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With 27 Michelin-starred establishments, the rest of the world is starting to discover that Thailand is a hub for discerning gourmet travellers.

When you imagine dining in Thailand, you probably picture bustling markets in Bangkok full of fragrant smoke, seaside shacks serving delicious fresh fish or street stalls where you can feast on noodles drowning in lemongrass and chilli. What you may not realise is that away from the chaotic streets and markets of Thailand lies an entire world of refined dining, where you can taste exquisite Thai cuisine as well as world-class European and Asian menus. Here are a few of our favourite foodie destinations in this beautiful country:

Image via Restaurant Sühring website

Restaurant Sühring
You may not think of Bangkok as a go-to for German dishes like pretzels or spätzle, but that’s exactly what you will find at the acclaimed Restaurant Sühring. Run by twin brothers Mathias and Thomas Sühring, this restaurant draws on traditional family recipes to create contemporary European cuisine, served in the beautiful surrounds of a 1970s villa in the heart of Bangkok. Recently gaining its second Michelin star, Sühring is a must-visit for any gourmet connoisseur in Thailand.

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PRU
Bangkok isn’t the only place to find fine-dining in Thailand. Phuket is home to stunning beaches and postcard-worthy islands, and it also boasts its own Michelin-starred establishment, PRU. This incredible restaurant is inspired by Phuket’s unique environment and aims to elevate farm-to-table cooking to a new level. Using herbs, flowers, plants and roots that grow wild in the restaurant’s garden, PRU creates dishes that are based in Western cuisine but influenced by traditional Thai flavours. With ever-changing tasting menus featuring options like crab salad with pickled young coconut heart or leeks wrapped in house-cured Kurobuta ham, PRU offers an unforgettable dining experience in a breathtaking location.

Image via R-HAAN website

R-HAAN
If you’re looking for authentic Thai food, look no further than R-HAAN in Bangkok, a beautiful Michelin-rated restaurant that prides itself on creating a fine-dining experience that embodies Thailand’s rich culture at every level. Every dish is served in a hand-painted ceramic plate crafted by local artisans, and the tableware was once used in the Royal Palace during the Rattanakosin era. Here you will taste traditional dishes like never before – think Tom Yum Soup served with King River Prawns and stir-fried spicy Young Tamarind with crispy Sepat Siam fish.

Image via Le Du website

Le Du
The past and present meet at Le Du, a gorgeous restaurant in Bangkok that focuses on traditional Thai dishes with a modern twist. The name of the restaurant comes from the Thai word ฤดู meaning season, and Le Du specialises in using fresh, seasonal produce sourced exclusively from local farmers. This restaurant has earned its Michelin star thanks to dishes like squid eggs, ant larvae with potato and smoked fish broth and charcoal-grilled pork jowl.

Image via Gaa website

Gaa
Take a journey through Asia with every bite during your meal at Gaa, a spectacular Bangkok restaurant that uses Indian techniques and applies them to fresh local ingredients. Indulge in a tasting menu of all of Gaa’s signature dishes, with options like spicy duck doughnut, unripe jackfruit with pickles and burnt coconut sugar ice cream served with pork floss. Blurring the lines between sweet and savoury, traditional and modern, a visit to Gaa is a daring culinary experience that is sure to be a highlight of your stay in Thailand.

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