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Best street food area in Bangkok?

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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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  1. 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.

    1. 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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      1. re: justintime

        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

        1. re: Missy

          Try Dusit Thani then:
          http://www.dusit.com/hotels/thailand/...

          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. 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).

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

          http://www.austinbushphotography.com/...

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

          http://importfood.com/vendor_video/th...

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

            1. re: shengtang

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

              ;-)

              1. re: shengtang

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

                1. re: AirThai

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

              2. 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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                1. re: shengtang

                  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???

                  1. re: dawnng

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

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                  1. re: guanubian

                    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.

                    Paul