By Esme Fox
Famed for its food and its hedonistic lifestyle, Bangkok is a city of contradictions, where you can hide out with Buddhist monks in a secluded temple or shop for the latest designer products in some of the world’s most luxurious malls. Our pick of the 10 best Bangkok blogs showcases every aspect of this diverse city, from its legendary nightlife to its unique culture and excellent shopping. And – inevitably – focussing heavily on the Thai capital’s mouth-watering cuisine.
Thai Travel Blogs
What it is: An all encompassing Bangkok and Thailand travel blog by full-time travel blogger and expat Richard Barrow.
Why we like it: Richard is the king of Thai travel blogs, having set up a number of blogs covering everything from Bangkok news and events to food and Thai culture. Both informative and helpful for expats and travellers, Richard’s blogs are engaging and well written. His other blogs include Enjoy Thai Food and Bangkok Daytrips.
If you want to know what’s going on in Bangkok, then Richard is definitely the man to ask.
Eating Out Loud
What it is: Sirin brings her talent and skills as a freelance writer and author to her blog about eating out in Bangkok.
Why we like it: Stylishly designed and well-crafted, with delectable food images and even better descriptions, Eating Out Loud takes you on a journey around some of Bangkok’s best restaurants. Sirin would definitely be the person you’d want with you when looking for a place to eat in the city.
What it is: French expat Willy Thuan, who has lived in Thailand since 1994, and Bangkok-born Faa share their recommendations on places to go in the city.
Why we like it: Combining Willy’s love of photography with restaurant and bar reviews, places to shop, travel tips and Bangkok attractions, this classic looking blog is a great Bangkok resource. The section on rooftop bars, showcasing some great fish-eye images of Bangkok’s swanky rooftop scene is especially good.
What it is: The ultimate Bangkok street food blog by Thai-American journalist and author of Bangkok’s Top 50 Street Food Stalls, Chawadee Nualkhair.
Why we like it: Almost entirely dedicated to Bangkok’s street food scene, Chawadee has a talent for humorous storytelling, likening one Thai street vendor to an Asian Jack Sparrow. Having eaten at more than 150 of Bangkok’s food stalls, she really does know where to get the best cheap eats in the city. Her top tip is that the oldest food stalls are invariably the best ones, though it’s worth investing in her book if you want to find them all.
What it is: Relatively new on the Bangkok blog scene, expat Anna details her life in the Big Mango.
Why we like it: Both personal and informative, Anna’s blog was named one of the Top Expat Blogs on Bangkok by InterNations, despite having only started it this year. Anna takes us on a journey as we see the city through her eyes for the first time, to local markets, restaurants, nightspots and temples.
Eating Thai Food
What it is: An amalgamation of images and descriptions of Bangkok’s renowned street food stalls, by American expats and self-confessed foodies Mark Wiens and Dwight Turner.
Why we like it: Offering restaurant reviews, food tips and recipes, these guys certainly know their stuff when it comes to Bangkok’s street food scene, and even offer foodie tours around the city. The blog’s array of excellent food images will have your mouth watering within seconds.
Austin Bush Photography
What it is: Another great Thai food blog from photographer and writer Austin Bush.
Why we like it: Having lived in Thailand since 1999 and authored the Lonely Planet Bangkok Encounter guidebook, Austin really knows Bangkok. His blog showcases his food photography skills, combined with well thought-out blog posts. But rather than posting restaurant or street food reviews, Austin’s blog focuses on the dishes themselves and how the locals make them. Particularly good is his recent post on the making of khanom tup tap – a type of Thai peanut brittle, accompanied by some excellent images.
What it is: A group effort by Bangkok based tour operator, Bangkok Beyond, which aims to offer travellers alternative experiences to lying on the beach.
Why we like it: It has vibrant colourful photography and engaging posts on a variety of topics including local attractions, things to do with kids and – yes, everyone’s favourite Bangkok topic – food. As the name suggests, the blog also has an array of posts on attractions beyond the city.
1 Stop Bangkok
What it is: A group blog written by locals detailing Bangkok’s ever-changing nightlife scene.
Why we like it: You can’t have a list of Bangkok’s best blogs without one that mentions the thing that Bangkok is so infamous for. As the authors say, they “tell it like it is, the good, the bad and the sleazy”. The blog may be lacking in imagery, but it certainly makes up for it in informative, well-written posts that will not only tell you where to go on a night out, but also about local temples, museums and culture.
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What it is: A Bangkok food and restaurant blog by self-taught Thai cook Riya, blogging her way through a feast of her own recipes.
Why we like it: If, after your trip to Bangkok, you get a hankering for egg noodles with five-spice roast pork, then Riya’s blog is the place to come, where you can learn how to make it yourself. Riya’s step-by-step recipes have been handed down through the generations or concocted in her own kitchen. She also posts well-written restaurant and street food reviews.
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About our writer
Esme Fox grew up in the Philippines and Uganda and spent many family holidays in Thailand. She has travelled extensively throughout Southeast Asia and has found Thailand to be one of her favourite countries. When in Bangkok she can be found sampling some of the city’s best street food and exploring the backwaters of the Chao Phraya River to find hidden temples.