Why not try khao soi on a trip to north Thailand?

A trip to Thailand would not be complete without sampling   some of the country’s famous food – and chilli lovers will find plenty to like in the northern city of Chiang Mai, according to a culinary expert.

Writing for the Calgary Herald, food critic John Gilchrist commented that northern Thai food is generally less spicy and sweet than its southern counterparts, although it can “nonetheless burn a major hole in your palate”.

He pointed out that many Thai restaurants are open-air and cooled by fans and a regional speciality to try is khao soi – a noodle and meat soup made with coconut milk, curry paste, lemon, lime and fresh vegetables.

While a number of khao soi restaurants do not have names, Mr Gilchrist commented that one upscale facility to try is Palaad Tawaron, which is situated at the top of Suthep Road in the Chiang Mai Zoo and overlooks the city.

Those who are on a budget may be keen to book a cheap flight to Thailand, as recent research from STA Travel identified that it is one of the cheapest countries in the world to visit.

According to the travel company, £27.50 could get a tourist a meal, a pint of beer, a bus ride, a sightseeing tour and a night’s stay in a hostel in Thailand.

Written by Ruth Norris

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