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Best street food area in Bangkok?

Missy Aug 11, 2009 10:29 AM

Hi all-I'm going to Bangkok for a meeting in October and I'm trying to decide where to stay. I have only a few days so I want to be in a good food area (esp. cart/street food and small family-run restaurants) and near a Sky Train stop if possible.
Where are the best chow neighborhoods? Thanks!!!

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    klyeoh RE: Missy Aug 12, 2009 05:47 AM

    You can probably consider Silom area. Montien Hotel right in front of Patpong (if you don't mind its proximity to the girlie bars) gives you access to street foods, small restaurants, etc. Bonus: they open till very late. You'll be near Bangkok Skytrain (BTS) Saladaeng station, or the Bangkok MRTA Silom station.

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      justintime RE: Missy Aug 12, 2009 09:22 AM

      the great thing about bangkok is most central areas are near great food. but, agree with klyeoh that silom's a great option. you have a bit of everything -- excellent, cheap street food, mom & pop shophouses and some higher end thai, too. also very convenient to pretty much anywhere.

      as for the montien hotel tho... without knowing your budget and who you are, not sure i'd recommend it. but there's a slew of options in the area at all price ranges.

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        Missy RE: justintime Aug 12, 2009 12:20 PM

        The Montien didn't look like my cup of tea, but Silom seems to be! I am looking for something maybe a little nicer. But what can I expect in the way of street eats in this neighborhood? I will be arriving late (10 p.m.) after a flight from Istanbul. But it will only be 4 p.m. in my head and stomach, so I'll be looking for chow

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          klyeoh RE: Missy Aug 12, 2009 08:10 PM

          Try Dusit Thani then:

          D'Sens French restaurant (by Jacques & Laurent Pourcel) and Mayflower Chinese restaurant are a couple of my favorite eating spots in Bangkok. And the hotel's also walking distance to Sala Daeng station.

      2. Sam Fujisaka RE: Missy Aug 12, 2009 05:36 PM

        For work reasons I've often stayed near Kasetsart University. There are lots of places - street and little restaurants (many that have to replace Mom's cooking for the students from all over the country).

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          surgeon RE: Missy Sep 3, 2009 07:29 AM

          google Austn Bush for his complete rundown of the best street food


          also "import food" has good maps to take with you


          go to bottom of the page and click any and all locations
          hope you have lots of time to enjoy Bangkok

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            shengtang RE: Missy Sep 18, 2009 10:35 AM

            How can nobody say Yaowarat?

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              Curt the Soi Hound RE: shengtang Sep 18, 2009 05:38 PM

              I would just rather take a beating then hassle with Chinatown traffic!


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                AirThai RE: shengtang Sep 19, 2009 08:56 AM

                Yes, Yaowarat Road......I agree.....

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                  koknia RE: AirThai Sep 22, 2009 01:22 PM

                  I like the area around Petchaburi Soi 12, and Soi 5 and Soi 7, north of that street. Very old school local food scene.

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                shengtang RE: Missy Sep 23, 2009 02:40 PM

                OK, this turned out to be a question for myself as well. I know I suggested Yaowarat for Missy ...
                However; the other day I was watching a travel show from Taiwan and the host mentioned a night market called "cho-chai-chi" (while the caption was "chochi"). The host obviously did not Thai so me reciting it second-handly would just confuse the taxi driver (am going to BKK soon). Internet searches on these two "names" of course rendered no result. Anybody can decipher this?
                This market sell a fish maw soup that looks very attractive ...

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                  dawnng RE: shengtang Oct 29, 2009 08:46 PM

                  so did you finally find out what street was that? i saw the same program on tv last night and also was trying to figure out where in bangkok is that? if yes, could you please share???

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                    Mark P RE: dawnng Mar 17, 2010 02:50 AM

                    I can believe that the host was referring to Chatuchak Market. It's certainly a sizable step in pronuciation, but it's plausible for someone not used to Romanized characters trying to pronounce the Romanized letters for a Thai word. (Incidentally, it's not pronounced anything like how it looks.)

                    It's the biggest market in the city, and likely to be on any travel show on Bangkok.

                    Weekends only.

                    Or Tor Kor is the food market next to it. I think it's open every day.

                2. guanubian RE: Missy Oct 19, 2009 11:21 PM

                  Soi Convent is small but dense -- a worthwhile experience.

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                    pcypert RE: guanubian Oct 30, 2009 10:06 AM

                    There's good stuff on Convent, but mostly for lunch as a street food destination. Hai is lovely as is the Kao Man Gai and Kanom Gin.

                    For a destination street I'd recommend soi 38 though.


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