Thailand has 3 significant dining hubs Bangkok, Phuket, Chiang Mai but each has a different dining scene. Generally, businesses drive top class dining because they have the expense accounts to afford the higher price tag. Bangkok being the capital, and where business is done, has the greater concentration of top restaurants while in Phuket and Chiang Mai the dining scene is more leisure based despite the island being home to a wealth expatriate community.
Bangkok is one of five top Asian dining hubs alongside Hong Kong, Shanghai, Singapore and Tokyo. It has become a magnet for Michelin star chefs. World-class dining is chef focused. Customers are drawn by the cooking style of specific celebrity chefs, even though they know that the cooking will most likely be done by their kitchen team.