There is a bit of a misconception that just because there is an abundance of freshly-cooked food sourced from local ingredients that Thai food is inherently healthy. Most of the local dishes are very high in sodium, sugar, fat, and MSG. They are also heavy on carbs and very light on protein, with the protein usually being the fattier, cheap pieces of meat, especially if you eat Thai food from street stalls or the cheaper restaurants. However, there are a number of healthy and cheap!
We remember how excited we were to speak a little Thai on our very first trip to Thailand. A few weeks before our flight, we taught ourselves a few simple but useful Thai phrases to practice with our tuk-tuk drivers, servers, and tour guides. And you know what?