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Where do you guys think the best Thai food spots are? I must have eaten in over 100 western restaurants but always find the food to to be pretty mediocre for the price they charge.


Currently I go to:

- Soi 38
- Sabai Jai Gai Yang (Ekkamai soi 1, about half way down Suk 63 on the left)
- 55 Pochana (On Sukhumvit between Soi 55-57)
- 333 Thai (located between Shumvit 30-32)
- On Nut market (closing soon though)
- Chinatown


I'm sure there are several others that are decent, anyone suggest a few asides from the upscale ones in Thong Lo.
(10-15-2015 01:28 AM)Afarang Wrote: [ -> ]Where do you guys think the best Thai food spots are? I must have eaten in over 100 western restaurants but always find the food to to be pretty mediocre for the price they charge.


Currently I go to:

- Soi 38
- Sabai Jai Gai Yang (Ekkamai soi 1, about half way down Suk 63 on the left)
- 55 Pochana (On Sukhumvit between Soi 55-57)
- 333 Thai (located between Shumvit 30-32)
- On Nut market (closing soon though)
- Chinatown


I'm sure there are several others that are decent, anyone suggest a few asides from the upscale ones in Thong Lo.

Definitely not the one on the corner of Soi 11 (not the end with the BTS station, the other end). I paid 380 baht ($14-15 AUD) for spaghetti bolognese when i was craving western food. It tasted like canned food and the portion size wouldn't have fed a mouse. Put me off of restaurants in Bangkok all together on my last visit so hopefully we get some decent suggestions here.
(10-15-2015 01:28 AM)Afarang Wrote: [ -> ]Where do you guys think the best Thai food spots are? I must have eaten in over 100 western restaurants but always find the food to to be pretty mediocre for the price they charge.


Currently I go to:

- Soi 38
- Sabai Jai Gai Yang (Ekkamai soi 1, about half way down Suk 63 on the left)
- 55 Pochana (On Sukhumvit between Soi 55-57)
- 333 Thai (located between Shumvit 30-32)
- On Nut market (closing soon though)
- Chinatown


I'm sure there are several others that are decent, anyone suggest a few asides from the upscale ones in Thong Lo.

Hardly the most atmospheric place to eat in Bangkok, but on my upcoming trip I will once again be having breakfast or lunch - and a few times probably dinner - at the Terminal 21 food court.
So convenient, so many choices, good prices and (seemingly) very clean.
Didn't care as much for the MBK food court.
^^^I though Soi 38 Night Market was done. Hadn't someone reported that - is it still open, the one on the diagonal street pretty much directly under one side of the Thong Lor skytrain exit?
There is a restaurant called 'Kinnaree" on the right handside of Soi 11 if you are coming from the BTS. It is open 24 hours and serves really good Thai food.

Between Sukhumvit 81 and 85 there is a small street restaurant. The staff barely speaks english but it is one of the best and cheapest street restaurants I could find around Sukhumvit 81. The restaurant next to AtMind hotel in Sukhumvit 85 is also not too bad.
(10-15-2015 08:24 AM)MikeS Wrote: [ -> ]Hardly the most atmospheric place to eat in Bangkok, but on my upcoming trip I will once again be having breakfast or lunch - and a few times probably dinner - at the Terminal 21 food court.
So convenient, so many choices, good prices and (seemingly) very clean.
Didn't care as much for the MBK food court.
Yeah can't moan about T21 food court. That mall is subsided by the government and is why the food court and cinema is 20b cheaper than other places.

The Mix on the 4th floor is also a decent venue although they do add vat and service (7%+10%) which annoys me.
(10-15-2015 08:42 AM)Global Entry Wrote: [ -> ]^^^I though Soi 38 Night Market was done. Hadn't someone reported that - is it still open, the one on the diagonal street pretty much directly under one side of the Thong Lor skytrain exit?
Soi 38 is closing in February. Apparently some venders are moving into the carpark of Sutti Mansion while others are said to be going to Ekkamai Gateway.

On-Nut is closing tomorrow and moving to Udom Suk somewhere, or that's what everyone is saying online at least.
(10-15-2015 10:14 AM)Dipar Wrote: [ -> ]There is a restaurant called 'Kinnaree" on the right handside of Soi 11 if you are coming from the BTS. It is open 24 hours and serves really good Thai food.

Between Sukhumvit 81 and 85 there is a small street restaurant. The staff barely speaks english but it is one of the best and cheapest street restaurants I could find around Sukhumvit 81. The restaurant next to AtMind hotel in Sukhumvit 85 is also not too bad.
Kinnaree is decent for a midnight snaack, croissant burgers for 120b are a steal at 4am lol.

Hmm never ventured into 81-85,will take a look next time I'm in the area. Cheers mate.
Afarang - You say they are closing On Nut market soon. Why is that?
Because Bangkok needs more half empty condo buddings.
That sucks. I have good memories from there. I will miss "Hotel California" on repeat and Thai airplane-petrolium and Coke.
Where are all the On Nut whoremongers/bar girls/alcoholics gonna hang out now?

