Asia, Bangkok, Destinations, Thailand 21

Food Galore in Bangkok

We have finally started our 2015 travel journey! We left our home in England after 10 years and are on our way to New Zealand for a year with a few stops along the way. We arrived in Bangkok on the 4th, tired and ecstatic to hear the wonderful news of our nephew’s arrival into this world 🙂 I like to think he sensed we were arriving and decided to come few days early! He is one of the main reasons for our 3 week detour in Thailand.

Flight was uneventful, we flew with Ethihad and had 2 hour layover in Abu Dhabi. Kids are used to long haul flights as they have been to Bangladesh and USA several times. We all catch up on latest movies when we travel by air as rarely go to the Cinema when at home.


Arrived at Bangkok Airport!

As much as we wanted to see the baby immediately, we didn’t think dragging all our suitcases and our travelling dirty selves to the hospital was a good idea. We instead headed to our friends house, easy to get a taxi from the airport. I eagerly welcomed the heat,  Ashique and the kids, not so much…moving from 6 degrees to 30 was a shock to the system for everyone!

We have been enjoying our friend’s lovely 9th floor apartment in the Ashoke area, just off Sukhumvit Road. The apartment is very spacious, verandahs all around with  lovely views of the city. We loved seeing the sunbirds collecting nectar from the flowers on the Verandah, and hearing the melodious cuckoos.



Best part of the place is the large Swimming pool outside! We make good use of this everyday, I haven’t swam in an outside pool for so long (only in the sea, lake and river) but not a pool 🙂 We have been doing this twice a day, once in the morning and once in the evening to cool off from the heat.


20150305_110248What else have we been upto the past 3 days we have been here?

To be honest the days have become a blur – our lives had been at such a frantic pace just before leaving, packing, finishing up work, farewell parties, saying goodbye to our life in England for 10 years…we got to Bangkok dazed and are still dealing with the jetlag, heat, and mosquitoes. The kids miss their friends and teachers at school and keep talking about them. I don’t think it has really hit us that we have left England (for good), it still feels more like a holiday and I think it will hit more when we are settling down in New Zealand.

We have been taking it really easy and not rushing to see all the major attractions. We haven’t done any serious sightseeing yet – Grand Palace and Floating Markets are on our list. We will also head off to one of the islands in a few days.  Mostly it’s been about lounging around the apartment, short walks around the area getting from the apartment to the hospital, swimming, spending time with our friends and their adorable baby at the Hospital (hospitals here are like Hotels by the way) and it’s been all about EATING big time!

20150305_133336Gorging in delicious Thai Food from the night we arrived, all throughout the day and then some more in the evenings. Papaya salads, Morning Glory, Pad Thai, chicken and rice dishes and so much more! Kids have been loving all the juices, as well as several of the food dishes. They are not picky eaters and are happy to try most things, they are just not fans of spicy food, and it has been easy enough to request their food be made non spicy.



20150305_133345We loved trying out random food from the street vendors – we had all kinds of juices, meat on sticks and fruits. Kids loved watching this one street vendor make lemonade and described it to me so enthusiastically (boiling water, lots of sugar, lemon and tons of ice.) I am glad to see them enjoying the new things they are experiencing despite the fact that they are struggling with the heat, constantly scratching their mosquito bites and being jetlagged! We have all been practicing new Thai phrases we learnt, I always enjoy this aspect of travelling when we visit new places. Visiting supermarkets has been fun, everything is so different and interesting. We have found everyone here so far to be very friendly and polite, always smiling.



Kids wanted to try Pitahaya (Dragon Fruit) and this other fruit that I don’t know name of.

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Having different juices from the street vendors


Thai Iced Tea


Pad Thai at Yolos

We went to Soi 38,  a well-known night streetfood market, last night. Not sure what to compare it to here as have only been to one, but Ashique and I were a bit disappointed as we had recently been to night markets in Beijing and then in Marrakech. The atmosphere was so buzzing and filled with energy in those places and they were quite big, long rows of food stalls, lot of different kind of food items. Soi 38 was quite small (in comparison) and it was quite chilled out. The food we had was good though, was very cheap and tasty. One stall was particularly successful with Ashique and the kids – Daniel Thaiger Burger Food Truck Shahaar says it was the best burger he ever had, he could have it for breakfast, lunch and dinner! There were several popular dishes to choose from, but I ended up having a simple noodles dish with vegetables and seafood.  The best item was the mango and sticky rice stall, so very very good, I could have this several times a day!


