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Dec 14, 2007 12:10 PM

Restaurants in Chiang Mai

I am going to Chiang Mai in February and I am looking for reccomendations on where eat. Please help.

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  1. I stayed in Chiang Mai for a week and took cooking courses from the Chiang Mai Thai Cookery School. ( I highly recommend these courses, even if you can only go for one day. (If at all possible, the day of the market tour is very special). It's a fabulous primer on Thai ingredients, and everything is amazingly fresh (once you use coconut cream that you've watched being pressed, it's impossible to go back to the can or box). They have a fruit course in the afternoon, and, again, introduce you to a range of exotic tropical fruits. The recipes they teach are all traditional and delicious, and it's 100% hands-on. If you have the time to devote to this, really, you've got to do it.
    If you've already allotted out all your day-trip hours, at least hit the school's restaurant, The Wok. Again, completely fresh, traditional, delicious.
    Choc di ka!

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    1. re: candypandora

      If you do a search you'll get this with lots of info - - and several more recent threads.

      1. re: el jefe

        I think Aroon Rai is a must . I had heard mixed reports about the place but I thought their Northern Cuisine was fine , especially the Sai Oua , which I thought was the best I had tasted . One problem was two menus and there was more local items on the Thai Language one .

        Its probably passe to say it , but I really enjoyed Just Khao Soy . Yes its probably the most expensive Khao Soy in C.M. , but it was tasty and the whole artists pallete presentation was fun .

        Galare Food Centre beside the Night Bazaar had the usual food centre stuff and was fine .

        Riverside's food was fine.

        I really enjoyed Art Cafe's breakfasts which is thankfully smoke free , and bizarrely the Mexican Breakfasts were great !

        Thats what I remember off the top of my head , from a trip last March .

      2. re: candypandora

        I would love to hear about what else you did in CM. I havent totally finalized what my activities are going to be.
        Thanks Amy