I liked that market but I hope it doesn't come to Udom Suk. This place is an oasis.
What's the go with closing times around Thailand these days?

Does everywhere decent in Bangkok still close at 2am? I'm not talking about those seedy after-hour clubs full of hookers. Even Khao San Road shut down between 2-2.30am last time I was there in December.

I know most venues on Bangla Road in Phuket were still going well after 2am, whereas the beach parties on Phi Phi had to finish at 2am on the dot. Then they allow Full Moon Parties to go until early hours of the morning.

There doesn't seem to be any consistency and the whole system is confusing to me. What are the exact laws?
All non-hooker venues in Bangkok usually closed at 2-3am anyway with the odd exception. The nightlife has gone back to normal now with places closing at 5-6am. I can't comment on venues out of the city though.
My picks:

Soi 38 - Most of the vendors there know me by face and meal. And I can never get strawberry from the juice guy/girl right at the entrance opposite the mango sticky rice.

On Nut mkt - the wings of fire lady has a really tall/hot daughter, niece girl whatever who works there sometimes. I 'm pretty sure she's not a LB but she is tall for a thai girl. Decent sushi/sashimi there too.

Chinatown - has good food but is way too far unless you are in the area or planning to go Khao San IMO.

T21 food court - enough said.

Bonchon Korean Fried Chicken - You actually get very good value at this place.

Drunk food:

Hwai Kwang Mkt - Didn't get to explore this as much, been there twice but close enough to Suk. A lot of girls from Cowboy and Nana go there after work. I found it to be much more local than say On Nut and open late too. It's fucking busy at 3am.

Pridi(Suk 71?) Soi 13ish - There is a late night restaurant that has decent food and prices if you are in the Ekkamai area. You can't miss it because it's the only thing open around Soi 12-13 on Pridi after the clubs let out.

Fried Chicken - Outside RCA on Petchburi. Outside Nung Len. Best fried chicken. I'm also probably wasted eating said chicken.

I'd avoid Soi 23, food there is inflated by at least 1/3. Anything on Soi 11 is good, because if you're on Soi 11 you're likely too shitfaced to care. If not, hit up the foodland on Soi 5 or Soi 16.

Honorable mentions: Rangnam Alley near Victory has decent food and prices. Well the entire Victory area isn't bad anyways.

JJ Mkt - I did 2 laps buying food and doing nothing else but eating. Spent less then 200 baht.
(10-16-2015 11:09 PM)Afarang Wrote: [ -> ]All non-hooker venues in Bangkok usually closed at 2-3am anyway with the odd exception. The nightlife has gone back to normal now with places closing at 5-6am. I can't comment on venues out of the city though.

Appreciate the response. So you're saying non-hooker venues have always closed at 2/3am but then go on to say that things are back to normal closing at 5-6am, which is a bit of a contradiction. Could you please clarify?

Which venues specifically have you seen open until that time?
(10-17-2015 01:39 AM)Adrenaline Wrote: [ -> ]
(10-16-2015 11:09 PM)Afarang Wrote: [ -> ]All non-hooker venues in Bangkok usually closed at 2-3am anyway with the odd exception. The nightlife has gone back to normal now with places closing at 5-6am. I can't comment on venues out of the city though.

Appreciate the response. So you're saying non-hooker venues have always closed at 2/3am but then go on to say that things are back to normal closing at 5-6am, which is a bit of a contradiction. Could you please clarify?

Which venues specifically have you seen open until that time?

Sorry let me expand.

Normal venues such as R.C.A, Funky Villa, Demo, Nung Len I would consider places where you find very few hookers. These places always closed at 2am, sometimes 3am.

After hours (where you'll find a mixture of normal girls and pros) normally close at 6am, but after the Junta came into power even these clubs were closing at 2-3am.

By things going back to normal I mean that most after hours are closing pretty late again 5-6am as opposed to 2-3am before.

Off the top of my head I can't name many non-pro clubs that stay open past 3am. WIP used to be one of them but that closed, I've not been to Safe House but that could be another.

Basically the longer you stay out after 2am, the more likely is it you will find pros/gold-digger types and less likely you'll find regular types.


I hardly ever go out these days, so if things have changed, I'm sure someone will come and correct me.
Sugar on Soi 11 is open until 5am. It has a few hookers but mostly normal girls. All the other clubs in this area that are open after 3am are the typical afterhour clubs packed with hookers (e.g. Insanity, Climax)
I should say, by my definition of a 'normal girl' I mean someone who has a full-time job and only visits clubs 1-4 a month as way to blow off some steam and have fun, not with the sole intention to meet guys.

The line between normal girl and hooker is quite vast with plenty of grey space in-between in places like Asoke/Nana. There's all types of girls on Soi 11, some of them won't be bar girls or down right freelancers, but many of them will be gold diggers, or girls who fund their lifestyles by latching on to dudes with money who gf them up or whatever.

For example, the type of girl you see on Soi 11 would greatly differ from the girls you would see on Thong Lo Soi 10 or 13, or even the night market at JJ.

