Lakeside grilled fish

Phayao's signature meal

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What we say: 4 stars

After a short walk down Phayao's waterfront, you will notice a trend in the restaurants that line Chai Kwan Road: there's a whole lot of grilling going on.

Indeed, nearly every other property seems to be a restaurant that specialises in grilled fish (sourced locally, of course), chicken and pork, along with som tam and other Thai favourites.

On any given afternoon or evening, packs of locals and tourists will settle in here to enjoy some fish, beer and scenery, either from the restaurant itself or from a mat in a park. Little really differentiates one of these restaurants from another, and indeed the locals couldn't be coaxed into naming a favourite.

For what it's worth, we enjoyed both the service and the food at Hong Ang, but given the fact that most restaurant signs are written in Thai, you're not likely to find any specific one based on its name.

Generally, the grilled fish and other dishes are good value, with a whole fish costing about 120 baht. The best time for a fish feast is early evening, when the setting sun really turns on the lakeside scenery prettiness (also: it's too hot during the middle of the day).

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