How to survive in Chiang Mai with a picky eater
When I set out on an adventure to visit a new destination, the first thing I look into is what the local cuisine is like. My sister and I are both very picky eaters, and we both don’t like to try anything that is too far out of our western cuisine comfort zone. I think this has to be because I grew up on Kraft mac & cheese and meat loaf, and the spiciest thing I ever tried was some hot Cheetos. I also never ate any type of seafood or fish, thanks to the TV show Arthur. Arthur would say that fish is for ducks, so after that I never ate any fish or seafood again.
When I was planning my trip to Chiang Mai, the very first thing I did was look to see what large fast food chains were in the city. To my excitement, there was an abundance of western fast food chains, so I knew that my sister and I wouldn’t starve. In Chiang Mai you’re going to find McDonalds, Subway, KFC, Burger King, and Starbucks.
Being a picky eater, I don’t have many foods that I can find outside of the United Sates that I like. When I’m out of the country there is always one food I have found that every picky eater will like. That food happens to be pizza. Pizza is just dough, cheese, and sauce – so it’s typically a food that you can find everywhere.
After dinner I would head down to the first floor of the Maya Mall and have a venti coffee from Starbucks. The Starbucks in Chiang Mai are going to have the majority of the drinks that you’re used to getting in the United States.
There are a lot of people who won’t travel outside of the United States because they are afraid of the food situation. I am one of the pickiest eaters out there, and fortunately for me, McDonalds is located in 119 countries; soon to be 121 with the addition of Tunisia and Nigeria. Another good thing to remember is that if you are staying at a chain resort (Starwood/Marriott, Hilton, Hyatt) they will typically have western options for you to eat as well.
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If you have any questions about the cuisine in Chiang Mai, Thailand or about traveling while being a picky eater, then please don’t hesitate to ask in the comments below.