Top 16 Bangkok Street Food Sanctuaries (Are You Ready to Eat?)

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Get ready to start eating Bangkok street food like you’re a food athlete

Did you know Bangkok is a synonym of street food?

Well, probably not according to the official dictionary, but having eaten and explored the street food in this culinary wonderland since 2009, I can say without doubt, Bangkok is one of the world’s best cities for food.

According to Lonely Planet’s survey, Bangkok tops the world as the best city to visit if you’re a food lover.

In Bangkok, it goes without saying:

Where there are people, there will be food.

(Hint – this means there’s food everywhere you look in Bangkok)

However, though you’ll find street food everywhere in Bangkok, not all areas of this food haven of a city are created equal.

Some areas of town, and certain streets, are more blessed with beautiful things to devour than others.

So in the confusion of Bangkok’s bright pink taxi’s, ginormous modern shopping malls, and flashy motorbike racers, where are all these neighborhood eating coves, these dining Shangri-La’s, these street food sanctuaries where a hungry soul can gobble down excessive portions of affordable and insanely delicious Bangkok street food?

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It’s not easy to narrow down the list of Bangkok’s best street food streets; Anyone who has spent time navigating the city surely acknowledges that there is without stretch of the imagination, an infinite supply of street food.

But despite there being stalls everywhere you look in Bangkok, these 16 areas have an exceptionally high delicious food concentration.

Bangkok Food Tip 1: Mondays are street cleaning days in Bangkok citywide, and many street food cart vendors take the day off. You’ll notice about a 50% decrease in street food in Bangkok on Mondays. So you can still find some, but don’t always count on Mondays.

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Eating at Victory Monument (อนุสาวรีย์ชัยสมรภูมิ)

1. Victory Monument (Anusawari Chai Samoraphum อนุสาวรีย์ชัยสมรภูมิ)

When I first moved to Bangkok, back in 2009, I hung out mostly around Victory Monument, eating as much food as possible along with Dwight Turner.

We ate so much, we actually renamed it “Victory Munch!”

But anyways, Victory Monument is such a good area for street food because it’s one of Bangkok’s main transportation hubs – countless buses load and unload at this giant roundabout everyday, and it’s also served by the Victory Monument BTS station. Wherever there’s lots of people, there’s always lots of food.

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Boat noodles at Doy Kuay Teow Reua

Surrounding the roundabout, and also on adjacent sois (Thai word for small neighborhood streets), you’ll find a bountiful collection of restaurants, street food stalls, and snacks galore. It’s like a circular buffet.

On the northeast side of the roundabout is the famous boat noodle alley, where you can choose from a variety of Thai boat noodle restaurants, and on the northwest side in the neighborhood, there are more, lesser known, and in my opinion more delicious, boat noodle spots.

Also, if you’re in the Victory Monument area, you can head over to Phahon Yothin Soi 1 (พหลโยธิน ซอย.1), located just a 5 minute walk north of the monument, for another street that has a good amount of street food throughout the day and evening. Also, Rangnam (featured at #8 below) is very close.

Victory Monument serves up a smorgasbord of Thai street food that will have you massaging your stomach to maximize its capacity.

How to get there: Take the BTS Skytrain to Victory Monument station, Exit #3 or #4, and start exploring by walking around the monument first.
Hours: Daytime from about 10 am – 8 pm is good

Optional restaurants in the area:

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Kuay Jab Nam Sai (ก๋วยจั๊บน้ำใส) at Kuay Jab Uan Pochana (ก๋วยจั๊บ อ้วนโภชนา)

2. Yaowarat (Chinatown เยาวราช)

There’s a form of natural-selection that takes place in Yaowarat (เยาวราช); The mediocre food is weeded out and ONLY the best street food survives.

There’s no denying that Bangkok’s famous Chinatown (video), known in Thai as Yaowarat (เยาวราช), offers some of the most respected street food dining options in all of Bangkok. You’ll discover some serious Thai street food masters.

Don’t be afraid to explore down a dark side alley or follow the instinct of your nose when you smell something delicious, because Yaowarat is packed with delectable eats and full of food gem surprises.

Yaowarat road is the most famous street, cutting through the heart of Chinatown, but on the parallel Charoen Krung road, and down countless small market lanes, you’ll also find endless eating options.

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Street food in Chinatown Bangkok

During the day time, you’ll stumble into markets, but in the evening is when the main wave of street food vendors come to life; People hit the streets to eat.

Also, if you’re looking to sample interesting things like bird’s nest soup or suckling pig, Yaowarat won’t disappoint you.

Just a short distance from Yoawarat (เยาวราช) is the community of Pahurat, known as Bangkok’s very Little India, and home to some great Indian street food restaurants like Toney Restaurant.

How to get there: Easiest way to get to Chinatown is by taxi, but alternatively you can take the MRT to Hua Lamphong station, and then walk to Chinatown from there (10 mins) or take a tuk tuk / motorbike.
Open hours: Morning and daytime are good for browsing markets, evening and night is best for street food
Optional restaurants in the area:

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Grilled banana (gluay ping) at Sriyan Market

3. Ratchawat Market (ราชวัตร) / Sriyan Market (ตลาดศรีย่าน)

Tucked away in the quiet and green district of Dusit, down a road known as Nakhon Chaisi, are two of the most old and traditional markets in Bangkok.

