Thailand´s capital Bangkok is obviously one of the world’s best place to eat tasty Thai food. There are so many restaurants and street vendors selling Thai food that it can sometimes be difficult to spot the outstanding ones. Also, some restaurants cater to tourists, and the food may not be top quality since visitors are usually easier to satisfy than the locals.

We want places that serve authentic and delicious Thai food, where the Thais themselves love to eat.

We have been in Bangkok several times, often staying for long periods of a few months at a time, and have tried many Thai restaurants both indoors and on the streets. We are often asked, “Where do they serve the best Thai food in Bangkok?

While that is an impossible question to answer, here, we will give you our favorite places to eat authentic Thai food. These are places that not many tourists visit, mostly Thais and ex-pats living in Bangkok.

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Our Favorite Places To Eat Thai Food In Bangkok


The map above: Our favorite places to eat authentic Thai food in Bangkok

1. The Sixth – 6th

The Sixth is a cool and hip little place with excellent authentic Thai food! With only five tables, run and owned by a young couple, the place has a friendly and relaxed atmosphere.

The Sixth

The cozy The Sixth serves delicious authentic Thai food

We particularly love their red curry with prawns, chicken cashew nuts, and Tom Yam Koong. So tasty!

Tom Yam Koong at The Sixth

Tom Yam Koong at The Sixth

Red Curry Chicken

Red Curry Chicken at The Sixth

Do try their awesomely yummy chocolate lava cake with mango or Mango sticky rice for dessert. The menu is in English, and the couple speaks excellent English.

They serve great Thai Ice Tea (our favorite!), Ice Lemon Tea, and other drinks like different coffee, White Tea, Matcha Tea, and different kinds of homemade sodas.

Thai Ice Tea

The Sixth has the best Thai Ice Tea in Bangkok (in my opinion)!

  • Address: 6 Soi Tha Tien, Maharaj Road. Khet Phra Nakhon area near Wat Pho (reclining Buddha)
  • How to get there: Take the sky train to Saphan Taksin station, and take the river ferry to pier no. 8 Tha Thien, and walk from there (only a short walk)
  • Opening hours: 10:30 – 17:15. Closed on Sundays.
  • The Sixth´s Webpage
  • Reviews of The Sixth on TripAdvisor

2. Bangkok’s Delicious Street Food

All over Bangkok, you will find cheap and delicious Thai food on the street! Some places are pop-up food stalls that move around on trolleys, while others are more or less permanent, serving fresh and tasty Thai food at small tables on the street pavement.

Street food Bangkok

Enjoying some delicious street food in Bangkok

Street food in Bangkok is tasty, quickly delivered, and super cheap. You can usually have a feast for under 150 Baht! Bangkok is the street food capital of the world, and there is plenty of fantastic options to sample the street food. Here are our favorite areas in Bangkok with delicious street food:

Sukhumvit Soi 38 Street

We used to love the food market along the street Sukhumvit Soi 38, but after serving delicious street food for decades, it has now sadly reduced the number of stalls due to a new huge building.

Sukhumvit Soi 38 is now more like an indoor food court but still serves excellent authentic Thai street food. It still is one of our favorite places to head for cheap, delicious, and fresh street food in Bangkok.

Street Food Soi 38 Bangkok

Sukhumvit Soi 38 is now more like an indoor food court but still serves delicious street food

Street Food Bangkok

Tasty, juicy Satay (meat skewers) at Sukhumvit Soi 38

  • Address: Sukhumvit Soi 38 street
  • How to get there: Taxi or BTS Skytrain to Thong Lo station, and you are right by the street food area.
  • Opening hours: Afternoon around 17:00 until late

Yaowarat Street (Chinatown)

Chinatown Streetfood Bangkok

Lots of delicious street food in Chinatown

Bangkok’s Chinatown, known locally as Yaowarat, is a great place to sample some street food and is arguably Bangkok’s street food center. All along Yaowarat road, street stalls and small restaurants serve up some delicious treats.

The mix of Thai and Chinese dishes on offer is staggering, and the smells are heavenly. A good strategy is usually just to try what looks and, perhaps most importantly, smells best to you.

Street food at Yaowarat Street Chinatown Bangkok

Yaowarat Street in the middle of Chinatown is one of the best places in Bangkok to eat superb street food

Barbecued seafood is seriously popular here, as is flat noodles in pepper broth, dim sum, and all sort of fruit desserts. Walking around, you can find all kinds of Thai food, from Satay, pad Thai, barbecue spears with peanut butter, chicken in different variations, fried rice, noodles, and different soups, crispy duck, and curries of all kinds.

