I was thinking of what to write for my last post on Thailand and without a doubt, I decided that it would be about the food. Aside from the shopping – indeed I think more than that – the food is one of the best reasons to visit Thailand. All over the world, mention of “Thai food” is enough to make anyone’s mouth water. I have always liked their cuisine – at least based on what I have tried here at home.
As much as I loved Thai food, I didn’t think that it would be that much better when I got there. Boy, was I wrong! Our plane came in around 1 or 2 in the morning so by the time we got to our hotel I was starving. On our way there, we saw lots of food stands on the side of the street on the road to our hotel. Having heard from other people that Thai street food should not be missed, we decided to give it a try. Well let’s just say that we never regretted it – we went back to that area several times during our stay. For as little as 400 baht, you can feed a family of four!
If you are into the bar scene, you should head on to the Sukhumvit area, which is easily accessible by the Skytrain. You can go to any of the side streets there, called sois, and you will find all sorts of restaurants catering to different clientele. Do not be afraid that the restaurants and bars will not be good for the children – there are a lot of places there that you would not hesitate taking your children to. For more detailed information on the countless eats in Bangkok, you should get a brochure at your hotel lobby. It’s called “Where to Eat in Bangkok” or something similar to that. They publish it on a regular basis and you will get loads of information from it.
One last tip – if your taste buds are not that receptive to spicy food, make sure to tell the waiter that you want the food “not spicy.” Don’t make the mistake of saying “mild” as I did. Try it and you will know what I mean!