Ratchawat is first, and includes a fine selection of restaurants serving roast duck, Kobe beef noodles, and unnamed restaurant where a man in a shower cap cooks up a stir fried curry shark that burst’s with so much flavor it will make you raise your hands with a “hallelujah!”

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Stink beans (goong pad sataw) at Ran Gaeng Pa Sriyani

Further down the road, about a kilometer, you’ll come to Sriyan Market, yet another culinary gem. First browse through the fresh wet market, and then choose from a selection of noodle restaurants, curry restaurants, one of my favorite restaurants that serves jungle curry, and street snacks that fill the sidewalk.

What I really love about both Ratchawat and Sriyan is that they filled with Bangkok street food, yet they have a relaxed and laid back feel to them – life moves at a bit of a slower pace in these areas than in the rest of the city.

How to get there: Easiest way to get to Ratchawat and Sriyan is by taking a taxi. Closest BTS station is Victory Monument, but from there it’s about a 10 minute taxi ride away.
Open hours: Daytime is best, and especially a good place to eat lunch
Optional restaurants in the area:

Read my full article about Sriyan here.

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Roasted duck at Prachak

4. Charoen Krung (เจริญกรุง) and Bangrak (บางรัก)

A walk down the entirety of Charoen Krung Road is bound to end with a full stomach, as there’s no humanly-possible way (not that I’ve discovered) to resist the tempting delights that are thrown at you from every direction.

The smell of stir fried garlic, fragrant noodles, steamed dumplings, roasted duck, and freshly sliced fruit (during season), permeates and saturates the air with a cloud of marvelous Thai street food.

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Fresh skewers of grilled pork (moo ping)

Right at Saphan Taksin BTS station you’ll find a decent boat noodle restaurant, and just a little ways up the road, opposite the mall, is the famous Prachak duck restaurant. Also for vegetarian, just around the corner, check out Tien Sin.

Heading south on Charoen Krung, more and more street food stalls won’t fail to present top quality cuisine. Khao Tom Pla Thao Thuy (ข้าวต้มปลาเต๋าเต้ย) is a restaurant that specializes in rice soup with fish; the gargantuan (I mean meter long or more) fish that hangs from the rafters of the silver cart has pure food adoring passion written all over it.

How to get there: It’s easiest to take the BTS Skytrain to Saphan Taksin station and then just walk around the area. Alternatively you can get there by taxi.
Open hours: Day and night
Optional restaurants in the area:

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One of my favorite Thai dishes, larb pla duk (catfish salad ลาบปลาดุก)

5. Bang Khun Non (บางขุนนนท์)

Bang Khun Non (บางขุนนนท์) is deeply layered with a community of Thai food vendors and restaurateurs whose morals dictate them to serve Bangkok’s highest quality of street food.

Whereas many of Bangkok’s best street food eating scenes are marked by rambunctious traffic and dek waan (racing motorbike kids), Bang Khun Non is not nearly as rowdy – a place where you don’t have to worry about getting hit while eating!

Bang Khun Non is the source of Som Tam Boo Maa (ส้มตำปูม้า), one of my all-time favorite restaurant for Isan food. There are also many other great restaurants on the streets, serving dishes like yen ta fo (เย็นตาโฟ Thai pink noodle soup), khao ka moo (pork leg over rice), and roast duck (pbet yang)

How to get there: Bang Khun Non (บางขุนนนท์) is located in the Thonburi area of Bangkok, across the river from the bulk of the city. Best way to get there is by taxi. It’s not far from the awesome Baan Silapin or the Taling Chan floating market.
Open hours: Lunch and dinner
Optional restaurants in the areaSom Tam Boo Maa ส้มตำปูม้า (one of my favorite Isan restaurants in Bangkok, video), to be honest with you, I rarely eat anywhere else on Bang Khun Non, because this restaurant is so incredibly good.

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Shrimp tom yum noodles (ก๋วยเตี๋ยวต้มยำกุ้งน้ำข้น) at P’Aor

6. Petchaburi Soi 5 (เพชรบุรี ซอย 5)

Hidden in-between the modern shopping area of Siam and Victory Monument, and hidden in the Phaya Thai neighborhood, is Pectchaburi Soi 5.

This soi especially comes alive in the evening, when you’ll find dozens of street food carts and restaurants with their doors open, catering to many people coming home from work. Since it’s a neighborhood, much of the street food in the evening is for takeaway, but there are still some places to sit down and enjoy a meal.

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Plenty of Bangkok street food on Petchaburi Soi 5

You’ll find all sorts of noodle vendors, salad vendors, fruit stalls, and infinite snacks. It’s a very local Thai market street, yet it’s so close to the center of Bangkok.

Another great reason to go to Petchaburi Soi 5 is to dine at P’Aor for a delicious bowl of tom yum goong noodles. The rice noodles swim in a thick and creamy broth that sweet and sour and milky from the shrimp head oils. It’s amazing.

