Aroon Rai Restaurant, Chiang Mai


Aroon Rai Restaurant has been an institution in Chiang Rai for good many years, with patronage from both locals and travelers. Recently, Aroon Rai Restaurant has been refurbished and expanded but the decor remains simple. It occupies a large, open area just a few minutes walk from Tha Pae Gate, making it an ideal place for a few drinks and a bite to eat when shopping in town.


Aroon Rai Restaurant menu

Aroon Rai restaurant in Chiang Mai is a typical Thai restaurant, where soups and fried rice cost just 35 baht a plate. Most of their curries start at a mere 40 baht and the most expensive item on the menu is a large bowl of tom yum soup at 90 baht. Ice cold beers start at 40 baht a bottle.

Opening hours

Aroon Rai Restaurant, Chiang Mai is open from 09:30am to 11:00am every day of the week.


Aroon Rai Restaurant contact information:
Address: 45 Kotchasan Road, Chiang Mai
Tel: +66 53 276 947


Aroon Rai Restaurant Chiang Mai Thailand

Aroon Rai Restaurant

Aroon Rai Restaurant Chiang Mai Thailand

Aroon Rai – 45 Kotchasan Road, Chiang Mai


Traveler’s Reviews of the Aroon Rai Restaurant, Chiang Mai


Best Thai curry ever

Rating: ★★★★★ 

It’s simple really. The moment the Chiang Mai curry hit my palate I knew that I would spent sleepless nights craving that taste again. The food is absolutely delicious. Aroon Rai Restaurant is just a street side canteen for locals but the perfect flavours and the stewed down textures of their curries are the pinnacle of northern Thai cuisine

No better Thai restaurant

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

If you only eat one thai meal make sure it’s in Aroon Rai Restaurant, the food is simply superb. much can’t be said about the decor, this is a pure local place, the owners do not speak a word of English and the place is full with locals. The food was amazing, 6 months later and I still feel hungry every time the name is mentioned.

The food is just as authentic as it was 20 years ago

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

The food at Aroon Rai Restaurant is just as authentic as it was 20 years ago. In fact, it is exactly the same although there are a few Western style deserts now. I have been eating here all of these years and have no complaints and still enjoy the chicken curry in particular.

Great food although some western style is creeping in

Rating: ★★★★★ 

We were taken here by a very good Thai friend of ours in Chaing Mai. He ordered all the food and said that the cooks are starting to judge western palates and are therefore toning the food down a bit (in order to avoid complaints I’m told). We did visit with friends a few days earlier and found that the food was different.

Our suggestion here is the order the food off the local menu and to tell them that you like it “pet” or “pet maag”. Some items you must try are their northern spicy dip (with pork crackling), pork and tomato dip, laarbs and northern sausages. Unfortunately I cannot recall the rest of what we had that night as the moonshine came out after we moved to the back of the kitchen with the owners.

This is also one of the restaurants that was featured in Anthony Bourdains Cook Tour TV episode “lets get lost” in season 2.

I really do recommend Aroon Rai Restaurant, however if you don’t like spicy food stay away.


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