With its pristine white sand beaches, thick untouched green jungles, breathtaking mountains, and succulent food, Thailand is a must-visit destination for tourists worldwide. Although Thailand is predominantly a Buddhist country, it does have a significant Muslim population around the country. Because of this and the increasing number of Muslim tourists flocking to the country every year, Thailand is now home to some of the best halal food in the region.

Here are some of the best halal friendly restaurants around Thailand:

1. Yana Restaurant, Bangkok

Located in the heart on the city, Yana is considered as one of the most stylish Muslim restaurants in the country and often finds itself on the bucket list of travellers from all over South East Asia. The restaurant is large and modern, easily catering to the crowd of shoppers at MBK mall who are looking for a hearty meal and a quick stopover.

Yana’s menu is an ode to the tourists who flock to the shopping centers in Bangkok, catering to everyone’s demands – from traditional Thai and Chinese dishes like red curry and pad thai noodles to steaks, burgers and pastas. Chances are high that you will definitely fall in love with the food here and come back to MBK again for the food, not the shops!

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Recommended dishes: Tom Yam soup, Papaya Salad, and Whole Fried Fish.
Cost for two: Approximately THB$700
Opening hours: Daily, 10.30 a.m. – 9 p.m.

2. Istanbul Turkish Restaurant, Phuket

This restaurant is popular among locals, expats, and tourists for bringing to life the authentic flavors of Turkey to Thailand. The restaurant itself is cozy and warm, filled with the delicious aromas of of freshly baked breads that will make your mouth water. A stone’s throw away from Kata beach (about 10 minutes walk; can be reached by tuk tuk or taxi as well), Istanbul Turkish restaurant is the perfect place for those looking for a break from Asian food. If you are interested in shopping at all, the restaurant sells homemade jewellery and souvenirs that are on display too!

Pro tip: The restaurant does not have air-conditioning, so if you have a low heat tolerance you can avoid visiting it on very hot days.

Run by a Turkish couple with years of experience in kitchens across Turkey, this restaurant is a must visit for those who love their pide, salads, and fresh Turkish breads. The chefs even churn fresh butter and make fresh cream and jams for their breakfast service. So, do visit in the morning if you have get a chance.

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Recommended dishes: Turkish Pizza, Chicken Shish, and Kebabs.
Cost for two: Approximately THB$550
Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday (8 a.m. – 10 p.m.); Monday closed.

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3. Nadimo’s, Bangkok

Love mezze? Nadimo’s provides the best variety of authentic Lebanese dishes from the creamy babaganoush and fresh salads to succulent kebabs. The restaurant does offer some of the more traditional Thai dishes as well. The outdoor seating on a busy main street is perfect to enjoy a pleasant evening. Sitting on the roadside, doing shisha at Nadimo’s is guaranteed to transport to London’s Egdware road.

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Recommended dishes: Kebab Khashkhash, Barbeque Chicken, and Namoura.
Cost for two: Approximately THB$900 (without alcohol)
Opening hours: Daily, 11.30 a.m. – 11.30 p.m.

4. San Sabai Thai Seafood and BBQ, Phuket

San Sabai boasts an expansive menu of Thai food, along with a few western dishes like pizzas, steak, and wings. With fresh seafood on display, it is one of the best places in Thailand for halal seafood whether you are craving a spicy crab or a simple shrimp fried rice. San Sabai also does a great mango sticky rice and a fried banana dessert, in case you are in the mood for something sweet!

Pro tip: Seafood (lobsters, crabs, squids etc.) is sold by the kilo. Do check your bill at the end to ensure you have been correctly billed. And don’t forget to negotiate!

A hole in the wall restaurant, San Sabai is extremely popular and hence, very busy (especially in the evenings). Ideally try and visit it late at night or for lunch.

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Recommended dishes: Tom Yum Shrimp Soup, Chicken Fried Rice, and Green Curry.
Cost for two: Approximately THB$400
Opening hours: Daily, 10 a.m. – 1 a.m.

5. Usman Thai Muslim Restaurant, Bangkok

This tiny restaurant is a hidden gem for locals and tourists on the lookout for traditional food that is halal, vegetarian, or vegan friendly. The restaurant offers a wide selection traditional Thai dishes such as cashew chicken, penang curry and a wonderfully refreshing Thai iced tea. In short you are looking for home style, comfort food, this is the restaurant for you.

