By now you've probably heard at least whispers of Chiang Mai's famed khao soi: a mixture of yellow and fried noodles in a thick bath of spicy coconut milk curry that will set you in a place of culinary bliss for at least the duration of a bowl's worth. Well, if you don't mind venturing east of the river and north of the Old City into what's become known as the "kôw soy ghetto," Charoenraj Road has got your fix. Leave the pretentious expectations at your hotel because these street-side eateries, while gaining popularity with tourists in recent years, still cater to a local clientele who value cheap, delicious, authentic food over anything reminiscent of upscale decor. Ask your tuk-tuk driver or cabbie to take you to Samoer Jai or Lam Duan for starters, or follow your nose to somewhere that looks appealing.
Location:Chiang Mai, Thailand
Note:If you're having trouble finding the strip, just get yourself to Wat Fa Ham. You'll find Khao Soi Samoer Jai just across the street.