How to get there: Take the BTS skytrain to Ratchathewi station, exit #3, then cross over Petchaburi Road, make a left on Petchaburi, and walk until you get to Soi 5, and then turn right.
Open hours: Throughout the daytime some stalls and restaurants are open, but especially in the evening starting at around 5 pm
Optional restaurants in the areaP’Aor Tom Yum Noodles (video), other than that, just walk around and eat as much as you can in the evening.

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Gai pad pongali (chicken in yellow egg curry ไก่ผัดผงกะหรี่)

7. Talat Phlu (ตลาดพลู)

Talat Phlu (ตลาดพลู) is an old-school street food garden of Eden in Bangkok that straddles the train track coming from Wang Wian Yai.

The area is blessed with high concentration of skilled street food personnel that pride themselves on serving some of the best things to eat in Bangkok. A number of street food stalls have received local Thai awards for their dishes, including an ancient street cart serving a snack (kanom buang yuan ขนมเบื้องญวน) that is so famous it has been decorated with plaques and winning awards that dangle from the pole of the street light.

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Famous kanom buang yuan (ขนมเบื้องญวน) vendor

Around Talat Phlu (ตลาดพลู) there’s a there’s a great place for some of the best some of the best sticky rice and durian in Bangkok, and Lan Thung Khao Tom Hua Pla that serves among my favorite versions of steamed sea bass with lime sauce (pla kahpung neung manao, ปลากะพงนึ่งมะนาว).

How to get there: You can take the BTS to Talat Phlu station, and from there, the market and street food area is about a 10 minute walk away.
Open hours: Day and night
Optional restaurants in the area:

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Morning glory stir fried with crispy pork

8. Rangnam (รางน้ำ)

Perpendicular to Victory Monument BTS station is the fashionable street, popular with both locals and expats, known as Rangnam.

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Street food stalls on Rangnam in Bangkok

There are a slew of trendy bars, international restaurants, hotels, massages, some fancier sit down restaurants (like Tida Esarn), and a worthy mass of street food stalls that sprout up especially in the evening time.

At the far end of Rangnam (next to Ratchaprarop Rd.) is Kuang Seafood, among my favorite Thai seafood restaurants in Bangkok.

Directly opposite Kuang Seafood, just outside the Esso petrol station is a fantastic Isan street food stall that sets up for dinner, and where you can eat just about all thing Isan.

Rangnam road also has a rib noodles stall that will have you licking your lips for days. Also, you can also occasionally find Thailand’s notorious dancing shrimp from a vendor in the afternoon.

How to get there: Take the BTS Skytrain to Victory Monument station, exit #2, walk straight and make a left on Rangnam.
Open hours: Lunch and dinner
Optional restaurants in the area:

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Yam mamuang (Thai green mango salad ยำมะม่วง)

9. Sukhumvit 38 (สุขุมวิท 38)

Suk 38 is an oasis, a sanctuary of affordable street food in the midst of Bangkok’s prestigious and expensive Thong Lo (ทองหล่อ) district.

Thai street stalls set up in the evening in abundance on both sides of the street, offering a solution to those who prefer open air dining conditions, instead of being cooped up in an air-conditioned overpriced restaurant.

Sukhumvit Soi 38 is frequented by tourists and expats, and I wouldn’t say it has the best street food in Bangkok, but it is very convenient, the vendors are friendly, and you’ll find a decent selection of Thai dishes to choose from.

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Bangkok street food at Sukhumvit 38 (สุขุมวิท 38)

All normal Thai street fare can be expected, ranging from Isan style sticky rice (khao neow, ข้าวเหนียว) and som tam (green papaya salad, ส้มตำไทย) to stir fried ahaan dtam song (อาหารตามสั่ง) Thai dishes like pad ga pao moo kai dao (rice with pork and basil + fried egg, ผัดกะเพาไก่ + ไข่ดาว) or a plate of pad Thai.

I think Suk 38 is a great introductory to Thai street food.

How to get there: Take the BTS Skytrain to Thong Lo station (ทองหล่อ). Exit #4 (you’ll see the street perpendicular to the station as you are on the sky- walk), walk down the steps, then make an immediate u-turn, and you’ll be there – it’s impossible to miss.
Open hours: About 5 pm – 2 am daily (but to ensure most stalls are open, go more about 6:30 pm earliest). Also, Monday’s are street cleaning days in Bangkok, so you’ll notice less street food stalls open citywide, so if you have a choice, Mon- day is NOT the best day to go – some vendors may be closed.
Optional restaurants in the area: Just pick and choose anything that looks good. Here’s a full article I wrote about what to eat (and where).

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Awesome Thai dish of khao kluk kapi (ข้าวคลุกกะปิ)

10. Tha Pra Chan / Banglamphu (ท่าพระจันทร์ บางลำภู)

Located close to the Chao Phraya river, and near Democracy Monument and Ratchadamnoen, both Tha Pra Chan and Banglamphu are old districts in Bangkok with great eating choices.

Some of the most classic and old-school restaurants that look like they’ve been in the food serving business for centuries can be found in this area of town.

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Kanom buang (ขนมเบื้อง)

You’ll find street food carts, snack stalls, shophouse restaurants, and a number of vendors selling the famous traditional Thai snack of kanom buang (ขนมเบื้อง).

