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“The place where LOCALS eat Khao Soi” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Khao Soi Lam Duan - Fa Ham

Khao Soi Lam Duan - Fa Ham
352/22 Charoenraj Road | near Wat Fa Ham Temple, Chang Phueak, Chiang Mai 50000, Thailand
053-243519
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Ranked #150 of 1,244 Restaurants in Chiang Mai
Cuisines: Thai
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Chiang Mai, Thailand
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“The place where LOCALS eat Khao Soi”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2013

What's your style? Do you seek 5 star service at super clean tables in air conditioning while sampling the "exotic flavors" of Thailand? If so, you'll struggle with Khao Soi Lam Duan. It's not very clean and it's not "exotic" -it's just a local place serving delicious spicy curry soup.

If, on the other hand, you desire to experience Thailand the way Thai people do then Khao Soi Lam Duan is an awesome place to eat. Although to be honest I have mixed feelings about saying that because this restaurant has been largely unknown to the tourist crowd and it's already packed every day as it is. During lunch hour from 12-1pm it can be hard to get a table. Come before or after the rush if you can.

Khao Soi Lam Duan is where locals from all over Chiang Mai, and even Thailand, come to enjoy one of the signature dishes of Chiang Mai- Khao Soi noodles. Most patrons are Thai families or groups of friends. It's a famous place to eat Khao Soi. Even the princess herself, HRM Sirindhorn, ate here years ago. The owners have preserved the chair in which the princess sat, covering it in plastic and elevating it above all the other chairs in the establishment.

What to expect:
NO MENU- just a list on the wall announcing an assortment of cold drinks and two sizes for your noodles- regular and large. You can choose chicken or pork. Each bowl comes with a side dish of picked greens, red onions and lime. These days one bowl is going for 35-40 baht. If you come with a group order satay with peanut sauce and a plate of fried squash. Although to be honest, sometimes the fried squash has been sitting a while and it's not so tasty. That's all part of the experience, ok?

GOOD FRUIT SHAKES. They make a killer mango shake for 50 baht.

LITTLE ENGLISH SPOKEN. Again, this is a LOCAL restaurant catering to THAI speakers. The owners and their staff are hard working people who have run an honest business for decades. If you do eat here be gracious. They're not expecting an influx of foreign speakers to their restaurant.

Will you see cockroaches here? Likely.
Will the tablecloths be less than spotless? Guaranteed.
Could the floor use a good scrubbing and the rafters a serious sweeping? Most certainly.
Are the bowls dishes washed in hot water in a sanitary kitchen? I highly doubt it.

If any of this bothers you do not come here. Instead go to "Just Khao Soi" in town where you'll get the same curry noodles with their accompaniments served artfully on a plate in a clean environment. If however you want to patronize a truly Thai restaurant and can come prepared to enjoy the local experience AS IS without being critical you will enjoy some very good food.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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  • English first
  • Japanese first
  • Spanish first
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English first
Bangkok, Thailand
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21 reviews 21 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“The Best Noodles in the World”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2013

I studied in Chiang Mai and have lived in Thailand for 13 years. While in Chiang Mai I made it my solemn task to taste Khao Soi in every place offering it. This is because this dish is truly one of the unique great tastes of Asia/The World. I do not feel I am being excessive here. There is a magical confluence of flavours which results in a warming, vibrant, slightly spicy flecked with picked cabbage and lime juice. So I tried everywhere and Khao Soi Lam Duan was the best. By far. The other place that was acceptable has closed. Nothing touches this place. If your bowl (and I am talking about chicken here - Khao Soi Kai) is a little too strong then you might ask them to add some more pressed coconut cream. This enriches the broth and dilutes the chilli. Don't look at the decor. Don't comment on the furniture. The noodles can be hot or warm - Thai's don't mind. Also order the spring rolls and satay and guava juice (nam farang). This is worth travlling a thousand miles for. Go hungry and eat as many bowls as humanly possible.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Tokyo
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Hot food should be hot”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2013

Went to this noodle place for really local khao soi, but little dismayed by the popularity of the place.

Granted, it's busy, but the noodles were Luke warm at best.

Establishment could do with little more cleanup as well.

Not worth taking the taxi or tuktuk to go there.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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Chiang Mai, Thailand
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“Khao Soi (Local Norther Food.)”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2012

Branch 2 Kuang Singh intersection.Parking facilities.Some local people do not like the taste.But I like the taste.Atmosphere.Khao Soi,With beef,chicken, pork,meatballs. Norther many restaurant and people careless the cleanliness.My choice.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Taipei, Taiwan
2 reviews
“Delicious Rich, Tasty Khao Soi”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2012

I came here twice, had the beef, chicken, pork, and the pork curry with ginger. I'm getting hungry thinking about the flavor now, just bursting in my mouth, all sour, sweet, savory with the scent of curry. It's right on the side of the road, accessible by car or scooter. It's a 70 year old establishment, so everyone knows it!

Visited September 2012
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