After spending months exploring the wonders of India and Nepal it was time to move over to South East Asia.
As much as we have both loved eating our body weight in veggie curry most days, there is no denying how excited we were for a change of flavour.
And what better way to immerse oneself in all things appetizing than a sweaty stroll around one of Bangkok’s infamous food markets.
It’s not only the capital city of Thailand but arguably the capital of Street Food anywhere in the world.
We took an Uber from the airport to our hostel downtown which cost roughly eight pounds and is definitely the cheapest way to get around.
KAMA has been one of my favourite places to stay along the way, so much so that we went there again on our second visit.
A spotlessly clean double room with private bathroom cost us twenty pounds. We had AC, a huge rainforest power shower with toiletries, box sets and movies for rainy days, great wifi and a mini bar. The bed was a little bit hard but I quickly moved past that once I tasted the homemade Breakfast waffles available downstairs.
It’s situated two minutes from Charoen Krung road which is a street food haven. Right around the corner was a tiny cafe with no name that dished out gorgeous noodle dishes for fifty baht (£1!).
We had big plans for day one. Up and out by 11am, try some of the local delicacies, maybe even a walk along the Chao Phraya river. In actual fact we didn’t make it around the block before calling time on our initial humid escapade and ended up in the first taxi that would take us to Central World for air conditioned dumplings.
Din Tai Fungs is a must if you visit Bangkok. Dim Sum to die for.
Bangkok is a real blend of old and new. For every ancient and ornate temple that you see bedecked in red and gold you will no doubt notice a huge shopping mall or a cosmopolitan hotel within spitting distance. So whether you are a true culture vulture or a shopping fiend, there’s something for everyone.
We spent three days grazing our way around the city.
From the roast duck of China town, to the array of seafood stalls selling fresh fish of every description and Pad Thai vendors on each corner.
The abundance of tropical fruit at the floating markets.
Until we finally forgot about our traveller roots and went all out on our last night.
The 28th best restaurant in the world apparently and once G discovered it wasn’t far, we were going even if it did cost three days of our budget!
Expectations were pretty high and we were both salivating in the taxi. But as it turned out, we enjoyed the street food a lot more.
The service was impeccable and when they discovered G was a chef we were invited to the kitchen to meet the team and given loads of free desserts. It was definitely a treat. But I genuinely think that the same flavours and quality of food are available on most street corners for a tenth of the price.
The government are working to phase out the street food scene due to the congestion it causes which would be a real blow to the people of Bangkok and a tragedy for the rest of us too.
The heart of the city beats around its street food culture and although it will inevitably slow you down if you’re trying to get anywhere in a hurry with people spilling on to the road and lots of closures especially in the evening, usually when you get to where you’re going it’s worth the wait.
It is a remarkable city.
If it weren’t for the impenetrable queues of traffic and perm provoking humidity, I would quite like to live there.