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6 great food experiences in Bangkok

By Philly Baines

Thailand is famed for its mouth-watering Pad Thai, fragrant green curries and fresh tropical produce. On landing in the capital Bangkok you can start tucking into some of Asia’s most sensational dishes – here’s my personal pick of the city’s best foodie experiences.

Bangrak food tour

1. Bangrak Streetfood tour £

Bangrak, a central district within Bangkok, boasts some fantastic small restaurants. With the help and suggestions of an experienced guide, you can taste delicious stewed pork, spiced mussels, oyster pancakes and fried bananas. The name Bangrak is thought to have come from the an old translation of village of love and it’s one of the most popular places for Thai people to register for marriage as well as a culinary hotspot.

Address: Bang Rak, Bangkok 10500

2. Pad Thai at Thip Samai £

One of the most iconic Thai dishes in the world, Pad Thai, and one of the best places to eat it is Thip Samai. A local street stall, it’s an electric place to eat as the clang of metal woks and hubbub of labourers after work surround the eatery. We’d particularly recommend trying Pad Thai wrapped in egg, called Pad Thai Haw Kai Goong Sot (pictured above). It’s delicious.

Address: Thip Samai, 511, Maha Chai Road, Samran Rat, 10200 Phra Nakhon, Bangkok 10500

Ariyasom Villa

3. Dinner at Ariyasom Villa £££

Ariyasom Villa’s award-winning restaurant, Na Aroon, is a wonderful treat whilst staying in Bangkok. Set in an old mansion with a little garden creating an oasis of peace away from the bustle of the city streets, it’s a tranquil dining experience. All the food is vegetarian, although they do serve some seafood dishes, and can accommodate vegans on request. The drinks selection is also fantastic – my favourite is the mango daiquiri.

Address: 65 Sukhumvit Soi 1, Klongtoey Nua, Bangkok 10110

Chinatown street food, Bangkok

4. Chinatown night walking tour £

A culinary voyage through Bangkok’s 200-year-old Chinatown, this walking streetfood tour takes you through one of Bangkok’s most exciting and lively districts. Guided by a local expert, it takes you to seven eateries ranging from small restaurants to simple stands, where you’ll try a range of dishes. Our personal suggestion would be pork buns, dim sum, succulent duck cheek, black sesame dumplings and lychee ice cream. You can do the tour privately or in a group.

Address: Chinatown, Yaowarat, Bangkok 10200

The Thai House Cooking School

5. The Thai House ££

Located on the Klongs (canals) of Bangkok, the Thai House cooking school is a fantastic place to learn authentic Thai cooking whilst experiencing life on the water. Walk through the gardens and get a better understanding of all the vegetables used in traditional recipes, even pick some for use in your food. Create the classic Pad Thai and learn how to make various different classics such as Thai green curry. Classes are in small groups so you get lots of personal attention and Pip, the owner of Thai House, has a fantastic standard of English having been a tour guide for years prior to running the cooking school.

Address: Thai House, 32/4 Moo 8, Tambol Bangmaung, Nonthabury 11140

Sala Rattanakosin

6. Dinner at Sala Ratanakosin £££

The restaurant of Sala Ratanakosin boutique hotel has the most awe inspiring view over Bangkok’s iconic Wat Pho as well as delicious food. The restaurant serves a range of dishes, Western style with a twist and traditional Thai food. There is also a cool cocktail bar at the top of the building with views over the city skyline. Tucked away down an unsuspecting side street of Rattanakosin Island, visiting this restaurant makes you feel like you’ve stumbled upon a true hidden gem.

Address: Sala Rattanakosin, 39 Marharat Road, Rattanakosin Island, Bangkok 10200

* All photos courtesy of Experience Travel Group.

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