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Spice Up Your Life: 23 of Thailand’s Best Restaurants  

April 26, 2024
A delicious plate of pad thai

From the banks of Chao Phraya, the River of Kings, to Koh Samui’s balmy waters, Thailand has no shortage of world-class eats.  

There’s endless innovation and elevation in Thailand, with traditional flavours – spicy, salty, sour and sweet – being remixed in kitchens from frenetic Bangkok to jungled Chiang Mai. While Thailand’s culinary masters bring the heat, a booming restaurant scene draws high concepts – and hungry chefs – from Mexico, India and the Mediterranean, meaning there’s never been a better time to dine in the Land of Smiles.  

Read on to discover our pick of Thailand’s best restaurants. 

Bangkok’s best restaurants 

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From the street to beyond, Bangkok is a food-lover's paradise.

Le Du 

Celebrating extraordinary local ingredients, this award-winning fine modern Thai eatery pushes boundaries with an organic-focused menu – Le Du means ‘season’ in Thai – and a sommelier-picked wine list. 

#15 The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2023 – Asia  

One Michelin star 


Drawing inspiration from the mid-century cookbooks that charted Thailand’s emergence from old Siam, executive chef David Thompson’s Aksorn playfully offers guests an invitation to dine back in time. 

One Michelin star 

Hong Sieng Kong 

Located in a heritage teahouse on the banks of the Chao Phraya River, Hong Sieng Kong’s laidback café ambience and adjoining antique-come-gallery space offer the perfect way to while away an afternoon. 

Praya Dining 

Bangkok’s riverside mansions don’t get more spectacular than the Praya Palazzo, andthe hotel’s signature restaurant, Praya Dining, similarly dazzles with a menu showcasing the complex flavours behind centuries of Thai royal cuisine. 

Supanniga Eating Room 

Watch life drift by on the banks of the Chao Phraya River in this beloved casual dining eatery, featuring flavourful homestyle Thai cookery at its fieriest. 


Named after Chef Thitid 'Ton' Tassanakajohn’s grandmother, NUSARA puts the ‘fine’ in ‘genre-defining’ as it effortlessly blends tradition and modernity into something uniquely, and unquestionably, Thai. 

#6 The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2023 – Asia  
#3 Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2023 

Dining room at The Standard Bangkok.
Anything but standard: dining at The Standard Bangkok is a course in the exceptional.

OJO Bangkok at The Standard 

Golden, glittering and offering glorious 76th-floor views over Thailand’s bustling capital, OJO Bangkok enchants with a nouveau Mexican menu and a ‘futuristic glitz’ unlike anywhere else. 

Khao Tom Bawon 

Relaxed Chinese-inspired Thai in a casual setting: Khao Tom Bowon offers the perfect late-night oasis, with stir-fried crab dishes and traditional rice soup, or khao tom, a particular speciality. 

Gaggan Anand 

Boundary-pushing chef Gaggan Anand reopened his legendary Bangkok restaurant in 2019, reimagining Indian cuisine a pinch of molecular gastronomy and a heaping dose of high-velocity creativity. 

#3 The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2023 – Asia  

Phuket’s best restaurants 

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Trisara Phuket boasts incredible views over the Andaman Sea – and two of the island's best restaurants.


SAMUT (‘ocean’ in Thai) serves a 10-course tasting menu that ambles along the country’s coast, with Phuket lobsters, tiger prawns and locally caught fish elevated with Thailand’s signature sour-spicy flavours and a matchless presentation. 

Tambu Phuket at Avista Hideaawy Phuket Patong 

Located within an open-air tent atop the island’s mountain forests, Tambu Phuket’s contemporary take on Indian cuisine – with traditional tandoors and modern charcoal ovens lending smoke and char in abundance – harks back to the Mughal dynasties of old. 

LAAD Phuket 

LAAD Phuket’s small menu heroes Southern Thailand’s spice-rich stir-fries and ultra-fresh salads, backed with a curveball cocktail menu that’s one of the best in the island. 

Restaurant ROYD 

Seating a maximum of 12 diners, this cosy restaurant serves high-concept takes on Southern Thailand  

PRU at Trisara 

The only Michelin-starred restaurant in Phuket, this intimate community-to-fork restaurant offers a one-of-a-kind gastronomic experience, with hard-to-find Thai ingredients taking centre stage. 

One Michelin star 

Cielo at Trisara 

Mediterranean dining right by the sea: eating al fresco on Cielo’s sun-soaked terrace is a great joy, and the restaurant’s commitment to locally sourced ingredients means dishes are fresh, bright and packed with flavour. 

Roti Taew Nam 

Michelin-rated roti, scraped off a massive charcoal griddle and served with fried eggs and curry. What could be better than that? 

Chiang Mai’s best restaurants 

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Shaken, not stirred: the 'Secret Agent Room' at Anantara Chiang Mai's The Service 1921 offers the perfect place to enjoy a cocktail.

The Service at 1921 House at Anantara Chiang Mai Resort 

River views, balconies of carved teak and a menu of roast bone marrow, beef tartare and Australian ribeye: The Service at 1921 House spellbinds diners with a dining experience unlike anything else in Chiang Mai. 

Lung Khajohn Wat Ket 

Specialising solely in khao kriab pak moh (steamed rice-skin and coconut dumplings), this venerable Chiang Mai institution makes the perfect post-temple pit-stop.  

Koh Samui’s best restaurants 

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Koh Samui dazzles with exceptional beaches and a thriving dining scene.

Saffron at Banyan Tree Koh Samui  

Classic Thai dishes with a contemporary twist are Saffron’s specialty – think roast red duck curries, softshell crab salad and tuna tartare larb on a bed of fresh vermicelli.  

Jahn at Conrad Koh Samui 

Positioned high above Phang Ka Bay, contemporary Thai steakhouse Jahn offers some of the best views in Koh Samui – and a candlelit atmosphere that makes for the perfect romantic evening out. 

The Height at Silavadee Resort 

Panoramic views over Koh Samui’s jaw-dropping coastline and a contemporary Thai menu with a sustainable twist – there’s a lot to love at The Height. 

Krabi’s best restaurants 

The Grotto at Rayavadee 

Dine beneath an ancient limestone cliff and become spellbound by the brilliantly blue Andaman Sea at The Grotto, serving a luxurious set menu in an unbeatable setting. 

Khao Lak’s best restaurants 


Cool as a Qcumber: great coffee, organic Thai food and a brilliant salad bar await at this hip Khao Lak eatery. 


A spectacular melange of Chinese, Thai and Portuguese culinary influences are preserved at Juumpo, with favourites including coconut milk soup topped with fresh herbs and pork belly stewed in sweet brown sauce.   

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Nate Robinson
About Nate Robinson
Mad for travel and an incorrigible foodie, Nate is as at home in a Mexican taqueria as he is at Tsukiji. When he's not abroad, you can always find Nate with a book in one hand and a tiki cocktail in the other.

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