Food and dining in Chiang Mai offers a unique world of experience, largely devoid of the curries you find in Thai restaurants, but full of hearty, savory meats and vegetables. The food here tends to be fattier than it is in southern Thai cooking and the soups have a clear broth instead of using coconut milk. Chicken, pork, fish, eggplant, bamboo shoots and cabbage are common. The flavor palate is simpler and sticky rice, or kaho neow is a dietary staple.

Just a few dishes to try while you're here include northern pork and ginger curry, khao soi or spicy northern Thai noodle soup, Sai Oua (a local sausage) and the Northern Thai chili dip called Nam Prik. Chiang Mai is filled with no fewer than 60 Michelin Star restaurants, so you're sure to find a spot that suits your tastes.

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