Khantoke Dinner (Lanna Style Dinner)
Before being united with Thailand ( formerly named Siam) in late 19th Century , the beautiful northern region of Thailand was once an independent state called the Lanna kingdom. The region has its own culture and ways of living which are uniquely elegant and sweet. Thai people refer its distinctive culture to Lanna culture. Nowadays the Lanna culture has been well conserved and blended with the modern Thai way of life. Khantoke, for example, is the Lanna style of welcoming guests with home cooked Lanna food presented in a wooden utensil called Khantoke. On special occasions and for special guests, Lanna dances and performing arts are presented in accompanying with Khantoke meal. The tradition of Khantoke has become the renowned northern hospitality which both Thai and international tourists are fond of. Most Khantoke dinner are offered in Lanna style restaurants. These restaurants are decorated with the Lanna arts and crafts which connect you to the long history and exquisite culture of the Lanna Kingdom. The spectacular Lanna performances enhance the taste of beautifully and carefully crafted foods in a Khantoke. Your visit to this charming region cannot be complete if you do not have a Khantoke dinner at one of Lanna style restaurants. So why not treat yourself in one evening of your stay in Chiang Mai!
Here is information of Lanna style restaurants that provide Khantoke dinners in Chiang Mai. You can choose the one that meets your requirements.
Khum Khantoke (luxury and extravaganza)
Khum Khantoke is the most popular Lanna style restaurant in Chiang Mai. It recieves several hundreds of guests a day. Local Lanna food is served unlimitedly. You can ask for a childern portion or Mulsim food. Dinner is served at 18:30 hrs. Lanna shows are performed from 19:45-21:00 hrs.
- Good value for money, a meal set excludes beverages but they can be ordered from a separate menu. Water is unlimitedly served for only 20 baht per person. Soft drinks (Coke, Fanta, Sprite) are also served unlimitedly for only 50 baht per person.
- Children under 4 years old eat free.
- The restaurant promises that Muslim food is 100 % processed in the Halal tradition.
- You can request for being seated in a special zone for Muslim guests for 50 baht per person.
Chiang Mai Cultural Centre Khantoke (authentic Lanna)
Chiang Mai Cultural Center Khantoke has been opened for more than 40 years (since 1971). It claims to be the first Lanna style restaurant in Chiang Mai that offers Khantoke dinners. The restaurant is in a old Lanna wooded house decorated in with Lanna arts and crafts. It is situated in the centre of Chiang Mai down town. It unlimitedly serves traditional Lanna food. A meals set excludes beverages, however you can order from a menu.
- Performances are 100 % classical Lanna ( no performances of other regions). There are shows of hill tribe people at the Hill Tribe hall.
- Good location! It is close to Woa Lai Street which is the walking street on Saturday night.
- Accessibility is perfect! You can access the restaurant by public transports or a Red Song Taew Truck. And it takes only 5 minutes to the Chiang Mai Airport.
Khantoke Palace (fully air-conditioned)
Situated in a very convenient location near the Chiang Mai Night Bazaar, the restaurant is fully air-conditioned. It serves unlimited Lanna food with Coffee and tea after the meal. Beverages are not included in a meal set but you can order from a separate menu. Shows starts from 20:15-21:30 hrs., a little later than other restaurants. For those who are not familiar with sitting on the floor, this restaurant is your choice. All seats allow you to leave your legs comfortably down. You will feel as if you were sitting on a chair.
- Shows are presented on a spacious stage in a fully air-conditioned hall.
- International guests are charged 100 Baht on top of normal price.
- There is Thai massage service.
Banjarong Khantoke (on the road to the Night Safari)
This restaurant is sitatuted on the Irrigation Canal Road in the suburb area of Chiang Mai. It is on the way to the Royal Rajapruk Park. The restaurant is in a northern style wooden house. It serves Lanna food unlimitedly. A meal set excludes beverages but you can order from a menu for your preference. The performing stage is in the middle of the hall where 9 impressive Lanna shows are performed for an hour (from 20.15 hr. to 21.15 hr.). All seats have a gap that you can leave your legs freely and comfortably down on the floor beneath a table.
- There is a special show called “ Khantoke Parade” to welcome valuable guests at 19.15 hr.
- Water is served unlimitedly for only 20 Baht per person and soft drinks are 50 Baht per person.
- Additional 50 baht is charged for Halal food.
Sibsongpanna Khantoke (near Nimmanhemin Road)
Sibsongpanna Khantoke restaurant is situated on the Irrigation Canal Road, on the access way of Wat Umong Temple. It is near Ton Payom market where you can shop souvenirs, local food and produces. This restaurant is in a distinguishing ancient wooden house. It claims that it offers the most reasonable price for food and shows. The performing stage is substantial and situated in one section of the house. There are 9 Lanna shows for 45 minutes ( from 19:45-20:30 hrs.). Food is served unlimitedly until 22:00 hrs. Beverages is not included in a meal set but can be ordered from a separate menu.
- Special dishes such as Northern style pork sausages, Vietnamese meatball wraps ( Nam Nheung) are offered for only 50 baht per person.
- Soft drink, water and soda are served unlimitedly for 50 Baht per person.
- No charge for bringing your own alcoholic drinks when you order one of soft
Muslim Khantoke or Ban Pee Maung Nong Khantoe (Halal food)
Muslim Khantoke or Ban Pee Maung Nong Khantoke is on the Chiang Mai – Lampang Super Highway. It offers unlimited 100 % Halal food not only for Muslim people but also for others who prefer Halal food. All dishes are pork-free but substitute ingredients make them as delicious as original dishes.
- Signature dishes are Northern style tomato and chilli paste served with boiled vegetables, Burmese chicken curry (Hang Le curry), fried chicken, spicy Tom Yum, stir-fired shitake mushroom with oyster sauce, crispy catfish salad and fried snakehead fish with herb and sweet sauce.
- Open daily from 11:00-22:00 hrs.
*** All dishes are mildly spiced as these restaurant realize that international tourists are not familiar with spicy food but they are as delicious as the orginal taste.