Like many people travelling South-East Asia has been on my bucket list for as long as I can remember. This summer, I finally got to tick off two countries, Thailand and Vietnam. Bangkok was my first destination, it’s filled with culture and incredible sights, however, let’s focus on the food, for now, shall we?
My first taste of Thai culture came from a coffee shop; JOY COFFEE to be exact. Found at Soi Phetchaburi 17, down a small side road. You can get an iced latte (I’d highly recommend this great for cooling you down) for 50 baht.
After a much-needed caffeine fix due to the 15 hours flight, it was time to find dinner. SiamParagon is one of the biggest shopping centres in Asia filled with designer shops including Harrods and Ferrari. The mall is worlds away from the poverty you see on the streets and is oozing with Western culture.
Whilst this dish may not look the most appealing, it was incredibly tasty. Found in Taling Pling, a cheap and tasty dinner at 190 baht each for spring rolls and a main. The egg was incredibly soft despite being cooked in a lot of oil. Underneath is a thick noodle mixture combining mince and vegetables and underneath is lettuce.
One thing you will find difficult in this city is breakfast food which isn’t noodle based. Therefore, I’d advise trying somewhere with a Western twist for a cheap and easy meal like The Baking Bureau on Phetchaburi 9 Alley. For 250 baht you can get 2 croissants, a Thai ice tea and their special iced cocoa.
Of course, what is a trip to Bangkok without some street food? Pad Thai is on offer everywhere in this city, but the best place to experience it? On the street from a food vendor. This dish was eaten outside Phaya Thai station in front of a 7/11 shop. Costing just 40 baht a plate you have a large helping of noodles with a side of bean sprouts and plenty of toppings including chilies and peanuts.
What was the city like?
Food aside, this city has plenty to offer from traditional Buddhist temples nestled between newly built flat blocks and shopping centers. One thing I did find incredible was the difference between rich or poor. In just 5 minutes you can find yourself walking across a live train track with people sat by the edge living in huts. Then all of a sudden you’re standing inside a newly built skyscraper.
Overall, this is a city I would highly recommend for its food and general experience.