Filled with distinctive flavours and exotic aromas, Thai cuisine is a highlight for any foodie heading to the country. Here are some dishes well worth sampling on your visit.

Pad Thai

Not only popular locally, but a global favourite too, Pad Thai is a definite “must try” when in Thailand. Featuring fried noodles and meats, seafood or veggies, this dish blends spiciness (chillies), sweetness (palm sugar) and a hint of sourness (lime juice and tamarind pulp) for a truly unique taste.

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Green Curry

Be it at street-side eateries in Bangkok or the best restaurants in Chaweng, green curry is another well-known Thai dish. The green colour is due to the green chillies that are used which give it that spicy “blast’! Other key ingredients include coconut milk, lemongrass and basil leaves. Apart from meat and seafood-based curries, restaurants the likes of Tree Tops Sky Dining & Bar also serve delectable veggie options too.

Som Tam

If you are craving a healthy salad that’s also spicy, then Som Tam is for you! Made from green papaya that has been finely shredded, this popular dish from North-eastern Thailand also generally consists of chillies, peanuts, carrots, palm sugar, beans and tomatoes which give it a refreshing and zesty flavour.

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Tom Yum

No foodie adventure to Thailand is complete without savouring authentic Tom Yum which is a spicy shrimp soup that will have your taste buds craving for more! Fish sauce is used in the making of this dish along with lemongrass, shallots, galangal, lime juice and of course, chillies too.