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“Most amazing food!”
Review of Paak Dang

Paak Dang
Ranked #17 of 2,169 Restaurants in Chiang Mai
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $4 - $6
Cuisines: Asian, Diner, Delicatessen, Thai
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Good for: Romantic
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Delivery, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Description: Set on the Ping River, Paak Dang offers a beautiful dining experience in a 2 story Lanna Style Teak Wood house. We serve authentic Thai food that will tickle and tantalise the tastebuds of both the Thai local palate and our friends from all over the world. The open concept kitchen run by led by Chef K-Jin offers a full Thai menu with something to suit each and every single person. Paak Dang has also been set up with a mission and vision - to provide employment to the less privileged from the neighbouring villages and hilltribes and currently has a team of more then 20 staff catering to a 60 seat restaurant. With a wealth of experience between them, the owners of Paak Dang, K-Jin & K-Lin both work hand in hand to equip their staff with many important life skills. Open for dinner daily with a serene and beautiful setting on the Ping River. Reservations highly recommended for the best tables by the river. Come and have an unforgettable dining experience at Paak Dang!
Reviewed October 15, 2012

As everyone has mentioned, this place is fantastic! My wife and I went here for a dinner and the food was great. We had tum yum gong which was amazing, though a bit spicy (we ended up ordering one medium and one plain and mixing them).

The mackerel with spicy sauce was excellent and the mango salad a bit too spicy for us but delicious.

There was no one in the restaurant but they still called in a guitar player so we could have some live music while we ate. None of the waiters spoke much english and the owner wasn't around so we never met them. Was looking forward to chatting with her after reading the reviews. Great place and we'll be back!

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Reviewed August 3, 2012

This restaurant is really nice, the food is great, they are honest about what is fresh and what is frozen fish by example... Really nice people, nice coctails and great location. Totally not expensive at all!
Definately worth visiting!!!

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Reviewed July 31, 2012

This is already the second time we have been in Chiang Mai and nearly every da we are going to this lovely restaurant. The owner is very nice and takes care of his " Farang" customers - The kitchen always prepairs the food the way everybody likes. Sitting with candleligt at the little waterfall, directly at the River Ping makes us everytime feel good... We come again for sure

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Reviewed July 19, 2012

We came across this fabulous little restaurant quite by chance whilst on holiday in Chang Mai. The old MGA in the front caught my eye and then we took a closer look. The ambiance in the dining area over looking the Ping River is a delight and the food was superb, the best Green curry I have tasted. The pancake dessert was also perfect. On top of all this Jar and her team were excellent and very welcoming. Highly recommended!

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Richards S, Manager at Paak Dang, responded to this reviewResponded July 30, 2012

Thank you very much for your review ! We are everytime working to make the place more and more nice. _We hope to see you soon again. best regards

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Reviewed July 9, 2012

If you’re visiting Chiang Mai or if you are lucky enough to live here and you find yourself looking for a new place to enjoy accessible and affordable Thai food in a warmly lit atmosphere and near the river to boot, look no further…..RestaurantPaak Dang is here!

Although I have been a resident here for over a decade I am still not very adept at eating spicy food. No worries as Paak Dang offers an extensive menu and will spice your food from mild to unbelievably hot. I was joined by two Thai friends and all of us left the restaurant very satisfied. Just know that hot means hot when you’re ordering and medium hot means hot too! If you find yourself lost in the menu then just put yourself in the gentle but firm hands of the owner, WiraipornKanaron (known as Jar), and she’ll guide you towards the best dishes, complex orchestrations of tart and sweet, salt and burn.

We inadvertently ended up at the restaurant on a night of mourning for HRH Princess BejaratanaRajasuda, the only child of King Rama VI. During royal mourning periods it is customary not to have live music or parties so the band that plays every night at the restaurant was given the night off. While I am told the band is excellent it nevertheless turned out not to be a bad thing as we were able to chat and get to know the affable Khun Jar. She was extremely helpful during the ordering process and I am pleased to report that the restaurant had everything stocked fresh and not a 'mai mee' was heard.

We ordered a couple starters like the chicken wings (delicious at 79 baht) and the German pork hocks…the pork was perfectly cooked and also only 79 baht but for me the chili heat in the sauce was gripping and too hot too handle. We tried both a seafood stir fried in yellow curry (149 baht) and a stuffed squid with curry (119 baht) and found curries made with thinner sauce but no less flavor. They were both loved by all. The Tom Yung Goong (129 baht) got the highest praise of the night…it was awesome! Mixed vegetables (69 baht) were above average and since it was a night of mourning we all opted for delicious and beautiful fresh fruit shakes although the restaurant carries a wide range of beer and wines.

The restaurant itself is a bright spot along the Ping River. The décor is tasteful and attractive. There are three levels of dining and we watched the boats go by while we dined. Paak Dang is available for private parties and offers a choice of alacarte or buffet for private functions.

Restaurant Paak Dang is also open for lunch from 9 to 5 serving a delicious Ayuthaya noodle soup that is very popular. The restaurant has free parking directly opposite. It’s a welcome addition and one that I hope is here for many years to come. I’m looking forward to going back and hearing the band play.

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