Best cheap eats in Bangkok
As Tim Ho Wan in Hong Kong and Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice and Noodle in Singapore prove, you don’t need to be a fancy, swanky restaurant to be awarded a Michelin star. The world’s most prestigious food awards has even added a street food section to its Hong Kong edition, affirming just how big the draw of street food is in the country. And Bangkok is no different. As the Michelin Guide comes to the city this year, we roamed the streets to find cheap eats that are worthy of Michelin attention. (And we’re open to more suggestions!)
Bangkok by area
Things to do in Ari
A few years back, Ari was the city’s most happening hood. What was once a peaceful, upmarket residential area turned neighborhood du jour nearly overnight, with the sudden appearance of high-rise condominiums followed by all types of hip businesses: restaurants and cafes, co-working spaces, bars, galleries and shops. But, like everything else in Bangkok, trend comes and goes. Soon enough, the shining light faded, and the popular spots moved to other areas, leaving Ari in peace once again. This year, the loop seems to be returning to the area. Entrepreneurs have returned and new cafes, restaurants, bars and shops have, once again, sprung up in the area. So maybe it’s time to skip the nightmarish traffic in Sukhumvit and revisit Ari’s leafy alleys to discover what’s new in the hood.
Things to do in Kudeejeen
In 1767 (BE2310), a few months after the destruction of Ayutthaya—the former capital of Siam—King Taksin established the new capital city of Thonburi on the west bank of the Chao Phraya River. The monarch also allocated pieces of land to different communities, including one called Kudejeen to a small Portuguese community. The name Kudeejeen is said to be derived from either kutijeen which means “Chinese monk’s residence” in Thai, or kuleejeen, which translates into “Chinese laborers.” The Portuguese settlement brought about a complex yet harmonious set-up where Christians, Buddhists and Muslims have been co-existing together peacefully for more than 200 years. The settlement also introduced a culture that was distinctive to the place, as well as unique Portuguese-influenced cuisine. Getting to Kudeejeen is easy aboard the Chao Phraya Express boat. Hop on the boat from the pier nearest to you and get off at Wat Kanlaya. From there, it’s a three-minute walk to the community. The Italian Renaissance-style Santa Cruz Church marks the entrance to one of Bangkok’s longest-running hoods.
Things to do in Pan Road
You may have heard of Pan Road. It’s where Bangkok’s grandest Hindu temple, Wat Khaek, and the Embassy of Myanmar are located. But this narrow alley, which connects Silom and Sathorn roads, is also lined with cool galleries, shopping destinations and dining venues, all of which are worth a visit on a lazy weekend.