Bangpoo (บางปู) is one of the closest places you can go from Bangkok to see the ocean.

Although it’s not a swimming beach, you’ll the have the opportunity to feed seagulls and eat a delicious seafood meal on the end of the pier.

In this blog post I’m going to share with you all the details about taking a Bangkok day trip to Bangpoo (บางปู), and an amazing Thai seafood meal!

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Bangboo (บางปู)
Seagulls and seafood at Bangpoo (บางปู)

Bangpoo (บางปู)

Let’s first talk where Bangpoo (บางปู) is.

Bangkok is located along the Chao Phraya River, about 15 kilometers from where the river meets the Gulf of Thailand (possibly a little less as the bird flies).

Bangpoo (บางปู) is about 30 km or so from Central Bangkok, located in Samut Prakan province. It’s a pier owned by the Thai Navy and it has an interesting retro 70’s feel to it.

Many Thais take a Bangkok day trip to Bangpoo (บางปู) to do two things: feed and watch seagulls, and eat seafood.

My wife and I jumped in the car, and since we went on the weekday, it didn’t take too long to get there — probably about 45 minutes straight down Sukhumvit Road from Central Bangkok.

Thai seafood market at Samut Prakan
In addition to seafood, you’ll find everything at the market.

Pak Nam Seafood Market (ตลาดปากน้ำ)

However, we stopped off in Samut Prakan to quickly go to the seafood market just for fun.

The big fresh wet market in downtown Samut Prakan is a great local market to visit, and even though it’s still so close to Bangkok, it has a small town feel and people selling tend to feel so much more warm and friendly than in Bangkok.

Anyway, if you’re taking a Bangkok day trip to Bangpoo (บางปู) and have some extra time, and before you’re too hungry, stop off at Samut Prakan Market for an hour.

Entrance to the pier at Bangpoo (บางปู)

From the center of Samut Prakan, it was just about a 15 minute drive to get to Bangpoo (บางปู).

Again, it’s a Thai Navy compound, so it has an interesting feel to it, and it also has a pretty retro feel going for it as well. After parking your car (there’s plenty of parking especially on the weekdays), you then proceed to walk through the entrance way and on to the main pier.

Samut Prakan
Bangkok day trip to Bangpoo (บางปู), Samut Prakan

The pier is fully paved and it’s probably about 75 meters long or so (that’s a pure guess), and you’ll immediately see swarms of seagulls soaring over the sea, and swooping into rolling waves and the mangrove forest that lines the edge of the coast.

You can feed the seagulls if you like!

On the pier at Bangpoo (บางปู) you can buy some bird feed to feed the seagulls, and many people do.

But I decided to skip the bird feeding and head straight to the end of the pier where you’ll find one of the best reasons to take a day trip to Bangpoo (บางปู): the seafood restaurant.

The classic ballroom at Sala Suk Jai Restaurant (ร้านศาลาสุขใจ)

Sala Suk Jai Restaurant (ร้านศาลาสุขใจ)

The restaurant is pretty classy, it even has a ballroom! I think some people on the weekends rent it out for private events and even for weddings.

But most of the restaurant is located on two wings off the ballroom, both of which are open air, and have a nice view of the sea and the seagulls that come swooping in.

If you go on a good day when it’s not too hot, the sea-breeze will be amazing.

Thai seafood
Great Thai seafood feast!

Sala Suk Jai Restaurant (ร้านศาลาสุขใจ) serves just about all Thai seafood.

You can choose from shrimp to crab to fish. Actually, I had wanted to order steamed crab, but since we arrived a little on the late side for lunch, the waitress mentioned that they had already sold out of crab for the day. At first I was a little disappointed, but then I realized that’s actually quite a sign of a good Thai seafood restaurant as they only serve what they get fresh and once they sell out, they are done.

Fried barramundi (ปลากะพงทอดน้ำปลา)

Fried barramundi (ปลากะพงทอดน้ำปลา)

To begin the seafood meal we ordered a deep fried barramundi with fish sauce and served with green mango chili salad on the side.