As the restaurant is quite small, it gets very busy and noisy, particularly during dinner service. So you can either go early or take advantage of their delivery service. The restaurant does offer free wifi, making it perfect to sit back, relax and feel at home!

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Recommended dishes: Mango Sticky Rice, Thai Iced Tea, and Spicy Beef Salad.
Cost for two: Approximately THB$400
Opening hours: 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. (Monday to Thursday), 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. (Saturday and Sunday),  10 a.m. – 10 p.m.; 2 p.m.-10 p.m. (Friday)

6. Sababa Israeli Restaurant, Chiang Mai

Located near the famous night market in Chiang Mai, Sababa Israeli restaurant offers a cozy little slice of Middle East in the heart of Thailand. With its high wooden ceilings and country decorations, the restaurant gives the feeling of dining in a mill. If you love your hummus, falafel and babaganoush plates and  or simply need a break from Asian food, Sabba with its casual interiors and amazingly friendly owner will provide you with the perfect sanctuary.

Pro tip: Carry cash as the restaurant does not accept card payments.

Sababa is quite a spacious restaurants making it perfect for even larger groups.

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Recommended dishes: Chicken Schnitzel, Bean Soup, and Shakshuka .
Cost for two: Approximately THB$650
Opening hours: Saturday to Thursday, 12 p.m. to 11.30 p.m.; Closed on Friday

7. Caravan, Pattaya

Caravan is a cozy little restaurant specializing in Russian and Central Asian cuisines. The restaurant transports you out of Thailand and into the heart of Asia with its well lit arcs and traditional rugs. It’s perfect for a laidback evening if you want a break from the local asian cuisine and delve into a delicious bowl of borscht or shurpa.

Pro tip: There is no restroom inside the restaurant. There is one right outside it though.

The restaurant is always lively with some 80s music playing in the background. If you are looking to catch a game with your meal, it’s the perfect venue for you.

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Recommended dishes: Chicken Shashlik, Manti, and Veal Orloff.
Cost for two: Approximately THB$700
Opening hours: Daily, 1 p.m. to 11.30 p.m.

8. Sultan’s Grill and Authentic Turkish and Indian Cuisine, Phuket

If you love a mean curry and crunchy falafels, Sultan’s is the place to visit. While the owner is Turkish, the Indian food served is also authentic and delicious. The restaurant is located in the heart of Patong and provides a great change of pace from the other eateries located in the region.

Sultan’s Grill has live music on for evenings, making it the perfect place for a fun evening with a hearty helping of chicken biryani and lentil makhani to keep you going!  

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Recommended dishes: Chicken Kebab, Menemen, and Adana Kebab.
Cost for two: Approximately THB$600
Opening hours: Daily, 12 p.m. to 11 p.m.

9. Le Brooklyn, Phuket

If you are tired of Thai food, and are craving some good ol’ comfort food – Le Brooklyn is the place for you. Serving gourmet burgers and hot dogs, the restaurant is artfully done up in a minimalist style.

They do bake their own biscuits and sometimes hand them out at the end of your meal. Be cheeky and demand your biscuit. And also, be sure to ask for an extra serving of their delicious sauce on the side!

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Recommended dishes: Burgers and Fries, Homemade Cheesecake, and Algerian Chili Sauce.
Cost for two: Approximately THB$600
Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday, 5 p.m. – 12 a.m.; Closed on Monday.

10. Royal Indian Restaurant, Hua Hin

Love free poppadoms? You can get that and your fill of chicken samosas and saag paneer just a couple of minutes away from the Hua Hin beach. A haven for vegetarians, vegans and halal food eaters in the middle of Hua Hin, Royal Indian is a simple restaurant that deliver good old, hearty Indian flavours in huge portions!

The restaurant is quite popular particularly for lunch and can get a bit noisy.

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Recommended dishes: Chicken Tikka Masala, Keema Naan, and Aloo Gobi.
Cost for two: Approximately THB$500
Opening hours: Daily, 10.30 a.m. – 10.30 p.m.

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If you want to avoid reading hundreds of articles like these to plan your trip, download Ithaka.

It is a fun way to discover Thailand and plan your entire trip by talking to someone who’s already been there and done that!

From helping you discover the coolest destinations to recommending activities, your travel buddy on Ithaka will help you plan your entire trip.

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