After walking a couple blocks desperate to find some pad thai, I randomly found this place. I adored the openness of the restaurant. It was perfect since no one was there. The pad thai and thai iced tea had created a great first impression of Chiang Mai.
Pad Thai Lady
Look for the Pad Thai Lady rolling out her cart after 4pm at Tha Phae Gate. Great portions and the best part is the unlimited of green onions and bean sprouts that can be added.
Pad Thai 5 Rod
Situated in an alley, away from all the popular areas, this place has the best and cheapest pad thai in Chiang Mai. Served on a banana leaf and a hint of sweetness and fresh squeezed lime; I was ready to chow down. I enjoyed the balance between the flavors that I had to order another one, but this time I had the scrambled egg filled with pad thai.