From Bangkok food tours to cooking traditional Thai dishes to dining with a view, check out these must-see Thai dining experiences in Bangkok. We are back from Thailand, and I cannot believe how amazing the trip was. I knew our vacation would be unique because a) it was a country I had wanted to visit for a long time, and b) it was a real vacation. It was time to recharge our batteries, do what we want when we want, indulge as much as possible, and be R-E-L-A-X. You know what? We have done all that and more!
There will be many more blogs from our time in Thailand (yes, even if it is not a business trip, I have a lot of personal tips and photos to share with you!). However, first I wanted to share some of my favourites – Dining experiences in Bangkok. We ended our trip in the capital and used it extensively for five days. We toured the Grand Palace, ate copious amounts of street food, got soaked during the Songkran celebrations, and saw many sides of the city.
Dinner and Tuk-Tuk Adventure
This was my first trip to Bangkok, and I thought this tour would be a great introduction to a city that many tourists find entirely overwhelming. We got on a private Expique tuk-tuk, and Guide Lek showed us some great local spots around the city. From the 24/7 markets and small street stalls to the bustling Chinatown and sidewalk restaurants, it was a great way to immerse yourself in Bangkok’s rich culture fully. The most important thing I enjoyed was that I tried LOTS of things I would not have dared to do if I was exploring Bangkok alone. The Thai stew was one of the most delicious dishes of the evening – fresh, flavorful and full of spice, and you could add whatever ingredients you wanted to the bubbly broth and create your unique concoction.
Cooking with Poo
Having spent a few weeks in Thailand, I was reasonably familiar with the staples of the country’s cuisine. Delicious flavour profiles with spicy, sweet and sour all combined, tons of fresh veggies and herbs and irresistible scents to boot. When we arrived in Bangkok, I looked forward to learning to cook some of the dishes I had been feasting on.
First things first: Poo is the name of the owner of this cooking school. He knows how funny “cooking with poop” sounds and has built a small empire out of it (he even has a bestselling Thai cookbook)! Oh, and she is also one of the most inspirational women I have met in my travels.
The Banyan Tree Bangkok
At the top of the luxurious Banyan Tree Hotel (on the 61st floor!) are the Moon Bar and Vertigo Restaurant. We timed our visit to watch the sunset at the bar before enjoying the sea of twinkling lights over dinner. There are many sky bars in Bangkok, but this one has one of the best downtown views.
We started with cocktails at the Moon Bar. I sipped on a passion fruit mojito while Macca enjoyed her first Bloody Mary in weeks. The view from the bar is impressive, and although it gets busy now, we can still find seats. The main course was a strip of steak with potatoes and vegetables. I could not believe it when the waiter came with the red wine, and he was from Viña Montes, a winery Macca, and I visited after a few months of dating in Chile’s Colchagua Valley. It felt so special to see a bottle after the engagement!
We will end the meal with a Calvados mousse and enjoy the city skyline one last time. I hope you have enjoyed reading about my favourite dining experiences in Bangkok. I did not have time, but I am going to Bangkok for brunch if you get the chance. Some great places serve super beautiful and delicious dishes!