McDonald’s in Thailand

I don’t really make a habit of going to McDonald’s in Thailand. I know a lot of tourists do. I usually stay away, partly because the price is a little expensive and also because there is so much good Thai food here at a fraction of the price. It is funny really, because back home McDonald’s is somewhere you go for a cheap meal when you go out. However, in Thailand it is almost the opposite. As it costs more, it is prestigious to be seen in McDonalds! Actually, KFC is a lot more popular here in Thailand compared to McDonalds. But still, you will quite often see the place packed.

When I was backpacking across Asia, I made a note in my diary of the price of a cheeseburger in every country that I visited. I thought it would be interesting to compare. So, I did a bit of a McDonalds Tour of the World! From Pushkin Square in Moscow and on to Beijing and finally Bangkok. That was back in the early 1990’s when there wasn’t many around. But, now there are hundreds in each country.

I know we get quite a few students visiting our blogs who are doing projects on comparing cost of living and lifestyles between two different countries. So, today I will give you a rundown of a menu at McDonalds so that you can compare to your homecountry. However, the size of portions might vary. I believe the Big Mac here is a lot bigger than the one in the UK for some reason. Anyway, at present, US$1 is about 40 baht.

Cheeseburger (29 baht), hamburger (19 baht), Pork Burger (19 baht), Pepper Chicken burger (19 baht), Big Mac (60 baht), Filet-O-Fish (48 baht), McChicken (48 baht), Samurai Pork Burger (48 baht), Double Cheeseburger (60 baht), Crispy McD 2pcs (63 baht), Spicy McD 2 (63 baht), McNugget 6 pieces (39 baht), McSalad Shaker (32 baht), McFries regular size (19 baht), Coke small size (19 baht), McFloat (19 baht), Cone (9 baht), Pies (19 baht)and Sundae (19 baht).

If you are learning Thai, you might be interested in the conversations my students wrote a year or so ago:

http://www.learningthai.com/mcdonalds.htm

You will find menus, conversations and a lot more!

12 responses to “McDonald’s in Thailand

  1. Samurai Pork Burger??? Hahaha, first time I heard of that. Almost as funny as seeing ‘Squid in Love’ on the menu in a Thai restaurant in Georgia. My dad loaughed that one off embarrassingly.

    Anyway, I’m not into fast food much anymore. I like the good ol’ stuff from the street vendors.

  2. Hi Richard,

    A book called “Fast-Food Nation” turned me off Mcdonald’s I think for the rest of my life and as you say who needs the Micky D’s with all of this cheap, excellent and accessible food everywhere.

    A couple of years ago a female Chinese-Thai friend of mine was set to meet the male half of a marriage that her grandmother was trying to arrange at the time. Representatives from both families attended, everybody dressed smartly and looking to please. The venue for this big occasion – the Mcdonald’s at MBK!

  3. The Economist magazine regularly prints the Big Mac Index which uses the Big Mac in a Purchasing Price Parity analysis of exchange rates.

    here’s the web link:

    http://www.economist.com/markets/Bigmac/Index.cfm

  4. Gosh…that’s what I miss sometimes. Samurai pork burger. Yummmmm…

    Oh yeah. And McRibs. A few items that would actually get me to Mickey D’s.

  5. The only time I have seen the McDonalds in Chang Klan Road Chiang Mai completely packed out was on Childrens Day 2004 -obviously the most popular venue along with the Pandas at the Zoo and the party at the Airforce base for the celebrations !

  6. Oh man..Mickey D’s ..Inkslinger is right if they translated that book ‘Fast Food Nation’ into Thai and Thai people knew what goes into that food they’d too be turned off on it permanently 😉

    Besides what the heck is the point of traveling halfway around the globe to Thailand just so you can eat the same mass produced American junk that you can go to eat on just about any corner in America, or any other country for that matter, even if they do have ‘Samurai pork burgers’ in Bangkok 😉

    My apologies to any McD fans out there 😀

    Wit

  7. There has been a huge lashback concerning junkfood and kids in the UK.
    Don’t know if it is happening elsewhwere in the world, but here, McDonalds, being the prime target, is now offering wholesome things like carrot sticks, fruit and salads along with its regular fare -its a bit weird seeing McD TV adverts offering the choice of carrot sticks or fries with the kids meals !

  8. I love McD in BKK as the differrence between the McD in KL is that they have samurai pork burger. In Malaysia its samurai Beef….

  9. Who would of thunk McDonalds would be a cool place to take your date out to??

  10. Speaking of “Fast-Food Nation”, check out the film “Super Size Me”. The guy who made the documentary ate nothing but Ronald’s for one month. During the course of this ‘diet’, he gets regular checkups by a doc. His bodyfat percentage soars, along with his cholestorol count and blood pressure. Definitely something to be eaten on limited occasions..if at all.
    On a side note, I must say, that everytime I go to Thailand, I need to go to KFC. The crispy strips there are made with dark meat, rather than white meat that is the only choice here in the US (yuck). I drench them in the sweet chili sauce that is on every table. Truly a guilty pleasure.

  11. McDonalds may be relatively expensive and bad for you, but I will give up cigarettes and alcohol before I deny myself the occasional Filet-O-Fish fix. Or as the Thais call it, “Mac Feesh.”

  12. If some of you may think that “Samurai Pork ” is funny , lemme tell u guys that the Big mac, is called “Maharaja Mac” in India , & it costs INR 50 !
    Besides …they dont serve Pork or Beef, only Mutton and Chicken , & they often get into trouble coz of not meeting some industry standards !