While there are a plethora of reasons to visit Thailand, it’s not uncommon for many travellers to cite Thai cuisine as the reason for their visit. So, if you’re among them, here are 4 of the very best traditional dishes in Thailand that you need to try out.

Khao Soi

Takeaway, Khao soi nuea Fueng Fah, CC BY-SA 3.0

If you’re settling in for lunch at one of the many fine restaurants in Bangkok – say for example the ones offered at Chatrium Hotel Riverside Bangkok – be sure to order yourself a steaming bowl of Khao Soi. This is a delectable combination of egg noodles mixed in with chicken or beef and accentuated with an assortment of vegetables and spices.

Fried Insects

Now, at first glance, Malang Tod – or fried insects – might be the furthest thing from appetizing. However, if you can work up the courage and try one of these bugs, chances are you’ll fall in love with this new snack! The insects are fried in pepper and are often paired with a cool glass of beer – truly a Thai delicacy.

Poo Pad Pong

Don’t be put off by its relatively unflattering name, Poo Pad Pong is one of the tastiest traditional Thai dishes out there! A yummy mix of crab, tomato, onion and chilli is whirled together and topped off with a few fried eggs – it is a delightful combination that draws inspiration from Indian and Chinese cuisine.

Gai Ying

Gai Ying is one of the most popular street foods you’ll find in Thailand. You’ll be hard-pressed to walk the country’s streets without seeing the locals enjoying this meaty treat. It is essentially a smoky chicken that is lathered up in an array of tangy sauces.