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21 Popular Thai Drinks You Should Know & Try

Maybe everybody knows that Thai tea is the most famous Thai drink.

In fact, there are still a lot of drinks in the traditions of the White Elephant country. Therefore, try to look at some of this list of 21 Thai drinks you should know.

21. Pomegranate Juice

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Pomegranate (Punica granatum) is a red fruit that is native to Iran and northern India.

The fruit cultivated for a long time has now spread widely to parts of Southeast Asia, including Thailand.

Pomegranate in Thailand is generally made as juice and sold as street food. Pomegranate juice is one of the best ways to chill off from the hot weather in Thailand.

The seller will usually crush the fruit right in front of the consumers.

20. Nam Ma Kham

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Nam Ma Kham (น้ำ มะขาม สด) is a refreshing Thai drink made from tamarind.

As the name implies, the drink has a tangy sour taste and is usually sweetened with sugar, but can be quite an effective thirst quencher.

19. Nam Rak Bua

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Nam Rak Bua (ราก บัว) is a Thai drink made from the lotus root.

Nam Rak Bua has health properties and is commonly used in herbal medicine. But if drunk normally, it is often added with sugar in it.

18.  Nam Fak Khao

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Nam Fak Khao is a drink made from gấc fruit (Momordica cochinchinensis), a type of melon grown in Southeast Asia, including Thailand.

Gấc is well known for its reddish-orange color and contains beta-carotene and lycopene.

17. Dairy Farming Promotion Organization of Thailand (DPO)

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Dairy Farming Promotion Organization of Thailand (DPO) is a Thai state company under the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives.

The company is well known as a producer of Thai-Danish milk, which was previously known as Thai-Danish.

16. Black Ivory Coffee

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If Indonesia has a unique coffee in Luwak coffee, Thailand also has a unique coffee processor called Black Ivory Coffee.

The brand produced by Black Ivory Coffee Ltd., in northern Thailand, comes from arabica coffee processed through an elephant’s stomach.

15. Nam Dok Anchan

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Nam Dok Anchan is a Thai drink derived from butterfly-pea flower, also known as ‘Blue tea.’

This drink is an infusion of flower petals or even whole flowers from a plant with the scientific name Clitoria Ternatea.

14. Nam Manao

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Nam Manao or Cha Manao (ชา มะนาว) is a Thai drink which means lime juice. Fresh lime is almost widely available in every region of Thailand.

Moreover, the hot tropical climate makes Nam Manao popular as a thirst quencher.

13. Nam Ta Klai

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Nam Ta Klai (น้ำตะไคร้) if translated means lemongrass or lemongrass water.

This healthy drink is trendy in Thailand and supposedly effective in helping the digestive system and other stomach aches. It is usually given a sweet taste from sugar.

12. Nam Matoom

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Matoom (มะตูม) is the Maja or bael fruit that grows abundantly in the Indian subcontinent and Southeast Asia.

Maja was even the name of one of the biggest kingdoms in the archipelago, namely Majapahit.

It turns out that the fruit can also be processed into fresh drinks.

11. Krating Daeng

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Krating Daeng (กระทิง แดง) is the name of a Thai energy drink. The drink was introduced in 1976.

If translated, Krating Daeng means ‘red bull.’ The taste tends to be sweet, which was developed by Chaleo Yoovidhya.

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10. Thai Beer

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Thai Beer has a history that dates back to 1933 with the purchase of a Boon Rawd Sreshthaputra brewery license to 57-year-old Phraya Bhirombhakdi.

The oldest beer in Thailand is Singha beer produced by Boon Rawd Brewery.

Singha Beer is sold in a standard version with 5% alcohol, a light version with 4.5% alcohol, and a draft beer version.

Meanwhile, its biggest competitor is Chang, made by Thailand Beverage Company. Chang is also a sponsor of the English football club, Everton.

9. SangSom

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SangSom (แสง โส) is a rum type liquor originating from Thailand. SangSom is distilled from sugar cane and was first introduced in November 1977.

Since then, SamSong has become the dominant brand in the Thai liquor market by up to 70%.

8. Mekhong

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Mekhong (แม่ โขง) is the first branded golden spirit produced in Thailand. This drink is also known as “The Spirit of Thailand.”

Even though it is known as spirit, Mekhong is actually a rum. Made from 95% sugarcane or molasses and 5% rice.

7. Sato

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Sato (สาโท) is a traditional beer style in northeastern Thailand or Isan. Sato has been made for centuries by farmers in the area from glutinous rice flour.

Sato is commonly referred to as Thai rice wine and is brewed in a small brown jug container.

6. Chao Guay

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Chao Guay (เฉาก๊วย) is a type of drink that is quite popular in Thailand. This drink also exists in Indonesia, which is called cincau or grass jelly.

This drink is usually served plain along with natural ice and brown sugar.

5. Nam Bai Toey

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Nam Bai Toey (น้ำ ใบ เตย) is a unique and refreshing drink from Thailand, which also means pandan leaf juice.

In English, Pandan is called ‘screw pine’ in Thai is ‘bai toey,’ so Nam Bai Toey can be translated as ‘pandanus water.’

4. Nam Krajeab

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Nam Krajeab (น้ำ กระเจี๊ยบ) or Rosella Juice is a healthy drink originating from Thailand.

As the name implies, this drink is made from dried rosella flowers. Rosella or hibiscus flowers do thrive in tropical areas, including Thailand.

3. Nom yen

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Nom yen (นม เย็น) is a Thai drink made from Salak syrup or and hot milk.

In Thai, ‘nom‘ means milk, while ‘yen‘ means cold. There are three types of milk used: fresh milk, fresh milk, or sweetened condensed milk.

2. Oliang

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Oliang is the name of Thai iced coffee, popular in Thai restaurants both domestically and abroad.

Oliang in Thai is ‘โอเลี้ยง,’ derived from the Teochew dialect, ‘o͘-liâng,’ which is spoken by the majority of Chinese people in Thailand.

1. Thai tea

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One of the most popular Thai drinks in the world is called Thai drink called Thai tea.

This drink is made from Ceylon tea, milk, and sugar. Usually served hot or cold.

When served cold, it is better known as Thai iced tea or ‘cha yen‘ (ชา เย็น).

So besides Thai tea, now you can also try some other Thai drinks. Moreover, you can make many of these drinks yourself at home.

Besides being refreshing, it turns out that many Thai drinks are nutritious for the body.

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