in Thailand is even better. Here are some of the most popular dishes.
It's worth noting that Traditional Thai cuisine loosely falls into four categories: tom (boiled dishes), yam (spicy salads), tam (pounded foods), and gaeng (curries). Deep-fries, stir-fries, and steamed dishes derive from Chinese cooking.
- Tom Yum Goong - spicy prawn soup
- Som Tum - green papaya salad, don't be fooled by the fruit - it can be very spicy!
- Pad Thai - noodle dish with prawns or chicken (a national dish)
- Red, green or yellow curry - made with meat, seafood or vegetables
- Khao niao mamuang - traditional rice pudding, made with coconut milk and served with mango
Check out the Taste Atlas website for more dishes.