Every day, herds of boat noodle fans flock to a narrow, canal-side alley near a busy Bangkok roundabout, known as Victory Monument boat noodle, or boat noodle alley. Diners gorge on steaming piles of noodles, pausing to take a selfie with their stacked-up, empty bowls. Before we jump to our recommendations when it comes to the best boat noodles in Bangkok, we briefly give you a history lesson where boat noodles come from as it's kind of a good anecdote. Right after the history lesson, we give you the five best boat noodles in Bangkok. You can navigate through this article by tapping on one of the following orange links. 

 

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Why is it called boat noodles?


It is called boat noodles because the bowls of noodles were served from a boat. Back in the day, transport went over canals and rivers between Ayutthaya and Bangkok. From their boats, vendors made the boat noodles freshly and sold them to other canoes. Boat noodle vendors were forced onto land when Bangkok, formerly nicknamed “the Venice of the East”, grew into a bustling metropolis. Canals were drained or filled, making room for roads and high-rise buildings. The boat noodles kept their name and some restaurants still serve them in the traditional way. 
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How much is a bowl of noodles in Bangkok?


Generally speaking, a bowl of noodles in Bangkok costs you around 40 THB. As boat noodles are served in tiny bowls, which was more practical back in the days when serving them from your small canoe, they are much cheaper. Expect to pay around 12 THB per bowl. There are restaurants that serve normal-sized bowls of boat noodles, but at the boat noodle alley in Bangkok, they kept their tradition. 
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Is there blood in boat noodles?


Yes, boat noodles are flavoured with cows’ or pigs' blood. This might scare you at first, but boat noodles are extremely flavourful due to the use of fragrant herbs, so you won't realize it has blood in the soup. The flavour of boat noodles matches the Western taste palate, so we recommend you give it a try.



Today, boat noodle restaurants are often based next to canals and the dish is still served in the traditional small bowls which vendors found easier to use in unstable canoes. The area around Bangkok’s Victory Monument has become famous for its incredible boat noodle restaurants but many foodies disagree over which is best – here’s our verdict.

 

The 5 best boat noodles at Victory Monument are: 

 

1. Toy Kuay Teow Reua Boat Noodle


Even though Toy Kuay Teow Reua is set away from boat noodle alley, our Victory Monument boat noodle list wouldn’t be complete without mentioning this legendary restaurant. The father of the current owner, Mr. Toy, started selling boat noodles from his canoe in 1958 when the area was still a busy harbour. Today, the restaurant is hidden deep inside a soi, so what makes it so special? Well, Toy Kuay Teow Reua prepares the tastiest boat noodles on this list and the portions are incredibly generous. We particularly like the version with the sliced fatty beef belly. The spicy Tom Yum boat noodles are also well worth a try (all 15 THB). More information, such as the exact location of this boat noodle restaurant, opening times and other users’ opinions can be found on the TopTravelFoods review page of Toy Kuay Teow Reua
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Toy Kuay Teow Reua Beef Boat Noodles
Beef Boat Noodles with Beef Balls (15 THB)

 

Toy Kuay Teow Reua Tom Yum Boat Noodles
Tom Yum  Boat Noodles with Sliced Beef (15 THB)

 

Toy Kuay Teow Reua Pork Boat Noodles
Pork Boat Noodles with Pork Balls (15 THB)

 

Toy Kuay Teow Reua Atmosphere
The unique and local atmosphere of Toy Kuay Teow Reua


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2. Pa Yak Boat Noodles


The meat portions at Pa Yak (named after the father of the owner “Papa Yak”) could’ve been larger, but for us, the most important aspect of boat noodles is the broth, which is where Pa Yak scores points. The tasty broth offers just the right mix of salty and sour flavours and there’s room to adjust the dish to suit your tastes with one of the table condiments. Pa Yak serves boat noodles with either beef or pork (12 THB) and earns a well-deserved second place in this Victory Monument boat noodle list. More information, such as the exact location of this boat noodle restaurant, opening times and other users’ opinions can be found on the TopTravelFoods review page of Pa Yak Boat Noodles
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Pa Yak Pork Boat Noodle Alley
Beef Boat Noodles with Sliced Beef and Beef Balls (12 THB)

 

