If you are a slave to your taste buds, you couldn’t have come to a better place. Considered street food heaven, Bangkok has earned this title with aplomb. There is not a single walkway in this city (and I don’t believe I’m exaggerating) without a stall catering to your gastronomic demands. The food zones are crammed with colorful stalls that sell an unending variety of noodles, soups, meats, fruits, drinks….it just never ends. While all are top class in terms of quality and taste, here are four most loved.
Khao San Road
This web of lanes and “sois” (meaning “alley” in Thai) can be a little intimidating when you first see it but like all good alcohol it grows on you. Not only is this place packed with restaurants and cafes that cater to a wide variety of cuisines and pubs a plenty, you can also feast your eyes on a kaleidoscope of human specimens. The food steps away from its original flavour to keep all its visitors happy, but the variety is boggling. You almost always end up heavier after a trip to Khao San Road.
Many colorful buses big and small are always seen hovering around the Victory Monument. Why? It’s thanks to the limitless foods stalls that line the tangle of streets and alleys branching away from the large traffic circle. In the center of this traffic circles stands the tall monument to the Thai victory over the French in 1941, hence the name of the market. Walk northeast down Ratchawithi Soi 10 and across a bridge is a lovely little joint that has the best boat noodles. Thai youth favors the south of the circle which has the most stalls. For a more refined menu head further south along Phaya Thai Road.
Charoen Krung Road
This food zone goes by the name Charoen Krung Road and is a hundred and fifty years old. It was built wide for foreigners’ carriages to pass unhindered and today is dotted with food stalls offering all you can imagine eating. You simply need to set out with an empty stomach from the base of the State Tower and take in something from each stall along Charoen Krung. Don’t ask me how to work it all off!
Tha Phra Chang Pier
At the end of Tha Phra Chang Road, this popular eat out area is a cluster of sois with restaurants. The Thammasat University next door is the cause of its establishment as a food zone. There are small clothes and jewelry stores in the beginning of the road and you have to walk towards the river to eat. Here the cuisine is mainly Thai but down Maharat Road is another crowded area that has a staggering array of foods and deserts on offer.
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