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The 10 Michelin Star Street Food Stalls in Bangkok

As Good as it Gets: The 10 Michelin Star Street Food Stalls in Bangkok

As if the food scene in Thailand wasn’t good enough already, Michelin have been to town and have handed out Thailand’s first Michelin star for street food. They also acknowledged multiple other street food stalls that stand out from the rest for quality and taste, and that’s quite an accolade in a city where delicious food is on every corner!

If you’d like to sample the best that Bangkok has to offer then read on for the 10 street food stalls in Bangkok that have received the Michelin Guide seal of approval. Best of all, street food is home to many Thai dishes you can’t find back home!

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Raan Ja Fai – One Michelin Star

The only street stall to receive a coveted star threatened to give it back after they became too popular, and couldn’t keep up with demand! ‘Sister Mole’ runs the place and is easy to spot by her trademark goggles that she wears to cook. She turns out delicious Thai classics like Tom Yum Goong, Drunken Noodles and Crab Omelettes night after night to critical acclaim. With dishes ranging from $12 up to $36 it’s not cheap, but Michelin sure thinks it’s worth the money!

Location: 327 Mahachai Road, intersection with Samranrat Road

Hours of Operation: 3pm – 2am Mon to Sat, closed Sunday

Phone: 02 223 9384

Jeh O Chula 

This down to earth place serves a banging Tom Yum, and the queues are always out the door. Expect to wait up to 2 hours if it’s really busy! The noodles are also recommended and the prices are reasonable, with dishes starting from $4 and not topping $10 anywhere on the menu. 

Location: Banthat Thong Road, 113 Charat Muang Road, Pathumwan, 10330

Hours of Operation: 5:30pm – 2am

Phone: 064 118 5888

Chakki 

This is the place to come for a huge plate of well-cooked noodles. The specialities are Beef Horfun and Wanton Noodles, and the customer has the choice of the type of noodle that goes into the dish. Pick flat noodles when you’re hungry and rice noodles for a lighter snack. Prices start from a reasonable $4, although some dishes are a bit pricey compared to similar places. 

Location: 1/35 Ratchawithi Road, Khwaeng Thanon Phaya Thai, Khet Ratchathewi, Maha Nakhon 10400

Hours of Operation: 11am – 3pm except closed first Monday of the month

Phone: 02 245 0849

Yentafo Convent 

Specialising in pink noodle soup, or Yen Tao Fo, this is a straight-forward place serving good food at very low prices. Pick from a traditional Yen Tao Fo or a slightly plainer minced pork version, and add crunchy vegetables for a fresh twist.  

Location: 36/3 Convent Road, Silom, Bang Rak, 10500

Hours of Operation: 7am – 5pm Mon – Fri; 7am – 3pm Sat & Sun

Sanguan Sri

Locals and visitors love this hole-in-the-wall place. Pretentious it isn’t, but delicious it is. Modern cafes pay a lot of money to look this ‘vintage’ but Sanguan Sri has managed it just by not moderning since the 1970’s! Prices start at around $7 and the menu rotates around Thai favorites like green curry and chicken massaman. 

Location: 59/1 Witthayu Road, Pathum Wan, 10330

Hours of Operation: 10am – 3pm Mon – Sat, closed Sun

Phone: 02 251 9378

Ann Guay Tiew Kua Gai

Anyone who’s been to Malaysia will find the fried chicken noodles served at Ann Guay Tiew Kua familiar. The difference here is that they add in bonus extras like cuttlefish and squid, and there’s air con! Hallelujah. The runny egg sat on top of all their dishes adds a little bonus flavor. 

Location: 419 Luang Road, Pom Prap Sattru Phai, 10100

Hours of Operation: 4pm – 1am daily

Phone: 02 621 5199

Thip Samai Pad Thai

Thailand’s favorite dish, pad thai, is done to perfection here. Expect to wait a little at busy times but don’t worry, the fresh and spicy flavors of the cooking will erase those memories as soon as you sit down! Located just outside Chinatown, the kitchen is out front so you can get excited in advance seeing your dish being prepared.  

Location: 313 Maha Chai Road, Samran Rat, Phra Nakhon, 10200

Hours of Operation: 5:30pm – 1:30am daily

Phone: 02 221 6280

Polo Fried Chicken

Forget KFC and the rest, this is fried chicken as it’s meant to be eaten. Hot, crunchy, peppery and fresh, the chicken served up at Polo is a delight sat on top of a mound of sticky rice with a bowl of som tam alongside. It’s popular for good reason, with half a chicken starting from $4. 

