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Guide to street food vendors in Pattaya, Thailand

Moo SatayOne of the many joys when travelling around South East Asia and especially Thailand is that of the street vendor. They appear on every street and every corner with an array of gastronomic delights to whet any appetite.

From Moo Ping (grilled pork on a stick) to every kind of fruit imaginable to corn on the cob and even to ice cream sandwiches the choice is seemingly endless and is most definitely delicious.

However, many foreign travellers seem to shun the CHOICES on offer in preference of the relatively safe havens of the vast amounts of excellent restaurants also available. Why? Is it because of the fear of unhygienic food? Is it the fear of the unknown? Is it the language barrier? Well none of these should be a valid enough reason.

The food is tasty, convenient and economical. You can eat on the way to work, picking it up as a snack to eat at your leisure, while browsing the many shops and markets and at some places you can even sit and eat while the world passes you by. All of this is available for as little as 30-50 baht.

If you are worried about the food safety and cleanliness aspect then there are a couple of pointers to help you in the right direction. Firstly, look out for a sign that many vendors will proudly display stating 'Clean Food, Good Taste'.

This merit is given by the government of Thailand to restaurants and vendors alike that maintain a certain standard of hygiene in their food and preparation. Secondly, look for a place that many Thais are eating at.

Many Thais eat at the same place day in, day out and will quickly move on if the food is no good. Of course some people will eat anywhere if cheap enough so look out for more professional looking patrons enjoying their cuisine.

Lastly, if you are shy or concerned about the language barrier or your knowledge of Thai is rudimentary at best then just point at what you would like and use hand signals and importantly: smile! They will be more than happy to oblige you.

Overall, go out and experiment. Be it somtam (papaya salad), padthai, boat noodles, grilled eggs or even a deep fried grasshopper or two just try it and see. After all isn't that what it is all about? Most of all though enjoy. Bon app├ętit!

Thai Street Food Street Food vendor in Thailand


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