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Tom Yum Goong Banglamphu: serious prawn tom yum, pla kung and more in old-town Bangkok

Tom yum kung pla meum hot and sour soup with prawns and squid at Tom Yum Goong Banglamphu restaurant in Bangkok, Thailand - photo by Chris Wotton

An unassuming street stall in Bangkok’s old-town of Banglamphu, two streets away from Khaosan Road, serves some of the city’s best tom yum kung soup. Continue reading

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The quiet back alleys of Bangkok’s historic Kudeejeen neighbourhood

Kudeejeen neighbourhood in Thonburi, Bangkok, Thailand

Bangkok’s Kudeejeen neighbourhood is overlooked by visitors and locals, but this network of walkable alleys hides an enchanting riverside community. Continue reading

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Hom Duan (หอมด่วน): homely khao soi and stunning gaeng hunglay in Ekkamai, Bangkok

Hom Duan (หอมด่วน) khao soi, gaeng hunglay and northern Thai food restaurant in Ekkamai, Bangkok, Thailand

This informal indoor café-restaurant serves home-style northern cooking, including dishes like khao soi and gaeng hunglay, steps from Ekkamai BTS station. Continue reading

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A seafood feast at Soei, at Bangkok’s Samsen railway station

Soei (เส่ย) restaurant in Bangkok, Thailand

Right alongside the busy platform at Bangkok’s Samsen train station, Soei is an atmospheric setting for a stunning Thai seafood spread. Continue reading

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Frog jungle curry and stir-fried winkles at Gaeng Pa Sriyan in Bangkok

Gaeng pa gob frog jungle curry, pad cha hoy comb stir-fried winkles and krapao nok kata sub stir-fried quail and basil at Gaeng Pa Sriyan restaurant in Bangkok, Thailand

There are no prisoners taken at Bangkok’s Gaeng Pa Sriyan restaurant, where rare dishes like frog jungle curry and stir-fried winkles are loaded with spice. Continue reading

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Kanom jeen sao nam and Sukhothai noodles: Somsong Pochana in Bangkok’s old town

Kanom jeen sao nam rice noodles with prawns and coconut milk at Somsong Pochana restaurant in Bangkok

At a modest but bustling shophouse restaurant in Bangkok’s old town, a dish of rice noodles with prawns and coconut milk evokes feelings of summer. Continue reading

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Hua Takhe art market – a slice of old Bangkok

Hua Takhe art market in eastern Bangkok, Thailand

A peaceful art market on the eastern outskirts of Bangkok offers a glimmer of the city’s way of life from years gone by. Continue reading

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Siam Gypsy Junction – Bangkok’s newest vintage market

Siam Gypsy Junction night market in Bang Son, Bangkok, Thailand

Bangkok has a new vintage market on the block – Siam Gypsy Junction has retro wares, trendy haircuts and beers on a bus roof. It’s the place to be! Continue reading

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Bangkok Tree House: Review

Bangkok Tree House in Phra Phradaeng

On an artificial island just outside the Thai capital of Bangkok, an eco-friendly luxury resort of tree houses is the ultimate escape from the big city. Continue reading

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London Pie – pies and English breakfasts in Bangkok

Full English fried breakfast at London Pie in Bangkok

Where can you find an authentic, generously sized and well priced English breakfast in Bangkok? London Pie, in Ekkamai, might be the answer. Continue reading

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Dasa Book Café: a haven for Bangkok’s readers

Dasa Book Café in Bangkok - photo by Dasa Book Café

In a country that’s decidedly lacking a reading culture, Dasa is a fortunate exception, a bastion of a second-hand bookshop in downtown Bangkok. Continue reading

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4 floating markets in and around Bangkok

Taling Chan floating market - photo by Alpha

Floating markets are not created equally, but luckily there are several great ones within easy reach of Bangkok. Continue reading

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The Bangkok Hit List: 11-17 December 2014