Liw Roasted Duck at Yaowarat Chinatown Bangkok

Liw Roasted Duck is one of our favorite food vendors on Yaowarat Rd.

Make sure to sample small portions, and do not fill up all in one place. While you can find food here all day, it comes alive in the evening when people come out to eat.

Street food Cooking at Yaowarat Street Chinatown Bangkok

You will find some of the best Thai food in Bangkok out on the street, like here at Yaowarat Rd in Chinatown.

If you are in this area and find yourself craving Indian food, Bangkok’s Little India district (Pahurat) is also not far away.

  • Address: Yaowarat Street
  • How to get there: Taxi or MRT to Hua Lamphong station then walk 15 minutes.
  • Opening hours: All day, but best in the evenings

Saphan Taksin BTS Skytrain Station & The Bang Rak Area

This is an old part of Bangkok with many restaurants and food stalls that have been there for decades! These guys know some cooking secrets that would put the finest French chefs to shame. The stretch of road going from Saphan Taksin BTS station to the crossing of Charoen Krung Road and Silom Road is a foodies dream walk.

Here are our favorite street food vendors along the street from Saphan BTS station to the crossing of Charoen Krung Rd and Silom Rd:

Prachak – Bangkok`s Best Roasted Duck

There are simply too many food gems along this road to mention them all, but here lies Prachak Pet Jang, famous for its Chinese-style roasted duck with a dark, spicy sauce over rice. It is delicious! The skin is perfectly crispy, while the duck meat is super juicy. The rice is cooked perfectly, and the Chinese sausage is delicious slightly sweet. Mmmmmm!

Yummy crispy duck at Prachak

Prachak Restaurant Bangkok

Juicy, crispy duck at Prachak

Prachak is an institution and has served roasted duck to hungry Thais since 1909!

Prachak Restaurant Bangkok

Prachak has been serving delicious crispy duck since 1909

Charoen Saeng Silom – Bangkok’s Best Braised Pork Knuckle

Charoen Saeng Silom has been serving their famous and delicious braised pork (Khao Kha Moo) in Bangkok since 1959, and they sure know how to cook the perfect braised pork knuckle! It is served with steamed rice and tasty, rich soy and vinegar-based sauce with many Chinese spices and herbs that go hand in hand with the tender and soft pork meat. The meat is so soft that it melts in the mouth.

Pork Knuckle Charoen Saeng Silom

The soft and tasty pork knuckle at Charoen Saeng Silom

Charoen Saeng Silom

Charoen Saeng Silom has been serving pork meat since 1959

In December 2017, they were even mentioned in the Michelin Guide for 2018!

This is not a fancy place. It is basic and about as authentic as you can get when it comes to a Bangkok street food restaurant. Everyone from school girls to posh business people in suits driving fancy cars eats here.

Charoen Saeng Silom

You can sit outside or inside at Charoen Saeng Silom.

You can choose to sit outside at a table on the street or inside (no aircon). The place is super popular, but the queue is elegantly handled by the old cheerful guy that owns the place, so there is not much waiting. Due to its popularity, you might have to share a table with other people, but hey, that is a great opportunity to chat with some Thais and get some more local tips about places to eat and things to see.

Tealicious

This family-run Thai restaurant is a real gem in a small alley (the same alley as Charoen Saeng Silom that we have written about further up in this post). It is a rather small restaurant, but you can sit inside (aircon) or outside.

Their food is delicious, and you find authentic classic Thai dishes on the menu, all made from scratch. You can choose the spiciness, so if you can´t handle Thai spicy (I sure cannot! 🙂 ) then they make it to your liking.

Tealicious Restaurant Bangkok

Tealicious is a family-run restaurant.

They are famous for their Pad Thai, but unfortunately, we have not tried it yet and went for the Massaman Curry,  Red Curry chicken (yep, we sure L-O-V-E red curry chicken 🙂 ) and of course the mandatory Thai Ice Tea. Everything was perfectly delicious!

Red Curry Chicken At Tealicious Bangkok

Delicious Curry Chicken at Tealicious

To sum up, Tealicious: Super friendly staff, awesome food, great location next to the Sky bar from The Hangover movie if you want to have a drink with an amazing view after your meal at Tealicious.