Location: 137/1-3 Soi polo, Thanon Withayu, Wireless Road, Lumphini

Hours of Operation: 7am – 8:30pm daily

Phone: 02 655 8489

Sanyod

For a bit of Chinese flair, check out Sanyod with its top-rated roast duck specials. This place is run by a Cantonese immigrant family who spotted an opportunity to bring a little bit of Peking to the tropics, and the result is a wonderful fusion of Thai-Chinese flavors. The signature dish is chargrilled roast duck with a sticky, sweet sauce which is well worth the few dollars it costs.  

Location: 89 Khet Bang Rak, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10500

Hours of Operation: 10am – 9pm daily

Phone: 02 234 7968

Go Ang Pratunam Chicken Rice

Our last Michelin-mentioned eatery is Go Ang Pratunam Chicken Rice, which serves exactly what it sounds like! Unctuous pieces of roasted chicken are dished up on big steaming piles of fluffy white rice. This Hainanese dish has become popular across South-east Asia and this is a great rendition, with cucumber slices, chicken soup and a sticky glaze served alongside. 

Location: Poonam Market, 960-962 Phetchaburi Road, Soi 30, Pratunam

Hours of Operation: 5:30am – 3pm and 5pm – 3am daily

Phone: 081 779 7255

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Michelin star street food stalls in Bangkok are worth it.

In a country of such great food, these places really stand out as authentic examples of great Thai cuisine. The guys at Michelin know what they’re talking about, so hit a few of these restaurants and fall in love with the food of this amazing country all over again!

When you’re not stuffing your faces with delicious Thai food, consider some of the many Bangkok tours that are female friendly and safe!

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The Best (and Safest) Bangkok Tours for Solo Girls (Sept 2019)

Bangkok is full of tourist traps disguised as day tours

From “floating markets” that take you to a canal with literally 3 boats selling touristy shit to “private bus tours” that drop you off at Bangkok’s public bus terminal for you to fend for yourself…many popular Bangkok tour companies are actually just greedy assholes.

So Many Day Tours in Bangkok…

〤 Don’t give a shit about your safety
〤 Are only in it for fast money
〤 Don’t care that they have 1.2 stars on Google or TripAdvisor

The good news? It’s SO easy to avoid those nasty tours and experiences by taking 5 minutes to choose a reputable tour ahead of time….and that’s what we’re doing here & now.

The Best Bangkok Tours for Solo Girls…

✶ Are offered by reputable companies who LIVE to provide amazing experiences
✶ Are run by hosts or tour guides who love what they do
✶ Are created to connect YOU with Thai culture
✶ And some even offer the chance to meet other travelers from around the world

And to make things even simpler – I’m going to show you the ONLY two tour companies in Bangkok that you need to get a total culture, food, and fun balance.

PS. I receive absolutely ZERO commission from these tours. I’m telling you about them because this is the way that I travel and explore the world as a solo female traveler.

#1 – AirBnb Experiences in Bangkok

Psst. Sign up to Airbnb using this link and get $15 off experiences + $40 off accommodation. 

The best thing about Airbnb Experiences is this: Each tour is HONESTLY reviewed by unbiased guests who have taken these tours. Unlike TripAdvisor where companies hire their friends to leave fake reviews (it’s a rampant problem, don’t trust TripAdvisor blindly) – Airbnb Experience Reviews immediately show you which tours are worth your time.

The tours are easy to book before you travel. Some are private for a personal experience. Some are in a group giving you the chance to make new friends.

Best Bangkok Food Tours on Airbnb

Cycle and Snack through Hidden Bangkok: Burn your calories while you stuff your face via an active food tour through the back streets of Bangkok.

Street Food 101 in Local Bangkok: Your host, Dwight, is a foodie legend in Bangkok who will take you on an epic food tour Bangkok’s best markets and street stalls.

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Best Bangkok Culture Tours on Airbnb

Bangkok Boat Tour – Living Along the Canal: See how locals live by exploring local life along the canals in a longtail boat, hidden local temples and when the tides are right, through a small floating market.

Cook a Thai Feast: The Courageous Kitchen is a non-profit cooking school here in Thailand inspiring marginalized youth through the power of food! Shop at a local market then back to the kitchen for a Thai cooking class!

