Let Your Tastebuds Explore
You can’t deny that Thai people know how to cook great food and what better way to experience that then to try the street food. Around every corner at any time of day are places to try divine, mouth-watering food that will have you coming back for more.
Street food provides cheap, convenient meals for a city that never sleeps and as a visitor to Bangkok it will truly immerse you into the Bangkok lifestyle. Foods like papaya salad, noodles, grilled meat skewers, grilled fish, fried rice are just some of the variety of foods to be explored on your walk through the bustling streets that will get your tastebuds tingling.
Among the street foods, you will come across some food which is quite uncommon for Western cultures. Insects! Although they look creepy, they are relatively nice to eat, it’s more the thought of eating a bug that can put people off.
Some of the insects on the menu can include bamboo worms, silk larvae, crickets, scorpions, weevils, water-bugs, beetles and red ants but it does also depend on the time of year as sometimes certain insects are not as common.
Where To Eat
It’s difficult to choose just one place to indulge in street food in Bangkok as there is so much variety in what you can get. Here are a few street food areas that you may like to try.
Yaowarat (Chinatown) – Most popular of a night it is easy to get to by taxi or alternatively take the MRT to Hua Lamphong station. Chiantown is around 10 minutes in a vechile.
Ratchawat Market – Best to go eat here during the day. This is an older traditional street market the closest BTS station is Victory Monument but you would still need to get a vechile which can take 10 minutes.
Wang Lang Market- Excellent street snacks that you can have as you are walking to the next cart. You can get a boat from Saphan Taksin to Wang Lang Pier.
Victory Monument – Great area for street food because it’s located in a busy area of Bangkok. You can easily get the BTS skytrain to Victory Monument station.
Whichever area you choose to eat street food try to keep in mind a few rules so you won’t end up in the hotel with a sore stomach.
It’s good to watch the food being cooked in front of you instead of buying what is already there. You don’t know how long the food has been sitting on the tray for.
Drink straight from the bottle and avoid the ice as they use the tap water. Tap water in Bangkok can make you ill as it isn’t treated correctly.
Follow the crowds. People are likely to eat where the food is fresh and tastes good.