How to create your own food tour in Bangkok?
With the help of TopTravelFoods, you can easily create your own food tour in Bangkok. As our app recommends the best dishes at the best local restaurants in town, you can search for the highest-rated dishes per location, for example per landmark or attraction without having that expert knowledge that locals have. This way, you can select the dishes you want to try, for example, before you to visit Bangkok, and visit them during your stay.
So how does this all work? First, you have to download the app via the app store or play store or use the web app (website) when you are on desktop. By using filters, you can narrow down the results. For the purpose of creating your own food tour in Bangkok, it’s recommended that you use the local cuisine only filter, which will only show you the best local food in Bangkok. Other filters such as select how much you want to spend per dish, vegetarian filter and many more can be selected as well.
Secondly, and this is the most important part when you want to combine a food tour with visiting Bangkok’s highlights, is to select the district. In the districts, you can select a specific area in Bangkok where you want to explore the local cuisine. TopTravelFoods provided you with the most common areas tourists visit, such as The Grand Palace, Chinatown, Victory Monument, Old Town as well as all the BTS Stations. Once select, let the filters apply.
The results in both the apps as well are the best dishes in that area you select and all these dishes are added, rated and reviewed by fellow food travellers. The reviews that are written are about that specific dish, not about the restaurant itself. The highest-rated dishes, for example, the famous crab omelette from Netflix Street Food star Jay Fai or the local favourite Duck Pad Kra Pao at 55 Pochana, are top-listed in the results and other food travellers rate and review those individual dishes. Once you selected the restaurant itself, you can see which other dishes are recommended too. Dishes that do not have a high score will be deleted from the TopTravelFoods database to keep the quality of the dishes high. Once you see a dish that you want to try during your food tour in Bangkok, you can easily save by tapping on the bookmark icon. All your bookmarks can be found in your own profile. Currently, TopTravelFoods is also available in Chiang Mai, Pattaya, Ayutthaya and Kanchanaburi where you can create your own food tour as well.
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Examples of creating your own food tour in Bangkok
There are certain areas in Bangkok that are ideal for food tours in Bangkok. The most common areas where food tours in Bangkok will take you to are Rattanakosin (Old Town) and Chinatown (Yaowarat). As most restaurants and street food vendors in Chinatown are open after midnight, you can create your own late-night-food tour. Keep in mind that the majority of the restaurants in Chinatown are closed on Mondays. The suggested time stamps are flexible unless written otherwise. There is no minimum required amount of people needed for these tours you create on your own. Large groups will, however, become difficult at certain places as some restaurants not build for it or too famous and crowded for it. Groups larger than six should split up. There are no paid endorsements involved in the Bangkok food tour examples.
Example 1: Bangkok Food Tour Rattanakosin (Old Town)
This tour is only available on Tuesday until Saturday. The tour, which takes you the whole afternoon and the beginning of the evening, will bring you to four different places of which tree can be seen as some as the finest local Thai places in town. One local restaurant even has been awarded a Michelin Star. The total costs of this food tour are around 1125 THB excluding transport and drinks, although it’s perfect to do this food tour on foot. These are not your common street-food-like restaurants where you can order a plate of Thai food for a bargain. This tour will bring you to extraordinary places that can be found on Netflix and many Youtube channels.
12:00 Jay Fai
Jay Fai is the most famous “street food” shop in Bangkok and even got a dedicated episode on Netflix series Street Food. The restaurant has been awarded a Michelin Star two years in a row now and all this fame gave the 73-year old chef Supinya Junsut even more customers. Nonetheless, she is still working extremely passionate to satisfy her customers with the finest versions of Kai-Jeaw Poo (crispy fried crab omelette), Phad-Kee-Mao Talay (drunken noodles with seafood) and Poo Had Yellow Curry (crab meat curry). All the dishes cost 800 THB per plate and are one of the more expensive local restaurants in town, but you will eat at a one Michelin Star restaurant. The portions are large and it’s recommended to order around one dish per person.
Because it’s such a tremendously popular place, it’s incredibly difficult to get a reservation. What you should do is arrive on time, for example at noon, where you can write your reservation in a book. Your reservation will be called once the doors open at two o’clock in the afternoon. In the meantime, you can visit Royal Pavilion Mahajetsadabadin and Loha Prasat, which is a beautiful temple right around the corner. Just make sure that you are back at the restaurant before two o’clock. Jay Fai is not suitable for people who are vegetarian or other dietaries. More information about Jay Fai can be found on the TopTravelFoods review page of Jay Fai.
