Travel Photo Thursday — March 21, 2013 — The Best Pad Thai in Chiang Mai

Posted by on Mar 21, 2013 in Destinations, Featured, Thailand - Chiang Mai, Travel Photo Thursday | 20 comments

Welcome to another week of Travel Photo Thursday. Eating out in Chiang Mai is a real treat for budget travelers. Not only is the food cheap, but it’s delicious. Many of the small local “joints” serve up one specialty, and they often become known far and wide. The Pad Thai on Chiang Moi Road, Soi 3 is just such a place. Have a look and see what you think.

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This is where all that Pad Thai goodness is created. You can watch everything as it happens.


The Best Pad Thai in Chiang Mai


Served hot out of the wok, on a plate lined with a banana leaf. For any vegetarians, no meat.

Pad Thai, Chiang Mai, Thailand


How hot you like your Pad Thai is up to you. All condiments (including chili) are available at your table. You also receive a plate with spring onion, bean sprouts, lemon and cabbage. I always add chili (hotter is better!), the lemon, and I eat the spring onion and lettuce when my mouth gets a little too hot. Both do a great job of bringing a little cool relief.

On the Side of Your Pad Thai --


How much you ask? Including a jug of ice water at the table…30 baht!! ($1.02US). Thai portions are not overly large, so you might have to order a second plate. (What a hardship, eh?)! :)____


Don’t think you’ll be able to sample Pad Thai in Thailand anytime soon? Here’s a delicious recipe for vegetarian Pad Thai, you can try at home.


 Travelers Tip

Located just outside the moat in Chiang Mai’s old city, Chang Moi Road, Soi 3. There’s a sign at the beginning of Soi 3. You can also come in from Thapae Gate Road. Look for the simple sign “Pad Thai”. Open from around 5pm until 11pm. Busiest time seem to be between 6 and 8. Lot’s of  Thais on motorbikes lined up for takeout.




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  1. That looks so good – I love pad thai and it would be awesome to actually eat it in Thailand! Wouldn’t have any difficulty getting the kids to eat there either! 🙂

  2. I suddenly have cravings for some Pad Thai and other Thai foods after this post. It looks delicious! I can’t get over how cheap they are even for small portions. Thai food is one of my favorites. Thanks for the recipe, Nancie!

    • Your welcome. For me, the small portions means I can try more dishes…:)

  3. Mmm, wouldn’t mind being in Thailand now – for the food and for the temperature 🙂

    • I could use some heat right about now too. It is still cold here in Korea.

  4. Hi Nancie, you make me crave for pad thai. It’s my most favorite noodle dish. And I love anything that is served on banana leaves. They make the dish more flavorful. Thanks for the recipe!

  5. I can’t think of a single thing I could buy in Calgary for a buck. Your version looks yummy and it’s dinner time right now so wishing I could tele-transport that food at that price right now.

  6. I love going to markets and street stalls overseas. Always so interesting. When we were in France in 2005 our French friends took us to a market and bought all sorts of bread, cheese, meat, olives etc for lunch and then we sat on the waterfront and ate it. We even had tourists stop and take a photo!
    Have a great week and thanks for hosting Travel Photo Thursday.

  7. Mmmm, it all looks so healthy and appetising and inexpensive. Would love to be in Thailand right now and waking up to all the sights, sounds and smells of the Far East.

  8. I can now see why so many bloggers base themselves in Chang Mai. $1.25 for such a healthy meal is a winner. It looks so delicious…I’d love one now!

  9. I like the smaller serving size. I would treat it like tapas and keep on sampling. Looks wonderful. Pad Thai for dinner tonight!

  10. Very fitting post for me. Its my wife’s birthday and she had only one request today–some good Pad Thai!

  11. Well, you’ve done it again. Made me hungry with your colorful closeups of food. I like the one of the lady cooking at her outdoor restaurant, too.

  12. Thanks for the recommendation and the exact directions. I’m writing it down right now and look forward to dining there in a couple weeks.

  13. Yum. Looks delicious. Thanks for sharing the recipe, I’ll be sure to try it.

  14. Pad Thai is one of my favorite dishes. There are a lot of restaurants around here that make good pad thai, but I would love to get it from a place like this, especially served on a banana leaf.

  15. These pics look very tasty and especially along the lines of what the hubby craves. Sending this post his way right now.

  16. I had Pad Thai when I was in Pattaya and it was around the same price. Can’t really complaint about the portion size for that price 🙂

  17. Great post. The food looks delicious. I can’t wait to try one plate of that when i travel to Chiang Mai.


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