The market close to the river at Tha Pra Chan weaves around in a baffle of stalls and carts; One may as well close their eyes and just let their nostrils do the navigating.

How to get there: Public train transportation doesn’t yet reach these areas, so you can either take a taxi or boat from Saphan Taksin to Phra Arthit pier or Tha Pra Chan pier.
Open hours: Day and night
Optional restaurants in the area:

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Khanom krok (coconut griddle cakes ขนมครก)

11. Wang Lang Market (วังหลัง) by Siriraj Hospital (ศิริราช)

Just across the Chao Phraya river from Tha Pra Chan (as mentioned above) is a snack lovers Shangri-La, and it happens to be one of my favorite places in all of Bangkok. If you love Thai street food and you’re in Bangkok, it’s a requirement to visit.

At Wang Lang Market there is a mind blowing quantity of street snacks and cute things to sample. I often have to need to take a breather in an attempt to analyze what to eat in the most efficient manner to maximize my stomach space.

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Wang Lang Market (วังหลัง)

One the outside of the market, across the street from Siriraj Hospital, vendors line up in a row of grilled bananas, vendors selling every possible Thai dessert, grilled and fried pork, fish, chickens… basically you name it, you’ll find it at Wang Lang. There’s enough food at Wang Lang to write an entire book on it.

Just down the road from Wang Lang Market is one of the best southern Thai food restaurant in Bangkok.

Wang Lang is one of my favorite areas of Bangkok that I recommend in my food guide.

How to get there: The easiest way to get to Wang Lang Market is to take the public boat to Wang Lang Pier – you can easily catch the boat from Saphan Taksin (take the BTS there), and then ride the boat north until Wang Lang Pier. You can also take a boat across the river from Ta Phra Chan pier to Wang Lang Market

Open hours: Open in the daytime from about 9 am – 5 pm daily
Optional restaurants in the area: At Wang Lang market you don’t really need to plan to eat somewhere, you can just walk and see what you find – there’s so much to try!

Bangkok Food Tip #3: It’s a sure bet to find awesome street food in 3 different locations: outside hospitals, outside universities, and outside shopping centers.

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Yam makua yao (roasted eggplant salad ยำมะเขือยาว) at Khao Gaeng Ruttana

12. Nang Loeng (นางเลิ้ง)

A leisurely stroll through Nang Loeng (นางเลิ้ง) market is both an enjoyable experience and a feasting opportunity for you.

The market itself is a throwback in time, along with Ratchawat and Sriyan, it’s one of the few remaining traditional neighborhood markets in Bangkok.

The market consists of picturesque ancient wooden buildings and grannies that have made the same home-made snacks and Thai desserts for the entirety of their lives. The Thai recipes of dishes at Nang Loeng are proven.

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Great Thai food at Nang Loeng (นางเลิ้ง)

The market is especially a great weekday morning and lunch street food spot in Bangkok. Nang Loeng (นางเลิ้ง) is sort of in a square shape, with some restaurants and street stalls on the outside, and a full lunchtime food court in the middle. At lunch, the market is packed with hungry office workers.

As traffic roars outside, strolling around inside Nang Loeng (นางเลิ้ง) you might think you’ve escaped Bangkok for a while. The food is always worth a visit.

How to get there: The easiest way to get to Nang Loeng (นางเลิ้ง) is to hop in a taxi and go directly to the market. It’s pretty close to Democracy Monument.
Open hours: Lunchtime from about 10 am – 1 pm daily (but weekdays are best)
Optional restaurants in the area:

  • Khao Gaeng Ruttana (an awesome place to eat khao gaeng – Thai rice and curry)
  • Fruit Shake (things have changed a little here, but she still makes good shakes, on the corner of the main road)
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Nam tok moo (grilled pork salad น้ำตกหมู)

13. Soi Ari (ซอยอารีย์)

Soi Ari, also referred to as Phahon Yothin Soi 7, is a top-notch dining extravaganza, that although is located in what could be considered main Bangkok, it retains a feeling of being in a suburban neighborhood.

Bunches of street food carts in conjunction with trendier sit down diners make Soi Ari yet another Bangkok hot-spot for devouring the best Thai dishes.

Soi Ari is adjacent to Ari BTS station, and there’s also fantastic street food at the next BTS station of Saphan Kwai and the surrounding side streets.

If you are vegetarian or want to eat healthy and extremely delicious Thai street food in a cafeteria cozy cafeteria sort of setting be sure to check out Baan Suan Pai. Also, be sure to see the useful Vegetarian Thai Food Guide.

How to get there: You can take the BTS directly to Ari station, exit #3 and make a left onto Phahon Yothin Soi 7 (Soi Ari), and start eating
Open hours: Evening and night is best when you’ll find a number of great Isan restaurants, among other things as well
Optional restaurants in the area: I don’t have any specific recommendations, other than the marvelous vegetarian food court (above), and the street food stalls along Ari Soi 1.

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Som tam (green papaya salad ส้มตำ) – One of the most common Bangkok street food dishes

14. Ramkamhaeng – Opposite University (ถ.รามคำแหง)

As I’ve stated many times before, there’s a definite connection between Thai universities (or university anywhere in the world) and tasty food.

