Since it was my first visit to Bangkok Thailand after many years, everything had to be perfect. I wanted to see, shop, and eat all the things that are special here. I did a bit of research by reading blogs and getting tips from friends who go to Bangkok every year.
We arrived in Suvarnabhumi International Airport with an empty stomach. Throughout the three days, we ate our way through the capital city of Thailand.
As we had limited time, we decided to avoid the tourist-y things like visiting the palace and river market. I was okay with missing it since I went there on my previous trip (many years ago). After we put our things at the hotel, we quickly made our way to town. We passed by Platinum Mall, and although shopping was tempting, we were very hungry and food was the only thing on our minds.
Sadly, we couldn’t find any food after walking around and Starbucks was the only place we saw. I told myself there was no way that I’m going to “eat” my first meal at Starbucks. We walked further down, and to our delight, we found a street lined up with food stalls!
Bangkok street food is amazing, it is one of the best in Asia, if not the world. Food stalls are scattered throughout the city, and they serve cheap and good freshly-cooked food.
From popular dishes like Pad Thai and Mango Salad; to sinful-but-oh-so-delicious Deep Fried Chicken and Chicken Skin; to Thai-style BBQ meat on skewers; and stalls selling fried insects like grasshoppers and cockroaches – there are so many things to eat.
This is the best Wanton Mee that I had during this trip. Unfortunately, I can’t tell you where it is because we stumbled upon it and I had no idea where we were.
… And I also ate insects.
I stared at the insects and they stared back. “Am I really going to eat them? Why am I doing this to myself?” It was quite unnerving to face something so exotic and creepy, so I got two bottles of Coke to “prepare” myself.
Memories of eating Balut in Philippines flashed across my mind. Meanwhile, my friend was trying to convince me NOT to eat it. After struggling for ten seconds, I thought: “oh what the heck, I’m not going to die from eating insects, right..?” *Gulp*
I ate all of them. Are they tasty? No. Am I going to eat it again? No. Do I regret eating it? Definitely not. Eating insects is one of those things that you must try at least once in your life.
Besides street food, we also ate at several restaurants. Among them, Greyhound Cafe (Siam Centre, ground floor) is probably one of the most well-known restaurants in Bangkok. It is a fashion boutique-cum-cafe, offering a similar concept to Singapore’s PS Cafe. I love the ambience, and they serve good food at reasonable prices (by tourists’ standards).
It has recently opened its first outlet in Hong Kong, and I had the chance to try it when I was in the land of dim sum last month (that’s another story next time). In any case, Greyhound Cafe in Bangkok is definitely worth a try, make sure you go there when you are in Bangkok for a holiday.
Another place that we were recommended is Thon Krueng Restaurant (239 Soi Thonglor 13, Sukhumvit 55) which is located in Sukhumvit – a high end district, home to fancy apartments, restaurants, bars and clubs. The area was quite far away from where we were staying, and it took us one hour to brave the traffic jam to get there. Luckily, the food was worth the while. I can’t remember the name of the dishes that we ordered, but they were very good, and we couldn’t finish as we *cough* over-ordered *cough*.
Across the road from Thon Krueng, is After You Dessert Cafe (J Avenue Thonglor 13) – a popular chill out place for desserts after dinner. Try their signature toast with ice cream.
We proceeded to The Iron Fairies & Co (394 Sukhumvit Soi 55 Wattana North-Klongton, Bangkok) – an antique bar with an electrifying atmosphere. A must-visit place in Bangkok if you are looking for a nice bar for drinks.
We also had our meals at several small Thai eateries at the lovely Siam Square area. We had popular dishes like Pad Thai, Green Curry, Mango Salad, Tom Yum, Thai Pandan Chicken and Mango Sticky Rice. Everything was so yummy (for the lack of a better word).
Three days passed very quickly, and we had a great time eating and shopping. I finally understand why all my friends go to Bangkok at least once a year. Bangkok, see you next year!