NASA  Space Exhibition - photo by TAT

If it’s happening, it’s here – the definitive guide to where to be this week in Bangkok. Continue reading

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Roti Fatimah: outstanding southern Thai curries and roti in eastern Bangkok

Gaeng gari gai at Roti Fatimah, Bangkok

In an area already packed with excellent southern Thai eateries, Roti Fatimah – inside the Paradise Park food court – is a stand-out. Continue reading

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Sanguan Sri: old-school Thai food in downtown Bangkok

Sanguan Sri in Phloen Chit, Bangkok

This restaurant will win no awards for its decades unchanged decor, but it excels in turning out well executed southern and central Thai classics. Continue reading

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The Bangkok Hit List: 27 November – 03 December 2014

Slowfest Farmrak - photo by thebarrowboy

If it’s happening, it’s here – the definitive guide to where to be this week in Bangkok. Continue reading

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The Bangkok Hit List: 20-26 November 2014

Chomp - photo by Chomp

If it’s happening, it’s here – the definitive guide to where to be this week in Bangkok. Continue reading

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Suan Luang Market – Bangkok’s European-style farmers’ market

Suan Luang market, Bangkok

A short way from the eastern outskirts of the Bangkok Skytrain is what might be the closest Thailand has to a European-style farmers’ market. Continue reading

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The Bangkok Hit List: 13-19 November 2014

Ancient Siam - photo by Ancient Siam

If it’s happening, it’s here – the definitive guide to where to be this week in Bangkok. Continue reading

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Baan Dinso @ Ratchadamnoen Boutique Hostel, Bangkok: Review

Democracy Monument as seen from Baan Dinso @ Ratchadamnoen

In Bangkok’s old town, two associated guest houses within spitting distance of each other have distinct atmospheres – and one has killer views of Democracy Monument. Continue reading

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The Bangkok Hit List: 06-12 November 2014

Concert in the Park - photo by Bangkok Symphony Orchestra

If it’s happening, it’s here – the definitive guide to where to be this week in Bangkok. Continue reading

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Goat kuruma curry and more at Yusup Pochana

Yusup Pochana, southern Thai food in north Bangkok

The little-known kuruma curry is the star of the show at a southern Thai restaurant in northern Bangkok. Continue reading

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Northern Thai food in northern Bangkok: khao soi and gaeng hunglay at Han Jao Nua

Khao soi and gaeng hunglay at Han Jao Nua, Union Mall

When a craving for khao soi strikes, nothing beats Chiang Mai – but Bangkok can still do a mean version of the northern curried noodles, including at this spot in Union Mall. Continue reading

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Food Porn: Laab Dib

Laab Dib on Sukhumvit 101/1

One for the more adventurous foodie, this spicy northeastern salad is made with same herb and spice mix as namtok. But the twist is that it’s made with raw pork, giving the dish a red tinge as it oozes blood. Continue reading

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The Bangkok Hit List: 30 October – 05 November 2014

So Be It (A-Wang)

If it’s happening, it’s here – the definitive guide to where to be this week in Bangkok. Continue reading

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Khao Gaeng Jake Puey: Thai curry in Bangkok’s Chinatown

Khao Gaeng Jake Puey

At a curry and rice stall in Bangkok’s Chinatown, the food is decent but not as impressive as the quirky surrounds. Continue reading

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Authentic southern mataba in Bangkok

Chicken mataba at Soi Supaphong

Tucked away in a hidden but bustling corner of Bangkok, one man serves up authentic southern chicken and beef mataba pancakes in the capital. Continue reading

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Could this be Bangkok’s best somtum?

