Cheap Eats in Chiang Rai


Chiang Rai town has a large number of food shops and restaurants offering a wide variety of food, ranging from local to international dishes. The Night Bazaar Food Court is the best for budget eats; it is located between the bus station and Thanon Phaholyothin in the center of town.

Chiang Rai night bazaar food court

Cheap eats at the night bazaar food court

While there are over 50 food stalls to choose from, the fare on offer is mostly quite touristy, with food toned down for the farang palate. About half the stalls seem to be devoted to selling deep-fried stuff (fritters, French fries, attempts at tempura, etc) to accompany beer.

There are also a few non-Thai stalls, offering Italian, Indian, German etc, plus the obligatory insect stall for creepy-crawly cravings.


Recommended Cheap Eats around Chiang Rai

A&P Bakery –  93/4 Thanon Sanambin (Old Airport Road), opposite ‘Muse Bar’. Tel: +66-857231410 / 08-57231410. This is definitely the best bakery in town as it comes to whole grain bread, multi grain bread, white bread, baguette, rolls and cakes! There’s even a picture book with at least 200 sorts of cakes which you can order. It is run by the very friendly Aom and Pascal (A&P).

Aye’s Restaurant – Great restaurant, serving both European and Thai quality food. From German Schnitzels and English Breakfast to traditional Thai food. Located near the bus terminal, opposite the “adidas store”. There’s a nice atmosphere and a live music every night.

Chiang Rai Beach – During the day or the early evening is an excellent spot. There are around 20 eateries overlooking the ‘Mae Kok River’. Bring your dictionary with you for there are no English menus to be found. A bit out of town so you will need a tuktuk or motorbike.

Coconut Bar – On the bar street close to Wangcome Hotel. Has good vegetarian options including a good vegetable stew and a mean chili sin carne.

Muang Thong Restaurant – Delicious Chinese food, very popular with locals. At the edge of Jettyod Rd and Phaholyothin Rd. Make sure you try the garlic fish.

Nakhon Pathom – Th Phahonyothin, near Th Banphaprakan intersection. The famous khao moo deng (rice with red sauteed pork, or as shown on the menu: ‘rice with BBQ pork’, 30 baht) tastes best at this big Chinese restaurant. No English sign, but looks for the red sign board with large yellow font Thai letters. It’s opposite the Lebanese shop. Big cold coffee machines attract the locals to having lunch there. Delicious!

Phetburi – Th Banphaprakan. Local curry-and-rice restaurant, just pick your favorites from the display. Under 50 baht for a full meal. Ratburi, right next door, is very similar.

Po Sai – Thanon Jet Yot 1023/2 (opposite Wangcome Hotel). Famous for its Khao Soi (Burmese style chicken curry with noodles, 25 baht) and other northern dishes like special Northern Thai sausage (25 baht) and naam phrik num (dip made of eggplant and peppers). No English sign or menu, but some English spoken. Open early but closes by 6 PM.

Tong Tung Restaurant (no English sign) serves you Northern Thai food. Try this semi-outdoor place on the western side of the road about 1 km south of Thanon Banphaprakan on 1/1 Thanon Sanambin (old airport road). Their ‘Kaeng Hung Lay’ curry is highly recommended.

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