With Vesak having just passed and Thailand’s Queen Suthida’s birthday approaching (June 3), what better time to celebrate this incredible country with a list of the best Thai restaurants Brighton & Hove has to offer?

There’s so much more than Pad Thai and green or red curries served at these restaurants (though plenty of that too), transporting diners to all corners of the Land of Smiles - read on for the ultimate guide to yum.

After noodles in particular? Check out our guide to the tastiest ramen and asian noodles in town. Or how about an entirely different asian flavour all together with the best Chinese restaurants in Brighton. 

Owner Pranee and her husband were sat in the basement of a tiny fisherman’s cottage (now their Brighton restaurant) way back in 2002, pulling together their first Thai Tapas menu - with a view to cooking simple, rustic, fresh Thai food which invokes the Thai mealtime tradition of lots of dishes that everyone shares. That menu paved the way to success, and whilst things have moved on a bit since then, you can still enjoy the super popular Thai Tapas Sets for lunch - amongst a host of new dishes. A real taste of Thailand by the Brighton beach.

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From the ashes of Pike & Pine has come another great flame - this time with the team at Lucky Beach at the helm, bringing traditional northern Thai barbecue to the edge of St James Street. Expect quality service and an abundance of flavour - all served under the bright neon lights that wouldn’t be out of place on a Chiang Mai high street.

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The flavour of Thailand goes deep at the Red Snapper - three generations deep. Owner Panwad Manateepho is the daughter of Thai restaurateurs and the grand-daughter of Thai restaurateurs. It means she's as steeped in the flavours of her homeland as the curries marinating in the Red Snapper’s cool room. Every flavour in the Red Snapper is real and authentic. There’s no MSG, no colourings, preservatives or additives and nothing ever –ever – from a jar or a tin. The restaurant itself has been designed with a unique character. Where else has a bench made from a door in granny’s house or a painting made by a street artist sitting by the side of the road in Rayong. We love it.

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Conveniently located in St. James Street, Sawadee’s (‘hello' in Thai) friendly staff give diners an authentic Thai experience with the best Tom Yum and Pad Thai in town. Expect fine Thai cooking, with particular considerations on spice preferences: Sawadee caters for mild, medium, spicy or very spicy.

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Great for social dining in the centre of Brighton’s fabulously foodie Lanes, Street Thai offers an accessible, delicious menu. The best for large groups, Street Thai is vibrantly decorated setting the scene for any outing. Order the papaya salad - you won’t be disappointed.

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Siam Siam is perhaps most recognisable as the restaurant with a huge road sign hung outside its restaurant on Preston Street - but you’ll find much more than street food here. Family friendly, any trip to Siam Siam is bound to be great fun and full of banter and - what’s more - they’ll happily adapt menu items (where possible) to cater for vegetarians.

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Excellent value and super-fast service, the team at Kanok are so efficient you’ll have your dish on the table before you can even say “chicken satay skewers” (well, almost). Nestled right in the heart of Brighton’s foodie street, this is one not to be missed.

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This beautiful and authentic Thai restaurant by the Royal Pavilion Gardens offers everything you would expect from the Land of Smiles: relaxation, excellent food, and a great atmosphere. Be instantly transported to the beaches of Samui or the contemporary restaurants of Bangkok: you can’t go far wrong at all with a dining out trip to Sabai.

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The ultimate in easy, breezy street food, Unithai is Hove’s best-loved noodle bar, with huge portions and low prices. Ideal for a quick bite on the go, this supermarket-based noodle bar will fix you up at lunch with plenty of time left before heading back to work.

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Tookta gives authentic Thai cuisine a unique twist at this tiny restaurant, which is hidden in plain sight just off Western Road. With a lifetime experience of fine Thai food, Tookta is expert in using only fresh ingredients of the highest quality available, and is always happy to chat with customers - book in to find out for yourself!

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Cracking Thai food accompanies a selection of over 25 gins at this great little pub on Sydney Street. Ideal for a sit-down with mates, The Office is the perfect place for getting the bevvies in post-work and treating yourself. If you head out to the garden in the summer and close your eyes, you can just about hear the hustle and bustle of Khao San Road.

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Café Chilli is a front runner amongst Thai restaurants in Brighton & Hove. With their Thai chef Lek, who has over 20 years of experience, you can expect something special – and a little bit different – from their menu. From your classic Pad Thai’s to the lesser known Som, Tam and Yum Thai salads you’ll be spoilt for choice. Their four sharing platters, which include squid in garlic sauce, chicken green curry, spicy tofu salad and a much more, are perfect to share with a friend over lunch. Wash it down with a mocktail, picking from flavours including basil & strawberry, and you're onto a winner.

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With an award winning selection of over 80 different rums and 4 real ales, this pub is for anyone who likes their classic British boozers. It is also known for some of the best authentic Thai food in town. The massaman is a real treat, and the Lamb Moo is a choice pick for the chilli fiends among you.

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Published -28th May 2019