The fish was fried to a perfect golden brown so it was crispy and puffy on the edges, while fluffy on the inside. The green mango was a little more on the sweet side than the sour side, but it was pretty good.

Thai fried fish-cakes
Fried fish-cakes (ทอดมันปลา)

Fried fish-cakes (ทอดมันปลา)

One of the dishes I really loved at Sala Suk Jai Restaurant (ร้านศาลาสุขใจ) was the fried fishcakes (tod man pla ทอดมันปลา). You could tell they were made fresh using all fish and curry paste and deep fried in patties.

I also liked that they weren’t too overly smooth, but had some grainy and spongy texture to them. Great dish to order when you eat here.

Thai food
Stir fried fern (ผักกูดผัดน้ำมันหอย)

Stir fried fern (ผักกูดผัดน้ำมันหอย)

For vegetable we ordered fern stir fried with oyster sauce. I’m a huge fan of edible ferns, and this was simple, but excellent.

Goong ob woon sen (กุ้งอบวุ้นเส้น)

Shrimp and mung bean noodles (กุ้งอบวุ้นเส้น)

Goong ob woon sen (กุ้งอบวุ้นเส้น) is a common Thai dish of shrimp and mung bean noodles baked in a personal pot with pepper and cilantro roots and usually some pork fat. One of the best versions is at Somsak Boo Ob in Bangkok.

The version here was alright, but it wasn’t amazing. It had good ingredients, but I think they could have bumped up the flavor of the cilantro roots.

Mussels baked (หอยแมลงภู่อบ)

Mussels baked (หอยแมลงภู่อบ)

You won’t get big meaty New Zealand mussels here, but the mussels were local, small, but tasty. Some of them had a little bit of a tough texture, but I quite liked them.

The mussels were again baked in a personal pot, with Thai sweet basil and lemongrass to give them some fragrance, and served with a chili dipping sauce.

Potaek (โป๊ะแตก) – the best dish of the meal

Potaek (โป๊ะแตก)

I saved the best dish at Sala Suk Jai Restaurant (ร้านศาลาสุขใจ) for last.

Potaek (โป๊ะแตก) is another Thai soup, not quite the same as tom yum, but with a very pure seafood broth, very clean tasting, and very sour. The seafood was fresh, and the broth was absolutely outstanding.

The potaek (โป๊ะแตก) was for sure my favorite dish of the meal.

Thai seafood day trip in Bangkok
Our total bill for 4

Total price for this entire Thai seafood meal at Sala Suk Jai Restaurant (ร้านศาลาสุขใจ) came to 1,205 THB ($34.40), and there were 4 of us who ate.


Bangpoo (บางปู) is a Thai Navy pier that’s one of the closest places you can go from Bangkok to see the sea. It’s not a swimming beach, but it’s a great place to see and feed seagulls, and more importantly, to eat Thai seafood.

At the end of the pier you’ll find a classic Thai seafood restaurant called Sala Suk Jai Restaurant (ร้านศาลาสุขใจ) that serves the full spectrum of fresh Thai seafood dishes.

All the dishes were good, but I especially enjoyed the potaek (โป๊ะแตก) soup.

Sala Suk Jai Restaurant (ร้านศาลาสุขใจ)

Address: Tambon Bangpoo, Thanon Sukhumvit, Amphoe Mueang Samut Prakan District, Samut Prakan 10280
Open hours: 10 am – 10 pm daily
Phone: 02-323-9911

ที่อยู่ ตำบลบางปูใหม่ ถนนสุขุมวิท อำเภอเมือง จังหวัดสมุทรปราการ 10280
โทร. 02-323-9911

57 comments. I'd love to hear from you!

  • Suthisa Krupinski

    7 years ago

    I don’t remember going here yet but next time I go back to Thailand with my family I’ll definition keep this place in mind. Thanks for sharing.

  • Ceecee Krasinski

    7 years ago

    Love your Blog videos and recommendations! Looking forward to visiting bangkok again! Loved the recommended sites and various menu choices. Watch you all the time.


