The Walking Bangkok Food Tour


Woke up today to something foreign, an alarm. I had somewhere to go, the Bangkok Food Tour to be exact. Through the powers of social media I came in contact with these fine people who started this business about a month ago. After some chit chat, I was scheduled in to tag along on one of their tours. It was a perfect fit as I’ve been writing lately about how I want to discover more of what Bangkok has to offer as I know it has a plethora of palate pleasing potential.

We met at 10AM in the oldest part of Bangkok, immediately I was intrigued. You’ll know I love “old town” in every town and care much less about anywhere else. The tour started on the first street ever made in Bangkok. It’s crazy how every city regardless of how large all started, well, somewhere? After that we went to a local duck vendor who is renown for his delicious duck. I used to hate duck, as I had it on an airplane once and it gave me problems and nightmares. Had it a few other times at gourmet restaurants (duck confit etc…) but that was it. I’m converted.

The flow of the tour was you go from location to location, usually an old well established generational family joint and then see a bit of the surrounding area as you go. I loved the food aspect and enjoyed visiting the wat and King Rama 5th monument. We also visited a church and a Hindu temple which I didn’t much care for. We’re in Bangkok a Buddhist country so it’s relevant and interesting, especially as we’re in old town and the wat is ~270+ years old.

I won’t go into detail about the other dishes except the papaya salad, as it would be a spoiler. We had several stops and it ranged from local diners to upscale restaurants owned by those with royal lineage. It was a really good mix of what’s out there. Regardless of it all, the duck was still my favorite, simple and delicious. We also made a stop in a place that used to be inhabited by a wealthy family, it turned into a hospital during WWII and in 1999 was converted in to a high end restaurant. The papaya salad we had there was great but I’ve been enjoying them for some time so it was nothing new, hence not my favorite.

This Bangkok Food Tours is about a month old. If I have any suggestions it would be to have 1-3 more small food stops and cut out the church and hindu temple. Also I was completely fascinated by the “old city” aspect. I’ve been in Bangkok 4-6 times now and didn’t even know about this part of town. I’m sure there are other interesting buildings or locations that could be incorporated into the walk on the way to other local delicacies.

Suffice to say, I had a fun time and would recommend this trip to anyone new to the area. That being said, I’ve been here a while and still enjoyed it so anyone really. It’s a cool alternative tour so I’m curious what it will be like in ~1-2 years as it becomes increasingly refined and most certainly popular. There was 2 guides and both of them spoke perfect English and were very helpful and personable.

I had a good morning, thanks for the tour!

Totally unrelated news, found a sweet 9 hole course off the BTS station but my excitement was quickly exhausted when I found out it was members only. Oh the benefits of actually living somewhere. Apart from that, they shut down the street that cuts Siam Discovery and MBK for the Royals as they left. It was a ~10 car caravan and really interesting to watch.

Tips hat,

P.S: Just got this photo in the mail, nice parting gift.

Bangkok Food Tour


  1. James Shannon

    April 18, 2011 at 9:02 am

    Probably beats the pants off the Tuscana Chicken I had last night at my Aunt’s 50th birthday dinner … was fairly good, but it doesn’t hold a candle to the flavourful herbs and spices of the East

    So much of the food back here in Canada derives its flavour from fat and salt, world of difference!

  2. Rob

    April 18, 2011 at 9:12 am

    I hear that. Also I noted today that when you go to street stalls, small family restaurants OR high end restaurants over here it’s all home made, with fresh ingredients. When you hit up mid range chains, it tastes processes and uninspired aka like 90% back home. I don’t miss Kelsey’s, Montana’s and most certainly not Denny’s!!

  3. JP

    April 18, 2011 at 3:52 pm

    that looks like a high quality..t-shirt logo made by a fine hat, digresses elsewhere!

    take care

    • Rob

      April 19, 2011 at 12:12 am

      The logo is priceless the shirt, a few bucks. Digressing here is always a great option, good sir.

  4. Alisha

    April 19, 2011 at 4:36 pm

    Just reading this made me so jealous! I am addicted to Thai food….so much so it is a bit scary. Can’t wait to head back that way to indulge my cravings with authentic Thai cuisine!

    • Rob

      April 19, 2011 at 9:50 pm

      Let’s get serious, there are WORSE addictions to have. I”m a fully on junky and ok with that.

  5. inka

    April 19, 2011 at 11:59 pm

    That tour sounbds like a great alternative to any other part of culture. Rewarding, relaxing and filling the stomach at the same time. I’m a great fan of Thai food, so if ever I make it there, I’ll bear that tour in mind. And thanks very much for your comment on my Athens post.

    • Rob

      April 20, 2011 at 12:16 am

      If you like Thai food, make it a mission to get here. You won’t regret it. Also Thailand is inexpensive so it’s an easy place to add to your list of things to do.

  6. Bean

    April 20, 2011 at 7:40 am

    Very interesting, wonderful intricate workmanship on that temple. Would enjoy going on that tour.
    Mr Bean.

  7. Cathy Sweeney

    April 20, 2011 at 2:37 pm

    Sounds like a great tour. I love visiting the old sections of cities — always fascinating to see so much history. Nice that there was a range of restaurants that you visited. Like your photos, too.

  8. Mark Wiens

    April 20, 2011 at 7:12 pm

    Dude, I know that duck man, Charoen Krung – Saphan Taksin? Tour looks like a lot of fun!

    • Rob

      April 21, 2011 at 8:15 am

      Bingo! Somehow I am not surprised. 😉

  9. jade

    April 21, 2011 at 2:33 am

    Looks delicious… the food is one reason why I have to get to Bangkok. I so missed out when my other friends traveled there… hopefully I’ll get there sooner rather than later.

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