A traditional Khantoke dinner is the ideal means of gaining insights into the nuances of Northern Thai cooking and regional culture. Khantoke dinners are based on the heritage of Chiang Mai and the old Lanna Kingdom. The three venues offering Khantoke dinners in Chiang Mai are fabulous structures designed to replicate historic Lanna palaces.
Dining etiquette, seating arrangements and the dishes served are an authentic celebration of Chiang Mai’s traditions. Highlights include being greeted by Khantoke staff in traditional Lanna costume with a wai, dance routines such as the ram dap sword and tasting the inimitable flavours of sticky rice and chilli dips like nam phrik ong. Details about the different Khantoke dinners in Chiang Mai follow.
Located on a shopping estate to the east of the city, the palatial complex of Khum Khantoke is a wonderful spot to enjoy a Chiang Mai Khantoke Dinner. The entertainment includes the Khantoke welcome parade, a performance of Attayaranasiam combat fighting, a Kingkala dance and drumming. Dinners sit on the floor and round a small rattan table while sampling nam phrik ong, thick pork curry, crispy pork crackling, banana fritters and seasonal fruit. Halal and vegetarian meals are available here too.
Khum Khantoke: #139, M. 4, T. Nong Prakung, A. Muang, Chiang Mai 50000 | Open: 18:30-21:00 (Daily) | Prices: Adult 590 B, Child 390 B | Tel: +66 53 304 121-3 | Website | Facebook | E-mail | Map
OLD CHIANG MAI CULTURE CENTRE
Old Chiang Mai was the original venue for Khantoke dinner and cultural performances when it opened on Wualai Road in the early 1970s. Among the performances skilled artistes serenade diners with here are the silk-reel dance and the famous ramwong folk dance. Visitors have a choice of standard dinners or Halal and vegetarian. The standard option comprises green chilli and tomato-pork (ong) chilli pastes, crisp pork, Burmese style hinlay curry, various vegetable dishes, crispy noodles, fruit and coffee or tea.
Old Chiang Mai Culture Centre: #185/3, Wualai Rd., T. Hai Ya, A. Muang, Chiang Mai 50100 | Open: 18:30-21:00 (Daily) | Prices: Adult 570 B, Child 285 B | Tel: +66 53 202 993-5 | Website | Facebook | E-mail | Map
The Khantoke Palace is one kilometre down Chang Klan Road from the Night Bazaar and offers a genuine Khantoke dinner experience in air-conditioned comfort. The dining and entertainment parts of the Khantoke Palace dinner are separate. Guests dine on the usual khantoke specialities including fried chicken and sautéed vegetables before the cultural shows start. The spectacle of the Pratheep or the Kingkala peacock dance is made more enjoyable while sipping a Singapore Sling or a Long Island iced tea.
Khantoke Palace: #288/19, Chang Klan Rd., A. Muang, Chiang Mai 501000 | Open: 19:00-21:30 (Daily) | Prices: N/A | Tel: +66 53 204790-1 | Website | E-mail | Map