Outside the gates of Bangkok’s biggest university, Ramkamhaeng, is a sea of Thai street food that has the potential to lure one into a state of food-confusion and happiness.

There’s a sizable population of students from the South of Thailand that contributes to a brag-gable selection of Southern Thai restaurants (I’m personally a huge fan of southern Thai food). You can try dishes like kuay teow gaeng (ก๋วยเตี๋ยวแกง) and Thai dishes like khua kling (คั่วกลิ้ง), gaeng taypo (แกงเทโพ), and Southern style gaeng som ().

Along with southern food you’ll find dozens of Isan restaurants, and normal general Thai food restaurants where you can order up any type of stir fried Thai dish that your taste are calling for.

How to get there: Ramkamhaeng (รามคำแหง) is quite a local area of Bangkok, and it’s not connected too closely to any major public lines, other than buses. Closest trains station would be Ramkamhaeng on the Airport Link train. Other than that, the easiest way to get there is by taxi.
Open hours: Day and night everyday
Optional restaurants in the area: No specific suggestions.

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Khao neow dam sang kaya (black sticky rice with custard ข้าวเหนียวดำสังขยา) at Silom Soi 20

15. Silom Soi 20 (สีลม ซอย 20)

Silom is the central business district of Bangkok, and the only reason that’s important is because that means a lot of people; and in Thailand that translates into a lot of food!

Right at Sala Daeng, in the heart of Silom, there’s a ton of street food, especially during lunchtime when all the office workers come for a bite to eat. On Soi Convent, you’ll find a variety of different Thai dishes to eat, but in my opinion, the food is not always all that great – it’s convenient.

About 1 kilometer further south from the main part of Silom, almost in-between Silom and Bangrak is Silom Soi 20, which I think is a great street food street. It’s especially good in the morning, from about 6 am – 9 am when the road is mostly closed to traffic and turns into a fresh market with lots of takeaway food.

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Good street food on Silom Soi 20 (สีลม ซอย 20)

You’ll find all sorts of Thai curries, chicken and rice, sweets and snacks, and right at the corner on Silom road, a lady who sells one of the best khao neow dam sang kaya (ข้าวเหนียวดำสังขยา) in Bangkok (black sticky rice with custard, my wife’s favorite).

How to get there: Take the BTS skytrain Chong Nonsi station, exit #2, and then make a left on Silom Road, walk all the way until you reach the Sri Maha Mariamman Hindu temple, and Soi 20 is across the street on your right hand side (15 minute walk)
Open hours: Morning market from about 6 am – 9 am, and in the evening you’ll find some restaurants open as well, but better in the morning
Optional restaurants in the area:

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Moo ping (grilled skewers of pork หมูปิ้ง) – Maybe the most popular Bangkok street food

16. Sam Yan (สามย่าน)

Centrally located in Bangkok, and surround Chulalongkorn University, Sam Yan market (สามย่าน) and the whole area is a treasure chest spilling over with Thai street food that is waiting to be devoured.

The Sam Yan Market, which is both a wet market and sort of student food court, is home to Today Steak, offering cheap Thai street meat and all-things-deep-fried that will require you to use that next notch on your belt (or take it off altogether).

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Durian vendor at Sam Yan (สามย่าน) Market

Then heading over to Suan Luang Market (ตลาดสวนหลวง) just a few blocks away you’ll uncover numerous shophouse restaurants and street food stalls that especially make their appearance at night. You can eat any type of stir fried dishes, Isan food, plus sweets and snacks.

Due to the construction and expansion of Chulalongkorn University, things around Sam Yan (สามย่าน) have been changing over the years, but it still remains a place for food lovers.

How to get there: Sam Yan is sort of located behind MBK shopping center in Siam, but from there it’s easiest to take a tuk tuk or motorbike to get there. Otherwise, you can take the MRT underground to Sam Yan station,
Open hours: Morning market from about 6 am – 9 am, and in the evening you’ll find some restaurants open as well, but better in the morning
Optional restaurants in the area:

Thank you for reading!

So there it is, 16 of Bangkok’s finest street food sanctuaries. I hope this can help you locate Bangkok’s best street food!

I know there are plenty more Thai street food gems in Bangkok, so if I failed to mention your favorite spot for a food marathon, I’d love to hear about it with a comment below so we can all hear about it and all eat more delicious Thai food.

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Comments

  1. says

    I love Thai food!! Looks like a lot of great places to eat but not sure if I could eat my fish with the head still on there (and I LOVE fish!). I did eat some like that in Portugal but it takes some getting used to. Guess that is part of the experience when traveling! :)

    • says

      Hey Jeremy,
      I know in Thailand you would get used to eating the fish with the head on, I think almost 90% of fish is served in-tact! Glad to know that you love fish too, when you come to Bangkok, I’ll take you for some of the finest Thai fish available!

  2. Riku S says

    Great post once again. I’m not sure if this article was intended to focus only on Thai food or not, but one place worth mentioning is Soi Arab. It’s like heaven for all meat lovers.

    In fact, it would be really interesting if you would write an article about Soi Arab. I had so many ridiculously good kebabs there that my mouth is watering up just by remembering those greasy piles of meat!

