Photo: Enjoying the simple pleasures at Food Factory.

Eat and meet

Wiang Haeng’s restaurant list is, to say the least, limited but is slowly improving and does present more tempting choices than its accommodation options, plus there are a couple of good coffee shops in town.





Wiang Haeng

The old Pha Kin is still going strong and while you certainly wouldn’t go there for the decor it does serve up a tasty menu of copious Thai and north Thai dishes at reasonable rates and they do possess a tattered old English language menu. Conversely, there’s no English language sign but the restaurant, located around one kilometre east of town on the side of Route 1322, is easy to spot as it’ll be the only lights in the area after dark. You’ll see a relatively large, roofed seating area on the right side of the road with wooden chairs, tables and benches.

Pull up a pew at Wiang Haeng Coffee.

Pull up a pew at Wiang Haeng Coffee. Photo: Mark Ord

A new entry and somewhat incongruous in Wiang Haeng with its buffed cement walls and funky toy-themed decor is the recently opened Food Factory. With a coherent English menu as well as WiFi access they propose an eclectic selection of dishes from Thai classics to pizzas by way of some unexpected fried cheese balls. Even the Thai dishes include south Thai as well as standard and northern specialities (count 50-60 baht for main courses) while small and large pizzas go for 89 and 129 baht respectively. Don’t expect Italian wood-fired, thin base ones though.

A welcome new addition to the town’s culinary options while directly across the road is Wiang Haeng’s best coffee shop, the imaginatively named Wiang Haeng Coffee. This chic, modern looking coffee and juice bar wouldn’t look out of place on Chiang Mai’s Nimmanhemin Road. Customers seem to be mainly civic employees; civil servants, teachers, doctors and so-on and it’s clearly a popular local hang-out. Coffees are good and they have smoothies, juices and a small but tasty bakery selection.

At the western end of the village on the left side is Coffee Town which also serves a good locally-sourced brew with friendly service and some English spoken.

During daylight hours there are a few noodle shops dotted along the main road, particularly around the regional hospital. Presumably lunch options for nurses and doctors from the large hospital, they tend to open early—from 07:00 onwards—with the majority closing down late afternoon. One or two of the noodle shops dotted along the highway may stay open into evening hours and you may spot the occasional friend chicken vendor though apart from a couple of half-baked and grungy karaoke shacks that’s about it.

Most spots in town are closed soon after 20:00 so for an evening bevvy our only suggestion is taking a couple of 7-eleven beers back to your terrace table at Chiangtung Guesthouse.



Map of eating options for Wiang Haeng
Map of eating options for Wiang Haeng
Legend
(1) Coffee Town (2) Food factory (See Wiang Haeng Coffee)(3) Pha Kin (4) Wiang Haeng Coffee

Coffee Town Highway 1322, western end of the town on the left, Wiang Haeng; T: (088) 269 2641; Mo–Su: 08:00–18:00.
Food factory Highway 1322, opposite Chiangtung House, Wiang Haeng; T: (084) 013 9942, (063) 228 2202; Mo–Su: 09:00–20:00.
Pha Kin Highway 1322 around 1km east of town on the right as you arrive, Wiang Haeng; T: (089) 854 9071; Mo–Su: 08:00–20:00.
Wiang Haeng Coffee Highway 1322, next door to Chiangtung House, Wiang Haeng; T: (089) 951 6074; Mo–Su: 08:30–17:00.

Coffee Town
Highway 1322, western end of the town on the left, Wiang Haeng; Wiang Haeng, Northern Thailand
T: (088) 269 2641; Almost free - most dishes under 50B
Food factory
Highway 1322, opposite Chiangtung House, Wiang Haeng; Wiang Haeng, Northern Thailand
T: (084) 013 9942, (063) 228 2202; Almost free - most dishes under 50B
Pha Kin
Highway 1322 around 1km east of town on the right as you arrive, Wiang Haeng; Wiang Haeng, Northern Thailand
T: (089) 854 9071; Almost free - most dishes under 50B
Wiang Haeng Coffee
Highway 1322, next door to Chiangtung House, Wiang Haeng; Wiang Haeng, Northern Thailand
T: (089) 951 6074; Almost free - most dishes under 50B
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Piang Luang

For Piang Luang we’d look no further than our favourite one-stop establishment Ginggarla with its guesthouse, coffee shop, bar and restaurant located immediately before the village entrance gate on the highway from Wiang Haeng. They offer the usual Thai suspects at regular prices though, with a choice of decking area out front, in-door air-con lounge or the great view from the rear balcony, layout is a step-up from your regular Thai cafe. We had an excellent spicy chicken on rice for 40 baht washed down with a well-chilled Leo for another 69. As with their hotel, service is friendly and some English is spoken. Coffee’s good too.

Plenty of grazing potential.

Plenty of grazing potential. Photo: Mark Ord

For a more extensive Thai menu including a few local specialities and whole fish dishes you’ll see a larger restaurant—again just on the left of the main road—a short hop past the town gate. We found neither an English name nor an English menu though they do have photos on the wall. The tom yam was excellent, they have simple over rice options for lunch as well and prices are inexpensive. Fresh coffee, juices and cold drinks are also available.

If for whatever reason you’ve missed these two and find yourself in the centre of the small town then Coffee and Coke restaurant announces itself with an English sign a little way past the wat on the left. They also serve classic Thai dishes at standard Thai prices. With a large collection of religious paraphernalia lining the walls, it looks as much museum as restaurant but food was ok and they did have a basic English language menu.

Close by Coffee and Coke, still on the main street, you’ll see a small coffee and local cake shop whilst opposite is a great little noodle cafe serving Shan noodles for 30 baht per large bowl.

Unfortunately Heun Mhok Kham Resort’s service doesn’t extend to drinks on the veranda but with the chalet balconies making perfect spots for a sundowner or nightcap we’ll point you in the direction of the 24-hour minimart, though just past that lies Piang Luang’s most useful address—Ginggarla is a more than pleasant spot for a drink and does open to 21:00.



Map of eating options for Piang Luang
Map of eating options for Piang Luang
Legend
(1) Coffee and Coke (See Shan noodle shop)(2) Ginggarla Coffee (3) Shan noodle shop (4) Unnamed restaurant

Coffee and Coke Highway 1322, village centre, Piang Luang; Mo–Su: 08:00–19:00.
Ginggarla Coffee Highway 1322 eastern entrance to the village, Piang Luang; T: (087) 181 5055; Mo–Su: 10:00–21:00.
Shan noodle shop Highway 1322, centre of the village, opposite Coke and Coffee, Piang Luang; Mo–Su: 06:00–15:00.
Unnamed restaurant Highway 1322, at eastern entrance to the village opposite the school and just before the Seven-11, Piang Luang; T: (082) 193 1759, (084) 805 8332; Mo–Su: 08:00–20:00.

Coffee and Coke
Highway 1322, village centre, Piang Luang; Wiang Haeng, Northern Thailand
Almost free - most dishes under 50B
Ginggarla Coffee
Highway 1322 eastern entrance to the village, Piang Luang; Wiang Haeng, Northern Thailand
T: (087) 181 5055; Almost free - most dishes under 50B
Shan noodle shop
Highway 1322, centre of the village, opposite Coke and Coffee, Piang Luang; Wiang Haeng, Northern Thailand
Almost free - most dishes under 50B
Unnamed restaurant
Highway 1322, at eastern entrance to the village opposite the school and just before the Seven-11, Piang Luang; Wiang Haeng, Northern Thailand
T: (082) 193 1759, (084) 805 8332; Almost free - most dishes under 50B
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