A number of hours earlier than midnight, we obtained picked up from our hotel in Bangkok for an opportunity to expertise the town in a manner we wouldn’t have in any other case.
Our day had began with probably the most fashionable spots within the metropolis (the Grand Palace, Khlongs and Wat Arun – see it all here) however among the finest methods to really take pleasure in a metropolis is to go the place the locals go which is maybe why I loved this night bit a lot.
See, this night, we might be off on a meals tour and to be completely sincere, I’m usually a bit cautious of meals excursions.
I’ve been on some actually superb ones however meals excursions will also be a bit “Meh!”. I feel each the information and the precise locations you go to get the meals makes such an enormous distinction and if even one in every of them isn’t fairly proper, it’s really easy to search out your self caught in hours of tedium. If each, nevertheless, are proper – then you definately’re in for fairly a deal with!
Off some actually stable native suggestions (backed up by suggestions from mates), we booked onto a personal meals tour with Bangkok Food Tours. They choose you up by tuk-tuk at your lodge and drop you proper again there so any logistics or easy methods to get round is all dealt with by them.
So yeah, completely ravenous however energised by an influence “jetlag-be-gone” night nap, we hopped into the tuk-tuk searching for culinary delights in Bangkok.
Now, the suggestions for the meals excursions might need fairly stable however once we confirmed as much as the primary place, I used to be initially a bit sceptical. It was a type of spots that I suppose, I’d assume solely the locals would go to maybe partly due to what it seemed like on the surface however principally as a result of we wouldn’t know what to order (or even perhaps easy methods to order?).
Fortunately, our information took care of the whole lot and ordered up some delights he was sure we might actually take pleasure in.
That is maybe the precise second once I knew why the meals tour with these guys was so particular and why everybody had really useful it – each single dish that got here out of the kitchen, and I imply each one, was completely scrumptious!
Like, gobble it down, wanting round for seconds scrumptious! (It’s sooooooo far more scrumptious than it seems).
There are not any airs and graces right here both, you simply get caught proper in. I knew proper there after which that this was maybe a type of hidden gems within the metropolis I might by no means have though to go to.
I didn’t have seconds although. We’d be going to different locations so it made sense to not peak too quickly. With that, we hopped into our tuk-tuk, searching for the following meal – whereas taking within the metropolis at evening.
Our subsequent cease was someplace fairly particular – it’s one of many most cost-effective. Michelin star eating places on the earth – Ann Guay Tiew Kua Gai.
The precise meal you’re right here to eat is the Guay Tiew Kua Gai – rooster fried noodles with an egg within the center and (ergo the restaurant identify) and when you simply ‘present up’, anticipate to be on a queue simply to get in.
Don’t fear, the meals are created pretty rapidly so the queue does transfer. In the event you’re not eager on queuing (I don’t know why anybody can be eager on queuing only for the sake of it), then that is the place the tour turns out to be useful. See, as a result of they’ve pre-booked seats, you get to skip the queue and are ushered to a desk immediately.
You even get to go to the again and see the Guay Tiew Kua Gai being ready.
It’s an intense, fastpaced course of that left us at a loss at how the individuals making the meals nonetheless had eye-brows with these four – 5 foot flames from the flambéing being carried out within the pans. 😀
The Guay Tiew Kua Gai is well worth the wait, by the way in which! Completely scrumptious and leaving you with an appreciation of why individuals queue each day for this scrumptious meal.
Now, this is perhaps billed as a meals tour nevertheless it’s really far more than that! See, the tour takes a little bit of a diversion from the foodie facet of issues and will get you to go discover components of the town you maybe wouldn’t have – particularly not at evening.
Living proof – our subsequent cease was the evening market – extra particularly, the flower market. See, flowers are an enormous deal in Thailand.
They’re used for thus many issues each day (ceremonies, greetings, decorations…and many others) and are maybe a extra energetic a part of individuals’s every day lives than you may discover in different nations so the flower market is a extremely important a part of life in Bangkok.
As you possibly can think about, completely different flowers are used for various functions a few of which you’ll discover out about as you traipse by means of the market.
Out there too, you’ll discover distributors promoting all types of snacks and seeing as we have been on a meals tour in spite of everything, it made sense to indulge just a little.
We obtained a few cookies to go, most of which have been fairly tasty however there was one which, tasty because it was, was additionally tremendous dry! 😆 (Can’t keep in mind the identify of it – really, come to consider it, I don’t suppose I ever discovered the identify). With that, it was determined that we must always in all probability cease someplace to get drinks. 😀
However first, and seeing as we have been shut sufficient, we determined to cease off at Wat Pho – the Temple of the Reclining Buddha.
Now when you can go to the temple at evening, it’s price noting you can’t really go inside to see the reclining Buddha – that bit is closed at evening. The temple advanced, nevertheless, is open and also you get to roam by means of it, freed from all the crowds round.
Wat Pho completely magnificent and such a powerful a part of the town. It in all probability goes with out saying that that is undoubtedly one spot within the metropolis you completely have to go to – what I might add to that’s maybe additionally visiting at evening in addition to throughout the day. It’s simply such a distinct vibe at evening.
Simply as we have been about to depart Wat Pho, the clouds opened up and it began raining, which turned out to be really excellent timing as we hot-footed it to our tuk-tuk and made our manner over to a rooftop bar a number of streets away.
This bar was one other a type of hidden gems you wouldn’t essentially have identified to go to.
It’s in a reasonably residential neighbourhood however is completely positioned proper by the river, and has superb views of Wat Arun (the temple in this post here) and even Wat Pho.
After a number of cocktails, we made our manner over to our closing cease for the night for probably the most well-known of Thai dishes – Pad Thai!
For this, we went to Thip Samai Pad Thai – one place within the metropolis you completely should attempt Pad Thai in.
The flipside is that it’s one other a type of locations that’s actually busy however once more, due to our information we didn’t have to attend for a desk and have been ushered in immediately.
There are a number of methods to have a Pad Thai, one is the absolutely enveloped one (with the whole lot within the egg) and the opposite is form with the stuff scrambled and outdoors of the egg (that’s the model I used to be much less accustomed to).
Unable to determine, we went for each kinds and determined to share between us.
This place is well worth the hype, by the way in which! The Pad Thai is sooo sooooooo good!
Simply as we have been leaving, we noticed an area vendor exterior the restaurant promoting khanom bueang, that are like Thai crepes. By this level, I used to be completely stuffed however our tour information really useful making an attempt some and as you in all probability know by the, I’m not one to say no to meals.
I can’t say the khanom bueang have been really my favorite, like they’re tasty however I’m not too positive concerning the filling inside it. That being stated although it was good to attempt one thing I do know I wouldn’t have in any other case.
And with that, we known as it an evening and headed again to the hotel!
This entire night in Bangkok had been such a delight and it felt like we’d crammed in a lot greater than I’d anticipated.
It was additionally the right alternative to fall in love with Thai meals yet again and to discover Bangkok in a novel manner we undoubtedly wouldn’t have in any other case. 😀