Somtum at Udomsuk Soi 19

Where is the best place to eat papaya salad in Bangkok? It could well just be this no-name roadside stall on the outskirts of the Skytrain’s Sukhumvit line. Continue reading

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Loy Krathong in Thailand – where to celebrate

Loy Krathong at Wat Dhammamongkol, Bangkok

Loy Krathong is one of Thailand’s most popular festivals, and perhaps its most romantic and photogenic. But where best in the kingdom to celebrate it? Continue reading

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Bangkok by night: same city, different feeling

Wat Prayoon

Expique’s tuk-tuk tour of Bangkok gives a different take on the city – by attacking it at night. Continue reading

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Bangkok’s vintage cinema experience: the antithesis of a ‘cineplex’

Scala cinema in Siam Square

Bangkok may have a reputation for glossy super-malls and cinemas, but a couple of old-time hidden spots in the centre of the city can still offer the vintage movie-going experience. Continue reading

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The dilemma of Bangkok’s beggars

Beggar in Bangkok - photo by Sam Sherratt

My resolve to not give to beggars is severely tested by one particular elderly woman, sat each day outside the On Nut branch of Tesco Lotus. Her slight and fragile frame reminds me of my own grandmother. Continue reading

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Mooning on the 61st floor: the sky bar at Bangkok’s Banyan Tree

Moon Bar - photo by Luca Boldrini

There is no denying, it’s the views that draw people to the infamous sky bar on the sixty-first floor of the equally renowned (if only for its prices) Banyan Tree Hotel in Sathorn. It is mentioned in just about every … Continue reading

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Bang Nampheung – a floating market amidst Bangkok’s lungs

Bang Krachao

On an island cut off from Bangkok by the winding of the Chaophraya river lies a floating market of epic proportions, and one in the sort of serene setting you’d not expect to find within 15 minutes of the Skytrain. Continue reading

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Toney Restaurant: a taste of India in Bangkok

Toney Restaurant, Pahurat

Tucked away in a soi in Bangkok’s Little India, Toney Restaurant serves up authentic street food dishes right out of the subcontinent. Continue reading

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Talat Rot Fai Srinakarin: revamped and growing

Talat Rot Fai

After its fair share of ups and downs, Bangkok’s famed Talat Rot Fai vintage market is settling into its new home on Srinakarin Road – here’s what to expect. Continue reading

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Cheap-as-chips National Stadium market

MBK Market

Keep an eye out for this occasional market at BTS National Stadium in Bangkok – head along for some great food and unbelievable bargains! Continue reading

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Food Porn: Somtum Hoy Dong

Somtum hoy dong

Another one to make your gut turn, if you’re so inclined. This papaya salad variety is a new favourite of mine, and I love it for its sweetness – but that comes not from palm sugar, as is the case … Continue reading

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Koh Kret: an island on the Chao Phraya

Koh Kret

Serenity is within easy reach of Bangkok on the river island of Koh Kret. Here’s what to expect from a day trip there. Continue reading

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Must-Visit: Bangkok Art & Culture Centre

Bangkok Art & Culture Centre - photo by Ken Ohyama

Bangkok might not be your number one destination for museum browsing, but only a fool would visit and not check out the Bangkok Art & Culture Centre. Continue reading

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Bangkok’s best pad thai

Pad thai at On Nut night market

It’s not often that I rave about pad thai. That’s partly because, as a dish, it is over-hyped outside of Thailand to such an extent that you would be forgiven for thinking that it’s all the Thais eat, or that’s … Continue reading

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3 surprisingly good eats near Khaosan

Good food here, really? Oh, yes. Photo by Brandon Fick

Khaosan Road, the backpacker ghetto of the Thai capital, has a dearth of authentic, quality Thai food, right? Wrong! Here are three spots you might not have considered eating – but absolutely, definitely, without-a-shadow-of-a-doubt should. Continue reading

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Ice cream worth crossing Bangkok for

Four scoops of mango comes pretty close to perfection

There are some things worth a long bus ride across a city, and I include a bowl of awesome ice cream in that list. That’s exactly what I did at the weekend, having tried and failed on previous occasions to … Continue reading

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Feasting at Khlong Lat Mayom floating market

Khlong Lat Mayom

Just when you think you’ve had your fix of Thai floating markets, along comes another one. Khlong Lat Mayom, sitting on the outskirts of the Thonburi side of Bangkok, is one worth a visit – at once a million miles from and within easy reach of the city. Continue reading

