Street Food at Khao San Road Bangkok Thailand, the epicenter of all things bustling and street side in the city. A backpacker haven, endless stalls local food, drinks and parties that last through the night.
There’s a certain charm to Thailand – we find ourselves heading there every few years and come back wanting another trip again. This time around, we headed there with friends, for that much more madness. We indulged in some island hopping in Phuket, got a whiff of the walking street of Pattaya and soaked in temples, markets and curries in equal measure!
Bangkok to us begins with a trip to the backpacker haven that is Khao San Road, always bursting at the seams with hoards of young tourists, from tattoo parlours to bars, from stalls selling T-shirts with acutely inappropriate quotes, getting foot and head massages in lazy chairs in the street, all things chaotic, dodgy and eccentric all in a stretch of less than a kilometre! You can meet all kinds of people, eat, drink and make merry and generally have a ball.
My curiosity for the street, had me head there early. I sat and watched as local people came about, cleaned out their spot on the pavement, and slowly began to set up shop to cater to the throngs that would be headed to the street come nightfall. Street food vendors going about their food prep, dicing, peeling, chopping at lightning speed while in a continuous banter with people passing by amused me no end.
A portable market of sorts caught my eye. You can even spot people shopping for their fresh produce from vendors on a bicycle – just imagine a whole market on a bicycle, laden with fresh greens, mushrooms, spices and condiments all sold in little plastic packets. It is a sight that will stay with u forever.
A stall later I put that money to good use – pickled fruits! As a kid in India, this was a summer time staple so we were mighty pleased to eat raw mangoes with sugar and chilli spice, licking fingers like we used to. It barely took one packet to make us look like a bunch of 4year olds.
I’ve eaten many a fancy Pad Thai, but the taste and flair you can find on the street for probably 1/10th the price is hard to beat – loaded with crunchy sprouts, specks of fried eggs, nutty crunch, prawns, chicken and chilli flakes (which you can easily ask them to avoid if you don’t have the appetite for it). Its beauty lies in its ability to customise your paper bowl of pad thai to exactly how you’d like it.
So with a few buckets of mojitos we partied the night away, as will you when at Khao San, long into the wee hours of the morning.
Location: Khao San Road, Banglamphu area of Phra Nakhon District, Bangkok