Due to Mae Sai’s nearness to Myanmar and China, eating out provides a mix of cuisines. Restaurants serve up dishes from these two countries, especially the Yunnan region of China, as well as international and halal dishes plus Thai favourites. The night market near the Thai-Myanmar Friendship Bridge offers additional choices ranging from mussel omelettes to steak. The What’s Up travel team have compiled a list of the top picks for restaurants in Mae Sai.
Last Updated: December 2018
Ying Ping Yunnan Chinese Restaurant
The highly acclaimed Ying Ping Yunnan restaurant is a little out of town, but worth the trip to sample specialities from southwest China’s Yunnan Province. Pork in red sauce, Yunnan fried rice, bacon with pickled cabbage, dumplings and baby fish in egg-white are popular orders here. Szechuan style spicy soup and tofu are on the menu at the Ying Ping too.
Ying Ping Yunnan Chinese Restaurant: #601/4-6, M. 4, T. Wiang Phang Kham, A. Mae Sai, Chiang Rai 57130 | Open: 11:00-21:00 (Daily) | Tel: +66 53 640 171, +66 81 681 1771 | Fax: +66 53 640 198 | Facebook
Sailomjoy Sukhothai Noodle
The Sailomjoy is a long-time favourite for Mae Sai tourists and residents alike. It is located in the covered soi market to the left of the Thai-Myanmar Friendship Bridge. Khao soi curry soup with egg noodles and prawns, noodle and red pork soup, various rice dishes and satay meat sticks with peanut sauce are tasty and inexpensive. Fresh fruit juices or iced Thai style coffee are the perfect accompaniment.
Sailomjoy Sukhothai Noodle: #399/8-9, M. 1, Sailomjoy Rd., A. Mae Sai, Chiang Rai 57130 | Open: 08:00-17:00 (Daily) | Tel: +66 53 733 761 | Facebook
The Rimnam Restaurant
The Rimnam, or Riverside in English, is right beside the Friendship Bridge and offers views across the River Ruak to Tachilek. The menu is primarily Thai and includes rice, beef and fish dishes with appetizers like deep fried cashew nuts. A range of soft drinks and beers has enticed many a traveller to stay and chill out while watching the continuous stream of people and traffic crossing the bridge.
The Rimnam Restaurant: T. Wiang Phang Kham, A. Mae Sai, Chiang Rai 57130 | Open: 07:00-21:00 (Daily) | Tel: +66 53 731 424
The Boon Nam
Located at the south end of town, the Boon Nam is a superior dining option with a varied selection of Thai and international dishes. Steak, lasagne, spaghetti, burgers, French fries, garlic bread and mussels with cheese will satisfy the cravings of diners missing the tastes of home. Tom yam spicy soup, fried rice and pork with basil leaves over rice are among standard Thai dishes on the menu.
The Boon Nam: T. Wiang Phang Kham, A. Mae Sai, Chiang Rai 57130 | Open: 08:00-20:00 (Daily) | Tel: +66 83 516 5674
Khao Soi Islam
This restaurant serves up a Halal version of Northern Thailand’s best known dish, khao soi curry noodle soup. The dish comes with beef and has garnered lots of positive reviews for its subtle flavours and providing value for money. Khao Soi Islam is located on a soi just off Phahonyothin Road and close to the signposts for the Yunnan Hotel.
Khao Soi Islam: #140/1, M. 3, Phahonyothin Rd., T. Wiang Phang Kham, A. Mae Sai, Chiang Rai 57130 | Open: 07:00-16:00 (Daily) | Tel: +66 53 733 026
68 Corner Coffee Shop and Bakery
The unusually named 68 Corner provides foodies with an exciting assortment of cakes, biscuits and gourmet coffees to choose from. The cake choices are both Western and Thai and so there is something for everyone. The 68 is located on Phahonyothin Road and is just 500 metres before the Friendship Bridge. Free WiFi has tempted many people on shopping explorations in the nearby markets to stop for a well earned drink and snack.
68 Corner Coffee Shop and Bakery: #2/7, M. 3, T. Wiang Phang Kham, A. Mae Sai, Chiang Rai 57130 | Open: 09:30-22:00 (Daily) | +66 87 545 0850 | Facebook