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664 Samsen Rd, Khwaeng Thanon Nakhon Chai Si, Khet Dusit, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10300, Thailand
To find the best pad thai stall, go out the back door of the Sri Yan market, continue past the motorbike queue, and look for an open-air restaurant painted bright pink. Or ask the locals,‘Raan pad thai yuu tii nai?’(Where is the place that sells...
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Sao Chingcha, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok 10200, Thailand
Around lunchtime, near the back door of the Sri Yan market, you’ll see Lan Taw Toon set up her array of simple treats—shaved ice, palm sugar, and coconut cream with a variety of colorful toppings. She has been making the same old-fashioned Bangkok...
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313-315 Maha Chai Rd, Khwaeng Samran Rat, Khet Phra Nakhon, กรุงเทพมหานคร 10200, Thailand
Pad Thai prepared over charcoal woks. We got here at 5 p.m. when the place opened, and by 5:30 even with eight woks going there was a huge line outside.
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38 Soi, Khwaeng Suan Luang, Khet Suan Luang, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10250, Thailand
One of the best street food markets in central Bangkok is Sukumvit Soi 38—right by Thong Lo station on the BTS. Some of the stalls are open during the day, but the market really kicks-off at about 5pm. The fruit shakes are so good they're...
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Soi Polo, Khwaeng Lumphini, Khet Pathum Wan, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10330, Thailand
Fried Chicken. From little wings on the street to the proliferation of KFCs, it's clear fried chicken plays an important role in the Bangkok diet. But there's nowhere like this (or so they tell me.) What could possibly make good fried chicken...
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24 Sukhumvit 53 Alley, Khwaeng Khlong Tan Nuea, Khet Watthana, กรุงเทพมหานคร 10110, Thailand
Two of the cooks who worked with me at Nahm in London opened a dinner-only spot named Bo.lan. Bo and Dylan prepare traditional but often hard-to-find dishes, such as stir-fried chicken thighs with bamboo shoots, and red curry of pork hock. —David...
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503 Thanon Samsen, Dusit, Khet Dusit, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10300, Thailand
The place to go for curries—with lotus shoots or with crabmeat—Krua Apsorn is a favorite restaurant for me and for some members of the royal family. The decor is not very exciting, but the food is. Thanon Samsen, near the corner of Soi Samsen 9...
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56/10 ถนน สุขุมวิท 55 ซอย ทองหล่อ Khwaeng Khlong Tan Nuea, Khet Watthana, กรุงเทพมหานคร 10110, Thailand
American food journalist Jarrett Wrisley opened Soul Food Mahanakorn, a homey restaurant on the posh street, Soi Thonglor. Look for dishes such as yam makrua yao, a smoky eggplant salad topped with boiled duck eggs. —David Thompson This appeared...
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Thanon Phaya Thai, Ratchathewi, Bangkok 10400, Thailand
When I lived in Bangkok, I chose my apartment due to one important factor: it was close to a restaurant my friends affectionately dubbed "Pumpkin Lady" because of the stuffed pumpkin desserts. The dining experience is hyper-local; food is served...
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Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok 494 Ratchadamri Rd, Khwaeng Lumphini, Khet Pathum Wan, กรุงเทพมหานคร 10330, Thailand
Erawan Tea Room is a perfect place to take a break from Bangkok's humid weather and enjoy traditional Thai food. After glancing at the menu it seemed impossible to resist a title like "Fluffy Catfish." With every bite, this salad came to life—the...
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2 Thanon Si Ayutthaya, Khwaeng Wachira Phayaban, Khet Dusit, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10300, Thailand
I am happy to have finally found the address for the Ka-Long Restaurant after many unsuccessful searches. This restaurant is an old-school Thai restaurant set on the busy Chao Praya River and there’s no mistaking its authenticity. The spices are...
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10 ซอย สุขุมวิท 12 Khwaeng Khlong Toei, Khet Khlong Toei, กรุงเทพมหานคร 10110, Thailand
The restaurant Cabbages & Condoms serves tasty Thai food in a theme-styled restaurant. The thing is that the theme is condoms. All of the light fixtures and much of the other unlikely art has been fashioned from thousands of those little balloons....
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4 ซอย ศรีอักษร ถนน เชื้อเพลิง Khwaeng Thung Maha Mek, Khet Sathon, กรุงเทพมหานคร 10120, Thailand
Surrounded by a garden studded with beanbag chairs, Issaya Siamese Club serves cuisine that blends Thai flavors with international techniques. Such dishes as massaman lamb curry as well as jasmine flan (pictured) incorporate ingredients from the...
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160/11 ถนน สุขุมวิท 55 ซอย ทองหล่อ 6 แขวง คลองตันเหนือ Khet Watthana, กรุงเทพมหานคร 10110, Thailand
For authentic Thai food in a lively but stylish setting, it is hard to go wrong with Supanniga Eating Room. Drawing on the culinary heritage of two Thai regions (Trat and Issan), the restaurant has earned a deservedly formidable reputation....
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333 Charoennakorn Road, Klongsan, แขวง คลองต้นไทร เขต คลองสาน กรุงเทพมหานคร 10600, Thailand
The best dim sum is at Mei Jiang, the Cantonese restaurant located inside the Peninsula Hotel. My order typically includes the har gow [steamed prawn dumplings with ginger], the drunken chicken with jellyfish, and the snow pea pastries. —David...
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GF, Centralplaza Ladprao, 1691 Phahonyothin Rd, Lat Yao, Khet Chatuchak, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10900, Thailand
Ice cream breaded and fried the exact way the fried pork chop tonkatsu is done, and served in a bento set with chocolate sauce drizzled over it. You have to eat it while its hot and it's a full meal in itself as dessert. The menus are updated...
