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1. Posted by Tittle12 (Budding Member 17 posts) 8y

Hi everyone!

On my way to Australia i am having a week stop over in Bangkok Thaliand.

I have a concern, so if anyones been can you let me know.

I am quite a fussy eater, not rediculously so, but its still a worry. What is the food like in Thailand? (ive been warned by a nurse to not eat any street food) Are there fast food chains like there is evrywhere else ive ever been!? lol.

Also is anything written in English or is it not the most tourist friendly place??

Many thanks xxx

2. Posted by mac1234 (Full Member 110 posts) 8y

very tourist friendly, lots of kfc, mcdonalds, bk, subway etc etc... the street food is lovely by the way and i wouldnt worry too much about eating it! it would be a shame to go to thailand and not eat the local food imo.

3. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3720 posts) 8y

there's loads of different types of food available in Bangkok so you should have no problem finding something that meets your needs, and yes there is Macdonalds, subway etc.

the street food is normally fine - i ate it all over asia with no problems. As its piping hot and freshly cooked in front of you it's unlikely to contain much bacteria - you are more likely to encounter problems eating food from, say, a buffet in a posh hotel which has been standing around all day collecting bacteria. and the street food is so cheap - around 25baht for a pad thai!

also delicious is the fresh fruit off the streets - cheap and healthy.

4. Posted by Degolasse (Travel Guru 823 posts) 8y

I'll echo everyone else and say that yes, you can get whatever fast food you want in Bangkok. You can also go to restaurants that cater to tourists and order sandwiches, burgers, spaghetti, tex-mex, pizza, fries.....you name it.

But really, going to Thailand without trying the local food? That's just wrong. In my opinion Thai cuisine is the very best on the planet, and for many, myself included, its THE highlight of the country. Maybe start with something simple, like Phad Thai (noodle dish), move on to some stir fried veggie/meat dishes, and work your way up to the more spicy and flavor intensive curries. Many tourist restaurants will have menus with pictures and explanations of spice levels etc.. and it's a good place to try new dishes. And the street food...I could live for months just on street food in Bangkok. Don't be scared of it, if you can see them cooking it, then it's usually safe to eat.

5. Posted by stoneman (Respected Member 216 posts) 8y

I agree with previous posters. When in Bangkok as well as Asia generally I tend to steer myself toward streetstalls doing a good turnover of business as I feel this gives additional insurance that the food will be fresh. As long as my food comes out of a large cooking pot I'm happy. You won't get a cheaper meal. Generally fruit is protected from flies etc. I wouldn't buy it otherwise. Don't ignore restaurants as the dishes will probably be cheaper than fast food joints and taste a whole lot better apart from the cultural experience. Again, I tend to eat at establishments doing a roaring trade. If the locals eat there you know it's good.

6. Posted by opospa (Travel Guru 1837 posts) 8y

I agree with Degolasse. You can find McD, KFC, Pizza almost everywhere. Going to Thailand without trying Thai food is such a waste. Street food are excellent! Dont worry about it. Eating street food is the best way you try out some local thai cooking. They are cheap as well. Head down to Chinatown at night to try various food especially mixture of Thai and Chinese food.

7. Posted by Tittle12 (Budding Member 17 posts) 8y

Wo thankyou everyone for all the help!

Ok...ok i'll be brave and eat some new food! :) hehe. Seriously though i am looking forward to it and i would be disappointed with myself if i went and only ate 'western' food.

I will only be there for a week untill i have to go to Sydney. Can anyon give me a few un-missable sights so i can plan my journey to get the most out of the short time im going to have.

Thanks again for all the helpful responses,

8. Posted by Degolasse (Travel Guru 823 posts) 8y

I would say with only a week don't stray too far from Bangkok. There's enough in Bangkok to spent a couple days there. Don't miss the Grand Palace and Wat Pho. There's also some markets (can't remember names) that are worth checking out. Though it's pretty touristy, the floating markets also make for an interesting day trip from Bangkok.
You can also do worse than spending a couple days in Kanchanaburi. It's a nice riverside town where you can get a floating hotel on the river. There's also (touristy) jungle/elephant hikes and stuff that you can do from Kanchanaburi if you want a little adventure. And finally, Ayatthya is an ancient capital and historical sight full of temples and ruins and well worth a visit if you are interested in some Thai history. It's an hour or two North of Bangkok and easily reached as a day trip or overnight visit.

9. Posted by bwiiian (Travel Guru 768 posts) 8y

If you are really worried about eating the street food but you want to try Thai food then try eating in Thai restaurants. They are obviously more expensive but still very cheap if you look around. Also when I was in Bangkok one of the street vendors took me into his little "kitchen" and showed me his food was fresh and cooked in fresh oil right in front of me so I knew it was ok. I didnt ask to see it but I expect he knew that some foreigners are put off by street food because of hygiene. Just be careful and look around and see if things are being fried in old brown oil or clean oil, if things just dont look right then move on to the next place. If lots of locals are eating from there then it is usually a good bet that it is ok.

10. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 1653 posts) 8y

Quoting Tittle12

Hi everyone!

On my way to Australia i am having a week stop over in Bangkok Thaliand.

I have a concern, so if anyones been can you let me know.

I am quite a fussy eater, not rediculously so, but its still a worry. What is the food like in Thailand? (ive been warned by a nurse to not eat any street food) Are there fast food chains like there is evrywhere else ive ever been!? lol.

Also is anything written in English or is it not the most tourist friendly place??

Many thanks xxx

You can also find restaurants in supermarkets like Tops and Foodland that have Asian and Western foods at good prices. When you don't know what to eat you can always do okay with fried rice! I rarely eat off street vendors except for certain places that I know. My belief is that if the street vendor has no place to wash his hands after he goes to the bathroom or picks his ### I don't want him handling my food! I am not to hot for food that has been lying in the dust, dirt, heat and fly poop for hours at a time! I do eat Thai food in many restaurants though!

Good luck.