9 weird places to eat

9 Weird Places to Eat

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9 Weird Places to Eat

Thailand has a million or more places to eat, from basic street food all the way up to Michelin starred cuisine.

You are spoiled for choice, but there are a few stand-out eateries that give you a rather different dining experience.

These 9 Weird Places to Eat are not in any kind of ‘best’ listing. They are all unique in their own way and each is ‘best’ in its own way.

1. Dine on a Giant

The Giant is a serene spot in the jungle about 2 hours drive from Chiang Mai city.

The Giant in question is a huge Banyan tree, not an oversized grumpy person, so you’ll be perfectly safe to enjoy your coffee and meal in peace.

Access is across a fun bamboo rope bridge, which brings you to the main deck.

They serve tea, coffee, cold drinks and light meals.


The Giant was born of a wish to support sustainable development for the nearby village of Ban Pook, which grows the local coffee.

The objectives are to help develop public utilities in the locality, support local coffee cultivation, and create awareness of natural conservation of the forest.

A zipline lets you whizz through the treetops for about 200 baht. Eating after riding it might be advisable!

It’s a wonderful spot to chill out, and local traditional massages can enhance your relaxation.

If you fancy a night or two among the branches there are rooms available too.

Their website is here

Getting there: Baan Pok, Huai Kaew subdistrict, Mae On district, Chiang Mai province. Its about a 2 hour drive northeast of Chiang Mai city. Google maps will find it!

2. Nibble on a Tree Pod

Staying in the treetops but at the other end of the country, and at the other end of the price range, are these dining tree pods on Koh Kood.

This unusual dining experience is a memorable event for guests at the 5 star Soneva Kiri Resort, where after being hauled into the treetops by cables, your waiter ziplines to your pod with your order.

Let’s hope he doesn’t spill those $50 cocktails!

The fruit and vegetables are grown in the restaurant’s own organic garden, while seafood jumps from the fishing net onto your table in just a few minutes!

The food is described as ‘gourmet’ and prices match that description, but the views and environment are priceless!

Getting there: 110 Moo 4, Koh Kood Sub-District, Koh Kood District, Trat province. You should contact Soneva Kiri before travelling.

3. Packed With Protein

Need a protein kick? We all know that one of the best sources of protein are insects.

While Thais have been snacking on insects as long as can be remembered, there aren’t many restaurants specialising in these tasty crunchy delicacies.

You can find street stalls selling the little beasts in lots of markets, but as far as we know there is only one place to sit in air conditioned comfort with a glass of wine to enjoy your protein fix.

Insects In Your Backyard has an extensive menu covering most edible insects, including old favourites like grasshoppers and water beetles, presented with a flair by Chef Gong in a Nouvelle cuisine style.

Insects may seem off putting at first sight, but Asians have been eating them for years. Most westerners who try them are pleasantly surprised.

So, put away your inhibitions and get crunching!

Getting there: ChangChui Creative Park, 460/8 Sirindhorn Road, Bang Phlat, Bangkok. From central Bangkok take a taxi.

4. Robot Shabu Shabu

Robots are the big feature at this Japanese restaurant in Bangkok, where you order via a pad and get served by a automated samurai warrior.

We’re not sure if you should tip the ‘waiter’, or whether he’ll take a slice out of you with his sword if you don’t!

The menu seems to be limited to sukiyaki or shabu shabu, but no doubt the unique environment adds to the fun.
Their website is here

Getting there: They have four branches:
Central Festival Chiangmai
Central Festival Pattaya
Central Festival Westgate, Bangkok
Mono Park Rama 3 Road, Bangkok

5. Eat In A Grotto

This is one romantic place to have a casual meal, set as it is under a limestone cliff on the golden sands of Phranang beach in Krabi.

Part of the 5 star Rayavadee Resort, the Grotto is the most casual of their dining outlets, but do note that swim suits and bikinis are not allowed.

Rayavadee says: “Enjoy a leisurely lunch here with your favourite book, or lose yourself in the magic of a perfect sunset as you enjoy cocktails and a menu of light snacks with soft sand underfoot and a hint of romance in the air. Sumptuous barbecues are arranged each evening with advance reservation.”

Their website is here
Getting there: There are numerous daily flights between Bangkok and Krabi. Rayavadee can arrange onward connections to the resort.

6. Dine In The Dark

Our initial response to this concept was ‘daft!’. However, digging a bit deeper we discovered that there is a serious purpose behind it.

DID (Dine in the Dark) gives decent employment to visually impaired people, plus a donation is made to charities for the visually impaired for each meal ordered.

The experience also allows you to briefly experience the world of the visually impaired, hopefully bringing you a greater understanding of the difficulties they encounter in day to day life.

They have a wide range of alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks, while your choice of food comes in four set menus – Thai, Vegetarian, International, or Surprise.

Their website is here

Getting there: Dine in the Dark is at the Sheraton Grande Hotel, 250 Sukhumvit Road, Bangkok.

7. Museum Snacks

Ban Mai Chay Nam near Khao Yai National Park is one of those wonderful quirky places that draws the crowds.

Its a country resort which includes an eclectic museum of sorts, with a riverside restaurant inside the museum.

The museum displays collectables both big and small, most of which are from the early to late 20th century.

There are even a few retro working games which the kids seem to love!

The restaurant is at the back of the museum but the food is anything but ancient! Mainly it’s traditional Thai food that’s nicely cooked and well presented.

This place is best visited in the cool of the evening, but you may need to book ahead on holidays and weekends.

Getting there: It’s at 21 Mittraphap Road, Pak Chong subdistrict, Nakorn Ratchasima province (Korat). Its on the main Bangkok-Korat highway and well served by frequent buses from both Korat and Bangkok.

8. Little Zoo Cafe

If you’re a true animal lover then this little cafe is just the place for you.

While the dogs seem to outnumber the other pets, there is no doubt the highly spoiled meerkats are the real stars of the Little Zoo Cafe.

You get plenty of one-on-one petting time here, but watch out for playful nips, and the occasional furry cake thief!

There’s an admission fee which seems to include a sock for some obscure reason, plus a coffee and cake. You’re then free to spend as much time as you like with the dogs, meerkats, foxes, hamsters, and even some real cats.

Getting there: Right in the heart of Bangkok at 424/7-8 Siam Square Soi 11, Rama 1 Road, Pathumwan.

9. Underwater Dinner

You’d think that having your dinner underwater would make the food a bit soggy, but it’s ok as it’s really dry and you won’t drown at all.

Andasi is actually inside a large aquarium in Phuket, where you can watch the manta rays and other sealife swimming around you while you eat their relatives!

There’s a cocktail bar, a 16 seater submarine style private dining room, while the main restaurant seats 130 guests.

The restaurant sits inside the aquarium’s main tank which is home to 25000 sea creatures.

They claim to be the world’s largest underwater restaurant, and they say the food is pretty decent too!

Their website is here

Getting there: Andasi Restaurant, Aquaria Phuket, B Floor, Central Phuket Floresta shopping mall, Wichit, Phuket

We hope you’ve enjoyed our 9 Weird Places to Eat and that you’ll try out some of them during your travels in Thailand’

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