When people say they like Thai food but haven’t been to Thailand, I can’t help but think “you have never really experienced Thai food.” Thai food in Thailand is leagues better than anywhere else in the world. There’s more variety and more flavors. Your mouth dances with a concert of flavors when you eat here. The food has kick to it, too. I always order “mai pet” which means “not spicy” because by Thai standards that means only one chili. Anything more than that, and I look like I’m about to keel over and die. (I have a low tolerance for spicy food.) All over the streets of Thailand, outdoor stalls serve up the cheapest and best Thai meals you can find. And no matter what time of the day it is, there’s always food available somewhere.
Moreover, there is a lot of savory international food in the country. Thailand is a very international place thanks to the hordes of tourists and expats (foreigners who live in Thailand) around the country. Some of my favorite sushi restaurants are in Bangkok, and you can find amazing halal and Indian food in the downtown Sukhumvit area. And, surprisingly, you’ll also find a lot of Mexican — Senor Pico’s is the best Mexican outside of North America.