Chicken Khao Sol

Cheap Local Food in Chiang Mai, Thailand

While I unfortunately was not able to find the name of the restaurant, right next to my hostel in Chiang Mai was a fairly local restaurant with delicious food for phenomenally cheap prices. This made me realize how affordable Chiang Mai is for a foreign traveler. Most of these dishes were about 50 baht each, which is about $1.50 USD!

Chicken Khao Sol

Chicken Khao Soi – A curry based soup with crispy noodles, flat noodles, chicken drumstick, cilantro, and coconut milk

The star of this meal splurge is definitely the Chicken Khao Soi. Khao Soi is a must-have in Chiang Mai as it is a Burmese-influenced dish found in northern Laos and northern Thailand. Traditionally, Khao Soi which roughly translates to “cut rice” are rice noodles made by having the dough is stretched out and steamed over boiling water before being cut up by scissors.

The Northern Thailand variation is a soup-like dish made with a mix of deep-fried crispy egg noodles and boiled egg noodles, pickled cabbage, shallots, lime, ground chili, meat, and a yellow coconut milk -based curry. it is a common street dish in northern Thailand and is absolutely delicious!

Curry Noodle Soup

Curry Noodle Soup

Afterwards, I tried another curry noodle soup with thinner rice noodles, fried tofu, eggs, mushroom, and pork. This curry dish was also coconut milk heavy and was extremely fragrant with spices.

Beef Vermicelli Soup

Beef Vermicelli Soup

Deciding to switch it up a little bit, I ordered a non-curry noodle soup. This was served with beef innards, beef balls, tripe, beef tongue, and vermicelli noodles in a much lighter beef soup. The beef broth was refreshing after all the curry dishes and carried a onion and lime taste.

Mango Sticky Rice

Mango Sticky Rice

Finally, the best Thai dessert in my opinion is the Mango Sticky rice. Just a great juxtaposition of flavors with the mango, rice, rice crackers, and sweet condensed milk combined together into a very pleasing bite!

While I did not exactly record the name of this restaurant, I’m pretty certain this kind of delicious street noodle food can be picked up throughout Chiang Mai with the same delicious quality!

Hyatt Regency Phuket - Balcony Daybed

Review: Hyatt Regency Phuket in Kamala

For my first time in Phuket, Thailand, I decided to stay in a trusty Hyatt hotel. After arriving at the Phuket airport, I was herded into a cab and paid about 1400 baht (about $41 USD) for a 45 minute drive to the hotel. Given the distance of the airport from the Hyatt, which is in somewhat of a remote location by itself, getting into a taxi was the only way to go. The Hyatt Regency Phuket is located on the eastern shore of Phuket Island, Thailand. It is in the area known as Kamala. However, the hotel is situated by itself with residential roads around it. The hotel is a 5 minutes drive from old Kamala town and Kamala Beach, but about 10-15 minutes drive to Patong Beach.

The Hyatt Regency has a half-hourly free shuttle that takes you to Kamala town/beach to walk around and a hourly shuttle to Patong. Kamala can be described as a much more local and quiet town while Patong would be the more westernized and touristy strip area. Whereas the former would be perfect to just relax and enjoy the serene ocean air, the latter offers relaxing beach time in addition to bars, shopping, restaurants, hostels, and a lot more people.

Kamala Town

Kamala Town

Kamala Town

Kamala Town

Kamala Town

Kamala Beach

Kamala Beach

Kamala Beach

Kamala Beach

Kamala Beach

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