Thailand is a hub of activity and culture. One of the highlights of heading to this country are the beaches, but the culinary experiences are also some of the best in the world. There are a wide variety of dishes that all taste great and are unique to the area. If you are planning to travel to Thailand, make it a point to find out as much as you can about the restaurants and food stalls in the area. Bangkok, in particular, has a wide array of choices.

When it comes to the street vendors, what should you keep an eye out for? Obviously, the area should be clean. For instance, if there is a tray that is holding condiments, that tray should not be soiled with old food. If it is clean, that is a good indication that the kitchen is clean, too. In addition, as you walk around, try out a street vendor that has a lot of other people at his or her stall. Because the food is going out to customers quickly, you know it is not old. Keep in mind that there are a lot of spices used in Thai dishes that you don’t find anywhere else. Your meal may be quite spicy but also have some sweetness to it as well. Local choices are ideal for this situation.

If you are in Bangkok and interested in trying out street food, the following dishes are worth a mention.

1. Som Tam

This is a spicy version of a salad that contains unripened papaya. You’ll find hot chili spice, palm sugar, salty fish, and lime. This is a made to order plate, so your preferences will come into play.

2. Rat Naa

Some people are hesitant to order this dish because it has the word “rat” in it, but the main ingredients are pork, noodles and gravy. There is some kale in the gravy as well.

3. Khao Mun Gai Tod

This dish is similar to a Chinese chicken and rice dish. The rice is made with chicken broth. The chicken is fried and placed on top of the rice. There are a number of sauces involved, giving this dish a unique and delectable flavor.

4. Ba Mee Nam

There are egg noodles and wonton in this soup, which also has bean sprouts, shrimp and pork, all of which combine for a great and hearty flavor.

5. Johk

Many people compare this dish to porridge and enjoy it as a quick bite to eat in the morning. Composed of rice and pork, it has a thick texture.

6. Pad Thai

You have likely heard of Pad Thai before, as it is one of the most popular dishes in Thailand. There are four main ingredients that can be found alone or together in this dish, including tofu, shrimp, chicken and pork. There are also stir fried rice noodles and several sauces, which give the dish a distinctive taste. Also, there are peanuts and there may be banana flower as well.

7 Pad See EW

This dish also contains pan fried rice noodles. It has broccoli as well as a meat (which you can decide upon). This is another very common and popular dish in Bangkok.

8. Khao Pad

This is very similar to fried rice. It has a lot of what you find in the Chinese dish, although it has Jasmine rice rather than long grain rice. Another difference is that it contains meat that people in Thailand consume most often.

9. Moo Pad Krapow

This is a fried pork dish, containing spices and Thai basil.

10. Khao Moo Daeng

This dish contains rice and red pork. It has a distinctive taste, as it is also made with soy sauce and oyster sauce.

There are so many great dishes in Bangkok. The street food is delicious and varied. When you are in Thailand, keep your eye out for the food stalls and pick up a few dishes that look interesting to you. You will be glad that you did!