5 Thai Foods in Pattaya You Just Can’t Afford to Miss

When you go on a golfing trip to Pattaya, the experience is undoubtedly one of a kind. You get to play in stunning, invigorating settings and enjoy the hospitality of the warm people of the country too. And Thailand is so vibrant and multicultural in nature that the only way you would be able to enjoy it to the fullest is to experience it with all your 5 senses. One of these is to treat yourself to the variety of local foods.

Pattaya has a very large expatriate population and you will find the place dotted with restaurants that are run by ex-pats. While they bring in their own unique cuisine and culture to the place, a large number of Thai nationals from different parts of the country have also made Pattaya their home and brought with them all the foods and flavours of their distinctive regional cuisine.


5 Delectable Dishes

And so if you want to really dine like a local when you are in Pattaya, you will need a guide of sorts to know which foods are a must-try; here is a list of 5 Thai foods in Pattaya you just can’t afford to miss:

#1 Som Tum

This spicy green papaya salad is originally from Issan (a province in Thailand) and its one of those foods you will either love or hate. Most locals in Pattaya will swear by this dish, while you will find that visitors have a divided opinion on it. It’s a heady combination of green beans, chillies and garlic, shredded raw papaya and cherry tomatoes – it’s an amalgamation of spicy, sweet and sour flavours.

#2 Tom Yum Goong

This is a spicy shrimp soup and is almost like a national dish in Thailand. This herby, sour and spicy and hearty soup has galangal shallots, chilli, lime leaves, lemongrass and various fish sauce flavours. This dish is so quintessentially Thai that it’s a hot favourite amongst locals as well as tourists. It may also have straw mushrooms and fresh local prawns and is available in restaurants across Pattaya.

#3 Pad Krapow Moo Saap

This is essentially a one-plate dish that’s popularly served at lunch and dinner – it has fried pork and basil and the entire dish has a very spicy & meaty flavour. It also has green beans, fresh chilli, sugar and soya sauce. All these ingredients are stir-fried in a wok and served on a mound of rice. They top off the dish with a fried egg and the entire meal has very moreish feel.

#4 Gai Yang with Khao Niao

It’s a very simple yet delicious dish. In fact, it’s nothing more than sticky rice served with grilled chicken. Typically, its served with a variety of dipping sauces including sweet chilli and super-spicy local dips. This dish is best enjoyed when eaten by hand and its soul food of the highest order. It’s a messy dish but delicious to the last morsel and you will find it at almost all local restaurants and food carts.

#5 Pla Pao

This one’s a unique-looking dish- It’s a whole fish that has a whole bunch of lemon grass sticks stuffed very deep into its mouth and grilled in the open – this is a very common sight in most markets in Pattaya. While the fish itself is ghastly white in colour, the dish itself is delectable and immensely popular.

The stark white colour comes from the very thick salt crust. It helps keep the fish moist & succulent even when it’s being aggressively grilled. The lemongrass lends it a very distinctive sour and fruity flavour. It’s to be eaten with a chilli-garlic seafood dripping sauce.


You will find a number of other extremely popular local Thai dishes in Pattaya, but these are some of the most popular ones. Pattaya Golf Trips organises various golf trips & tour packages. For more information, you can get in touch with us at Pattaya Golf Trips, or use this contact us form to connect with us. Alternatively, call us on 0499 013 536, and we’ll be happy to hear from you.

Thanks for reading,
Dave Miniter
0499 013 536

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