Cooking Class

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Best Bangkok Tours for Solo Travelers on Airbnb

Sukhumvit Bar Crawl with Petz: Want to explore Bangkok’s nightlife with rooftop bars and fancy cocktails, but don’t want to do it alone? This is that.

Bangkok Tour + Photographer: The least touristy tour there ever was through hidden alleys and local temples…plus a professional photography session for the gram.

Airbnb Tour

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#2 – Bangkok Urban Adventures

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Guaranteed, the most professionally executed tours in Bangkok to make you feel safe, special, and treated like a travel princess…all while learning 5 days-worth of Thailand culture in one balanced day of adventure.

The tour guides from Bangkok Urban Adventures are locals who can give you a unique insight into Bangkok culture, history, and food.

The Best Bangkok Tours Offered by Bangkok Urban Adventures

Bangkok’s Chinatown Sights & Bites: One of my faves! Take a guided tour through “old Bangkok” while eating authentic Bangkok street food and visiting ancient temples.

Temple & River of Kings: The ultimate Bangkok tour and one of the best temple tours in Bangkok! See the Grand Palace, The Reclining Buddha, and experience a long tail boat on the river with a super friendly Thai guide!

Bangkok by Bike: Get off the beaten tourist path as you cycle through Bangkok’s back streets, visiting temples and passing smiling locals who are happily surprised to see you!

Tuk Tuk Experience: The best way to sightsee throughout Bangkok without having to walk in the heat for hours at a time.

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Can’t decide which Bangkok day tour to take?

Lemme help ya. 

To see the best of Bangkok in one day…

take the Bangkok Temples and River of Kings Tour.

It’s one of the top tours in Bangkok, especially for solo travelers. 

You get temples, boats, and an authentic peek into day-to-day Bangkok life – all from a local English-speaking Thai guide.

This tour offers a calm break from the bustling city with a peaceful long tail boat ride through the Choa Phraya River canals, enjoy the beauty of the statues, murals, and Emerald Buddha at the Grand Palace, and marvel at the size of the Reclining Buddha at Wat Pho!

Wat Pho

Here is what to expect on this unforgettable Bangkok Temple Tour, plus some tips on how to get the most out of the day!

 

Meet your tour guide at 8:30 am at the lobby of Nouvo City Hotel, 2 Samsen Rd, Soi 2

Plan to leave the hotel by 8:45 am, after a friendly briefing, and walk to the pier to hop in a riverboat!

 

How to get to Nouvo City Hotel in Bangkok:

Option 1: Take the BTS to Phaya Thai or Ratchathewi Station (26 – 44 Baht), then hop on a motorbike (80 baht/person) taxi or order a GrabTaxi from the BTS to Nouvo City Hotel.

Option 2: Order a GrabCar from Khao San Road to Nouvo City Hotel (about 80 Baht)

 

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Part 1: River of Kings Canal Tour

A quick walk from the hotel will take you to Santi Chai Prakan Park, home of the Phra Sumen Fort. Here you will board a colorful long-tail boat in Bangkok’s the Chao River! This river is used as a highway for Bangkokians headed to work and into the city to play…as many locals live along the canals.

You’ll pass residential life through narrow channels where you can see Thai-style houses on stilts, temples, and locals. You’ll then visit a small floating market, all from the comfort of your boat!

You’ll also make a quick stop to buy a loaf of bread (10 baht) to feed the massive catfish that rise up from the depths of the river. 

  • Canal Tour: About 1 hour
  • The Thai longtail boat is covered to protect you from the sun, but it’s still important to wear sunscreen and drink lots of water!
  • Look for Thai locals fishing from the docks and try to spot some monitor lizards.

Part 2: The Grand Palace

Grand Palace

Your longtail boat will arrive Chao Phraya River Port where you’ll disembark and start your Bangkok walking tour! To exit the pier, you’ll walk through an old local market built on wooden stilts over the river. This is a great spot to grab a water (or beer), buy some postcards and of course, use the bathroom!

Once outside, you’ll start your journey to the opulent Grand Palace – formerly home to King Rama I – King Rama V, and is now used to host royal ceremonies and guests!