  • Address: 492 Trok To, Soi Charoen Krung 49
  • How to get there: Take the BTS sky train to Saphan Taksin sky train station, and walk from there. It is located in the same street as Charoen Saeng Silom (further up in this article).
  • Opening hours: 12:00 – 23:00. Closed on Wednesdays.
  • Tealicious on TripAdvisor

Boonsap Thai Dessert

After having a delicious crispy duck at Prachak, walk across the street for some mouth-watering Mango sticky rice dessert at Boonsap Thai Desserts. You can either sit there and have your dessert or have a takeaway. They also sell other lovely Thai desserts, cookies, and sweets.

Mango Sticky Rice

Mango Sticky Rice

  • Address: 1478 Soi Charoen Krung 46, Khwaeng Bang Rak.
  • How to get there: Take the sky train to BTS Saphan Taksin Station. Walk along Charoen Krung Street, from BTS Saphan Taksin Station to the crossing of Charoen Krung Road and Silom Road, and you will see it.
  • Opening hours: 07:00 – 17:00. Closed on Sundays.
  • Reviews of Boonsap on TripAdvisor

Some other great places to sample street food in Bangkok is around the Victory Monument and on Phetchaburi Soi 5, and many others. Bangkok’s street food is everywhere and is almost always tasty and freshly made, so step out of your hotel and explore!

Take a Food Tour

Another great way to explore Bangkok’s street food is to take a food tour. By going on a food tour with an expert English-speaking guide, you will get to sample a lot of food you might otherwise have missed. It is also an excellent way to learn more about Bangkok’s culture and food.

Our friends at Expique just started an Evening Food and Tuk Tuk Adventure tour! It looks absolutely awesome, and we can’t wait to go back to Bangkok and try it out. What better way to spend an evening in Bangkok than whizzing around from one fabulous food experience to another in a Tuk Tuk!

It’s for the “adventurous” eater, so it goes beyond the normal green curry and Pad Thai dishes. Don’t worry; there are no bugs on the menu. Click here for more information & tickets.

If you’d rather do a walking food tour during the day, then the Old Town Food Tour is a small group, half-day tour of five different locations, including more than eight food and drink samples. In between the food stops, it also explores several historic temples hidden inside this neighborhood. Click here for more information & tickets.

3. Krua Apsorn – Bangkok´s Best Crab Omelet

The legendary Krua Apsorn serves delicious and authentic Thai dishes just as they are supposed to be. The owner used to work for the royal Thai family and has brought some of the recipes with her when opening her own restaurant.

You will find six Krua Apsorn restaurants in Bangkok, where two of them (Samsand and Dinsor) are in central Bangkok:

  • Samsand: 503 Thanon Samsen, Dusit, Dusit District, Bangkok
  • Dinsor: 169 Dinso Rd, Wat Bowon Niwet, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok (close to the Democracy Monument and Khao San Road)

We visited the Krua Apsorn in Dinsor, and all the photos below are from that restaurant.

Krua Apsorn Bangkok

Krua Apsorn restaurant

Their menu is with pictures so it is easy to order what you want and some of the waitresses speak a little English. Not many tourists know about this place, so the staff is not used to talking to foreigners. Therefore the service might feel a bit slow. Krua Apsorn is also mentioned in the Michelin Guide for 2018.

Their signature and the most famous dish is the Kai Food Boo, an omelet with crab meat. And I totally get why as it is delicious and has the perfect combination of juicy, fluffy texture with lots of flavors. Very tasty!

Kai Foo Boo Krua Apsorn

Kai Foo Boo (crab omelet), Krua Apsorns signature dish

We also had the green curry with chicken and fish cakes; it was all excellent.

  • Address: Krua Apsorn has two restaurants in Bangkok. We visited the one at 169 Dinso Rd (close to the Democracy Monument and Khao San Road). The original branch of Krua Apsorn is located in Bangkok’s Dusit district at 503 Samsen Road (near Samsen Soi 9).
  • Opening hours: 10:30 – 20:00. Closed on Sundays
  • Krua Apsorn’s Official Webpage
  • Reviews of Krua Aprsorn on TripAdvisor

4. Thip Samai – Bangkok’s Best Pad Thai

The small restaurant Thip Samai apparently has the best Pad Thai in Bangkok! Not bad considering that they sell Pad Thai EVERYWHERE in this city 🙂 . So we had high expectations about this Pad Thai, and it did not disappoint!

So is it the best in Bangkok? Impossible to say, but we have eaten a lot of Pad Thais over the years, and this one is seriously delicious!

