While Thai cuisine may not be as prevalent as some of the other types of cuisine found on the island, there are a variety of restaurants in Guam offering authentic dishes from the country known as the “land of smiles.” Whether you’re in the mood for a spicy curry, a flavorful pad Thai, or delightful sticky rice, these local restaurants promise to take you on a culinary adventure through the flavors of Thailand and Southeast Asia.
Thai cuisine consists of many tropical fruits and vegetables, usually finely chopped or shredded. Common proteins consumed in Thailand include peanuts, tofu, chicken, fish, seafood, and pork.
Thai food is known for having a special balance of acid, salt, and sweet. Key flavors include coconut, palm sugar, fish sauce, and lime. Heat comes from hot peppers, in the dish, or is added as a condiment. It’s common to add sugar to savory food as a condiment too.
One of the many advantages of places with rich cultural diversity like Guam is that there are many great and authentic restaurants with foreign cuisines, and Thai restaurants in Guam are no exception. It doesn’t matter which part of the island you are in, there is always a place where you can enjoy a delicious Pad Thai!
We’ve put together 7 of the best Thai restaurants in Guam to make it a little easier for you to pick one next time you’ve got a craving for some Thai food.
1. Khaohom Thai Restaurant
1054 South Marine Corps Drive, Tamuning, Guam
Khaohom Thai Restaurant never fails to deliver outstanding service, tasty food, and great prices. The owner and entire staff are very accommodating and friendly, and the interior is very clean, bright and has an overall great atmosphere. There are many windows with a great view of the bay for you to take in while you dine on some of the best Thai food on the island.
Vegans and vegetarians that choose to dine here will find that the dishes are very easily accommodated to these specific dietary preferences. Almost anything you can order here will omit any meat that may be included without sacrificing any of the taste!
The menu at Khaohom Thai Restaurant has a great variety of dishes for you to try, including the Panang curry, the Mixed Vegetable Stir Fry, and Thailand’s most famous dish, the Pad Thai. Portion sizes are quite large and the prices are very reasonable for what you receive.
Khaohom Thai Restaurant is open Monday to Saturday from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM for lunch and reopens for dinner hours from 5:00 PM until 9:30 PM.
2. Ban Thai
971 Pale San Vitores Rd, Tamuning, Guam
With more than 15 years under its belt satisfying taste buds, Ban Thai is a staple among Guam's ever growing Thai cuisine community. Located right in the middle of Tumon, it offers one of the most affordable lunch buffets in the island’s tourist district. Residents and visitors both line up to get a seat inside for its crispy fried chicken, lumpia and famous deep-fried sesame banana, served on certain days of the week.
Meals are mainly divided into lunch and dinner, and lunch is buffet-style with fresh Thai spring rolls, fried spring rolls, green papaya salad, curry and a variety of traditional Thai dishes being served daily.
Factor in its other popular buffet and a la carte dishes, including the Tom Yum soup (hot and sour soup with shrimp, lemongrass, and chilies) and the Kao Soi Soup (coconut curry soup with egg noodle and chicken) and you've got the makings for one of Guam’s best Thai restaurants.
1251 Pale San Vitores Rd, Tamuning, Guam
Located inside the Dusit Thani Guam Resort, SOI is run by Sous Chef David Hodge and Chef de Cuisine Christian Panganiban, who do an excellent job of bringing the bold, exotic flavors of Thai cuisine to life that foodies can’t seem to get enough of.
Popular dishes at SOI include the Vegetable Rice Paper Spring Rolls, Shrimp Spring Rolls, Green Papaya Salad, Hot & Sour Soup, and of course the Pad Thai.
The Pad Thai is arguably one of the most popular and delectable dishes you will find at this restaurant and is done to perfection every time. The ratio of salty to sweet flavors in each bite is well balanced, and the light touch of Thai fish sauce adds enough umami to take the dish to the next level. A fresh lime and crushed peanuts are both served on the side, as are bean sprouts and chili flakes, so you can add as much or as little as you want.
As far as appetizers go, the spring rolls are a hit among anyone who tries them and although the spring rolls are wonderful on their own, the true star of this dish is the peanut sauce. Creamy and savory, the peanut sauce is enhanced by fresh basil rolled into the spring roll which, when paired together, is something that’s going to stick with you when you leave the restaurant
Great meals aside, the luxurious atmosphere and comfortable decor of Soi make it easy to enjoy lunch or dinner with a special someone or with the family, so make sure the next time you are craving amazing Thai food that you don’t forget about this spectacular restaurant!
4. Pattaya Thai
113 Serenu Ave, Tamuning, Guam
Named after the city from which this restaurant has drawn its inspiration, this restaurant is a low-key, nondescript place that is more well known for the quality of its food than for its dining quarters.