The world-famous Crab Omelette (800 THB) at Jay Fai.
Chef Fai does all the cooking herself and is always wearing her signature ski goggles.
15:30 Kor Panich or Natthaphon Coconut Ice Cream
After lunch, there is always room for something sweet. Luckily, nearby Jay Fai, you can find two excellent local shops that serve some of the best local Thai desserts in Bangkok. One serves some of the finest mango sticky rice in Bangkok, namely Kor Panich. The other one is called Natthaphon Coconut Ice Cream, which serves in our opinion, the best coconut ice cream in Bangkok. The coconut ice cream is made of one hundred per cent coconut and is completely homemade. There are other flavours available, made with the same principles and without any added sugars. A scoop of ice cream cost you 30 to 40 THB. The famous mango sticky rice at Kor Panich cost you 100 THB. The choice is up to you if you want to try the coconut ice cream or the mango sticky rice (or both). More information about Kor Panich can be found on the TopTravelFoods review page of Kor Panich, or check our in-depth article about Kor Panich. More information about Natthaphon Coconut Ice Cream can be found on the TopTravelFoods review page of Natthaphon Coconut Ice Cream, or check our in-depth article about Natthaphon Coconut Ice Cream.
Famous Mango Sticky Rice at Kor Panich
The best coconut ice cream in town can be found at Nattaphon.
From here, the delicious ice cream is sold. A true local gem.
Between this restaurant and the next restaurant is quite some time. It’s recommended that right at sunset to visit Wat Saket. Wat Saket is a temple built on a hill, that offers a great panoramic view of Bangkok, especially during sunset. You do have to walk up quite some stairs in order to get to the top, but the view is spectacular.
Wat Saket, a beautiful temple which you can visit during the food tour in Bangkok.
19:00 Pad Thai Thip Samai
Arguably the best pad Thai in Bangkok, which is by far the most popular place in town when it comes to Pad Thai. Although you might want to explore different Thai dishes than Pad Thai during your own food tour in Bangkok, this restaurant is so famous that we could not ignore it. Surprisingly, this restaurant is located next to the first restaurant you will visit, Jay Fai. Before the doors open at five o’clock in the afternoon, the hungry customers are already queuing up. But an army of staff and cooks are working like a well-oiled machine and the food is served within minutes. Reservation is not possible but usually, you don’t have to wait that long in order to get a seat. There are several versions of Pad Thai available, including a vegetarian version. We recommend you trying the Superb Pad Thai (200 THB), which is served with two large prawns, instead of two tiny prawns. Regular Pad Thai costs you 90 THB. More information about Pad Thai Thip Samai can be found on the TopTravelFoods review page of Pad Thai Thip Samai, or check our in-depth article about Pad Thai Thip Samai.
Superb Pad Thai (200 THB)
Getting hundreds of mouths to feed is a tough job.
Usually, you have to wait in line to get a table.
In case you don’t want to eat pad Thai as you might already have eaten it several times during your stay, we suggest the following option: An alternative to this restaurant is Tom Yum Goong Banglamphu, although it’s not located that close to all the other restaurants listed in this food tour example. This famous street food restaurant serves some of the finest Tom Yum Goong (sweet and sour Thai soup with prawns) as well as other tasty seafood dishes. You can check our in-depth article about Tom Yum Goong Banglamphu to find more in-depth information and recommended dishes.
The famous tom yum soup at Tom Yum Goong Banglamphu
Tom Yum Goong Banglamphu, Bangkok's street food at its finest.
20:30 Mont Nomsod
To completely experience the Thai food culture, we would highly recommend grabbing a “nomsod” at this Mont Nomsod, just to experience how chaotic food can be. Nomsod is a toasted sweetened bread that’s covered in a sweet spread, for example with chocolate or coconut. Mont Nomsod, which is in business since 1964, is by far the most popular place in Bangkok to get this typical Thai dessert. Once the doors open, locals, mostly in groups, constantly visiting this place to order their beloved nomsod. Only to experience the chaos is already a fun thing to do. One piece of nomsod only cost you 15 THB. More information about Mont Nomsod can be found on the TopTravelFoods review page of Mont Nomsod, or check our in-depth article about Mont Nomsod.
Toasted Bread with Chocolate (15 THB)
From the moment Mont Nomsod is open, it's busy as hell!
From the moment Mont Nomsod is open, it's busy as hell!
