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On the foodie trail: Thailand

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If there’s one thing you’ll know Thailand for its the foodie scene. And whether you love a creamy green curry or prefer a zingy som tam, we all know that it's Thailand's locals who know how to make it best. Which is why we travelled back to the source to produce our new book, From the Source: Thailand, which showcases local recipes direct from the kitchens where they were originally perfected.

Here Lonely Planet writer and avid food photographer, Austin Bush, shares some hunger-inducing Instagrams of his favourite Thai dishes and some snaps of his foodie adventures across the country.

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‘A shot of one of the salt wells in Ban Bo Luang, Nan. The salty water is boiled until only salt crystals remain, which are scooped into the baskets to dry further. In each hut is a place to sleep, as the boiling almost never stops and those gathering need to wake up every hour throughout the night to scoop!’

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'A delicious dish making use of Mae Hong Son's amazing oranges is a seemingly Burmese-influenced salad of shredded deep-fried tofu, fried nuts and sesame, julienned ginger and deep-fried crispy shallots.'

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‘In Chiang Khong, khao soi refers to rice noodles in clear broth topped with a rich, spicy (and oily!) topping of minced pork. The topping has a lot in common with Chinese dandan noodles, and the dish is one of the tastiest bowls in the north.’

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‘Available across the whole of Thailand, but somehow always tastier in the Chinese village of Doi Mae Salong is this dish of hot, freshly made soy milk and crispy deep-fried dough.’

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‘Restaurants in Northern Thailand tend to emphasise meat, but often the best ones compensate with lots of herbs. Here’s a super tasty fish laap, served with sticky rice and heap of exotic greens, Laap Sanaam Keelaa.’

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‘Some excellent central Thai food at See Fah, Nakhon Chaisri, about 45 minutes west of Bangkok. On the left is yam som oh, a salad of pomelo, crunchy toasted coconut and dried squid, and on the right phat chaa hoy lawt, a razor clam-like shellfish from central Thailand flash-fried and served with herbs.'

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‘This is khanom hua ngawk, a popular northern Thai sweet made from banana wrapped in sticky rice, steamed and topped with shredded coconut and sugar.’

Have Austin's Instagrams got you hungry for more? Check out From the Source: Thailand for more authentic recipes shared by Thailand's locals or follow Austin's foodies adventures via his Instagram.