Thailand Food Reccomendations - From Street Food to Resorts?
- martinjames Jun 13, 2009 09:33 PM
I am planning a trip to Thailand (for our honeymoon) and am looking for some great recommendations on places to eat. We usually travel as backpackers, ultra cheap, so we looove street food and would love to know where to get some of the best! We don't plan on spending much time in Bangkok, however.
Since it is out honeymoon, we will probably spend a few nights living it up at a resort somewhere, so we are very interested in finding a resort with great food, as well.
Aside from specific places we should be sure not to miss, we would also love to have a few specific dishes and regional cuisines we should be sure not to miss.
It also seems like there are some great cooking schools/classes in throughout Thailand, so if anyone has an 1st hand knowledge of that, we'd appreciate it!
One of us is also an urban organic farmer here in the Bay Area, where we live, so if you have recs on farms to visit, we would appreciate that as well!
Basically, if you know of food in Thailand, we wanna know ;)
Khaosan Road is a great backpacker place, it also offers plenty of food options... Chatuchak weekend is another great place to sample local delights. The food courts in any of the shopping malls are are also good. Just point at what you would like to eat. If you want any thing more specific, let me know.
excellent street food neighborhoods in Bangkok:
Si Yan in Dusit (corner of Sam Sen and Nakhon Chaisi)
Nakhon Chaisi Road further east
Thanon Thanao near the Giant Swing
Thong Lor is a trusty standby, too, and the easiest to access for visitors
Skip Khao San Rd. street food, it is *really* disappointing. But, if you're in the area, head to Mister Pas on Phra Athit for some modern Thai cooking. Really impressive, small, casual spot. Also Hemlock is a good bet, tho not as good as Mister Pas.
Resorts generally do not have great food (certainly can be beautifully and professionally prepared but... missing that extra something you find in local places).
Cooking classes, there are so many! and the right one really depends on what you're looking for. i blogged about this, with a bit of info and guidance, here -- http://suzynam.com/blogthai/2009/04/0...
Farms... just outside of Bangkok near Khao Yai there are a couple of farms. Check out Chockchai Farm. the whole area is quite beautiful, too. and there are wineries!
There are some organic farms in Chiang Mai region, not sure about around Bangkok tho.
if you get a chance try some iberry. it's a local ice cream chain that serves local flavor sorbet - spicy tamarind, green mango, santol, mangosteen, etc. different branches will carry different flavors.
eatingasia.typepad.com has some really good street food recs for locations all over southeast asia. they should have some bkk and chiang mai posts as the writer and her husband used to live there.
i recently tried koko's in siam square which has lots of vegetarian friendly fare. had lots of dishes i had never tried before - dried and fried shitake mushroom stems, fried fish with basil and ginger. lots of good stuff.
resorts with great food do exist! i have two choices in phuket, for ultimate luxury go to trisara, for a more down to earth version, go to sala phuket. both are great romantic resorts with great food.
in bangkok i recommend trying le lys, savoey seafood (and do order the crab with curry powder), there's also a great italian restaurant called enoteca in the sukhumvit area. a new restaurant with a great ambience is bo lan. they have a tasting menu that's worth sampling.
oh, and there's a true gem of a place called koffee link (at the end of the street outside the shangri-la hotel) i usually stay at the peninsula so it's the end of the street from the peninsula pier), it has the best coffee, best chocolate trip cookies and croissant with ham and cheese! it's not thai food i know but it's a great place!