Example 2: Bangkok Food Tour Chinatown (Yaowarat)
This tour is available from Tuesday until Sunday. This Bangkok Food Tour in Chinatown gives you an even more local experience compared to the previous Bangkok Food Tour, but will also bring you to the most popular restaurant and street food vendors in this area. At each stop, try to eat only one recommended dish, otherwise, it would be too much food (for most of us). Feel free to skip or add restaurants to your tour, although we do believe this is a perfectly balanced food tour. Chinatown comes alive when the sun has set and you must give yourself the time to explore Chinatown in the evening. That’s why this food tour example starts in the middle of the afternoon but gives you plenty of time to explore Chinatown on your own. The total costs excluding drinks and transport are around 530 THB. This whole tour can be done on foot.
15:00 Khao Gaeng Jake Puey
For many tourists, Bangkok is equal to street food, although we’ve proven in the previous Bangkok Food Tour example that that’s not necessarily true. But for the complete street food experience, you must visit this street food vendor in Chinatown. At three o’clock in the afternoon, this vendor “opens its doors” where you have to wait in line to get a plate of delicious curry which you can eat on the street on a chair without a table. We recommend you order the Panang curry with added pork ribs and Chinese sausage, also known as Gaeng Panang Seekong Moo Ob. A plate of this delicious rich chicken curry with rice costs you 60 THB. More information about Khao Gaeng Jake Puey can be found on the TopTravelFoods review page of Khao Gaeng Jake Puey.
Famous Penang Curry in the middle of the streets of Chinatown Bangkok.
All wait in line to get a plate of one of the delicious curries with rice.
16:00 Nai Mong Hoi Thod
Hoi Thod is a greasy, yet super tasty oyster omelette that comes in a few different versions. At Nai Mong Hoi Thod, which is located near the previous restaurant, serves without a doubt the absolute best hoy tod in Bangkok. What makes this omelette so special is that it’s perfectly balanced between crunchiness and greasiness. The omelette is served with a sweet chilli sauce to dip in. If you don’t like oysters, there are omelettes available with mussels instead. We highly recommend you order the Crispy Oyster Omelette, which costs 100 THB per small portion, which is the perfect size for one person during this food tour. If you have time, you can visit the Golden Buddha in Wat Traimit. This temple is open until five o’clock in the afternoon and has the largest solid golden Buddha statue in Thailand. More information about Nai Mong Hoi Thod can be found on the TopTravelFoods review page of Nai Mong Hoi Thod, or check our in-depth article about Nai mong Hoi Thod.
The best hoi tod in Bangkok, period.
Nai Mong Hoi Thod, a must-visit for your own food tour in Chinatown Bangkok.
17:00 Lod Chong Singapore
Right before it gets dark and Chinatown finally comes to live, it’s time to for your first refreshing Thai dessert at Lod Chong Singapore. Lod Chong is a popular Thai dessert which is incredibly simple to make, yet so deliciously satisfying. It’s made of sweetened coconut milk, crushed ice and green gelatin noodles. Honestly, the Lod Chong served here is more like a refreshing drink than a dessert, because normally, Lod Chong is served in a bowl with a spoon. Lod Chong Singapore is the expert in making this refreshing treat and is just a five-minute walk away from Nai Mong How Thod. A glass of Lod Chong only costs you 22 THB. When you finished your glass, it’s time to head to Yaowarat Road, as it’s about to be completely transformed into a scene out of a movie with flashing neon lights, as if you are suddenly in China yourself. More information about Lod Chong Singapore can be found on the TopTravelFoods review page of Lod Chong Singapore, or check our in-depth article about Lod Chong Singapore.
Lod Chong, refreshing!
Freshly made Lod Chong, hugely popular among locals.
18:30 Odean Noodle
Odean Noodle is a small and hugely popular restaurant that is specialized in crab noodle and is located at the start of Yaowarat Road. The noodles are flavoured with garlic and pepper, but the main ingredient is a piece of crab claw. The crab claw comes at several sizes and prices, but a regular portion costs you around 100 THB per bowl of noodles. Make sure to order the Fried Prawn Wonton (100 THB) as well. These homemade crisps have incredibly tasty prawn fillings. More information about Odean Noodle can be found on the TopTravelFoods review page of Odean Noodle.
Crab Claw Noodle, this size costs you 100 THB per bowl.
A must-order, these deliciously crispy prawn wontons.
20:30 Ann Guay Tiew Kua Gai
Ann Guay Tiew Kua Gai is one of the most popular local restaurants in Chinatown and you often have to wait a while in order to get a seat. This by Michelin Guide recommended restaurant is known for having the best chicken fried noodles in Bangkok and this is exactly what we recommend you to order at this popular place. A bowl of Fried Noodles with Chicken and Runny Egg costs you 50 THB. More information about Odean Noodle can be found on the TopTravelFoods review page of Ann Guay Tiew Kua Gai.
