Digging into the details of a destination before taking off is a common practice, with global food travel data showing that 80% of travelers put food and drink at the top of their research list.
Among South Africans’ ultimate foodie havens, Thailand shines.
Known for its culinary heritage, this fascinating country perfectly satisfies the cravings of South African visitors, bringing together a shared culinary passion, lively flavors and fascinating traditions.
Sadudee Sangnil, director general of the Tourism Authority of Thailand in London, emphasized that food tourism has revolutionized the way people travel, immersing them in diverse cultures.
“Travellers are now looking no longer just for famous landmarks or tourist attractions, but for immersive culinary experiences that allow them to explore the food culture of their destination.
“Thai cuisine, in particular, has gained international recognition as a result and offers a true culinary journey across borders, making it an enjoyable adventure for South African food lovers.”
Sangnil says South Africans are known for their love of spice and passion, which is why she thinks Thai food resonates with their palates.
“In addition to the delicious food that can be enjoyed in restaurants, Thailand’s culinary appeal extends to its vibrant street food culture, which is also prevalent in South Africa.
“The vibrant food markets that line the streets of Bangkok and other cities attract the attention of tourists with their enticing food stalls.
“Thailand’s fusion of flavors, vibrant food markets and cultural wonders make it the ideal destination for South Africans to indulge in a culinary experience while exploring the culinary treasures of the Land of Smiles.”
When South Africans plan their next trip to Thailand, the following stops should be included:
Jay Fai, Bangkok
Bangkok’s Jay Fai is a legendary street food restaurant with international acclaim.
Founded in the 1980s by Supinya Junsuta. The restaurant offers an authentic and unforgettable culinary experience, which has earned it the coveted 1-star Michelin rating.
With its vibrant flavours, meticulous preparation and bustling street food vibe, Jay Fai continues to delight food lovers from all over the world.
This is a special restaurant, imagine dining a few meters from the earth with stunning views of Thailand. Koh Kood Pods are a fine dining way.
To reach this one-of-a-kind Thai restaurant, patrons enter bamboo pods on the forest floor and are then lifted 5 meters above the ground into the ancient rainforest of Koh Kood.
Guests can choose from a variety of gourmet meals or a luxurious sky picnic. A luxury picnic can be combined with a Champagne and Prosecco tasting.
Cave Dining at Rayavadee The Grotto
For tourists who prefer a little more authenticity, The Grotto is a hidden gem nestled beneath ancient limestone rocks on the outskirts of beautiful Phranang Beach.
It offers guests a unique cave dining experience at Rayavadee’s premier restaurant, where guests can dine in a cave while admiring seaside views.
If you make a stop at one of these unique restaurants, it’s sure to be a trip to remember and bae and the rest of the family will enjoy.
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