We usually have one “Superb Pad Thai with small prawns wrapped with egg” (90 Baht = US$ 2,70) and one “Pad Thai Song-Kreung with fresh deep-sea prawns, crabmeat, sliced squid, and sliced mango with noodle” (300 Baht = US$ 9).

Pad Thai at Thip Samai

The delicious Superb Pad Thai at Thip Samai, noodles with shrimp oil, and fresh deep-sea prawns wrapped with egg (90 Baht with small prawns like this, or 200 Baht with big prawns)

Superb Pad Thai Thip Samai

Pad Thai Song-Kreung (noodles) with shrimp oil, fresh deep-sea prawns, crabmeat, sliced squid, and sliced mango (300 Baht)

Thip Samai also has the most amazing orange juice I have ever tasted! It was so fresh and full of flavor! I could just feel its healthfulness as I was drinking it, filling me up with vitamin C. So if you go here, make sure to order the orange juice and not just another Singha (which you can buy everywhere in Thailand).

Pad Thai at Thip Samai

Bangkok’s best Pad Thai in the making

The first time we ate Pad Thai at Thip Samai was on a Night Tour with Tuk-Tuk, which you can read about here. We have been back several times after that! 🙂

Thip Samai has become very popular, and for a good reason, as their Pad Thai is fantastic. They now have six restaurants in Bangkok, and you can find Thip Samai in the shopping malls Icon Siam (6th floor) and Siam Paragon (G floor, Paragon Food Hall).

However, this article does focus on the original Thip Samai restaurant Pra-Too-Pee, and all photos are from that restaurant.

5. Raan Jay Fai – Michelin Star Street Food

Raan Jay Fai Restaurant Bangkok

Jay Fai (72) cooks all the dishes herself

Located in the same street as Thip Samai (the restaurant above at no. 4), the Raan Jay Fai is the only street food restaurant in Bangkok to be awarded a Michelin Star.

The restaurant is owned and run by the 75-year-old woman Jay Fai, and she actually makes all the dishes herself wearing her signature black goggles and a black beanie. She is a real character! Even the late Anthony Bourdain has eaten here.

The restaurant has been serving crab omelets for many years, as it was established by Jay Fais’s father seventy years ago. They mainly make seafood dishes, and their specialties and must-tries are crab omelets, crab curries, and dry congee, all wok over a coal fire.

Their most famous signature dish is the Thai Crab Omelette Kai-Jeaw Poo, a big roll of egg with big chunks of delicious, juicy, and soft crab meat fried over a coal fire. The crab omelet is not the cheapest in Bangkok, however, and costs 1000 Baht = US$30. But for the amount of crab meat that you get in the omelet, it is not that expensive in my opinion as crab meat is in general expensive.

Other famous dishes are their Tom Yum Goong soup (typical Thai seafood soup) and Drunken Noodles.

Raan Jay Fai Restaurant Bangkok

Raan Jay Fai is the only street food restaurant in Bangkok to receive a Michelin Star.

Receiving a Michelin Star has not been all positive for Jay Fai and her little restaurant. One consequence is the overwhelming amount of customers that want to eat here every day. So it is highly recommended that you book a table (send an email to jayfaibangkok@gmail.com or phone them on 092-724 9633). They have a waiting list for walk-in customers but expect to wait two to four hours to get a seat.

After you are seated and have placed your order, you have to wait (at least one hour) for the food to arrive as Jay Fai makes all the dishes herself.

We actually gave up the wait and went over to the neighbor Thip Samai as we simply got too hungry…. 🙂

PS! This is a cash-only place, so bring cash as they don´t accept credit cards!

  • Address: 327 Mahachai Road (at the intersection with Samranrat Road), next to Thip Samai restaurant
  • How to get there: It is easiest to take a taxi or tuk-tuk or use the app GRAB.
  • Opening hours: 10:00 am – 22:00/ 10 pm  Wednesday – Sunday. Closed every Monday and Tuesday.
  • Jay Fai on Instagram
  • Reviews on TripAdvisor

6. Jeib Roddeedet (former Rod Dee Det)

If you’re looking to escape the shopping malls and have an authentic Thai meal in the Siam area, you should head for Rod Dee Det at the edge of Siam Square. In an area mostly dominated by the larger food chains, Rod Dee Det is an institution in Bangkok and has been serving delicious beef noodle soup for over fifty years.

