In Thailand street food isn’t just about quick snacks on the run or fast meals when you can’t get “real food.”. From dawn to late at night, street vendors prepare full meals and people from all walks of life enjoy them. In fact, most Thais and visitors consider street food superior in taste to anything available at a restaurant. Experiencing communal eating surrounded by traffic and urban life is an essential part of visiting Thailand.
Below are some neighborhoods in Bangkok that serve excellent street food and are convenient to visit.
No surprise that this neighborhood would be known for excellent food, but what is surprising is that some of the best stuff isn’t Chinese, but traditional Thai and Thai-Chinese. Yawolat, the main road, gets packed at night and is a great place to find seafood, but stick to the side streets for a broader selection of everything from Isan-style fried chicken to fried noodles.
2. Thong LorThough this small strip just off of the main road is one of the smallest street food spots on the list, vendors here offer the most comprehensive selection of Thai food and even a bit of Japanese, too. Come here if you want to try everything in one place, from phad Thai to som tum to mango sticky rice. The strip is just outside of the Thong Lor Skytrain station, and is only open in the evening.
3. Lumphini Park
Just outside of Lumphini Park on Ratchadamri Road a cluster of street vendors selling Isan food set up shop for dinner. Come here for authentic som tam, lab and sticky rice. This area attracts a lot of locals, so flavors aren’t watered down! Make sure to let the vendors know you don’t want your food too spicy.
4. Victory Monument
There’s a large street market on the edge of the Victory Monument rotary called Victory Point with scores of street vendors, outdoor seating and plenty of diners stopping for a casual bite to eat. You’ll find all the typical noodle and rice dishes but also some quirkier items meant to appeal to the high school and college students that frequent the market, like waffles on sticks.