Thai Street Food

Street food stalls are dotted throughout Thailand's streets in every city and town and offer a great way to taste authentic Thailand. You won't be able to go a block without seeing at least one portable eatery. Eating from street stalls is cheaper and often tastier than going to restaurants; just be sure to only order street food from vendors whose food is clean, fresh and cooked right in front of you.

Dive into Thailand's authentic cuisine

Som Tam

The most famous of all Thai street stall dishes, som tam is made from unripe papaya mixed with shrimp paste, peanuts, tomatoes and green beans. A few chillies are thrown in to spice it up, but you can ask for it to be mai pet (less spicy) if you prefer.


Salapao are tasty savoury dumplings, similar to Chinese steamed dumplings, filled with pork and red beans, or custard and cream for a sweet variety. They are extremely popular in Thailand and eaten at any time of day; breakfast, lunch or dinner. If you stumble across a street vendor selling these bite-size snacks, be sure to sample some.

Average Prices

Thai street food is inexpensive and won't cost you a fortune. Typically, a dish of food, such as grilled chicken and sticky rice from a street vendor, will cost around 20THB, with bottles of water from local stores costing around seven to 12THB. If you fancy popping into one of the local bars for a small beer, it's likely to cost between 60THB and 150THB.