  •  Walk from port to Grand Palace: 10 minutes
  •  The Grand Palace Tour: 1.5 hours
  •  Drink at the market: 10 – 20 baht / Restroom: 5 baht (10 baht if you need tissue)
  •  Visit Wat Phra Kaew, which is regarded as one of the most important Buddhist temples in Thailand and see the Emerald Buddha, carved from a single block of jade. *Must remove shoes*
  •  Take a rest at the Golden Place to get coffee and snacks (30 – 100 baht), where the food has been grown by local Thai farmers to be sold at the shop

Part 3: Wat Pho

Wat Pho

You’ve got to see it to believe it. Photos will never do this 46-meter long reclining Buddha justice! Wat Pho is the only Buddha of this size, covered in pure gold leaf with the mother-of-pearl illustrations decorating Buddha’s feet.

Purchase a bowl of coins at the entrance of the temple (20 baht), dropping them into the 108 bronze bowls along the walls – making a wish with each drop.

Outside, You’ll wander into the 4 chapels with over 300 golden Buddha images and see lines of Buddha statues from other parts of Thailand. Stop at the small museum just inside to view the model of Wat Pho, (softly) hit the ancient gong, see the prayer area, and place gold leaf on the Buddha statues.

  •   Walk from Grand Palace to Wat Pho: 10 minutes
  •   Fruit from street vendors: 20 – 40 baht / Drink at Cafe: 45 – 65 baht
  •   Wat Pho Tour: 1.5 hours

The tour will finish after Wat Pho. Stay and get a massage at the temple (which was also Thailand’s first public university, now known as a center for traditional massage and medicine) or allow your guide to direct you back on track towards your hotel. 

OR if you’re hungry, head to Baan ThaTien Cafe and try the green curry (60 – 80 baht) and the Thai tea with lime (60 baht).

Best Travel Tips for the Bangkok Temple Tour:

    • Wear sunscreen
    • Stay hydrated! Bring a collapsible water bottle and fill up at the temples
    • Dress Modestly: No bare shoulders, tank tops, or short shorts. If you prefer to wear shorts & tank tops on your adventure day, that’s okay – wraps can be rented from the Grand Palace right when you enter.
      • Dress requirements to enter the Grand Palace are very strict. Please ensure your clothes cover your shoulders and waist (scarves or shawls worn over sleeveless tops are not permitted). Trousers must be ankle-length, and skirts below the knee. Please do not wear ripped, torn or see-through clothes or items that are very tight fitting such as yoga pants or leggings. Loose, lightweight, long clothing is both respectful and cool in the predominantly hot and humid Bangkok climate. -BANGKOK URBAN ADVENTURES

    • Be prepared to take off your shoes before entering the temples
    • Wear supportive walking sandals!
    • Bring a bag that’s comfortable to carry all day.
    • Remember flushable tissue for the restrooms (not provided in many Thai restrooms)
    • Ask your Thai tour guide for food recommendations in the area!

Total Cost: Around $80 USD – Cost includes boat ride and tickets for temples. Bring extra cash for drinks and food plus, transportation to and from the tour!

Total Tour Time: 4 – 5 hours

 

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Hua Lamphong Train Station in Bangkok

How to Take the Sleeper Train from Bangkok to Chiang Mai

This is the Ultimate Guide on How to Take the Overnight Train from Bangkok to Chiang Mai.

 

Also known as

The best adult sleepover you will ever attend.

There are snacks. Friends. Warm blankets. Adventure bathrooms. Soothing rocking train beds.

The train to Chaing Mai is a full ½ day journey which is cheaper than flying and it saves you spending money on 1-night’s accommodation.

BARGAIN.

Pack a water. Put on your comfy pants. The cozy train is waiting!

Step 1: Book your Ticket

Stupid Inside Scoop: Travel agencies take advantage of a really nonsensical system and buy up all the tickets weeks in advance.

Translation: You can’t just go to the train station and buy a ticket when you’re ready to travel.

Instead, you must buy a ticket on 12Go.Asia at least 1 WEEK IN ADVANCE during a normal week in Thailand or 2-3 WEEKS IN ADVANCE during big travel weeks like Songkran or Christmas.

The best train from Bangkok to Chiang Mai IS…

  • Train #9 leaving Bangkok Train Station (Hua Lamphong Station) at 6.10pm
  • Arrives in Chiang Mai at 7.15am
  • Purchase a Second-Class Car Ticket
  • BOTTOM bunk for ultimate comfort
  • There’s also a “ladies only car” if you prefer

Don’t worry if you can only book a top bunk in the first-class car, you’re going to survive. You’ll just be a bit cold so bring a sweater.

Here’s what a train ticket looks like!

The train’s last stop is Chiang Mai (written in the top box on the right).

