Thailand has breath-taking scenery, picturesque sunsets, thousands of temples, beautiful hosts and amazing underwater vistas, but what really makes it stand out from the rest of Southeast Asia is its fabulous cuisine.
From Thai street food to 5-star dining, you’re guaranteed local food that’s fresh and vibrant. The basics are common to other South-East Asian countries with chilli, garlic, ginger, lemongrass, fish sauce, and lime juice added to many popular dishes, but thanks to talented chefs Thailand’s cuisine has a unique flavour all of its own, achieving the perfect harmony between sweet, sour, hot and salty.
Thailand is a very large country, so it’s not surprising there is such a variety of dishes and such a distinctive difference between what is served in the north to the south. Due to climate, culture and local customs, each region has its own complex cooking styles, flavours and dishes.
Here are some of the main differences between southern and northern Thai food.