This path will take you through one of the oldest sections of Bangkok where time-honored treats still tickle the taste buds.
Tanao Road is a storied area first built in 1863 during the reign of King Rama IV. It was once known as the place to buy powder make-up, perfumes,
scented oils, and gold. Today you can see the October 14 monument at the end of the road, dedicated to those who perished in the 1973 people’s uprise against a brutal dictatorship.
Turn left, then right, near the October 14 monument is a wonderful dessert shop, Choo Tin. Here, you can sample all sorts of old-fashioned Thai sweets, like Khanom Chan (layer sweets) and Woon Kati Bai Toei (young coconut with pandanus). There is also a famous
shop, Kor Panich, which offers delectable mango and sticky rice.
Sam Praeng is actually trans translates to three-way intersection. Here, Praeng Phuthorn, Praeng Nara and Praeng Sappasart intersect.
Within the remaining two-storey
shophouses near Praeng Phuthorn are some shops worth mentioning, serving simple yet delectable dishes.
|Niyom Pochana is famous for its crispy red pork on rice, while right next door is an unnamed
restaurant that is known for delicious beef meatballs and noodle soup. Adjacent to these locations, Nutthaporn Ice Cream Shop serves old-fashioned Thai-style ice cream, with coconut and fresh milk the most popular flavors.
Head to the last stop, Khaosan
road, which is actually a small street about three blocks long. Backpackers and budget
tourists are drawn here by inexpensive accommodations, and it is a popular way point for travel throughout Thailand and Southeast Asia.
Along the road, budget eaters can fill up on cheap and tasty grub: omelet with rice, Phad Thai, and stir fried noodles for only 10-20THB a serving.
Fans of Thai food are aware of the spicy soup, Tom Yum Kung, and the restaurant named after it on the far end of Khaosan road. Popular with both tourists
and locals, this charming, low-key eatery has both inside and outdoor dining in a private courtyard.
A lesser known gem is Tae Meng Hong, an unassuming, time-worn shophouse restaurant
where the specialty is Khao Kha Moo, or stewed pork on rice.
To top off your gourmet adventures,
stop at one of the many fruit carts along Khaosan road, and pick up some healthy and refreshing fruits, including pineapple, papaya, guava, and green mango served with sweet fish sauce.