The famous chicken fried noodles at Ann Guay Tiew Kua Gai
Ann Guay Tiew Kua Gai
22:00 Sweet Time
Sweet Time is the place to be in Chinatown to get some authentic Thai/Chinese desserts. The influence of the Chinese in Bangkok’s history is everywhere visible in the older parts of Bangkok and these Thai/Chinese dishes can be most definitely seen as authentic local food, although you won’t easily find it in other places in Thailand than Bangkok. Highly recommended at this place are the Water Chestnut in Coconut Milk (30 THB) and the Chinese Mix Dessert (40 THB). More information about Sweet Time can be found on the TopTravelFoods review page of Sweet Time.
Water Chestnut in Coconut Milk (30 THB)
Chinese Mix Dessert (40 THB)
Sweet Time at Chinatown
Example 3: Bangkok Food Tour with BTS Card
This food tour will bring you to several famous local restaurants that are located close to the Sukhumvit Line (light green line). The tour starts at Victory Monument and requires you to buy a BTS One-Day Pass, which costs you 140 THB, to move around Bangkok with the BTS unlimited times for a day. The BTS is a rapid transit system, also known as the Skytrain and is the easiest way to get around in Bangkok. Read our complete guide to Bangkok Public Transport for more information about this subject. The rule of this food tour is that you can walk to each restaurant from specific BTS Stations. This tour will take you to some of the best local restaurants in the capital, which included the best boat noodles, the best green curry and arguably the best tom yum soup. The total costs are around 880 THB, which includes the One-Days Pass. This do-your-own-food-tour is available from Monday until Saturday, as one restaurant is not open on Sunday.
10:00 Toy Kuay Teow Reua
Start your food tour at Victory Monument, at the famous boat noodle alley. Decades ago, this area was a harbour and food was sold per canoe. As these dishes were difficult to prepare on a canoe, the boat noodles were sold in small bowls. The harbour is not there anymore, but the restaurants that serve these small, yet deliciously fragrant noodle soups are still there. A small bowl only costs you 15 THB and the best version can be found at Toy Kuay Teow Reua, which is actually located a bit outside from the famous alley. The Beef Boat Noodles with Beef Balls (15 THB) is our personal favourite. More information about Toy Kuay Teow Reua can be found on the TopTravelFoods review page of Toy Kuay Teow Reua, or check our article about the best boat noodles at Victory Monument.
Tip: Victory Monument is a memorial for the victory of the Franco-Thai War and can be seen in the centre of the large roundabout when you walk from the BTS to the boat noodle alley.
Famous boat noodles at Toy Kuay Teow Reua (15 THB)
Toy Kuay Teow Reua
11:00 Pe Aor
Take the BTS from Victory Monument to the Phaya Thai, which is the next BTS Station. From here, you walk in west direction to Pe Aor. This local restaurant is famous for its tom yum creations and can be seen as one of the best tom yum specialists in town. The sweet and sour soup they serve is much creamier than others and at Pe Aor, you can even get tom yum with lobster. As the restaurant gained tremendous popularity, the owner had to adjust its recipe to a more foreign-friendly-taste-palette. The soup has still authentic flavours, but the amount of chillies that’s been put into the soup has been reduced, making it more accessible for foreigners. A small bowl of tom yum with mussels only costs you 50 THB, but we recommend you order the Lobster in Love, which cost you 450 THB. This bowl is the perfect value-for-money as you can easily share it with two-person and the soup is served with lobster and mussels. More information about Pe Aor can be found on the TopTravelFoods review page of Pe Aor, or check our in-depth article about Pe Aor.
Lobster in Love (450 THB at Pe Aor.
A glimpse of the kitchen at Pe Aor.
Pe Aor, a local eatery that you must visit during your own food tour in Bangkok!
Simply put it this way, Sanguansri serves the best green curry in Bangkok. In order to get to Sanguansri, you have to take the same BTS line to Phloen Chit BTS. You will pass by Siam BTS, where you can find several shopping malls that you can visit and have your first break from the food tour. You can also have a stop at the famous Erawan Shrine.
As mention, this restaurant is famed for its green curry and that is exactly what we recommend you to order. Only on Thursday, there is a special version with beef available. All the other days, except on Sunday when this restaurant is closed, you can order the delicious green curry with chicken. The green curry with chicken costs you 60 THB, the special version with beef costs you 100 THB. More information about Sanguansri can be found on the TopTravelFoods review page of Sanguansri.
