The best place in Chiang Mai to enjoy a northern dinner,
including a traditionnal dance and musical show.

The difference between involvement and commitment is like an eggs-and-ham breakfast:
the chicken was involved; the pig was committed.

Enjoy an evening out by having a Khantoke Dinner, the customary northern Thai style of eating with food being served in large platters at low tables while you sit on mats on the floor.
As you enjoy your meal, let yourself be entertained by a selection of northern cultural performances including the charming Fon Lep (Thai Finger Dance), Ram Dab (Thai Sword Dance), Fon Thiean (Thai Candle Dance), and Ram Wong (Group Dance).
To end the evening, there is a special hilltribe show performed by various members of Yao, Lahu, Meo, Lisu, and Karen hilltribe.

What you will see and eat

Traditionnal Northern Lanna dishes

Khantoke is the name of the plate used by northern thai people for traditionnal dinner.
About 7 dishes are put on this wooden plate, et share by the guests.
You will have the chance to experiment:

Kang Hing Lay: Burmese pork curry
Nam Prik Noom: green chilli paste
Nam Prik Ong: minced pork in tomatoes chilli paste
Crispy fried pork skin
Fresh vegetables
Sweet crispy noodles
Stir fried mxed vegetables
Fresh fruits
Coffee or tea

Northern folk dances

As traditionnal as the food, these dances are exclusivs to the Chiang Mai disctrict, you will not see them anywhere else.
Here is a list of dances you could enjoy during your evening:

The Fingernails Dance: This is a traditional dance that the Northern Thai people are very proud of. It is usually perform on special occasion, such as when greeting honourable guests or state visitors.
The Swords Dance: This dance was developed from an ancient martial art. It was transformed in to a dance because of its ferocious beauty. The dancer will dance with twelve swords.
The Shan Dance: The Shan are a branch of Thai speaking people from the Shan State, Myanmar. It has its origin in Burmese culture but was adopted by the Shan people. In 1952 the last prince of Chiang Mai instructed his court dance instructors to add some polish to it.
The Magic Fowls Dance: These wild fowls are part of a spell cast by a powerful sorcerer. Its purpose was to lure the hero of the play, Phra law, to stray off his hunting course toward love and death. The dance was choreographed by Jao Dara Rasmi of Chiang mai in the year 1909.
The Celebration Dance: It was composed and choreographed by Chao Dara Rasmi’s court poets and dance instructors in the year 1927. It was part of celebrations on the occasion of the royal king Prajadhipok’s visit to Chiang Mai. It rejoices in the presentation of a white elephant to him. The costumes are in the style of the king.
Thai Lue Dance: The dance was originally performed by the Thai Lue people of Nong Bua Village in the Tha Wang Pha District of Nan province. It was performed by ancient Thai Lue ancestors as they migrated away from the wars of the Xishuangbanna region of Yunnan Province, China.
Mahn Mui Chiangta Dance: This is a mixture of a Burmese court dance and a Thai dance. Chao Dara Rasmi commissioned a Burmese dance instructor and her court dance instructors to choreograph the the dance over a period from 1915 to 1926. The costumes are in the style of Burmese court ladies during the reign of king Thi-baw, the last king of Burma.
The Silk-reeling Dance: This is a folk dance that incorporates every day activities. The movements stylize processes that lead to silk weaving. The dance emphasizes continuous, flowing movements because these are the kinds of movement used by weavers to help prevent silk threads from becoming entangled.
Noi Jai Ya Dance: This is from a scene of a musical play of the same name. It shows Noi Jai Ya, a poor scholar, reproaching Wankeao, a village beauty, for getting married the next day to Sarng Nanta, a rich and ugly man from another village. Wankeao tells him that the plan is not hers but her parents, and confirms her love for him. After the reconciliation they elope.
Rumwong or the Circle Dance: This is a typical Thai folk dance that is greatly enjoyed by all Thai people. It is very easy to do. First our dancers will demonstrate the three dance movements relating to three songs for you. Afterwards they will invite you to dance it with them on the stage. This is your chance to join in and experience a piece of ancient Thai culture for yourselves.


Frequently Asked Questions

Whats is included?

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • 7 dishes
  • 7 to 10 traditionnal dances
  • English guide

What is not included?

  • Nothing

More informations?

  • Departure time is around 6:30 at your hotel, or at the Cool Guesthouse
  • You will be back around 9pm
  • No pick-up at the airport, train/bus station

Book now, limited seats available

Only 850THB per adult, 525 per child, all included

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Max people reached. Less than 14 please

* If you dont yet know your hotel, let it empty, you will be able to let us know later.
We also propose a departure at our agency, at the Cool Guesthouse. | Check the Google Maps here
** Tall less than 90cm to be eligible to child rate
English version Khantoke Dinner Flag    Version française Dinner Khantoke