The passenger (Hey @jessicatamara86) is going to Ayutthaya (written in the center top box).

Step 2: Pick up your Ticket

The 12Go.Asia office is located right across from the train station.

To get, take the underground MRT and get off at Hua Lamphong Station.

Take Exit 3 

Walk straight for 30 meters, and you’ll see a sign for the 12Go.Asia office on the left.

Go inside, hand em’ your passport and they’ll give you a physical ticket.

The office is open every day 10am – 8pm.

If you have a train outside these hours, pick up your ticket the day before.

Got all that?

Step 3: Dinner & Snacks

Across from Hua Lamphong, there is a row of restaurants next to a 7-Eleven.

You want to have a full belly when you get on the train. Go to 511 Café for some classic Thai food served by the most wonderful staff!

Eat dinner and have a beer with a wonderful view of Hua Lamphong train station right across the street. Head over to the train 35 minutes before departure. BUT FIRST! You need snacks, water, and breakfast (at least, I need breakfast).

Order a fried rice or Pad Thai or chocolate pancake that you can easily take on the train and eat on a shaky car.

Then go to 7-Eleven and grab a BIG water, and maybe some M&Ms, bag of chips, and peanuts.

Step 4: Head to the Train / Sleepover Adventure

Go into the train station lobby and walk through the main hall. You’ll see the entrance for the trains.

Welcome to Train Paradise.

It actually smells really nice in here…

There will be a sign that CLEARLY says “Chaing Mai” so no need to get overwhelmed.

However, just to simmer my paranoias – I always ask a train official (hanging out somewhere) to look at my ticket and confirm that I’m getting on the right train.

Step 5: Find your spot

When you get on the train, all of the beds will actually still be chairs. 

1st class car

Train #9

2nd class train

Train #13

Find your chair with your number on it and have a seat.

Settle in and put your bag down in one of the bag racks. Don’t worry. Your bag is safe.

In a couple of hours, a train worker will come by and assemble your bed!!!! The blankets are usually still warm! 

Important Things to Know

  • There are bathrooms in between cars. They are usually squatty toilets too – so now peeing is like a carnival game! Can you get your pee in the hole?!?!?
  • Some trains have snack cars! They have omelets, peanuts, and soda.
  • Ladies will come through the cars with a breakfast menu, in case you’ve forgotten to bring food. You can sign up for food the night before and it will be served to you later. There’s only one option and its meh.
  • Alcohol is not allowed on the train

Step 5:  Wake Up Sleepy Head

About 45 minutes before you arrive in Chaing Mai, the train workers will come through and wake ya’ll up. The beds will be made back into chairs.

Chiang Mai is the last stop on the train, so don’t worry – it’s impossible to miss your stop!

Step 6:  Arrive in Chiang Mai

The Chaing Mai train station is small. Walk your lil butt on outta there. You’ll be greeted by lots of taxi drivers and Songtheaw (collective truck taxis) drivers.

The train station is located about 3km outside the city center, making for a smooth journey to your hotel.

To get to your hotel

Option 1: Public Transport

Songthaew: 50 baht (although, they might push you to 80 baht). You’ll pile in the back of a truck, tell the driver your location and they’ll drive around town dropping people off one-by-one. Sometimes the drivers get lazy and drop you off in the general area. I say, nooooo to that. Don’t get out until you see your hotel. Get your money’s worth, boo.

Tuk Tuk: 150 baht directly to your hotel (plus a fun drive)

Taxi: 200 baht with air conditioning! Best for big luggage.

Option 2: Grab Taxi

Important: Grab Taxi drivers are not welcome in the Train Station territory, so you’re going to have to be stealth. To get in a Grab Taxi without drawing attention to what you’re going, cross the street and go to a local café before you call your Grab to avoid conflict. Try to be out of sight of the train station.

How Much: 80-200 baht depending on your hotel’s location

Easy, right?


Here are a collection of Thailand Train Photos, in case Chiang Mai isn’t where you’re going!

 

This fancy-ass train (Train #9) has this super helpful sign.

 

Here are what some first-class train cars look like on Train #9 & Train #7

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Things to keep in mind if you choose the first class cars…

✗  You’ll be in closed quarters with a stranger if you’re traveling solo.

✗  You won’t get to watch the views from your bed (like you do in the 2nd class bottom bunk).

For these reasons, I always choose 2nd class for the open layout and sense of comfort.

 

That’s it!

Don’t forget to tag me in your train journey photos

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