Saigon is famous for its cultural diversity. You can find almost every cuisine of different countries here. Since Thailand and Vietnam are in the same region, Thai food is also loved by many Vietnamese people. Here is a list of the best restaurants in Saigon when it comes to Thai cuisine.
Ăn Cơm Uống Nước - Kin Nam Kin Khao
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Kin Nam Kin Khao is a small, cozy Thai bistro located in a small alley in Saigon. The founder of Kin Nam Kin Khao is Mr. Quang Dai, a famous model in Viet Nam and, so it's very popular with the Millenials and Gen Z.
The restaurant is decorated in Thai style, reminiscent of Chiang Mai local restaurants. The Thai dishes at the restaurant are delicious and served with a modern and aesthetic look.
However, the bistro doesn't have a parking lot. You can ask the staff to guide you to park in other places.
- Address: 63/18 Pasteur Street, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
- Open hours: 10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
- Prices: 100,000 - 300,000 VND (4.35 - 13.05$)
TukTuk Thai Bistro
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TukTuk Thai Bistro is one of the best restaurants in Saigon when it comes to Thai food. FYI, Tuk Tuk is a traditional Thai vehicle. Its name originated from the engine sound of the vehicle. Tuk Tuk represents the cheerful and bustling spirit of the Thai people.
TukTuk Thai Bistro wants to bring this vibe to Vietnamese people with their delicious Thai dishes. This restaurant has a broad menu, popular dishes, and Thai vegetarian food.
Two must-try dishes when coming here are green curry and tom yum fried rice. There are also couple set and family set menus so that you can try more dishes at lower prices.
- Address: 38 Ly Tu Trong Street, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
- Open hours: 10:00 AM -10:00 PM
- Prices: 65,000 - 365,000 VND (2.83 - 15.88$)
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Localthai is a surprising hidden gem in District 4. Located in a quiet neighborhood, Localthai is more famous to local people than tourists. The restaurant has just reopened recently due to quarantine. You will need to make a reservation before coming.
They serve authentic Thai food here, with Thai music in the background and a Thai atmosphere. Therefore, you can enjoy your culinary experience to the fullest. The space is relatively small, but the seating is comfortable for everyone.
If you have traveled to Thailand, you will recognize the authentic flavor in Localthai. Try Pad Thai; it's one of the best-sellers!
- Address: 89/19 Doan Van Bo Street, Ward 12, District 4, Ho Chi Minh City
- Open hours: 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM
- Prices: 95,000 - 295,000 VND (4.13 - 12.84$)
Lạc Thái Restaurant
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Lac Thai is one of the best Thai restaurants in Saigon. The restaurant is located in the heart of District 1, near Nguyen Hue Walking Street and Saigon Water Bus Station. Because of its convenient location, it is very popular with tourists and office workers who work nearby.
Interior decoration in Lac Thai is inspired by Thai culture, from colors to textures, from each door frame to napkins.
Food at Lac Thai also preserves the traditional Thai flavor. Ask the staff about the spiciness when ordering, it might be too spicy for you. The signature dish here is Yum Pla Duk Foo, which means Crispy Fried Catfish with Green Mango Salad.
- Address: 71/2 Mac Thi Buoi Street, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
- Open hours: 10:00 AM - 02:00 PM and 05:00 PM - 10:00 PM
- Prices: 150,000 - 370,000 VND (6.53 - 16.1$)
ANH TUKK Saigon
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ANH TUKK is a fine dining Thai restaurant in HCMC. While other Thai restaurants in Saigon focus on recreating the traditional and authentic flavors, ANH TUKK chooses the modern culinary, with a Thai twist.
The eatery is placed in an old French house, which was built in mid 20th century. That's why the interior and exterior of the restaurant are super classic and luxurious. ANH TUKK has different spaces to serve you, even a private date or a big family gathering.
Thai fusion dish is a must-try when you come here. Chef Saran is a master of fine dining and Thai cuisine, her food won't disappoint you.
- Address: 74/7 Hai Ba Trung Street, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
- Open hours: 11:00 AM - 02:00 PM and 05:00 PM - 10:00PM (Off in Monday)
- Prices: 380,000 - 2,272,000 VND (16.53 - 98.86$)
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Compared to the above restaurants, Chilli Thai has a more affordable menu. Although the price is low, the quality of the food is amazing.
