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“Great Food, Magical View” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Rak Thanam Restaurant

Rak Thanam Restaurant
168 M.3 T.Pardad | Pardad Rd. A.Muang, Chiang Mai 50100, Thailand
+(66)52001111
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Ranked #890 of 1,466 Restaurants in Chiang Mai
Cuisines: Chinese, Thai, Vegetarian, Healthy
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Jakarta
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25 reviews 25 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
“Great Food, Magical View”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2013

Coming here on a large group (with my colleagues from work), we really enjoy the food, the atmosphere and the service. We had our dinner in the 2nd floor of the main building because we have around 20 people in our party. We're quite lucky to see what's left of Loy Kratong festival from where we seated. The food is really great and I personally don't have anything to complain about the food. I'm a big fan of Thai Food and this is arguably one of the best I've ever tried.

Some recommended dishes: Kai Hor Bai Toey (Deep Fried Marinated Chicken in Pandan Leaves), Tom Kha Kai (Coconut Milk Soup With Chicken), and Pla Kra Pong Thod Prig Som Rod (Deep Fried Sea Bass with Sweet Chili Sauce). The Mango Sticky Rice ran out that night, so we opted for the second most delicious dessert on the menu: the coconut ice cream

The only drawback was the lacking of English of the waiters. But they are really nice and will call their English-speaking colleagues if they stuck.

  • Visited November 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Losone, Switzerland
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39 reviews 39 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 28 cities Reviews in 28 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
“My favorite restaurant for Northern food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2013

This is one of my favorite restaurant in Chiang Mai - authentic food, great view on Ping river and friendly waiters/waitress. The price is not the cheapest in town but this place offers a fantastic river view. Don't miss this signature dish - "Hors' D oeuvers Mueng" and "Tok Tha Nam"!
If you visit Chiang Mai and want to try northern style food with great view - don't miss this place.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Bangkok, Thailand
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678 reviews 678 reviews
220 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 225 cities Reviews in 225 cities
380 helpful votes 380 helpful votes
“Great atmosphere for dining.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2013

This restaurant is beautifully located next to Ping River and the house was constructed from the original restaurant by relocating the timbers piece-by-piece. We were recommended by the hotel concierge on our arrival. However we took the time to inspect the place which we found the place extraordinary in its beauty. We booked the tables for the evening, one table for clear sky and one for rainy sky. The host recommended the best time to enjoy the evening atmosphere is pre-sunset time. We did returned slightly after and found the place blustering with tourists came in groups. Instead of being annoying we took the enjoyment of watching them especially the herd-instinct when tourist travel in group.

For the evening, we noticed the difference the place looks between the day and night scenery. We also pictured how individual tourists will enjoy the restaurant surrounding in comparison to group tourists. We gave the Norther Thai cuisine which we ordered just average and believe it can be improved with the right clientele. The restaurant definitely will be recognize by both the Thai and oversea tourists but it will need time to fine tune itself to serve the right market.

Visited June 2013
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California
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5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“Overcharged 400 Baht”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2013

The restaurant has a beautiful ambiance. The meal was excellent, service generally good though not quite as attentive as similar restaurants of this type. However the experience was spoiled when the bill arrived. We'd had 2 beers but were charged for 6, pushing the bill up by 400 Baht. Don't know whether it was by intent or accident, but very disappointing. We spoke to the manager who apologized and gave a weak excuse.

We were a group of 4. My wife is Thai and I've been traveling in this country for over 30 years. It's very sad when this sort of thing happens. Thai restaurant owners and managers, please take strong action to prevent this sort of thing. The negative effects are far reaching.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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