A number of hours earlier than midnight, we bought picked up from our hotel in Bangkok for an opportunity to expertise the town in a method we wouldn’t have in any other case.
Our day had began with probably the most common spots within the metropolis (the Grand Palace, Khlongs and Wat Arun – see all of it right here) however top-of-the-line methods to really take pleasure in a metropolis is to go the place the locals go which is probably why I loved this night bit a lot.
See, this night, we might be off on a meals tour and to be completely trustworthy, I’m sometimes a bit cautious of meals excursions.
I’ve been on some actually superb ones however meals excursions can 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 certainly one of them isn’t fairly proper, it’s really easy to seek out your self caught in hours of tedium. If each, nonetheless, are proper – then you definitely’re in for fairly a deal with!
Off some actually stable native suggestions (backed up by suggestions from associates), we booked onto a non-public meals tour with Bangkok Food Tours. They decide you up by tuk-tuk at your resort and drop you proper again there so any logistics or the way 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 in quest of 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 regarded like on the surface however principally as a result of we wouldn’t know what to order (or even perhaps the way to order?).
Fortunately, our information took care of every thing 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 beneficial it – each single dish that got here out of the kitchen, and I imply each one, was completely scrumptious!
Like, gobble it down, trying round for seconds scrumptious! (It’s sooooooo way more scrumptious than it appears to be like).
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, in quest of the subsequent meal – whereas taking within the metropolis at night time.
Our subsequent cease was someplace fairly particular – it’s one of many least expensive. 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 for those who simply ‘present up’, count on to be on a queue simply to get in.
Don’t fear, the meals are created pretty shortly so the queue does transfer. For those who’re not eager on queuing (I do not know why anybody can be eager on queuing only for the sake of it), then that is the place the tour is useful. See, as a result of they’ve pre-booked seats, you get to skip the queue and are ushered to a desk right away.
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 4 – 5 foot flames from the flambéing being performed within the pans. 😀
The Guay Tiew Kua Gai is definitely worth the wait, by the way in which! Completely scrumptious and leaving you with an appreciation of why individuals queue day by day for this scrumptious meal.
Now, this is likely to be billed as a meals tour but it surely’s really way more than that! See, the tour takes a little bit of a diversion from the foodie aspect of issues and will get you to go discover components of the town you maybe wouldn’t have – particularly not at night time.
Living proof – our subsequent cease was the night time market – extra particularly, the flower market. See, flowers are an enormous deal in Thailand.
They’re used for thus many issues day by day (ceremonies, greetings, decorations…and so forth) and are maybe a extra energetic a part of individuals’s each 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 may think about, completely different flowers are used for various functions a few of which you’ll discover out about as you traipse via the market.
Out there too, you’ll discover distributors promoting all kinds of snacks and seeing as we had been on a meals tour in spite of everything, it made sense to indulge a bit of.
We bought a few cookies to go, most of which had 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 assume I ever discovered the identify). With that, it was determined that we should always most likely cease someplace to get drinks. 😀
However first, and seeing as we had been shut sufficient, we determined to cease off at Wat Pho – the Temple of the Reclining Buddha.
Now whilst you can go to the temple at night time, it’s value noting that you may’t really go inside to see the reclining Buddha – that bit is closed at night time. The temple complicated, nonetheless, is open and also you get to roam via it, freed from all the crowds round.
Wat Pho completely magnificent and such a formidable a part of the town. It most likely 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 night time in addition to in the course of the day. It’s simply such a special vibe at night time.
Simply as we had been about to go away Wat Pho, the clouds opened up and it began raining, which turned out to be really good timing as we hot-footed it to our tuk-tuk and made our method 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 on this publish right here) and even Wat Pho.
After a number of cocktails, we made our method over to our remaining 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 must 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 had been ushered in right away.
There are a number of methods to have a Pad Thai, one is the absolutely enveloped one (with every thing within the egg) and the opposite is type 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 definitely worth the hype, by the way in which! The Pad Thai is sooo sooooooo good!
Simply as we had been leaving, we noticed a neighborhood vendor outdoors the restaurant promoting khanom bueang, that are like Thai crepes. By this level, I used to be completely stuffed however our tour information beneficial attempting some and as you most likely know by the, I’m not one to say no to meals.
I can’t say the khanom bueang had been really my favorite, like they’re tasty however I’m not too positive in regards to the filling inside it. That being mentioned 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 once more and to discover Bangkok in a novel method we undoubtedly wouldn’t have in any other case. 😀