When I went out a on a regular, I could visit specific clubs on certain days and lay good odds that a girl I knew would be there. These girls were not hookers but they also didn't have jobs leaving a big question mark over how they they got their money. My guess was white knight boyfriends who send them money overseas while they keep on drinking and going out.

There's even Line groups full of girls who don't know each other but will often meetup at venues where they offer girls a free bottle if they come with 5 or more people (Love F Bar next to Mixx did this on Tuesday). Some of the girls in that group did this on a full-time basis lol. Sometimes I wish I was a Thai girl.

This is just my opinion of course, I'm not saying these girls are hookers because they are not, but in my prior post where I mentioned normal girls, I was referring to the type of girls in my first paragraph.
I've never really been one to sit in a café for hours with a laptop or a book (there seems to be less of a culture for that anyway many places here in Europe than what I'm always hearing about in the US), but I'll probably want to find a regular hangout place in downtown Bangkok to do some light work and studying during the last three weeks of my upcoming Thailand trip.
Anyone have some suggestions for relatively quiet cafés or bars where I can sit with tablet and books for several hours without being pestered to buy ten cups of coffee? Or is it just common for people to do that in most cafés in Bangkok?
So coming to BKK in November ...

It's a work trip so can pretty much stay at any hotel I want...

Any recommendations? I am thinking of staying at SO Sofitel next to lumphini park as I hear it has a good rooftop bar..

Any other 5* hotels which have decent bars or clubs attached and is in a good location?

The other one which seemed is the Marriott 57 which looks ok..
Aloft Soi 11 is a good choice. Levels is attached to it. Oskar bar across the street has good food and drinks. Above 11 down the street is a good rooftop spot.
(10-22-2015 05:43 PM)MikeS Wrote: [ -> ]I've never really been one to sit in a café for hours with a laptop or a book (there seems to be less of a culture for that anyway many places here in Europe than what I'm always hearing about in the US), but I'll probably want to find a regular hangout place in downtown Bangkok to do some light work and studying during the last three weeks of my upcoming Thailand trip.
Anyone have some suggestions for relatively quiet cafés or bars where I can sit with tablet and books for several hours without being pestered to buy ten cups of coffee? Or is it just common for people to do that in most cafés in Bangkok?

I found the Holly's Cafe between Nana and Asok to be pretty good. It's open 24 hours, has two levels and good wifi. I got quite a bit of work done there during my last visit in BKK. Never got pestered. Mix of locals and farangs there so you'll see plenty of people setting up with their laptops and tablets for a work/study session.

Address: 219/1 สุขุมวิท Khlong Toei Nuea, Watthana, Bangkok 10110, Thailand
(10-23-2015 05:00 PM)Nemausus Wrote: [ -> ]
(10-22-2015 05:43 PM)MikeS Wrote: [ -> ]I've never really been one to sit in a café for hours with a laptop or a book (there seems to be less of a culture for that anyway many places here in Europe than what I'm always hearing about in the US), but I'll probably want to find a regular hangout place in downtown Bangkok to do some light work and studying during the last three weeks of my upcoming Thailand trip.
Anyone have some suggestions for relatively quiet cafés or bars where I can sit with tablet and books for several hours without being pestered to buy ten cups of coffee? Or is it just common for people to do that in most cafés in Bangkok?

I found the Holly's Cafe between Nana and Asok to be pretty good. It's open 24 hours, has two levels and good wifi. I got quite a bit of work done there during my last visit in BKK. Never got pestered. Mix of locals and farangs there so you'll see plenty of people setting up with their laptops and tablets for a work/study session.

Address: 219/1 สุขุมวิท Khlong Toei Nuea, Watthana, Bangkok 10110, Thailand

Thanks. Just hundreds of meters from both of the hotels I'll be staying in.
(10-23-2015 04:04 PM)Worldhopper Wrote: [ -> ]So coming to BKK in November ...

It's a work trip so can pretty much stay at any hotel I want...

Any recommendations? I am thinking of staying at SO Sofitel next to lumphini park as I hear it has a good rooftop bar..

Any other 5* hotels which have decent bars or clubs attached and is in a good location?

The other one which seemed is the Marriott 57 which looks ok..


You cannot go wrong with the Marriot on 57 or Sofitel So and both have nice rooftop bars. Another hip hotel is the Muse with a multilevel rooftop bar in Langsuan. The Intercontinental hotel has one of BK's infamous clubs, Mixx, in the basement next door. It's a favourite (not mine) of many visiting RVF members. Rio's suggestion, Aloft is nice and even though it's not a true 5 star, it would be impossible to find better logistics if you plan on hitting up Levels. If you are looking for Soi 11's nicest rooms, check into one of Fraser Suites swanky apartments with the aforementioned rooftop restaurant/bar Above Eleven on the top floor. The 5 star Banyan Tree in Sathorn has one of the highest open air rooftop bars in BK, but not much else nearby. If you are looking for the best hotel, I would also add the Mandarin Oriental and Conrad to the mix.
Endless 5 star hotels in bkk at good reasonable prices.
Just a heads up, the On Nut night market is closed down. Last week I've met with a few RVF guys and we had to change the location to another nearby market since they are building condos.
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