A khantoke is a pedestal tray used as a small dining table by Lanna people (northern Thai), Laotians of Laos and by the people from Isan (northeastern Thailand), those areas where glutinous rice is eaten instead of the more “fluffy” rice which is eaten in the rest of the Thailand. Khantokes are used as dining furniture at special occasions such as wedding parties, funerals, housewarming parties, and temple festivals. The range of foods that can be served at a khantoke dinner is unlimited.
Khantoke Dinners Chiang Mai
A very popular activity in Chiang Mai is attending Khantoke Dinners and Cultural Shows. There are a number to choose from and they feature a selection of traditional dances and performances unique to the area. Shows include Fon Lep (or Finger Dancing), Fon Thean (or Candle Dancing) and Ram Dab (or Sword Dancing). While you are watching the performances you eat northern-style Thai food served in a traditional fashion you sit on the floor and food is served on low tables! The cost of Khantoke Dinners varies but is usually within the 500 Baht to 1,000 Baht a person range. The following is a list of a few places in Chiang Mai where you can experience Khantoke Dinners:
Chiangmai Business Park 130 Moo 4 Nong Pakrung Chiangmai
Tel: (053) 304-121-3
Fax: (053) 260504