    7 years ago

    It looks very pure and delicious. Thank you Mark

  • delmar tecson

    7 years ago

    i love seafood mark……yummy!!!!!!!!… the video;)

  • Rosita Chua

    7 years ago

    Hi Mark, wish you’d organize a package food tour in Thailand where you had experienced eating authentic Thai food. Foodie people like me needs you to lead the way. Been to Thailand twice already, and still had to taste authentic local food. I would love to go visit the place where they make the best shrimp paste in Thailand, another place is here where one can have seafood and shellfish, and other interesting places you have been to. You’d be the best guide to lead a group around Thailand Mark. Please let me know if and when you do decide to do this.

  • lee hyeon suk

    7 years ago

    feel fresh all of pictures, sea and foods~! always good job mark~!!

  • omz

    7 years ago

    I want to see more videos of you and your mother -in- law cooking : )

  • Rowena

    7 years ago

    Once again a great video! The food looked soooo yummy. Thailand is definitely on my travel bucket list! Thank you for sharing Mark! 🙂

  • Lucy

    7 years ago

    Thanks for this blog. Mouthwateringly tempting food. Just a simple question, my colleague is a vegetarian, what do you recommend she have (I thought the fern vegetables looked great, but it has oyster sauce so no longer a vegetarian meal). I can eat any of the dishes you mentioned, but I wish there was something an Indian vegetarian could order too.

  • nui acain

    7 years ago

    Thank you so much Mark, as usual I enjoyed your excellent video blog very much. By the way baby is so cute. Its good to see your family in the trip.

  • Jenice

    7 years ago

    Hi Mark,
    My family and I had just come back from Bangkok, went to Soei restaurant that you have recommended. Nice and worth the trip there. Too bad until now then I saw this video of Bangpoo seafood. Nevermind, will try next time when I visit Bangkok.

    • Jenice

      7 years ago


  • KC Chin

    7 years ago

    Khap khun mak kwrap for all your videos and insight of wonderful Thailand. As an avid traveler myself, your videos have made me contemplate about making SE Asia my part time home with BKK as my hub (who woulda thunk it!) Congrats on the new addition to your family. Parenthood is a joyous part of everyday! ………….My condolences to Thai people everywhere. Rest easy King Bhumibol.

  • Hj. Abdul Rahim Ramli

    7 years ago

    Hi Mark and Ying, as always it a pleasure to watch your videos. Thank You

  • bob mimis

    7 years ago

    a perfect presentation as usual mark my mouth waters every time i watch one of your videos

  • Joe

    7 years ago

    Finally visiting the blog. Been watching th YouTube videos for a long time. You are my favorite YouTuber ! It’s like I’m right there with you ! I love your genuine authentistic love for food I am the same way with food.

  • Baishali

    7 years ago

    Sounds like a great trip Mark! Bangpoo sounds interesting. Loved all the descriptions and pictures of the Thai food. I will check out the fish cakes and fried fish if I am able to go to Bangpoo.

  • hh

    7 years ago

    That looks delicious, Mark!!!!

  • Edna Nieves Tongco

    7 years ago


  • Wong KL

    7 years ago

    Dear Mark, Thank you very much for another great idea to eat near Bangkok !

  • patrick rajan

    7 years ago

    dear mark///thanks a lot for yet another clip on thai food//i must have been to thailand abt 25 times but always ate at my friends place and only thai food//then i started cooking indian food for them but nothing beats thai flavours//it was great to see micah and also ying//i have travelled all over the world but nothing comes anywhere to thai food/plz keep it up//regards to you and ying and love to micah///patrick rajan new delhi

  • Joe Revivo

    7 years ago

    Hi Mark, as always it a pleasure to watch your videos and when you have that facial expression when you taste the food i could almost taste it with you. thanks for the video

  • Trevor & Michelle

    7 years ago

    Hi Ying & Mark, Awesome work as always – your work is inspirational and uplifting. Re-watched your Osaka trip last week and guess where we are heading in April ?
    Hope the little one is going well – bet he is growing like a weed now !

