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The Michelin Guide, an esteemed beacon in the culinary world, has once again illuminated the gastronomic map of Thailand. The 2024 edition of the Michelin Guide Thailand, a prelude to the much-anticipated Michelin Stars announcement, has rolled out its Bib Gourmand selection, showcasing 196 eateries. This prestigious list epitomises Thailand’s culinary richness, offering a palette of flavours at value-for-money prices.

The latest Bib Gourmand roster includes 32 new entries, highlighting Thailand’s dynamic and evolving food scene. Of these, 28 are debuting in the Guide, and four have been promoted from the Michelin Selected category. This year’s edition is notable for including two new destinations: Ko Samui and Surat Thani Mainland, contributing 12 first-time entries.

Gwendal Poullennec, the International Director of Michelin Guides, shared his insights: “Thailand remains a country where exemplary culinary experiences come at surprisingly modest prices. Our inspectors are thrilled to continually uncover outstanding cooking, offering diverse flavours at budget-friendly costs throughout Thailand, including the new Ko Samui and Surat Thani areas.” This statement underlines the Guide’s commitment to celebrating quality food accessible to a wide range of diners.

The Bib Gourmand distinction, symbolized by the iconic “Bibendum” or “Michelin Man,” acknowledges restaurants and street food vendors that deliver exceptional food at affordable prices. These establishments fall within the “on a budget” and “moderate spend” categories, making them accessible to a broad audience.

The 2024 selection spans several regions in Thailand, each offering its unique culinary delights. Bangkok and surrounding Provinces feature 68 eateries, with seven newcomers. Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya boasts 15 spots, adding two new entries. Chiang Mai, the cultural heartland, includes 27 establishments with three new

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faces. The Isan region, known for its bold flavours, is represented by 38 eateries across Khon Kaen, Nakhon Ratchasima, Ubon Ratchathani, and Udon Thani. Phang-nga and Phuket add to the southern charm with 11 and 25 entries, respectively. The new areas, Ko Samui and Surat Thani Mainland add a refreshing 12 new entrants to the list.

The diversity of the Thai culinary landscape is evident in the range of cuisines represented. From Chinese, European Contemporary, and Isan to Japanese, Northern Thai, seafood, Southern Thai, and Vietnamese, the list is a testament to Thailand’s vibrant food scene.

Notable among the new entries are eateries like Aunglo by Yangrak in Bangkok, serving contemporary Thai cuisine; Baan Suan Lung Khai in Ko Samui, offering local and Southern Thai dishes; and Lucky Restaurant in Surat Thani Mainland, known for its blend of Thai-Chinese and seafood delicacies.

The Michelin Guide goes beyond just a culinary guide; it also features a selection of unique and exciting hotels worldwide, each chosen for its distinctive style, service, and personality. This integration of dining and hospitality reflects the Guide’s holistic approach to travel and gastronomy.

The 2024 Bib Gourmand list is more than just a directory of eateries; it’s an invitation to embark on a culinary journey through the diverse regions of Thailand. It’s a journey that promises to satiate the palate and the soul.

For more information on the 2024 Michelin Guide Thailand and the Bib Gourmand selection, visit guide.michelin.com/th/en.




Written by: Supaporn (Joom) Pholrach