While you may have sampled popular Thai foodie favourites like Pad Thai and Tom Yum Goong, these are some other traditional dishes well worth savouring on your visit.

Pad Kra Prao

Pad Kra Prao features delectable, minced pork that is stir-fried with ingredients like chilli, fish sauce, garlic and basil. It’s usually served with aromatic steamed jasmine rice and variations include using seafood, beef or chicken instead of pork. Available everywhere from Bangkok eateries to SHA Extra+ certified Khao Lak, Thailand resorts, this dish should be on your foodie list!

Alpha from Melbourne, Australia, Gai Pad Krapow – Thai Saffron, Malvern East AUD10 (4588491826), CC BY-SA 2.0

Massaman Curry

While views vary about where this dish originated from, its heavenly taste is never in question! Its flavour differs from Thai red and green curries and is milder and sweeter due to ingredients like anise, cinnamon and cardamom which are not commonly used in local cuisine. On the restaurant menu at properties like Avani+ Khao Lak Resort, Massaman lamb curry is one variation worth trying.

Pad Woon Sen

A classic Thai dish, Pad Woon Sen features stir-fried glass / cellophane noodles made from mung beans that complement a range of ingredients. Generally, to make this dish, the noodles which have been pre-soaked are wok-fried with prawns, vegetables, garlic cloves, scrambled eggs and shallots; to this, a bit of oyster sauce is added for a heavenly flavour combination!

Mango Sticky Rice

No list of traditional food in Thailand would be complete without a yummylicious dessert! After enjoying spicy local cuisine, mango sticky rice will make the ideal end to the meal; it consists of sweet glutinous rice made with coconut milk that has a pudding-like texture topped with freshly cut mango slices that make this dish refreshing too.