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Authentic Thai Food in Retro Style

February 17, 2019 by Khiri Travel | Filed Under: ,

According to most of the dictionaries the word ‘kitsch’ means: ‘art, objects, or design considered to be in poor taste because of excessive garishness or sentimentality, but sometimes appreciated in an ironic or knowing way.’

Keep that last part in mind when heading out for some good food at Ban Mai Chay Nam Restaurant & Museum in Pak Chong town, near the entrance to Khao Yai National Park. Ban Mai Chay Nam serves authentic Thai food, but their unique retro decoration is probably the main reason for its popularity.

The menu consists of traditional Thai favorites like pork satay, tom yum shrimp, duck curry, spicy fried morning glory and other classic dishes. It’s worth noting that the kitchen caters to a Thai clientele, not foreign tourists, so you can be guaranteed of the real (spicy) deal.

Upon arriving you might be forgiven if your first impression is ‘What the heck?’ as it looks like anything but a restaurant. It takes a few minutes to go through this maze-like establishment, but getting distracted by the mind-boggling collection of vintage products is all part of the fun.

The restaurant area is on the riverside and consists of several areas, giving you the option of a more private experience surrounded by collector’s items or kitsch artifacts. After all, art is in the eye of the beholder!

The collection is obviously put together by an obsessive collector as it showcases anything – from pinball machines to Lady Di dolls, life size superhero statues to Thai dancer puppets, vintage windup toys to matchboxes, etc.

It’s a great place for families to have lunch or dinner and children especially, will appreciate the Indiana Jones style hanging bridge and the massive collection.

Ban Mai Chay Nam Restaurant & Museum can be visited during tours to Khao Yai National Park and is suitable for both FIT and groups.

For more information on this authentic experience or booking, please email to [email protected].

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