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Food Porn: Gaeng Hed

Gaeng Hed

Gaeng hed is a death-willingly spicy, sour and citrus-infused soup laced with a variety of mushrooms, lemongrass, galangal and a heap of other fresh herbs, spices and leafy greens. It’s a taste of Isaan food you won’t forget in a hurry. Continue reading

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Food Porn: Guay Deow Nam Tok

Guay Deow Nam Tok

Turn your nose up at pig’s blood soup if you will – but guay deow nam tok is a treat you’ll be missing out on. Packing a chilli punch and a half, and delectable whatever the weather, this is a Thai street food dish you shouldn’t skip. Continue reading

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How to get to Don Muang airport

Don Muang International Airport, Bangkok - photo by Dream Iada

What’s the best way to get to the budget airlines at Don Muang airport in Bangkok? Take your pick – taxi, bus or train. Continue reading

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Is this Bangkok’s best gay bar?

One Night Only  (photo by One Night Only)

While other spots nearby have hogged Bangkok’s gay scene to date, newbie One Night Only is shaking all that up with a fresh feeling, higher end bar and club that has a distinctly smaller, friendlier vibe. Continue reading

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3 spots to celebrate Valentine’s Day in Bangkok

Steve Café & Cuisine - photo by Nokkie Kemakawat

In Bangkok this Valentine’s and stuck for somewhere to wine and dine your loved one – or the one you want? Avoid the overhyped and overpriced hotel packages; here are 3 great ways to spend a romantic evening in the … Continue reading

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Taling Chan – a floating market at a softer pace

Longtail boats pass in the khlong at Taling Chan floating market

  Floating markets are two-a-penny in and around Bangkok, and yet most visitors still swarm to the over-commercialised tourist trap that is Damnoen Saduak, in Ratchaburi province about an hour and a half from the capital. Taling Chan floating market … Continue reading

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The real Thailand top 20

TAT Top 20 Things to do in Thailand

    Last summer, a friend gave me a booklet produced by Thailand’s tourist body listing its top 20 attractions the country had to offer – the ones no visitor to Thailand should miss. Amazing Thailand Top 20 Things to … Continue reading

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A whistlestop foodie tour of Banglamphu

Khao mok gai at Areesaa Rote Dee

    I’m bleating on about Banglamphu again, Bangkok’s backpacker-popular old-town district. As I mentioned in my recent post on getting away from here, its plentiful array of fantastic Thai street food actually give you ample reason to want to … Continue reading

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Wat Ratchabophit – an oasis in Bangkok

Wat Ratchabophit

    The Grand Palace, Wat Arun, Wat Pho – the same Buddhist temples get all the tourist glory when it comes to Bangkok. And while these are undoubtedly architecturally and religiously stunning temples worth the scores of visitors they … Continue reading

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What’s the best way to get out of Banglamphu?

    It’s not just first-time-to-Thailand backpackers who stay in Banglamphu, and there is more to the area than Khaosan Road. Temples and other sights, great street food and a general feel of an older Bangkok are all reasons to … Continue reading

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Bangkok’s Talat Rot Fai

Campers and old vans are the order of the day

    I love a good market, and so much the better if it is of hippy, alternative persuasion. Even better still if, despite being in the middle of Bangkok, it is practically tourist free and very much the real … Continue reading

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An oasis in Bangkok

Lumpini Park, Bangkok

    Let’s face it, Bangkok doesn’t have a reputation for being a particularly green city. Undeniably, it has its positives as a city – the food, the shopping, the nightlife (though even that becomes questionable as to whether the … Continue reading

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Sam Sen Sam Place: a gem in the heart of Banglamphu

Sam Sen Sam Place, Bangkok

For every run-down hovel of a Khaosan Road backpacker guest house, there’s an oasis of well-run, budget cleanliness nearby – Sam Sen Sam Place is one such example. Continue reading

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