Got a few days to spend in Bangkok? Wandering where to eat? Well let’s try and steer you in the right direction. Rather than give you 5 specific locations to go to, please allow us to suggest 5 types of dining experience you should indulge in.
Street food is the culinary soul of Thailand. If you haven’t eaten street food in Thailand, you haven’t eat Thai food. Street food in Thailand isn’t a gamble with your health, this isn’t India. I have eaten street food in Thailand for almost 15 years and have never had food poisoning. Its safe because they cook it and sell it same day. Thai people eat street food every day.
There are street food stalls everywhere. Some good places to go are: the southern entrance to Lumphini Park at night, near the Khao San post office at the top end of the Soi Rambutri, the noght market on Soi 38 Sukhumvit Road. If you want something halfway between street food and a restaurant go to the Seafood Market on Soi 7 Sukhumvit Road.
Bangkok is a beautiful city at night. The skyscraper and the bright lights are romantic when you aren’t in the midst of the traffic and the crowded pavements. What better way to enjoy the view than enoying a wonderful meal and a good bottle of wine. A number of hotels offer very high quality roof top dining experiences. Not as vertiginious as you might imagine. Three good rooftop restaurants to try are Sirocco Restaurant at the Lebua State Tower Hotel (1055/111 Silom Road) famously the setting for Hangover 2 the movie. Secondly, Vertigo at the Banyan Tree Hotel (21/100 South Sathorn Road). And thirdly, Red Sky Restaurants at the Centara Grand (999/99 Rama 1 Rd).
Dining in a City garden is a popular choice for Thai people. It’s a great break from the stresses of the City to eat outside in a calm leafy setting. Three good options are Cabbages and Condoms on Soi 12 Sukhumvit Road, The Lake House on Soi 39 Sukhumvit Road and Ana Garden on Soi 55 Sukhumvit Road. Cabbages and Condoms raises money money for a family planning charity, hence the unusual name, and we particularly recommend this restuarant for great Thai food.
Three companies we would recommend. Manhora Cruises from the Anantara Group (tel +66 (0) 2365 9111 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org). Tristar Floating Restaurant Co., Ltd (www.thaicurise.com) runs a number of different boats and routes, times etc. Loy Nava Cruises (www.loynava.com) has been in operation since 1970, which is a good measure of their reliability.
One of the best river dinner cruises is the Grand Pearl Dinner Cruise. If you book the Isango tour online you will picked up from your hotel at 6.30pm and taken by air-con vehicle to a riverside pier to board the Grand Pearl, one of Bangkok’s most luxurious floating restaurants. The cruise boat takes guests on tour of Bangkok by night taking in Wat Arun, the Grand Palace and Wat Pra Kaew. These sites look spectacular at night. The mood is enhanced by a candlelit dinner. The menu offers both Thai and International cuisine.
Go to the Pub
After a couple of weeks in Thailand you may want to eat some western food. The best place to do this is at one of Bangkok’s western style pubs. Our favourite is Gulliver’s Tavern on Soi 5 Sukhumvit Road, because we like the outside seating area, the great service and the reliably good food menu. You might also try The Australian on Soi 11 Sukhumvit Road for good antipodean food, or Bradman’s Sports Bistro on Soi 23 Sukhumvit Road for a good steak and other items from the grill.