    • says

      Hehe Riku! Yes, this article is more focused on Thai street food, but I will eventually write-up an article of Soi Arab and maybe of the best international food in Bangkok. My mouth is watering now too, I might have to head down there today!!!

  3. Lorna - the roamantics says

    YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!! this has to be the best and most workable lists on thai street food ever. love how you included thai language- so important! and of course your fab photos, but the maps??!! off the charts. love this post mark! :)

  4. says

    Fabulous, comprehensive and very very inspiring! I can’t wait to visit Bangkok and try each and every one of these places.
    Just tell me — how do you eat all this stuff and stay trim?

  5. says

    AHH your food posts always make me so hungry! Especially when I’m sitting commenting on blogs from a McDonalds! That fresh food is far more appetizing than a big mac any day!

  6. says

    Once again you amaze me with the depth and expanse of your street food knowledge. You surpass 99% of Bangkokians who at most have only heard about these places let alone been able to enjoy it all as you have. Cheers, Ray

  7. says

    Everyone raves about the food in Bangkok. Your pictures make me believe it. Definitely need to get there in the near future and see for myself.

    By the way, love the addition of the maps. Very helpful!

  8. Sarah says

    This website is amazing! Stumbled across it as I am prepping for my first trip to Thailand – needless to say, I am super hungry and ready to go!

    • says

      Awesome Sarah! Glad you stumbled into this site and glad you are coming to Bangkok! You will definitely enjoy the fantastic street food in Thailand!

  9. Christy @ Technosyncratic says

    I love how you include the maps and location information! We’re thinking about traveling to Bangkok soon, so this post is getting bookmarked for sure.

  10. says

    I’ll be in Bangkok for the first time on June 1-5 and these are one of things i will never ever skip without trying!! Kudos Mark! you’re blog is very informative! Hope to see you in Bangkok! :)

  11. Caitlin says

    Hiya Mark!
    Ive just arrived in Bangkok yesterday,am dying to eat some street food and this list is an awesome resource! Im just confused as to how to get to all these delicious places, as fro9m what ive seen the buses kind of just stop in the middle of the road and taxis just take FOREVER to get anywhere! Whats your advice for an inexperienced Aussie traveller trying to find her way around Bangkok??? Thanks for writing this awesome article!

    • says

      Hey Caitlin,
      I understand the struggles of Bangkok traffic! The easiest (and most efficient) way to get around Bangkok is by BTS / MRT. A few of these locations (#1, #4, #8, #9, #13, #15, and #16) are accessible by BTS or MRT. If you are around the Khao San Road area, it’s easy to walk to #10, #11, and #12. The other places are easiest to take a taxi, but if you get a Bangkok bus map, you can also get around by bus – the cheapest option! Thanks so much for taking a look at this!

      • says

        I apologize, a few of the maps had gotten messed up – but I just went back and edited them, so they should be correct now. I’m sending you an e-mail.

  12. says

    I’ve never seen such a comprehensive list of street food. It’s amazing! And of course makes me want to go back to Thailand very badly. Including the Thai names makes this even more of a valuable resource. Thanks, Mark!

  13. The GypsyNesters says

    Wow! Incredibly comprehensive post. We have yet to make it to Asia but this certainly moves Bangkok up on the list of places to visit.
    -David

  14. says

    I am finding your site so useful in planning our upcoming trip to Bangkok -thanks for putting this all together. Are there any of these street food areas that you particularly recommend for vegetarians?

  15. JP says

    Thanks a lot for all of this info Mark. My gf and I will be in Thailand in December/January and look forward to trying these places out. We love good food and this will certainly help us cut through the uncertainty of where to go. Unfortunately we’ll only be in Bangkok for 2.5 days. I’m going to look through the website some more but do you have any recs for Chiang Mai?

  16. Larry says

    Hi!
    What a great write up. Like you, I am an enthusiastic gastronome ex-pat, always looking for the best local food. I live in Thailand and will be in Bangkok on December 22. I’ve been several times before I find the food scene mind boggling!. Any advice on the best seafood in Bangkok?
    Thanks.

  17. Paul Calvert says

    Hi Mark

    I am planning another trip to Thailand. During the first of many trips, I ate in China town at a street restaurant. Sat at plastic tables and chairs on the pavement. The food was fantastic. I ate a type of noodle dish that had shrimp and was assembled like an omelette. I wish I could find this restaurant again. Was probably the best thai food I have ever eaten. I know that the waiters wore “tee” shirts with the restaurants web address on the back of the “Tee” Shirt.

    My friend in Thailand, Khun Narong, died approximately three years ago. Try as i have, I have not been able to find this restaurant again.

    Possibly you have some ideas.

    Kind Regards
    Paul

  18. elli says

    What a nice article u have here .. i am visiting bangkok for the first time with my mum in january 2012 and i have noted down some of the places that looked really interesting to me , do u have any more suggestions about street food the victory monument ? ( thats the closest to my hotel )

  19. Cynthia says

    Hi Mark,

    I will be in Bangkok, Thailand in February with my 2 and 4 year old for a week. Any suggestions on kid activities. I read your blog on 101 things to do in Thailand…great information. My daughter does have an allergy to peanuts….so I worry about eating out. Thank you.