Noodles with Seafood and Greens

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Best burger ever – according to shahaar

IMG-20150307-WA0005 IMG-20150307-WA0015Writing this post has started my craving for more Thai food now 🙂 Need to wake the rest of my sleeping still jet lagged family so we can head out on our 4th day in Bangkok, ready to explore and eat our way through the city.



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  • Kat says: March 7, 2015 at 10:47 am

    Hi there! You’re right about Soi 38, I was disappointed about it when I went there last year. Else, food there is delicious and cheap. Glad that you’re enjoying your time in Bangkok, taking it easy. Have fun!


  • 2foodtrippers says: March 7, 2015 at 3:50 pm

    I loved the food in Bangkok. In fact, I could be happy eating pad thai and drinking fruit shakes every day. I can’t wait to see what you eat next!

  • travelandothertales says: March 7, 2015 at 6:28 pm

    Just came across your blog and indeed is a lovely one. I just returned from a two week thailand trip.. Just one word of advice.. Head to the grand palace as early as possible in the morning as later it gets super hot and makes one lose interest in the place.

    • samselim says: March 8, 2015 at 4:13 pm

      Thanks for that useful piece of information! We do plan to visit grand palace in the next week or so once over jetlag and can wake up early…We went to Wat pho yesterday quite late around 3pm and found it nicer in the evening hours with less people and temperature was cooling down. But that stays open till 6. Wish grand palace didn’t close at 330!

  • Amila says: March 7, 2015 at 10:10 pm

    beautiful photos and all these food look delicious.Seems you all had a great time there.

  • Crystal (My Hindi Heart) says: March 7, 2015 at 10:51 pm

    You have such a beautiful and blessed family. Everything looks delicious. Sticky Mango Rice is my favorite! I’m just impressed your whole family travels – I’d love if my future could look like that.
    What a beautiful experience. ♥

    • samselim says: March 8, 2015 at 4:11 pm

      Thanks so much for the lovely feedback and comments Crystal 🙂 I do enjoy the mango sticky rice dessert so!

  • cvail says: March 8, 2015 at 3:52 pm

    I would love to be eating that food too…I love Bangkok.

  • Alli Blair says: March 8, 2015 at 4:50 pm

    Looks like you all had a fabulous time! I enjoyed my time in Bangkok greatly, especially taste testing all these different food options! 🙂

  • travelnwrite says: March 8, 2015 at 5:03 pm

    We will be in Bankok a month from now and will go try out Soi 38 – thanks for the tips!

    • samselim says: March 8, 2015 at 5:53 pm

      Great! In a months time hopefully we will have lot more tips and travel adventures to share 🙂

  • PowerCoupleLife says: March 8, 2015 at 5:12 pm

    The Thai tea, Boba, and pad Thai made my mouth water! I hope you have an amazing adventure and I look forward to following it!

    • samselim says: March 8, 2015 at 5:51 pm

      Thanks 🙂 We are so enjoying the food here!

  • RamblinLove (@RamblinLove) says: March 8, 2015 at 10:28 pm

    Ugh! I’m drooling!

  • lesvoyagesdumonde says: March 8, 2015 at 11:49 pm

    So, when can I try all of this deliciousness?? Never been to Bangkok but will have to give a majority of these a try. I definitely live to eat!

  • Melodie K says: March 9, 2015 at 3:29 am

    Those chunks of mango atop one of the fruit drinks look so good! Thanks for telling us where to find Shahaar’s favorite burger for ourselves!

  • Constance - Foreign Sanctuary says: March 11, 2015 at 3:14 am

    This post reminded me of all my food adventures in Thailand! Luckily, I found a hole-in-the-wall Thai restaurant near where I live that serves authentic Thai cuisine at pretty cheap prices!!

    • samselim says: March 11, 2015 at 5:18 am

      That’s great that you found one right where you live! we had one like that in England, was wonderful 🙂

  • Anda says: March 12, 2015 at 3:21 am

    I’ve never been in Bangkok, but I LOVE Thai food. We have a few excellent Thai restaurants here, in Los Angeles, and we visit them quite often. I’d be very curious to see how they compare to the food they serve in Bangkok.

  • marghenick says: March 21, 2015 at 6:52 pm

    This post is making me soooo hungry! I love how happy your kids look, traveling must be their real element! The mango shake your son was having looks the best of them all!

    • samselim says: March 22, 2015 at 7:43 am

      Thanks 🙂 We so loved the food in Thailand! just arrived in Auckland today and ready to explore food here now!

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