In February 2017, Rod Dee Det moved a few streets (from Siam Square Soi 7 to Siam Square Soi 2), changed its name slightly to “Jeib Roddeedet,” and upscaled its interior to a more hip and edgy atmosphere. It seems like the younger generation has taken over and is managing and running the restaurant. But the food is just as good as before, don’t worry! Jeib Roddeedet is still worth a visit!

Since it is close to Siam with all its grand shopping malls, Jeib Roddeedet is an excellent place to head to for some cheap and delicious food in between your shopping.

Rot Dee Det Restaurant at Siam Square

Espen enjoying some Beef Noodle Soup at the old Rod Dee Det Restaurant at Siam Square Soi 7, which has now moved to Siam Square Soi 2 and changed its name to Jeib Roddeedet

The old wore-down plastic chairs and plates have been changed into more modern hipster-cool wooden tables and chairs.

They still serve delicious Thai dishes. Their beef noodle soup is so flavorful and mouthwatering that it is almost too much! 🙂

Beef Noodle Soup at Jeib Roddeedet Restaurant Bangkok

Delicious beef noodle soup at Rot Dee Det

Beef noodle soup at Jeib Roddeedet and Thai ice tea is the perfect combination!

And the Moo Wan (sweet pork) is mouth-wateringly delicious.

Delicious sweet pork at Jeib Roddeedet Restaurant Bangkok

Fantastic sweet pork at Jeib Roddeedet Restaurant

Hip and cool Jeib Roddeedet Restaurant Bangkok

Cool and hip interior at Jeib Roddeedet

  • Address Jeib Roddeedet: 236/3-4 Siam Square Soi 2, Pathum Wan, Bangkok, Thailand. The old Rot Dee Det was at Siam Square Soi 7.
  • How To Get There: Take the Skytrain to BTS Siam Station. Jeib Roddeedet is only a 2 min walk from the station.
  • Opening hours: 09:00 – 21:00 every day (although Google says from 12:00 until 22:00)
  • Jeib Roddeedet on TripAdvisor
  • Jeib Roddeedet’s Facebook Page

7. Somtum Der – Bangkok’s Best Som Tam (Papaya Salad)

Somtum Der is a small cozy restaurant serving delicious northeast Isaan Thai food. The restaurant has a great and cozy outside area where you can sit and eat and drink their tasty martinis of vodka and lemongrass or Rosella. Somtum Der has even got a mention in the Michelin Guide.

Their specialty is the Som Tam/ Som Tum (Papaya Salad), of which they have ten versions of on the menu.

Som Tum at Som Tum Der

Som Tam (Papaya Salad) at Som Tum Der, their signature dish

The easiest for beginners is the Tum Thai, the base papaya salad made with papaya, limes, tomato, chilies, peanuts, and palm sugar. The Tum Thai Kai Kem with salted boiled egg and the Tum Kor Moo Yang with savory grilled pork neck is also delicious!

However, all of the Som Tams are quite spicy, even the one-chili versions are hot, but you can ask for a non-spicy version (as I do 🙂 ). I am not that good at eating spicy food, but I try. Espen has no problem eating spicy food, but he sweats a lot! 🙂 Whatever Som Tam you try, order the black or regular sticky rice and dip it into the leftover sauce. Yummy!

The real star on the Somtum Der`s menu is the Moo Ping Kati Sod, thin-sliced pork (or beef) skewers marinated in coconut milk and then grilled until the marinade caramelizes. Served with nests of coconut-scented rice noodle. So tasty! Also, the house special grilled marinated Pork is delicious!

Somtum Der also has desserts on the menu, like the Thai-styled Ice Kajang, a dish that looks intimidating and impressive but is mostly air. Harder to get past is its flavor. Let’s just say that if you’re a real fan of white bread and pink bubble gum, this is probably the desert for you! 🙂

Somtum Der Bangkok

Cozy outside sitting area at Somtum Der

Somtum Der is an affordable, friendly place with delicious and authentic North Isaan Thai food. The atmosphere is great! They also have a restaurant in New York, Ho Chi Minh, and Tokyo with the same name.

  • Address: 5/5 Sala Daeng Road, Silom. They also have a newly opened restaurant in Thonglor: 351/2 Sukhumvit 55 (take the Skytrain to Thong Lo station).
  • How to get there: Take the sky train to Silom station, and walk from there (very short).
  • Opening hours: 11:00 – 14:30 and 16:30 – 22:30 (last order at 22:00) every day
  • Somtum Der’s Official Web page
  • Reviews of Somtum Der on TripAdvisor

8. Baan Somtum

Somtum means green papaya salad, as is one of the Thai dishes that are most famous and popular in Thailand. As the name implies, the Baan Somtum Thai restaurant’s signature dish is the Somtum – Thai Papaya Salad. And it is absolutely delicious!

