Bangkok Guide II: Food, drinks & Hotels

Thai food is incredible, healthy and fresh. Most people think this delicious Asian cuisine is extremely spicy, but if you are like me who isn’t the biggest fan of spicy food, you can still make Bangkok a foodie trip. Especially if you’re into the lactose -free and gluten-free lifestyle. Since the majority of classic Thai dishes use coconut and almond milk instead.

Eating is a big part of Thai culture and they believe eating often and little is important for a healthy diet. As a result, In Bangkok, you can literally eat everywhere all day long. From food stands on the streets, restaurants, cafes, bars and malls, you name it.

Above all, eating out is very cheap. The more local you go, the cheaper it will be.

Food

Boat noodle- This dish gets its name from when it was originally sold at floating markets. The cooks would prepare the noodles in their boats, then pass the food to the client using a long hook. You get to pick every ingredient – the type of noodles, broth, meat and sides. My favorite is glass noodles with pulled beef, beef balls and dark soy sauce broth.

Tropical fruits- As a tropical country, Thailand has all the typical fruits- mango, papaya, pineapples and so on. However, being the incredible country that it is, they have their own tropical fruits that you can only find it here, like durian, purple mangosteen, rambutan and many more.

Top to bottom: Crab curry and shrimps, Pad Thai and glass noodles with shrimp and coconut milk.

Khao Pad (Fried Rice) – This classic dish has always been my favorite lunch choice. It’s easy to make and easy to eat, especially by a pool. How can anyone resist a plate of fried jasmine rice with eggs, seafood and vegetables? Depending on the chef, the seafood part variates between shrimp, crab and chicken.

Pad Thai – This spicy fresh dish has an interesting combination of stir-fried rice noodles (thin, long and thick)with an egg, bean sprouts, fish sauce, sugar, chili powder, ground peanuts. For the meat part, you can choose between shrimp, tofu pork, chicken or a combination of several.

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Thai curry – Thailand has developed its own version of curries with its own specialty of chilies.The Gaeng Daeng (red curry) is made with red curry paste, tender beef meat, coconut milk and topped with kaffir leaves. Green curry made with young green chilies, chicken and coconut milk is considered to be the spiciest curry in Thailand. Along with Gaeng Keow Wan Kai (green curry) which is spicy and sweet, all at the same time with bigger red chilies and fish.

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Tom yum (Spicy Shrimp Soup) – This hot dish is the symbol of Thailand. With an incredible aroma of herbs, shallots, fish sauce, prawns, straw mushrooms, chili, galangal that shapes this classic dish.

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Som Tum (Spicy Green Salad) – Originally from the northeast side of the country, this super spicy salad is full of herbs, fruits and vegetables. Including chilies, garlic, cherry tomatoes, green beans and shredded raw papaya. In different parts of the country, peanuts, dry shrimp, and salted crabs are also added. Creating a unique spicy-sour-sweet flavour to the salad. If you are trying the dish for the first time, be very prepared for a new explosion of flavours in your mouth.

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Tip: Street food has its own unique smell that can be different from other cuisines. For some people, it might take some getting used to.

Not to mention all the sweets

Mango sticky rice with coconut cream.

Mango & sticky rice – This dessert is my favourite. Super simple, easy to make and fresh as can be. Mango is already one of the most delicious fruits you can get in Thailand and combined with sweet sticky rice and coconut cream, it can’t get any better. At some places, the chef adds sesame seeds on top of the rice to give it a crispy touch. This delicious dessert is probably the easiest to find.

Sweet Crepe – These tiny fried crepes are stuffed with meringue, egg cream and foy thong (shredded egg yolk), which makes this dessert so delicious. You can find these everywhere but its best to have it from a food stand, fresh off the grill.

Coconut Ice Cream with peanuts.

Coconut Ice cream – With the brutal yearly hot weather of the city, the best way to cool down is with ice cream and what better tropical flavour to have than coconuts. Ice cream is pretty easy to find at street food stands with a big variety of toppings to choose from like syrups, nuts, sweet corn. Most places even serve your ice cream in a coconut itself.

Sticky Rice in Bamboo – Another delicious way to eat sticky rice but this time it’s more elaborate. The sticky rice is first mixed with sweet red beans, coconut cream and sugar. Then melted on a bamboo cylinder until everything melts together.