  20. Andy says

    Hi Mark,

    I bought your ebook on Thai food and used your website extensively when I was in Bangkok last year. It was invaluable. I’m really hoping you can help me with a question i have on boat noodles. At the boat noodle alley Victory monument restaurants I noticed that they have a red sauce which is in all the bowls before the soup and noodles are added. I’m really keen to try and reproduce an authentic version of boat noodles at home and an wondering if you have any idea what this red sauce is? I am suspecting that it contains pig/cows blood but it looks to light to be pure blood so maybe it has some extra additions? If you have an ideas I would really appreciate it.

    Thankyou,
    Andy

  21. Debra Durham says

    That’s the best thing about Bangkok, there is tasty street food everywhere! I am planning another trip to Thailand. I’m really hoping you can help me with a question i have on boat noodles. And at the street corners, the smell of the dishes being cooked on the street and the food courts absolutely put me off.

  22. Sharon says

    Awesome read………………just don’t know how I will fit it all into 2 days!!!!!….guess I better plan another longer trip…….keep up the mouth watering reads…..thanx

  23. Doug Mulley says

    Hey Mark, awesome reading! During previous visits to Bangkok, we found a little indoor/outdoor restaurant called BIG JIMS. It was very close to the Indra Regent Hotel, which is where we usually stay. Last trip through about 12 months ago, BIG JIMS was gone and there’s now a high rise building in it’s place. Do you know whether Big Jim re-located or closed down completely? And can you throw some light on other recommended similar eateries around the area of the Indra Regent? Will be back in Bangkok in late June 2012. Many thanks……..

  24. Nongmaithem Reeta says

    Hi Mark,

    Absolutely love each and everything you have posted. I love Thai food and you have done a great job. My next trip to Thailand will be better organized – I will use your guides. Thank you for taking the time to write and upload. It is very helpful.

    Best,
    Reeta

    • says

      I’m so grateful to hear this Reeta, I really appreciate the kind words. Hope you have a fantastic trip the Thailand and let me know if you need any advice of tips! Thank you again for taking the time to comment.

  25. says

    this is a wonderful place to get started on eating my way through Bangkok! I’ll be there in less than a week and am looking forward to the phenomenal cheap eats and beautiful experiences

    many thanks

    • says

      Thank you for sharing Farhad, I agree, eating on the streets in Thailand is quite clean – or at least just as clean as eating indoors. Thank you for the comment!

  26. Larry H says

    Your site is awesome, man. Love it. The most informative – at least for my tastes (pun not intended) – and actually up to date. Same as your Youtube channel.

    So – do you have any suggestions street food or not where one can maybe partake in eating offal? I love that stuff. All the parts of the animal nobody usually eats. Though I’m sure what they consider offal here in the US isn’t really considered that much anywhere else seeing how picky we are of what we eat. I’m down for anything hearts, lung, intestines, stomach, and maybe even brains. This is the main reason I’m going to go live in Bangkok besides to learn more of my other culture. The food. I’m Starving Sound on Youtube by the way, the guy that’s been asking and probably will ask a hundred more questions lately

    • says

      Hey Larry, good to hear from you and thank you so much for your kind words. Offal is not overly easy to find in Bangkok. A few days ago I had a couple skewers of grilled chicken intestines which were wonderful – normally served from roaming grill carts around the city – but they often sell out of offal quite fast, so you just kind of have to get there at the right time.

      Here’s a place (http://www.eatingthaifood.com/2012/09/irresistible-nasty-pig-bits-at-kuay-jab-uan-pochana/) I just wrote about that serves some fantastic porky soup with all kinds of random pig parts. It’s really good!

      Yah, let me know if you have any more questions, happy to answer!

      Mark

  27. says

    Hi Mark! I’m going to Bangkok in 2 weeks, so this information is very useful for me, I mean, YOUR HOLE WEBSITE is just amazing!
    Congratulations and thank you for this.
    Big hug from Peru!

    Pia

  28. Mark Jones says

    Hi Mark,

    Read your stuff with great interest. I have been living and working on Koh Samui for more than 6 years, but am moving to live and work in Bangkok in February. When time allows I plan an eating tour with your information.

    Also love the ‘Bangkok Dollar Menu’.

    Exceleent stuff.

    Cheers

      • Stephen Smith says

        Mark,

        Incredible list. My wife and I just moved to Phil. from San Francisco, and heading to Bangkok this coming Tues. for a week there then off to site see the islands. This is an incredible list and one we will endeavor to slog our way through diligently over the course of our stay. Two thoughts. One, in some of the posts you do list the nearest BTS stop. At some point when you revise your article, would you consider including this information for each post? Secondly, if you knew someone who would write a map based iPhone app. that allowed you to navigate (even stagnate maps) through Bangkok to get to your prized finds I would pay dearly for it. : ) Not for this trip, but just say’n. Thanks again for all your work on this.