Baan Somtum is also mentioned in the Michelin Guide.

Of course, we did try their famous Somtum/ papaya salad, with green papayas, tomatoes, lime, garlic, chilis, dried shrimps, fried peanuts. It is usually a side dish eaten with, for instance, chicken or soup. The dish originally comes from the Northern part of Thailand, the Isaan.

Somtom papaya salad at Baan Somtum Restaurant in Sathorn Bangkok

The famous Somtum/ Papaya Salad at Baan Somtum in Sathorn, Bangkok

Baan Somtum is a cozy restaurant with a cozy atmosphere and interior design. It is not a street-food kind of restaurant, and you sit at proper tables and chairs, and the restaurant is nicely cooled by air condition.

Baan Somtum Restaurant in Sathorn Bangkok

Cozy atmosphere at Baan Somtum Restaurant in Sathorn

Baan Somtum Restaurant in Sathorn Bangkok

Baan Somtum has ten restaurants all over Bangkok. We visited the one in Sathorn.

Their menu is quite extensive, and they do have other things on their menu in addition to somtum, like different sorts of fish, meat, soups, and stir-fried Thai dishes. They also have many (I counted over 30…) different types of somtum/ papaya salad, and you can choose between various meat, vegetables, and seafood. Be aware that papaya salads are quite spicy. But you might ask the waitress if you want a milder one.

We also tried Baan Somtum’s Pomelo salad, as I love the pomelo fruit. It was perfect too!

Pomelo salad at Baan Somtum Restaurant in Sathorn Bangkok

Juicy pomelo salad at Baan Somtum

Baan Somtum has ten restaurants all across Bangkok. We visited their original restaurant at Sathorn (Pramuan Rd). Check their webpage for the other locations.

9. Wattana Panich In Ekkamai – Bangkok’s Best Beef Noodle Soup

Wattana Panich has been serving delicious beef noodles for over sixty years and is like an institution in Bangkok. You can smell the big pot of juicy beef simmering in a gigantic pot as you walk on the Ekkamai Soi 18 street. The broth simmers for hours and thickens with flavors of spices like cinnamon, star anise, and goji berries, herbs, beef, and vegetables. Actually, the rumors have it that their broth boils non-stop 24/7, and it is tasty and thick.

Huge pot of beef noodle broth at Wattana Panich in Ekkamai Bangkok

The delicious beef broth that simmers for hours at Wattana Panich

Wattana has nothing fancy about it. It is housed in a typical old-school Chinese shophouse, charming and worn-down. Eating at the wobbly and unstable metal tables and small chairs is a part of the eating experience at Wattana. This is probably exactly how the locals ate their beef noodle soup here sixty years ago too.

Wattana Panich in Ekkamai Bangkok

Wattana Panich restaurant is full of charm.

Wattana Panich has even been mentioned by Michelin several times.

Wattana Panich in Ekkamai Bangkok has several Michelin mentions

Wattana Panich’s “wall of fame.”

The noodles are perfectly cooked, and together with the tender and marinated beef slices, it is the ultimate beef noodle soup experience if you ask me. The meat is so tender that it falls from the bone. Just how we like it!

Wattana Panich also has other things on their menu, but if you want to try out their signature dish (which I recommend), it is no. 6 on the menu – Kuay Teow Neua Or Thai Beef Noodles – “Large/ Small/ fine noodles served with sliced beef, stewed beef, and beef balls.” You can choose this dry or in a soup. We went for the soup version, and it was heavenly delicious.

Delicious beef noodle soup at Wattana Panich in Ekkamai Bangkok

Wattana Panich’s signature dish is their famous Thai Beef Noodles (either with or without soup) and Roselle juice.

