“What do you suppose they call Thai food in Thailand” she asked as we made our way through the marketplace.
“Probably just “food”, I replied, laughing.
It’s a well known fact that Thai food is absolutely to die for, and you can order it all over the world. It’s infiltrated the Australian dining scene, you can find restaurants all across Europe; you can even eat Thai food in the Arctic!
You may think you know Thai food, but you would be wrong: until you have eaten authentic Thai cuisine from the local streets of Thailand, you haven’t tasted anything yet!
Think streets lined with local vendors selling fruits and vegetables of every size, colour and strange, exotic taste.
It took a sharp knife and a lot of determination to get to the edible parts of a Mangosteen, but we accepted the challenge and finally came out with a victory. It tasted like an incredibly juicy peach.
Think meat hanging from racks as pork rinds sizzle and pop in hot oil. Think local vendors offering their own twist on traditional noodle recipes, and chicken fried in huge woks in front of you.
Our tastebuds truly exploded, sampling flavors which were sweet, sour, spicy and salty, as well as what was once considered the hottest chilli on earth!
We loved the local recipes, and the chance to experience authentic Thai food straight from the woks of the locals themselves.
Only one experience could have topped this. Eating with locals.
Eating Withlocals in Thailand
Finding a local to invite you into their home for dinner is a lot harder than the documentaries and travel memoirs make it sound. Though this is truly the best dining experience you could ever hope for!
In fact, during my extensive travels around the globe I have never once been offered an invite to dine in a homely setting, but then again, before now I hadn’t heard of Withlocals.
Withlocals is a fantastic new service which connects travelers with locals through food and experiences. They offer travelers the chance to eat with locals, tour with locals, and complete activities with locals; after-all, who knows a regional area better than the locals themselves?!
Withlocals eliminates the overcrowded tour buses, cliche dining options and stereotypical activities by instead offering private tours and dining experiences lead by locals themselves.
Those looking for a unique local Thai home cooked dinner need look no further, as there are ample listings from Thai families inviting you to enjoy a meal with them in their home! Some will even teach you how to cook!
The even more fantastic news? Withlocals operates all over SouthEast Asia, so whether you’re in Thailand, Singapore, Vietnam or Nepal (the list goes on!), you can enjoy regional cuisine from a local host who is ready and willing to welcome you into their home!
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