The best green curry in town!
Busy as usual.
The front of Sanguansri.
With this food tour, you have a few hours for yourself. You might want to take a traditional Thai massage at Health Land (highly recommended massage company), visit Jim Thompson House Museum, visit the Skywalk at the Mahanakhon Tower or many other things to do in Bangkok. You can also head back to your hotel if it’s relatively close and prepare yourself for a drink at rooftop bar Octave, as the next two restaurants of this food tour are close by this highly recommended rooftop bar. If you do want to visit the rooftop bar, make sure you be there at half-past six, as the sunset will give you an even more spectacular view of Bangkok’s skyline.
18:30 Pochana 55
This hugely popular restaurant opens its doors at half-past six and from that moment until the doors are closed at three o’clock at night, the restaurant is packed with locals. What makes this restaurant so unique is that they serve authentic Thai dishes in a slightly different, and often more flavorful way. Highly recommended are the Duck Krapow (150 THB), which is a fried duck served in krapow dressing, crispy fried Thai basil, the Fried Clam with Brown Chili (150 THB) and the Fried Beef in Black Pepper (200 THB). More information about Pochana 55 can be found on the TopTravelFoods review page of Pochana 55.
Duck Krapow (150 THB)
Fried Clam with Brown Chili (150 THB)
20:00 Je Meaw Sukhumvit 38
On the opposite side of the previous restaurant, you can find Sukhumvit Soi 38 (Alley 38). This used to be a popular street food street, but times have changed in Bangkok and many street food vendors, including the ones at Sukhumvit Soi 38, had to leave. Fortunately, this street food vendor, Je Maew, is still selling street food. Je Meaw serves some of the best mango sticky rice in town, with really juicy and sweet mangos. The portions are generous and one plate only costs you 80 THB. This is a perfect dessert to finish your own food tour in Bangkok! More information about Je Meaw Sukhumvit 38 can be found on the TopTravelFoods review page of Je Meaw Sukhumvit 38.
Really juicy and fresh mangos!
Je Meaw Sukhumvit 38
Alternative: Best Beef
An alternative for Pochana 55, especially when you want to have a unique local food experience, is visiting Best Beef. This all-you-can-eat Thai barbecue close to BTS On Nut is so popular that unless you do not arrive before five o’clock in the afternoon, you have to wait at least an hour before you get a table, even though this place is gigantic. The concept is simple, for only 269 THB, you can eat and order as much you can for two hours long. Even though the name might suggest otherwise, there are plenty of meats and kinds of seafood to choose from. From squid and prawns to thinly sliced beef and pork. You simply grill it yourself, dip it in one of the delicious sauces and stuff yourself until you explode. There are other packages available that allow you to drink as much beer and soda as you want as well. I often bring friends who visit me in Bangkok to this place and their reactions are always amazingly positive. More information about Best Beef can be found on the TopTravelFoods review page of Best Beef, or check our in-depth article about Best Beef.
A glimpse of the Thai barbecue buffet at Best Beef.
A lot of hungry locals enjoying one of the coolest local food experiences in Bangkok.
Time To Create Your Own Food Tour In Bangkok
Obviously, you can use the examples we gave you to have your own food tour. But if you already planned out your itinerary for Bangkok, you can add must-try food to every activity you are planning to do with the TopTravelFoods app. We highly recommend you to read the following two articles to give you even more inspiration on what you must try when you are in Bangkok:
22 Best Local Thai Restaurants in Bangkok
33 Must-Try Dishes in Bangkok
Tip: Night markets such as Ratchada Train Market
Highly ranked in our list of the top things to do in Bangkok is visiting Ratchada Train Market, a large local market that makes every foodie’s heart pump faster. In the middle of the market, you find countless delicious street food options and in the outside, you will find local bars where you can get cheap drinks and listen to Thai live music performances. Highly recommended food options are Holy Shrimp! Seafood Bucket at Holy Shrimp (399 THB), Ribs at Chef Tui Ranger (190 THB) and Leng Zabb at Tiao Mae Klong (150 THB). More details about this hugely popular market can be found in our in-depth article about Ratchada Train Market. Visiting this market is really a fun thing to do in the evening and you can go on your own food tour by eating as much street food as you possibly can imagine.
There you have it. Our guide to creating your own food tour in Bangkok with the help of our food app called TopTravelFoods. You can download the app on the App Store and Play Store and the app is completely free. TopTravelFoods is also available in other cities in Thailand where you can also create your own food tour as well. Download now!
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