  • Debby

    7 years ago

    Thank you for introducing Bangpoo as a food destination. I always love my trips to Thailand, especially Bangkok for the food and golf. Definitely will make a trip to Bangpoo on my next visit. Btw, thanks for all your wo wonderous recommendations of places to visit..

  • Malichat Ua-anant

    7 years ago

    I enjoy watching this video. Yes I have been to Bang poo and had lunch several times. Still love to see you and Ying and your sister enjoy your time there. Say Hi to Micah, it won’t be long to see him sit at the table with all of you (like father like son, I hope).

  • Izwean

    7 years ago

    Hi mark,i really enjoyed all of your videos.thanks for awesome videos,keep it up,i will always support your passion of food.lot of loves from malaysia.micah so cute also.such a blessing to have him.send my regards to ying.i wish you micah and ying to have a wonderful,delicious life.

  • Freda

    7 years ago

    Amazing! The food looks totally delicious!! Thanks, Mark. Always a pleasure to hear from you. I hope to visit Thailand soon, once my daughter is done with High school. We’ll have a blast! She loves Thai food too.

  • prashant

    7 years ago

    I’ve seen this video

  • Susan

    7 years ago

    Congratulations! Nice to see your beautiful baby. You brighten my day each time I see your colorfull and informative video. It makes me want to take a food trip to Thailand. You’re the best Ambassador for Thailand. You promote it so good. Your the Best food blogger.

  • Selvi

    7 years ago

    Hi Mark,
    Thank you for the wonderful video. It really makes me wanting to go there. One question how do we get there from Sukhmvit. Nearest train stop and then take a taxi there. Possible?

    • Selvi

      7 years ago

      Awesome, thank you Mark 🙂 Hope to see more tips from you from all places that you visit.

  • Dave Phillips

    7 years ago

    Hi, Mark. Love following you, Ying and Micah. I have learned so much. Love your enthusiasm. Hope yo meet you one day. Cheers from Toronto!

  • Pete

    7 years ago

    Anouther great report on Thai food Mark thanks for sharing keep up the good work

  • Nazri Mareak Kusmin

    7 years ago

    wow! that is so yummy! Hopefully I will visit Bangkok one day.

  • Wim Kalkman

    7 years ago

    Hi Mark,
    I don’t understand why my previous comment was removed after waiting for moderation but anyway thanks for sharing the great videos and photos.
    regards Wim.

  • James

    7 years ago

    Mark ,
    Thank you again for another great video
    I sure do enjoy watching the videos and reading the blogs.
    Hope all is well with you and your family

  • Rick

    7 years ago

    just the very best e-mails I have gotten today! thank you so much! we always look forward to your posts. give micah a hug for us!

  • Lynn

    7 years ago

    As I remembered potaek more like curry, isn’t it.

  • Eddy lswahyudi

    7 years ago

    Nice day trip Mark, the foods looked delicious.I always love your travel story.

  • Inge(Indrawati)Pranada

    7 years ago

    Thank you Mark, for the beautiful video of day trip to Bangpoo. As I cannot travel anymore, your videos bring me to lovely places with authentic foods. I learn much about land and food through your videos. I love all your videos. Hope to see more videos soon.

  • Faraz khan

    7 years ago

    Yeah I already seen it sir
    Your vlogs always inspiring me for try some new foods and I am start this already before watching your vlogs for me food is like just eat and finish .
    But now I am.interesting about what I eat and how it’s look like and what kind of taste is that I am starting like research on food all because of you sir .
    Thanks for inspiring me about food coz good food is everything for us .

  • Steve

    7 years ago

    Great video Mark as always, now I’m hungry again.