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89 ถนน เยาวพานิช Chakkrawat, Khet Samphanthawong, กรุงเทพมหานคร 10100, Thailand
Eric Ripert may say that the fish is the star of the plate at Le Bernardin but at Tang Jai Yoo in the heart of Bangkok’s Chinatown, the suckling pork is most decidedly the headliner at the table. There were gasps of delight when it was placed on...
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27/1 Sukhumvit Rd, Khwaeng Khlong Tan Nuea, Khet Watthana, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10110, Thailand
The dining scene in Bangkok has stepped up a few notches in recent times to encompass non-Thai options that wouldn’t be out of place in London, Paris or New York. One of the hottest tables in town is currently Opposite Mess Hall where Australian...
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1030/4 ถนน พระราม 4 Si Yaek Maha Nak, Khet Sathon, กรุงเทพมหานคร 10120, Thailand
Of all Bangkok's culinary options, perhaps the most underrated are its African restaurants. Yet they are definitely worth checking out. One of the best is Habesha, which is located in Soi 3 near Nana BTS. It serves authentic injera (a type of...
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49 Phra Athit Rd, Khwaeng Chana Songkhram, Khet Phra Nakhon, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10200, Thailand
Located by the Chao Phraya River and a stone's throw from the backpacker haven of Banglamphu, Sheepshank is one of Bangkok's most appealing new dining venues. Set in a former boatyard, it bills itself as a 'gastrobar' and offers a wide range of...
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Bangkok, Thailand
I had already begged a woman to write down the name of her ground—what, pork?—dish that first melted my brain. She scratched a couple Thai words on my notepad. Later, I learned she’d written “lunch.” Bangkok’s street food astounded, but I’d known...
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21/100 ถนนสาทรใต้ Silom, Khet Sathon, กรุงเทพมหานคร 10120, Thailand
The Banyan Hotel has several amazing places to catch a glimpse of the breadth of Bangkok. AFARer John Galante recommended the Moon Bar at the very top of the 61-story building. Unfortunately when I arrived there was a private event being held. The...
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1055 State Tower, Silom Rd Khwaeng Silom, Khet Bang Rak, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10500, Thailand
Of course, it’s silly to say that Sirocco only became popular because of the Hangover 2 movie, but the extra publicity helped. It has always been a stand-out destination for lavish drinks with a great view and is ideal for budding photographers to...
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Soi Rambuttri, Khwaeng Talat Yot, Khet Phra Nakhon, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10200, Thailand
Rambuttri is Khao San's more attractive, well behaved sister. The entire horse-shoe-shaped road takes about 30 minutes to walk along. This street has a great mix of guesthouses, restaurants, bars and street food stalls. Most of the shops are...
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39 ถนนมหาราช แขวง พระบรมมหาราชวัง Khet Phra Nakhon, กรุงเทพมหานคร 10200, Thailand
This modern hotel/café/ restaurant has a prime location right on the Chao Phraya river right down the street from Wat Pho. The sleek and chic interiors are a refreshing break from the chaos outside, and the views of Wat Arun across the river are...
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999/99 Rama I Rd, Rong Muang, Khet Pathum Wan, กรุงเทพมหานคร 10330, Thailand
There are many sky bars to visit in Bangkok, but purely from a design perspective and the photo opportunities, Red Sky at Centara is fantastic! Located not far from the Grand Palace, and you can expect to pay around 500THB for a cocktail, which is...
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21/100 ถนนสาทรใต้ Silom, Khet Sathon, กรุงเทพมหานคร 10120, Thailand
Bangkok has become legendary for its rooftop bars. The Moon Bar at the Banyan Tree Hotel was one of the original elevated alfresco hot spots and its chilled ambience, comfortable seating and potent drinks mean it retains its cache. Oh yeah,...
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113 ถนน สุขุมวิท 55 แขวง คลองตันเหนือ Khet Watthana, กรุงเทพมหานคร 10110, Thailand
Bangkok is well known for being a party town, but not everyone is aware of how nuanced its nightlife scene actually is. The city’s naughty reputation is alive and well in notorious red-light districts such as Patpong, Soi Cowboy and Nana Plaza,...
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808/12 ซ.ธารารมณ์2 ถ.สุขุมวิท55 แขวงคลองตันเหนือ Khwaeng Khlong Tan Nuea, Khet Watthana, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10110, Thailand
Buzzing with bars, restaurants, and boutiques, Thong Lor is undoubtedly one of Bangkok's most happening neighborhoods. One complaint is that it can feel a little superficial, but that's not the case at this gem of a bar/retail space. As the name...
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34 Sukhumvit Soi 11, แขวง คลองเตยเหนือ เขต วัฒนา กรุงเทพมหานคร 10110, Thailand
It is fair to say that Le Derriere has a tranche of debauched cache. The absinthe bar at the rear of the long-standing Q Bar club, it was an illegal gambling den in a former life. It is still pretty louche. Done out like a French boudoir, it...
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36/2 Phahonyothin Soi 7, Khwaeng Samsen Nai, Khet Phaya Thai, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10400, Thailand
The Bangkok Mules - Mekhong rum, brown sugar, ginger ale, lemongrass - at Salt went down a little bit too easily. It was the Mekhong rum, a classic spiced rum flavored with Thai herbs and spices that starts bitter and finishes sweet, that took me...
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The craft beer boom has well and truly hit Bangkok with several venues in the city now stocking a great selection of small-batch brews. One of the best places is Mikkeller in the leafy Ekkamai area. The beanbag strewn garden and airy bar may...