Located on Thailand’s Eastern Gulf Coast, Pattaya is a city famous for its beaches, luxury resorts, and nightlife, and Pattaya’s rich and diverse Thai cuisine also attracts foodies from all over the world. The good news is that you don’t need to travel all the way to Thailand to experience the cuisine that Pattaya has to offer, as the owners of this restaurant have brought the experience right to the island of Guam.
The food served here is authentic and delicious, and portion sizes are huge. Many people who dine here often opt to order their meals family-style, so that everyone can try something different without having to order too much food.
Among their most popular dishes is the Panang Curry, as well as the Fresh or Fried Lumpia, which is a Thai-style spring roll. The Fresh Lumpia consists of vermicelli noodles and vegetables wrapped in a piece of rice paper, and is served cold with a peanut sauce for dipping, while the Fried Lumpia consists of vermicelli noodles and pork and is deep-fried to golden perfection.
Every dish served here is completely customizable and can be adjusted for the level of spiciness you prefer, as well as being accommodating to vegetarians and vegans. If you’re looking for an extra spicy dish, just ask your server to make it “Thai Hot”. But beware, as this level of spice is not for the faint of heart, and even the medium level of spice can come off as extremely hot for people that aren’t used to eating spicy foods.
5. Lemon Grass
Agat Point Commercial Center, Agat, Guam
Lemon Grass is a restaurant that is known for having consistently fresh ingredients, large portion sizes, and a very clean restaurant. People that come here to dine say that this restaurant has the best Thai food on this side of the island and that the service here is always quick and friendly.
The Stir Fried Lemongrass with Chicken is one of the most popular items on the menu and consists of a variety of vegetables and chicken with pieces of lemongrass to infuse the dish with a unique, lemony flavor. People who come here also rave about the deep-fried bananas as a dessert and say that it is the perfect level of sweetness and crispness to end off your meal.
Be sure to try the Cha Yen (Thai iced tea), but be aware that this is nothing like the traditional American iced tea that you may be used to. It consists of black tea that is often spiced with ingredients such as star anise, crushed tamarind, cardamom, and occasionally others as well. This brew is then sweetened with sugar and sweetened condensed milk, and served over ice, making it a perfect accompaniment to the spicy and savory dishes you will find at Lemon Grass.
Cinema Arcade, South Marine Corps Dr, Tamuning, Guam
Immediately upon entering Chaopraya, you will be greeted with the delicious scent of Thai home cooking. The interior of the restaurant has a distinct traditional Thai ambiance that will make you feel like you’ve stepped into a restaurant in Thailand itself.
Pad See Iw is a favorite among patrons of this restaurant and the name of this dish translates to "fried soy sauce". While Pad Thai is sweeter and nuttier, Pad See Iw is salty, balanced with a touch of sour and a wonderful chargrilled flavor. It is traditionally made with Sen Yai, which are wide, thin fresh rice noodles and has Chinese broccoli (also known as Gai Lan), your choice of chicken, shrimp, beef, or pork, garlic, and egg, all coated in a delicious savory sauce.
Another popular choice here is the papaya salad, which is a great accompaniment to the more savory and spicy dishes you will find here. Many people use the papaya salad as a sort of palate cleanser since it is common to order 2 or 3 dishes to share among your table.
If you’ve never tried Thai beer but have always wanted to, make sure to try the Singha beer. It is a favorite amongst Thai people and is very popular in Thailand itself!
7. Thai Smoothie and Grill
Route 4 Deru Rd, Chalan Pago-Ordot, Guam
Thai Smoothie and Grill have developed a loyal following of customers that crave their authentic local cuisine and fresh fruit smoothies. The unique feature of this mobile food business is that most of the vegetables found in their dishes are locally grown.
When arriving at Thai Smoothie and Grill, you will see the display of the herbs and vegetables growing in small pots surrounding the canteen. There is an assortment of lemongrass, papaya, hot pepper, basil, spearmint, chafer lime, eggplants and Thai ginger. Your mouth will water with delight when tasting their green curry: fresh eggplant with a touch of coconut milk. Then, you can cool off by indulging in their ube-coconut flavored smoothie.
Thai Smoothie and Grill is a small location with big and fresh flavors. It is best to order in advance, or you might miss out on their fresh spring rolls accompanied by authentic peanut sauce! They are on the corner of Rte. 4 and Dero Rd. in Ordot and open Monday through Friday, 7am-6pm and Saturday and Holidays, 10am-6pm.
There are a number of things that make a great Thai restaurant - heat, fresh ingredients, and great noodles to name a few. If you’re in Guam or are planning to go there soon, make sure to try one of these amazing restaurants next time you’re feeling like eating some Thai food!