Other things on their menu include:

  • Kuay Trow Pae/ goat stew
  • Gao-Lao (sliced beef, stewed beef, and beef balls soup served with rice)
  • Lad-Na (noodles with gravy, Chinese broccoli, and a selection of beef, port, chicken, or shrimp)
  • Pad-Si-Iew (friend noodles with Chinese broccoli, egg, and a selection of beef, pork, chicken, or shrimp)
  • Fried rice (with beef, pork, chicken, or shrimp)
  • Kao-Na-Gai (chicken and mushroom dish with rice)
  • Pad-Woon-Sen (glass noodles fried with a selection of beef, pork, chicken, or shrimp)
  • Sykiyaki Pot (hot pot with beef and vegetables)
  • Kah-Moo (Chinese pork stew with rice)

Goat meat is a bit unusual in Bangkok and can be hard to find, especially at typical Thai restaurants. So if you are a goat meat lover, you should definitely try the goat stew or Kuay Trow Pae at Wattana Panich.

To top it off, you can go for one of their two dessert options – Jelly with rambutan or coconut milk pudding with fruit salad.

Why not try one of their special juices, like longan juice, roselle juice, or chrysanthemum tea. We had the roselle juice, and it was great. They also have different types of soda, tea, and water.

  • Address: 336-338 Ekkamai Soi 18, Sukhumvit Road Klongtoey Nuea, Bangkok
  • How to get there: Take the Skytrain to Ekkamai BTS Station, and walk from there (a 20 min walk). Or take a taxi or Grab.
  • Opening hours: 10:00 – 20:30 every day
  • Reviews of Wattana Panich on TripAdvisor

10. La Table de Tee

This restaurant is a real gourmet treasure in Bangkok! The restaurant itself is small with a casual atmosphere, but the food is stunning, both in its presentation and taste! Each evening the chef has a set menu where you can choose between two starters, two main dishes, and two desserts. There is no A la Carte menu. The food is a fusion of Thai and Western influences and changes daily.

In between the main dishes, you also get two small dishes, so altogether five dishes. All dishes are composed to fit together as a whole set dinner. It all cost 1350 Baht = US$ 45 per person, not including drinks. Expensive by Thai standards, but so much value for your money than what you would have to pay for this kind of gourmet meal in Europe or the USA!

  • Address: 69/5 Saladaeng Road, Silom
  • How to get there: Take the sky train to Silom station, and walk from there.
  • Opening hours: Tuesday – Sunday 18:30/ 6:30 pm – 22:30/ 10:30 pm. Closed on Mondays. Pre-book a table at their webpage, as this place is a small and trendy restaurant!
  • La Table de Tee’s webpage 
  • Reviews of La Table de Tee on TripAdvisor

11. Blue Elephant

Blue Elephant is an upscale Thai restaurant housed in a beautiful old Thai Chinese building constructed in 1903. This is one seriously charming Thai restaurant; the decor, the atmosphere, the cutlery, the service, and of course the delicious authentic Thai food.

There are actually nine Blue Elephant restaurants across Europe, the Middle East, and Bangkok. The owner and Master Chef Nooror Somany-Steppe is world-famous for her Royal Thai cooking.

Blue Elephant Restaurant Bangkok

The stunning building of Blue Elephant was built in 1903

Blue Elephant Restaurant Bangkok

The Blue Elephant restaurant has a lot of charm and elegance.

Be aware that men have to wear pants for dinner in the evening, but shorts at lunch is ok (if you show up in shorts in the evening, you can borrow pants at the restaurant).

The prices are a bit higher here than at the more common Thai cafes/ restaurants in Bangkok, but you come here for the total package and experience. This is the place for special occasions. However, it is a bit touristy so it can be crowded, especially when big tour groups visit the restaurant. And yep, Blue Elephant even has a gift shop 🙂 .

Blue Elephant Restaurant Bangkok

Blue Elephant is an upscale fine dining restaurant serving one of the best Thai food in Bangkok.

We went there for lunch and had Chicken Cashew and Red Curry, and it was excellent.

Blue Elephant also has a famous Thai cooking school and a small shop where they sell ingredients and do-it-yourself packages so that you can make their delicious Thai dishes at home. These packages are sold all over the world, even back home in Norway. We have made their Red curry, Green Curry, and Pad Thai at home, and it is almost as good as in the restaurant!

Blue Elephant also has restaurants in Phuket in Southern Thailand, Malta, and Copenhagen in Denmark.

Food Tours In Bangkok

It can be a bit overwhelming getting the hang of the Thai cuisine with all its different courses and street food. A good idea is to join a food tour that takes you to some food markets and local Thai restaurants to get an introduction to Thai cuisine. Here are some excellent food tours that we recommend:


We simply LOVE Thai food, and we highly recommend these places to eat tasty and authentic Thai food! They all have delicious and freshly made Thai food, although at different price ranges and different “settings.”

These places are not typically tourist sites, so you can get authentic, delicious Thai food, where the local Thais eat.