  • Wim Kalkman

    7 years ago

    Mark, thanks for sharing. Watching your video’s always make me longing to travel to Thailand again. In the periode 1998-2008 I visited Thailand many times (in total 15 months) and enjoyed everything Thailand had to offer, from North to South and especially the delicious food. My health doesn’t allow me to travel long distances anymore but I still have my memories and thousands of photographs. Currently I’m following a great BBC documentary series Thailand, Earths Tropical Paradise I can recommend to everyone who loves Thailand.
    From a cold Netherlands, all my best wishes for you, Ying & Micah, be safe, be well, be happy.
    Wim aka Nescio.

  • Ronald M Yano

    7 years ago

    Food looks so good. Nice to see your son and wife.

  • Jim.

    7 years ago

    Hi Mark,
    Your videos are always a joy to watch ; fun, informative, and great quality. Hope you find time to visit Sydney one day ! Always a thumbs up !

  • Volker

    7 years ago

    I like it. Could you please always write how to speek it in Thai like (tod man pla ทอดมันปลา ). How else can I order it, don’t wanna show the Thai language and wanna learn Thai speaking.
    Thanks , keep doing it. I like to eat Thai on the street since 1987.

  • Josephine Walker

    7 years ago

    Hi Mark and family, only just discovered your videos and they are brilliant, it’s a food program and a holiday show wrapped up in one iam totally hooked, I would love to see more of Ying and hear some of her opinions on food, please keep me posted xxx

  • sunil chakraborty

    7 years ago

    Very good video clean with HD .I have never test it,not found in india kolkata,It look yumm,please send more videos dont stop for ever

  • Kate

    7 years ago

    Mark, you are wonderful teller, amazing eater and my own inspirer to try everything that is eaten by you. Besides that you are excellent guide on the location where you were. Thank you for my pleasure ))
    P.s. sorry for my english)))

  • Patricia Highton

    7 years ago

    Good Sunday morning, Mark, Ying, and Micah. This was a very lovely vlog to watch. I always learn something new from you. The soup looked particularly delicious, almost like a hot pot, but I have seen Potek on the menus here in the US, just haven’t tried it yet. I’m sure nothing here could hold a candle to what you can get in Thailand, but hopefully someday I can travel. It’s always nice to see Ying and little man in the vlogs, but I was particularly pleasantly surprised to hear that you have a sister…and I’m guessing that’s her baby? She resembles you a lot. I always find it so interesting (family dynamics) how children are born looking like some family members instead of the parents. That is certainly the case with the six I had! Thank you for sharing that very informative and delicious looking vlog and looking forward to more!
    Best Regards from the U.S.

  • Suli

    7 years ago

    Hello Mark, another great post and video. I have enjoyed watching the video as much as watching your baby. He is such an adorable baby. Keep up the good work.

  • nico

    7 years ago

    as always love to see you video !

  • Regina

    7 years ago

    You’re my inspiration, Mark! Your posts are super informative and helpful. I love Thailand and your videos always make me want to explore Thailand even more. I only been to Bangkok and Pattaya, and Bangpoo will be on my list. I wish you and your beautiful family all the best. Love from Bandung. ???????????? *sorry for my English.

  • Erwan

    7 years ago

    I think i’d have tried the soup in 2014 i was in Bangkok and i try that soup in chatuchak market but i do not know the name it is quite the same.. A clear broth and a mushroom something like that.. And yess Mark it is very delicious, i don’t like fish to much but after i tried the soup i eat all the fish..
    Thank you so much for the vlog mark.. I love it so much.. And i learn a lot from your Thaifood so maybe someday i can come back to bangkok and i know where ibcan go to find the best food in Bangkok

    Regards from Bogor, Indonesia

  • virachai atchariyakornchai

    7 years ago

    Hi Mark thank you for sharing . Just for the information Bangpoo is a royel Thai army compound . And on Sunday start from noon they have ballroom dance open to public.

  • Ng Soon Kiat

    7 years ago

    Hi Mark, just watched your new vlog on seafood at Bangpoo. It really makes me hungry especially the soup and the mung bean noodle. Hope to see more interesting yummy food video from you soon.

    Take care and enjoy the food,
    Kevin from Singapore

  • kanichiro kuwahara

    7 years ago

    beautiful thaks