A true traveler is one who has not only traveled to a place but has also managed to soak the culture- which is only savored through the local food. Travel and local food experiences are deeply intertwined. It has been so for ages, people moved from place to place “breaking bread” with the locals where they stopped for the night. Over food, stories and experiences are shared and that allows us to learn and know the culture that we are visiting. Somewhere along the way, our lives have gotten busier and hence has been limited to short luxurious trips at expensive hotels or resorts.
Fortunately, things have been changing with people seeking out more meaningful vacations whether alone or with family. Avid travelers seek out local experiences and one thing that contributes heavily to it is food. There are umpteen places that will claim to be authentic but serve you what they think visitors like. You are better off renting a scooter and seeking these local places that will give the real flavor of Thailand.
What are some of the things you can do eat like the locals do?
-Typically, all hotels, resorts, and villas will have local people as employees. They have a better understanding of the local cuisine and where you can find it. Such leads will always be more genuine than any fliers or pamphlets available at your hotel. For instance, if you make a booking through by far my favourite villa rental company, you will find yourself surrounded by locals who know the place like the back of their palms.
– Tour guides can be engaged for a fee and they offer a more wholesome traveling experience. With their in-depth knowledge of the area and the culture, they not only offer you the experience but are also able to guide you to the right eating places.
– With technology to guide us, smartphones and websites dedicated to travel are able to give you up-to-date information. There are several apps that can give you lists of restaurants that serve the best local fare.