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The many markets around Bangkok is also an excellent place to eat Thai food, and many of the shopping malls have great food courts with delicious Thai food.

If you want to learn how to make your own Thai food, there are some excellent Thai Cooking classes in Bangkok.

Here are some great books about Thai food, with easy and delicious recipes (click on the pictures to read more about the books):

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Where To Stay In Bangkok

Bangkok offers a wide selection of accommodation for all budgets, and you will have plenty of choices when it comes to finding the right place to stay.

Bangkok is pretty affordable when it comes to accommodation, so you can get some really good deals and even find five stars hotels very cheap compared to other places in the world. However, accommodation prices do vary greatly with the season. Below are some of our favorite hotels in Bangkok.  We have stayed at all of the hotels below.

Hotel Muse Bangkok

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Hotel Muse has a beautiful and classic decor

Read our review of Hotel Muse her. It is a cool and unique boutique hotel, perfectly located in the center of Bangkok!
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Avani Riverside

The awesome rooftop infinity pool at Avani Riverside Hotel

If you’d like to stay along the river without breaking the bank, the new Avani Riverside hotel is a great alternative to the usual riverside luxury hotels. Rooms are super comfortable with fantastic views overlooking the Chao Phraya River and the fantastic rooftop infinity pool is probably our favorite in Bangkok.
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Casa Nithra
If you’re looking for a mid-range option close to Bangkok’s famous Khao San area, then the Casa Nithra comes highly recommended. The rooftop swimming pool is lovely, the rooms comfortable and the breakfast has plenty of options. It’s located in a quiet area, yet Khao San is just an easy walk away.
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Hotel Icon is a small hotel centrally located on Sukhumvit road. The rooms are fresh and modern, big and comfortable with all the usual comforts such as flat-screen tv, aircon, and free Wi-Fi. The rooftop swimming pool is great!
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⇒ For more accommodation options and tips on which areas of Bangkok that suit you best, read our complete guide to where to stay in Bangkok.

What To Bring To Bangkok

Bangkok is hot all year round and gets very humid during the rainy season from June to October.  Below are some of the essentials you need before heading to Bangkok, along with some links to Amazon.com for more information.

  • Travel Insurance – Bangkok has some excellent international hospitals, but they aren’t cheap. In fact, Thailand is among the worlds most expensive places to be hospitalized. With travel insurance costing just a few dollars a day and potentially saving you thousands of dollars if something happens, you really can’t afford to go without.  We’ve used World Nomads in the past, and they offer an excellent service for backpackers, vacationers and short-term travelers alike. Read why we never travel without insurance.

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  • Map – A good map of Bangkok is a must. Our favorite map is The Groovy Map to Bangkok. The map is accurate, durable, and also contains Skytrain & MRT maps, plus it has a lot of great tips about what to see and do in Bangkok by people that have lived there and know the city. It’s really like a mini travel guide in map form.
  • Filtered Water Bottle – The tap water in Bangkok is not safe to drink. To help save the environment and reduce the serious problem of plastic bottle waste, consider bringing a filtered water bottle such as the Lifestraw Filtered Water Bottle.
  • Noice canceling headphones – While not strictly necessary, I’m not getting on a 10+ hour flight again without my noise canceling headphones!
  • Sunscreen – Sunscreen lotion often contain whitening in Thailand, so bring some from home.
  • Walking sandals – A good pair of walking shoes are an absolute must. We have been using our Teva sandals for years.
  • Clothes for temples – For entry into religious temples and the Kings Palace you need to wear long trousers and a top/ t-shirt that covers your shoulders. We recommend getting something light and breathable that packs down small.
  • Power adapter – Make sure you can use your electronic devices in Thailand by bringing a travel power adapter. Our favorite is the FosPower Fuse. It is small, light and sturdy and can also charge USB devices.
  • Sunglasses – Bring a good pair of sunglasses.
  • Walk around day pack – A small walk around day pack is highly recommended. We travel with Osprey travel backpacks; that comes with a useful detachable daypack. For stand-alone daypacks, we like the Pacsafe Venturesafe with its anti-theft design.
  • Camera – Don’t forget a camera to document your adventures in Bangkok! Check out our article on what camera gear to bring traveling for our recommendations 🙂

Travel Guides

We used the Lonely Planet`s Thailand travel guide on our trip. You can get that and other great books by clicking on the pictures below which will take you to Amazon.com (affiliate links):




 

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