Asia is packed with wonderful sights to explore, but it is the culture that makes it stand out above and beyond many other destinations. We know that Thailand is one of the most popular countries to visit in this region, if not the world, and there are many reasons for this, not least the vibrant night-life the amazing sightseeing opportunities, the jaw-dropping nature, and the delicious street food. One of the most popular destinations within the country is without a doubt the huge and sprawling metropolis that is Bangkok.
Now, at first sight Bangkok can be a little overwhelming, because of the size, the noise, and the frenetic nature of the place, but it is also somewhere that requires visitors to throw themselves into it wholeheartedly, without reserve. One of the best ways to do that is with the help of a local.
Withlocals offers tours and things to do in Bangkok for visitors, allowing them to truly immerse themselves in the wonder of the city. You can either choose to visit somewhere and see it, or you can choose to visit somewhere and experience it – the words might not sound like much, but the reality behind the differences is quite great. Seeing Bangkok through the eyes of a local person is simply the best way to really ‘do’ Bangkok, without missing anything out.
Seeing the sights with a local guide is a great way to experience them and learn more, but you could also choose to head off on a street food tour. Bangkok is renowned for its delicious, and sometimes slightly eclectic, street foods, and if you make your way around these particular neighbourhoods with a local person, sampling different popular treats, then you can know more about what you’re trying, and you will enjoy it so much more.
Chinatown is one of the districts you simply have to see when you visit Bangkok’s foodie districts, as well as the Old Town, Sukhumvit, Silmon Road, and Sathorn Road. These are the main food lover districts around the city, and having a local guide to show you the area and what to eat is so beneficial to your visit. On top of this, how are you supposed to know what to try and what you’re eating if you don’t have anyone to explain?
This is the major plus point of enjoying Bangkok’s sights and traditions with someone who lives there.
Chinatown in particular is said to be one of the iconic destinations in terms of street food in the whole country, let alone just the city, and here you must try satay. This is obviously something you have heard about before in mainstream Thai and Chinese food, but when you try it in its homeland, it’s something else entirely. Sukiyaki Thai-style is another must try, which is noodles and seafood in chili sauce – delicious!
The Old Town is full of age-old market stalls selling all manner of different paraphernalia, as well as mouth-watering street food to try. Khao gang is a dish you will find locals chowing down at breakfast, as well as a snack when the mood takes. This is a curried rice, which is bursting with flavours.
A common theme amongst all Thai street food is that it is packed with delicate flavours, without being too spicy or overpowering.
You could try sen yai, which are thick noodles, Hainanese-style chicken rice, or khao mum gai, perhaps ped thun is for you. Whatever you choose, having the knowledge of a guide is the best way to experience the delicious world of Thai street food in Bangkok.