By Darren Griffiths

The 10 Best Chiang Mai Food Tours and Experiences

3rd April 2023

Last updated on February 12th, 2024 at 04:07 am

Thai food is some of the best in the world. But if you aren’t familiar with the food scene in Chiang Mai, it can be difficult to know what to eat. That’s why a Chiang Mai food tour can be so helpful.

It will let you try a lot of different foods, decide what you like, and even give you hints about good places to eat. You’ll probably end up absolutely loving a dish that you’ve never even heard of before.

So, if you’re trying to find the best Chiang Mai food experiences, Chiang Mai cooking class and Chiang Mai food tours that are right for you, here are some of the best!

Chiang Mai Lunchtime 20 Dish Tour

If you’re really hungry and want to try everything while getting a tour of the city at the same time, then this Chiang Mai food tour might be for you. During the trip, you’ll travel in a private truck and try more than 20 Thai dishes and snacks. You’ll also learn about the culture in Northern Thailand and discover hidden gems that only the locals know about. This tour boasts small groups and a local guide so that you have the most immersive and personal experience possible.

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A Teak House Chiang Mai Cooking Class

One of the best things about traveling in another country is learning to cook the food for yourself; that way, you can take the tastes of your travels home at the end of your stay. This Chiang Mai cooking class is held in a beautiful, traditional teak house, and allows you to choose which culinary styles you learn.

This is the best way to ensure that you’re taught how to cook something you’ll love making at home. Before you cook, your instructor will show you how to shop in a local market, so you get a complete experience of what it’s like to cook in Thailand.

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A Chiang Mai Food Tour on Bikes

One of the best ways to get around Chiang Mai is on the back of a bike, and the sheer number of bikes in the city prove just how true that is! It’s also one of the best ways to see the sites, back streets, and alleys of the city. Because this is where the small, local food vendors and stores are, it’s also an excellent way to eat some truly incredible food.

You’ll get to try a range of Thai cuisines in this tour, from Muang food to Tai Yai and Shan food. So, if you want to try every type of food available, this Chiang Mai food tour is the way to do it!

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A Chiang Mai Tea Tour

In scenic Mae Tang lies the famous Araksa Tea Plantation. This is home to the high quality, black Assam tea that’s popular in Thailand, and you’ll learn why it’s so popular during this Chiang Mai Food Experience.

During the two-hour tour, you’ll learn about growing and making the tea from an expert guide, and then sample it with some local Thai snacks. This Chiang Mai food tour gives you the chance to learn about another facet of Chiang Mai’s food culture and enjoy some treats at the same time.

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A Chiang Mai Cooking Class on an Organic Farm

The organic food movement has made it all the way to Thailand, and you can experience it during this Chiang Mai cooking class. Not only will you learn how to make traditional Thai dishes such as Pad Thai, curry, Pad Kra Prao and Mango Sticky Rice, you’ll get to do it on an authentic working organic farm.

This is one of the best Chiang Mai food experiences to get away from the crowds of the city while enjoying the relaxed atmosphere and trying your own creations!

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Traditional Thai Dinner and Dance Performance

Food is more than something to fill your belly with in Thailand; it’s an experience and an integral part of the local culture. That’s why this Chiang Mai food tour is about more than just eating; it’s also about exploring a very different way of life.

With your local guide, you’ll explore the largest wet market in Chiang Mai, eat a traditional Thai meal called Khan Toke, and watch some traditional dances performed by the local hill tribes. It’s a great way to experience Thailand as it is now and as it was in the past, while you enjoy one of the best meals you’ll ever eat.

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A Local Chiang Mai Food Tour and Temple

One problem with food tours is that they’re often too short. This means that you have to try to cram eight dishes into your stomach in a couple of hours. If your digestion isn’t up to that, a longer Chiang Mai food tour might be the answer.

This four-and-a-half-hour tour includes traditional breakfast and lunch foods, with a break in the middle so you can explore markets and temples and walk off what you’ve already eaten. The tour is led by a local, so you’ll get an insider’s view of the temples and learn some closely guarded secrets about the best dishes in town.

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Chiang Mai Street Food Tour & Night Market

Chiang Mai street food vendor

Eating your way through a night market can be the best way to learn more about a locations’ dishes and try some truly delicious meals. During this Chiang Mai street food tour, you’ll try at least eight dishes across two Night Markets.

You’ll eat famous concoctions such as coconut dumplings and stewed pork legs, and you’ll learn how to order the same dishes when you come back on your own. If you’ve just landed in Chiang Mai for the first time and are looking to broaden your understanding of the food, this is the way to start.

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Buddhism and Chiang Mai Food Tour

Buddhism is more than meditation and incense, yet most Westerners never get to see that side of Thailand. Understanding another culture is always tricky, particularly when you miss out on something as crucial as its spiritual beliefs. Thus, if you are planning to take a tour in Thailand and want to have a deeper understanding of the beliefs and teaching, it is best that you join online Buddhist classes to feel it and learn new ways to improve yourself, such as meditation.

During this Chiang Mai food experience, you’ll go more in-depth. You’ll talk to a Buddhist monk and learn more about how this religion guides the people of this amazing country. As if that weren’t interesting enough, afterward, you’ll spend time at a local market, observing the shoppers gathering the ingredients for their evening meal and tasting some of the food on offer.

It’s the perfect blend of eating and spirituality for anyone who wants to go deeper into what this country has to offer.

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A Chiang Mai Market Tour with Cooking Class

Shopping for food when you travel is one of the most underrated pleasures. A simple trip to the grocery store is eye-opening, and this goes double when you’re shopping at local markets.

During this six-hour Chiang Mai food tour and cooking class, you’ll spend time at the local markets with a chef. You’ll learn about Thai vegetables, meats and herbs, and buy the ingredients for a four-course meal. And then, with the help of a local chef, you’ll create your meal and share it with the rest of the group.

For people who really enjoy cooking and want to take this skill home with them from Thailand, it’s the most comprehensive cooking class you’ll find. 

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So which of these best Chiang Mai food tours tickles your taste buds? Hard to choose we know. Whichever you choose you’ll discover a whole new world of flavors in one of the best foodie cities in Asia.

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Trying to find delicious Chiang Mai food experiences? Or the best Chiang Mai food tour? We've listed the city's favorites to discover real Thai flavors.

Trying to find delicious Chiang Mai food experiences? Or the best Chiang Mai food tour? We've listed the city's favorites to discover real Thai flavors.