VietnameseBBQ_4Some of our friends in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) took us to 5KU Station for Vietnamese BBQ. It’s a popular open-air restaurant filled mostly with locals, but there were a few tourists and expatriates there as well. Our table included all of the above.

The menu included both BBQ and hotpots. It was reasonably priced and varied. Tons of options from safe to adventurous. Diners have the option to cook their own or let the kitchen do it for them. I thought it would be fun to do it ourselves, so we opted to have the small clay pot grill brought to our table. This small table-top grill was filled with very hot coals, the real thing not charcoal, and then topped with a removable metal rack.

After our stroll through Chiang Mai’s Wat Kate area, we needed a place to cool off and rest. We happened upon the Vieng Joom On Teahouse and decided to pop in for a refreshing drink. What a wonderful surprise! The decor is beautiful and the selection of teas and drinks make for a perfect afternoon treat. It was a bit on the pricey side (for Chiang Mai), but that’s not surprising considering the location and the setting. We felt that it was definitely worth the splurge.

Some friends took us to Khaomao-Khaofang Restaurant on Ratchapruek Road between Hang Dong Road and the Canal Road. The restaurant’s tag line is “The Imaginary Jungle” and that’s quite fitting.

Here you will find an open-air restaurant covered with a dome and landscaped with beautiful large trees, gorgeous tropical garden, waterfalls, ferns, streams, a carp pond and even a lake. The bathrooms are even decorated to feel like part of the outdoors.

If you ever find yourself in Playa del Carmen, Mexico looking for a good place to eat, then look no further than the list below. We promise you won’t be disappointed with any one of these choices. So, without further ado, here are our Top 5 Favorite Restaurants in Playa del Carmen, Mexico.

La Fragata 

  • Address: 26th Street between 5th & 1st Ave
  • Hours: Daily 7:00am – 10:00pm
  • Cuisine: Mexican, French, Seafood
  • Recommended Dishes: Everything
  • Comments: Jacques Pépin named this as his pick for best restaurant, period. It’s truly delicious.