What are vacations all about? Indulgence of course! Escaping to paradise always helps you unwind, relax, and enjoy the precious moments in life. One of the highlights of a vacation is, of course, the food. When traveling you want to savor the tastes and culture of the location. This is why we have put together the best five must try island classics for your indulgence!

No other place is better than Thailand’s dazzling islands. Due to the availability of wild and fresh ingredients, Thai food is delicious and can be casually enjoyed at the beach. Below are some of the must-try dishes to indulge in while on your holiday.

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Spicy Blue Crab Salad – Yum Poo Ma

First up is the freshly steamed blue crab. Tossed with lime juice, chilies, and Thai herbs. The more the chili, the better. You can also add a local touch to your som tum with raw blue crab. Some may ask what is Som Tum? It is a delicious dish originally from the north of Thailand.
It is the perfect afternoon snack while you are at the beach. When you are in the islands, make sure you order Som Tum Poo Ma and experience an exciting twist on the dish. The mixture of spicy, tangy and salty flavors goes great with seafood.

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Southern Style Fried Chicken – Gai Tod Had Yai

Fried chicken is mouthwatering when taken on its own. It always has a magnetic smell whether you are headed for coffee in Chiang Mai or walking to the BTS in Bangkok. Fried chicken is even better on the Thai islands as it is cooked in the southern style.
It even gets better when mouthwatering crispy fried onions, sweet chili sauce or sweet, and spicy sauce made of tamarind are added. However, make sure you do not forget the sticky rice. Now it is time to enjoy these golden meals that will take you to another level of relaxation.

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Spicy and Sour Seafood Soup – Poh Tak Talay

We know that enjoying soup at the beach may seem counterintuitive but the hot dish might be the best way to cool down at the beach. For a sample of the locally found delights, tuck into a bowl of the tasty spicy and sour seafood soup.

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Horseshoe Crab Egg Salad – Kai Mang Da Talay

If you are a picky eater, you may initially be put off by this popular Thai dish. The horseshoe crab is not very cute as it looks more like a fossil than a mouthwatering seafood dish. However, gather the courage and try this spicy island salad. You will never regret tasting it.

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Thai Seafood Curry in a Young Coconut – Hor Mok Talay Ma Prao On

Some of the most popular Thailand dishes are made with coconuts and this island favorite takes an extra step. The Hor Mok Talay Ma Prao is not only a creamy coconut and seafood combination but the dish is also served inside a young coconut too. To give the dish a more tropical flavor, scoop along the side of the natural bowl.

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