Pad Thai could be to Thailand what a hamburger is to America.. Not often a meal all by itself, but a quick and filling light meal, or in between meals. Most places serving Pad Thai are doing a decent job of it; after all, there's not THAT much that can go wrong frying noodles with some tofu, bean sprouts and (dried) shrimp. Many of the 'dedicated' Pad Thai places also serve 'Hoi Thod': fried mussels in batter. This is just a tad too much of a 'carbs & oil' attack for me, so I mostly stick with the Pad Thai.
I’m not overly picky about Pad Thai, but one thing that I really think MUST be included on the side, along with more bean sprouts and some spring onion, is some ‘hua-plee’: the flower of the banana tree.
The place where I took the pictures is called, a tad pretentiously, ‘Sawoey Pad Thai’. It’s on Fa Ham road, the road along the Ping river. When going North on Fa Ham road, it’s some 300 meters before you get to the Superhighway.