  29. Fernando says

    I confirm myself, that all the places above are pretty good to have an amazing experience with Thai Street Food. Specially arund Siriraj Hospital have amazing places to eat, just walk around and you will see, “around the chay praya river”, a lot of small and amazing places you can eat chinese noodles (Coyteeaw), rice and pork strips (moo crop) Alloy makuma. Nive post especially about the maps embedded.

  30. Danny says

    Good Day Mark !!!

    Thanks for your generosity in sharing your wealth of informations re foods and accomodations in Thailand . It’s a sure help for all of us here who are planning to go there. Really, thank you very much !!!

  31. says

    Thanks for the very helpful list! I’m heaving to Bangkok in a month for the first time, staying in Siam Square. What is the best street food around there (walking distance)?

    Thanks!
    Jo

  32. Robert says

    Another place for good coconut ice cream is at the Chatuchak weekend market. Also, the food court at Central World hypermall is very delicious.

  33. says

    Mate, as someone who is researching places to eat, this has been the most informative blog post I’ve read!

    Thanks for taking the time to write it up!

  34. Jim R. says

    Amazing–going to be in Bangkok in two weeks, so this is incredibly helpful. But it is now two years + after this blog. What percentage of these places are still there?

    Thanks, Mark!

    • says

      Hey Jim, glad you’ll be in Bangkok soon. Yes these all still apply, but also to add to the list, check out Petchaburi Soi 5 during the evening – lots and lots of great food!

  35. shailesh says

    one of the Best and detailed guide on Internet! Thanks Mark and hope you add more locations and keep it up to date!

    I am coming to Bangkok in feb and will use this guide and write back!

  36. Java Dwipa says

    Dear Mark,

    Can you give any recommendations for dining at riverside restaurant with affordable price? I’ll visit Bangkok next month for songkran. It seems that you haven’t make a list of best riverside restaurant, i can’t find them in your sites.

    Thank you very much.. :)

    Good day!

    • says

      Hey Java, good to hear from you! I would normally go to some restaurants around the Tha Phra Chan area. Haven’t been to any in a while and they closed my previous favorite due to construction, but you’ll find some good spots around there. Also on the opposite side of the river at Wang Lang, there are some affordable riverside restaurants.

  37. kai says

    I love your articles and videos :) you’re a super likeable man .. looking forward to my bangkok trip in september to try it all

  38. says

    This is a fantastic article. You walk people around the world through streets of Bangkok. You take them in and out from a hidden Soi, an alley, to another. I will have to follow this guide the next visit to Bangkok. You are Bangkokian!

      • ann margaret says

        Hello Mark. Your videos just make me want to go back to Bangkok again and try those dishes that you have introduced as you make them look really yum. Though I’m really scared of the chillies. Or is there a way to order food with less chillies on it or will I generally not enjoy Thai food because they always come with chillies. I’m very adventurous but I don’t think my stomach can take all those chillies. Hope to get some good advice from you. Thanks!

        • says

          Hi Ann, great to hear from you, thank you very much for watching my videos. Yes, you can order food with less chilies. You can just say “phed nidnoy” or “mai phed” and they will make it less spicy. Keep up the adventurous eating, and hope you can come back to Bangkok soon.

  39. Daisy Nguyen says

    I enjoyed reading your experiences about Bangkok! It gives me a lot of informations on what to do/see for my upcoming trip in July. I saw your post about majority of street vendors are closed on Monday!!!! You mean street stalls or the whole market?? I will be there Mon & leave Tues pm to Phuket. I’m so heartbroken!!! I wanted to check out Wang lang, Khao San, & Chinatown. What to do???!

    • says

      Hi Daisy, sorry for the late response. Have you come to Bangkok yet? Most big markets are still open on Mon and Tues, and Wang Lang and Chinatown will be open. It’s mostly the roaming street food vendors who are less on Monday. Hope you have a wonderful visit to Bangkok and on to Phuket!

  40. marc says

    hi mark great work & i bought your 101 book!

    im staying in soi ngam duphli off of Rama4 before lumphini park. can you recommend any lunchtime or evening eats around here please
    also anywhere around MBK for lunch too?
    ive seen some street map food sites maybe this could be your next project?
    thanks so much marc

  41. Claire Chew says

    I really love Thai street food & travel to Bangkok often in search of new/old food stalls sprouting around the country.
    Your blog has been a great help in “feeding” my hungry appetite whenever I’m in Thailand.

    One latest find for me was this Thai Kuey Chup (rolled rice noodles, with pork, intestines, liver, kidneys, tofu etc) at the open area food market outside Zeer IT Mall Rangsit.

    For those who do not like inards (like myself), you can request to the stall owner not to add those in, and he will give more of the other ingredients in replacement.

    The soup is tasty, the ingredients were fresh and it is a nice area outside of the crowded city. Unlike those Chinese versions in Chinatown, the soup from this stall doesnt have the peppery taste.

    Definitely worth a try.

    Speaking to the owner, the outdoor market comes alive from 2pm – 9pm daily. This stall is located along the 1st row of shops of the food area, next to a drinks stall.

    • says

      Hi Claire, great to hear from you, thank you for checking out my blog, and glad you love Thai food as well. Kuay jab is a wonderful dish, and just like you, I love that peppery soup broth as well – so flavorful. Thank you for your added input!

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