Unlike what you may hear from other travelers, the traditional Khantoke dinner is NOT an invention by the board of tourism. Considered by many the ultimate Northern Thai dinner experience, this tradition dates back many centuries. And as of today, locals will still celebrate festivals and holidays with a traditional Khantoke dinner.
Experience Lanna dining with “Khantoke” or “Toke”, a round rattan tray, serving various kinds of authentic northern Thai dishes and national Thai food. As you enjoy the tasty food, you will be entertained by beautiful and elegant classical dances from northern Thailand and the rest of the Kingdom.
Traditional Thai meals are rarely a “one plate experience”, so our concept of having a slice of meat along with two pieces of veggie is completely alien to Thai dining. As you have probably already discovered, knives are rarely handed out at restaurants and a fork and spoon are considered “enough”. Unless you are actually invited to a Thai home, the closest you will ever get to traditional Thai dining is a Khantoke dinner, so we do recommend you jump at this chance.
We should point out that travelers who have already visited a Thai dinner show (in Bangkok) usually decide to give Khantoke dinners a pass because they think the two are similar. But we like to think a traditional Khantoke Dinner is different because of the informal atmosphere, the completely different style of cooking, and slow-tempo dances.