Though I was initially hesitant to try My Tai Tai (those in the know of Hong Kong’s food and beverage scene likely know why), I finally gave it a go the other week after Chef Amphon Phoomphookieo took over and they went through a short period of re-branding. I went into dinner with relatively low expectations, but was surprisingly blown away by the fun atmosphere, incredible service, and fantastic Thai food. Don’t let My Tai Tai slip under your radar; this is one Thai restaurant in the city that you need to try.
Thai food is amazing; simple as that. I relish in the thought of planning a trip to Thailand, if solely for the fact that I’ll be gorging myself on incredible food for less than a couple bucks. Now, thanks to Adam Cliff, formerly of Chachawan, Hong Kongers can head to Samsen for their favourite Thai street food. Very authentic dishes set in a cozy, vibrant restaurant make Samsen the perfect choice if you’re itching for a Thai feast without having to fly to Thailand.
Originating in Bangkok, Issaya Siamese Club Hong Kong focuses on modern Thai dishes with authentic ingredients. While just about any type of cuisine has been modernized by a handful of restaurants, I was impressed with Issaya’s quality of food and plating. Issaya Siamese Club Hong Kong recently launched a semi-buffet weekend brunch filled with modern Thai nibbles, live-cooking stations, individual main courses, and free-flow G.H Mumm Champagne that is definitely worth checking out.
Thanks to Mak Mak, you can now head to the oh-so fancy Landmark building in Central, Hong Kong to get delicious food at reasonable prices. Executive Chef Mumu, a native from Thailand, has cooked up a variety of authentic Thai dishes with a modern flare that thankfully don’t cost a fortune. Though heading to the Landmark for dinner might not be the first place that comes to mind when choosing a restaurant, the quality of food, and spacious and inviting atmosphere make Mak Mak a strong contender in Hong Kong’s extensive restaurant scene.
If you were to ask a handful of people who live in Sheung Wan what one of their favourite restaurants in the neighborhood is, you can bet that at least half, if not more, would say Chachawan. This well-established restaurant serves up authentic Issan Thai food in a small yet lively environment. The dishes at Chachawan are unique to Hong Kong, have an interesting complexity of flavours, and are just straight up delicious.
I recently spent a long weekend at The Village Coconut Island in Phuket, Thailand and fell in love with the resort (and its all-inclusive food and drink package!). This place is perfect for a romantic getaway or with a group of friends, and it’s also family-friendly. With fantastic facilities, top-notch food, and great service, there’s no excuse not to go! The Village works wonders if you’re in need of a weekend away and want all of the luxuries of a high-end resort without the massive dent in your wallet.
If you’ve heard of Chiang Rai, it’s likely you’ve heard of the Golden Triangle tour. This tour takes you on a full day excursion to numerous tourist spots (like the White Temple) as well as being able to see where the Thailand, Myanmar, and Laos border all connect. The Golden Triangle tour is great because you’re basically able to cover all of the major sights in Chiang Rai in one day; perfect for those who are on a tight schedule!
A major tourist attraction in Chiang Rai is Wat Rong Khun, better known as the White Temple. I have seen many temples throughout my travels and this is definitely one of the most impressive temples to date. The detail that has been put into creation of the temple is incredible; the all-white exterior makes it an eye-catching and unforgettable piece of art. If you’ve seen any temples in Thailand, you’ll know right away that this temple is drastically different in style, design, and meaning than the others.
Chiang Rai is one of Thailand’s largest cities in the north, aside from well-known Chiang Mai. There are many similarities between the two cities, but I found after spending time in both that they are both fairly similar, aside from Chiang Rai having a much more local feel. Though there may not be as much to see and do in Chiang Rai, it is completely worth the few hours’ drive north. One thing I love about Thailand is how each city/town has its own night market. The Chiang Rai night market has a decent selection of souvenirs that are comparable, if not cheaper, than those in Chiang Mai and a large outdoor seating area surrounded by food stalls to grab some dinner.
Despite its small size, Pai is a must-visit if you’re already traveling throughout Northern Thailand. Besides having some of the greatest street food I’ve had in South East Asia, Pai has quite a few tourist attractions nearby if you’re wanting to do a bit more than be a yogi/hippie for a few days. If you’re looking for something a little more adventurous that’ll take you a few hours outside the town, there are a handful of day tours in Pai (and lots of options for overnight trekking tours!) that you can consider. Most of these day tours involve a visit to the Karen Long Neck Village in Mae Hong Son (of which I wrote about my experience here), as well as a handful of other attractions along the way.