Boat Noodle Alley
Pork Boat Noodles with Sliced Pork and Pork Balls (12 THB)

 

Pa Yak Boat Noodles
Pa Yak also serves a huge Beef Soup with lots of meat (50 THB)

 

Pa Yak Atmosphere
One of the hard-working chefs, in charge of making delicious boat noodles


 

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3. Anong Boat Noodles


Serving boat noodles since 1978, this small, family-run restaurant has been passed from mother to daughter to sister. Anong’s sweet, sour, spicy and salty broth is definitely the most flavourful on this list and might even be a little too sweet for some. Anong serves different types of boat noodles. As well as the ordinary sliced beef or sliced pork variety, you can order your boat noodles here with raw beef, raw pork and even raw beef liver or raw pork liver (all 12 THB). The husband of the friendly owner likes to joke around and if you order 20 bowls of boat noodles you’ll get a 1L bottle of coke for free. More information, such as the exact location of this boat noodle restaurant, opening times and other users’ opinions can be found on the TopTravelFoods review page of Anong Boat Noodles

 

Anong Boat Noodles at Victory Monument
Beef Boat Noodles with Sliced Beef and Beef Balls (12 THB)

 

Tom Yum Boat Noodles
Tom Yum Noodles (50 THB)

 

Boat Noodles at Anong
Raw Beef Boat Noodles (12 THB)

 

Anong Atmosphere
One of the hard-working chefs, in charge of making delicious boat noodles


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4. Rua Thong Boat Noodle


As good as the beef boat noodle broth at Rua Thong is, the sweet pork boat noodle broth, which tastes like Palo, is somewhat disappointing, knocking Rua Thong right out of the top three. The meat portions here are the most generous but we couldn’t find any veggies in some of our bowls. However, Rua Thong is the only restaurant on this list that serves large bowls of boat noodles as well as small and this version does come with lots of vegetables (50 THB). You’ll also get a free bottle of coke if you order 20 bowls of boat noodles at Rua Thong. More information, such as the exact location of this boat noodle restaurant, opening times and other users’ opinions can be found on the TopTravelFoods review page of Anong Boat Noodles
 

Rua Thong Boat Noodle
A huge bowl of Beef Boat Noodles (50 THB)

 

Victory Monument Boat Noodle at Rua Thong
Boat Noodles with Braised Beef and Beef Balls (12 THB)

 

Rua Thong Boat Noodles
Pork Boat Noodles with Pork Balls (12 THB)

 

Rua Thong
Fried Pork Crackling which you can add to your Boat Noodles


 

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5. Pranakorn Boat Noodle


Inconsistent is how we’d describe Pranakorn’s boat noodles after sampling them on two different occasions. The first time we visited the broth didn’t contain much blood so it lacked the recognizable boat noodle flavour and the second time some of the bowls were strong and flavourful, while others were tasteless. Pranakorn was the only restaurant where we didn’t see the owner or supervisor walking around too, maybe that’s why we had such a mixed experience? Portions at Pranakorn are the smallest as well. Overall, we think you are better off trying the other Victory Monument boat noodle restaurants on this list. More information, such as the exact location of this boat noodle restaurant, opening times and other users’ opinions can be found on the TopTravelFoods review page of Pranakorn Boat Noodle

 

Victory Monument Boat Noodles Pranakor 1
Tom Yum Noodle (12 THB)

 

Victory Monument Boat Noodles Pranakor 2
Pork Boat Noodles with Pork Balls (12 THB)

 

Boat Noodle Alley Pranakor 1
Yen Ta Fo Soup (12 THB)

 

Boat Noodle Alley Pranakor 2
One of the hard-working chefs, in charge of making delicious boat noodles

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There you have it, the best boat noodles at Victory Monument in Bangkok. All these restaurants, and many others, and their most recommended dishes can be found in our food app TopTravelFoods. The app recommends the best food that restaurants have to offer. For example, if you are looking for the best boat noodles at Victory Monument in Bangkok or when you just want to see the absolute best dishes near you, TopTravelFoods is the app you need to have. It's completely free and available for both iOS and Android. Or when you are on a desktop, you can explore the best local food in Bangkok.

 

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lf you are looking for more places to dine in this area, check out our article about the 5 best local Thai restaurants near Victory Monument.

 

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