Drinks

Thai people love to drink, which makes Bangkok a great place for a night out. Convenient stores in the city are usually closed in the evening, so make sure to get your drinks between 11.00 to 14.00 or between 17.00 to 24.00.

Cha Yen (Ice Tea) – This delicious ice tea with oranges and milk is a traditional Thai mocktail

(non-alcoholic cocktail). It’s refreshing and will win anyone’s heart from the first sip. This tea is like no other, the sweetness of the tea complements so well with the citrus of the orange. Since this drink is loved by so many, you can find it anywhere in the city.

Oliang & Boran Coffee – This Thai drink is perfect for a hot day coffee break in the evening. If you like unique drinks, this one will be great for you. Oliang is long coffee with either roasted rice and caramel, depending on where you have it. If you prefer it warm with milk, this delicious drink turns into Boran coffee. Which Thais love to have for breakfast as a start to the day.

Singha & Chang Beer- A trip to Bangkok can’t be complete without a cold Singha beer. If you thought this beer was cheap in your home country, having it in its homeland will be even better. Singha is originally from Bangkok and Chang is from.

Sangsom & Mekhong Whiskey – These Thai whiskeys are made of 95% sugarcane and molasses, and 5% rice. Great for making whiskey and coke pre-drinks since they are cheap and you can find them at local supermarkets.


Hotels

Bangkok is big and full of hotels, so make sure to research which area you’ll be spending the most time at, and you book your hotel there. So you can walk around the area or make sure there is a BTS train station close by since trains are the fastest and easiest way to get around the city. If you are on a budget and can’t afford a fancy hotel, it doesn’t stop you from going to a fancy hotel and having a drink at the bar anyways. Especially since the majority of luxurious hotels in the center of the city have incredible views of the city, and are great for date night.

Pavilion Thai corner.

Dusi Thaniโ€™s Pavilion Restaurant This beautiful hotel has three restaurants, but the best one is the Pavilion gourmet buffet with Thai, seafood, sushi and dessert corners. The hotel has a beautiful wooden dรฉcor with Ranad instrumental music and a kids corner. After lunch, make sure to see their beautiful garden and pools.

Millennium Hilton HotelThis incredible restaurant is in front of the Chao Phraya River with a view to the Grand Palace Emerald Buddha, Temple of Dawn, Asiatisque bazaar and China Town. Itโ€™s a great place to have lunch, brunch, afternoon coffee and drinks at the rooftop bar.

Amari Watergate Pavilion Hotel Every time I’m in town, I make sure to stay at this hotel. As you step in the hotel, you are greeted by an incredible instrumental Thai band playing bong land, Thai folk music. The breakfast is amazing with all types of Thai fruits, great coffee and everything else you would want from a breakfast buffet. On the — floor there is a great entertainment area with a pool, bar, spa and gym. Close by there are several malls like Central World, Isetan Japanese department, Platunam authentic mall and Siam Paragon. There are also lots of restaurants, bars and cafรฉs close by. The Ratchaprarop and the Chit Lom stations are North and South of the hotel.

You can get dinner and drinks on the 4th floor at the Amaya Food Gallery where you can get brunch, lunch, dinner and drinks at Amari’s great food court with fresh ingredients and an incredible view from the skyscraper.

Amari Watergate hotel's pool.

Lub d Siam Square & Silom Hostel – for backpackers and on a budget

This hotel is heaven for backpackers and anyone on a budget. It’s modern and chill with one of the best locations, right in the middle of Siam. Surrounded by malls, bars, clubs, cafes and it even has its own BTS train station, also called Siam.

This place has several types of rooms, dorms for a group of friends, private rooms and ladies only rooms, all with modern Thai decoration. Other facilities include a laundry room, free wifi, all-day open kitchen, security lockers and two-month free luggage storage. Which are great facilities to help keep yourself fresh and make your trip around the country much easier.

Paragon Inn hotel room & pool.

Paragon Inn – This incredibly cheap and relaxing hotel close to the airport is a great place for a honeymoon away from the Bangkok chaos or for a layover. Each room has a tropical and simple decoration with several outdoor saltwater pools and bathtub. It also has a restaurant, bar/lounge, and room service, so you technically never have to leave your incredible hotel room. If you are coming or going to the airport, there are also shuttle buses and airport transportation from the hotel.