The food at Chilli Thai is delicious and well decorated in a modern way. Most of the dishes have been modified to adapt to common taste, so don't worry if your spicy tolerance level is low.
Signature dishes at Chilli Thai are Tomyum Hot Pot and Pla Krapong Tod Nam Pla, or Deep Fried Sea Bass with Mango Salad. They also have another branch on Floor B3 of Vincom Dong Khoi.
- Address: 93 Ly Tu Trong Street, Ben Thanh Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
- Open hours: 10:00 AM - 09:30 PM
- Prices: 45,000 - 272,000 VND (1.96 - 11.84$)
Som ตำ Thai - Som Tum Thai
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Som Tum Thai is indeed one of the most famous Thai restaurants in HCMC. Even though the restaurant looks modern, the food they serve you is traditional Thai food.
The dishes here are authentic but have been adjusted a little to suit the taste of most Vietnamese.
Because Som Tum Thai places near many office buildings, it can be quite crowded at noon. You should make a reservation if you are going to have lunch here.
Som Tum - Thai papaya salad, is the signature dish, and also the name of the restaurant. Besides the branch in Le Thanh Ton Street, Som Tum Thai also has two branches in Saigon Center (District 1) and Estella Place (District 2).
- Address: 29 Le Thanh Ton Street, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
- Open hours: 10:30 AM - 10:30 PM
- Prices: 100,000 - 500,000 VND (4.35 - 21.76$)
Chang - Modern Thai Cuisine
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Chang - Modern Thai Cuisine is a young restaurant in Saigon. All the dishes are cooked and served by young, energetic, and food-loving people.
At Chang, the plates are quite sour and spicy. If your spicy tolerance level is low, notice the spicy detail in the menu, and ask the staff for lessening. However, the spicy taste in Chang is very special, the spicier the better.
The must-try dishes at Chang are Deep Fried Chicken Wrapped with Pandan Leaves and Lap Ga, which is the minced chicken salad mixed with roasted rice powder. If you are a spice lover, try Hot Spicy Pork Bone Soup - it's a real tough one!
- Address: 4 Cao Thang Street, Ward 5, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City
- Open hours: 11:00 AM - 10.30 PM
- Prices: 79,000 - 389,000 VND (3.44 - 16.93$)
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If you looking for a Thai food experience in a luxurious, elegant bistro, yet at an affordable budget, Spice Temple is the one for you.
Located on the 2nd floor of Estella Place shopping mall, Spice Temple attracts many people who come to the mall for entertainment and shopping. Not only the great ambiance, but the food at Spice Temple is also delicious and beautifully decorated.
The famous dishes here are Crispy fried soft shell crab with egg onion sauce and Green Papaya Salad with Fermented Sesarmidae Crabs. Fermented sesarmidae is a famous and unique fish sauce in Thailand and Vietnam. Not everyone likes it, but worth trying!
- Address: 2nd floor, Estella Place Mall, 88 Song Hanh Street, An Phu Ward, District 2, Thu Duc City, Ho Chi Minh City
- Open hours: 11:00 AM – 09:00 PM
- Prices: 100,000 - 300,000 VND (4.35 - 13.05$)
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Inspired by the street food stalls in Bangkok's night markets, the decoration of Thai Street is so colorful with neon lights and multicolored furniture.
Thai Street has an open space and many large tables, which are very comfortable for family or friends.
At this restaurant, the food is cooked by a Thai chef. Green curry and BBQ dishes are the unique dishes you can't miss here. Thai Street's delivery menu is also available on their website, in case you don't want to gather in a crowded place.
- Address: 32 Tran Ngoc Dien Street, Thao Dien Ward, District 2, Thu Duc City, Ho Chi Minh City
- Open hours: 11:00 AM - 09:00 PM
- Prices: 100,000 - 200,000 VND (4.35 - 8.7$)
Above are the 10 best restaurants in Saigon for Thai food. If you love this cuisine, you should definitely give it a try. Who knows, you might like Thai food with a little Vietnamese twist!