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#2WeeksInBangkok – Day 1:
On Day 1 in this Bangkok travel and food guide video series we left our house in Bangkok, and checked into a hotel near Khao San Road in the Banglamphu area of Bangkok, and then had one of the most ridiculously creamy versions of tom yum goong (ต้มยำกุ้ง).
2:09 Lunch – Before doing anything, I had a quick lunch at home, cooked by my mother in law.
3:30 Leaving Home – After a quick lunch, we left our house, and to get to the Khao San Road are we took the BTS skytrain to National Stadium Station, then walked over to the Khlong Saen Saeb canal where we caught the Bangkok canal boat to Phanfa Leelard Pier, which is the final boat station. From there we walked over to Khao San Road, and to our hotel called Full House Khao San, and checked in.
7:31 Tom Yum Goong Banglamphu (ร้านต้มยำกุ้งบางลำพู) – After checking into our hotel, we were pretty hungry again, so we dropped our bags, and then headed off to go to a restaurant called Tom Yum Goong Banglamphu (ร้านต้มยำกุ้งบางลำพู ), it was my first time to eat here and the food was incredible. We ordered two Thai shrimp dishes including tom yum goong (ต้มยำกุ้ง) soup and pla goong (พล่ากุ้ง) which is a shrimp salad. The shrimp were incredibly good, so buttery and so rich and creamy. No sure if it’s the best tom yum goong in Bangkok, but it was definitely one of the best I’ve had and made it to my list of top tom yum in Bangkok. The pla goong (พล่ากุ้ง) was also delicious, nice and sour and spicy. Get more details here: http://www.eatingthaifood.com/2015/11…
13:44 Khao San Road and Rambuttri – After an excellent early dinner we headed off to walk around Khao San Road and the parallel Rambuttri, both of which are the center of backpacking tourism in Bangkok. There are many restaurants, bars, and hostels along the streets. We mostly just took a walk through, and then headed over to Phra Athit Road.
16:49 Park and Chao Phraya River, Suan Santichai (สวนสันติชัย) – After walking through Khao San Road, we headed to the Chao Phraya River, and enjoyed the view from Suan Santichai (สวนสันติชัย). We happen to arrive just as they were doing the evening aerobics, which is always interesting to see, and I also enjoyed the views of the Phra Sumen fort at night.
17:43 Roti Mataba (โรตีมะตะบะ) Restaurant – One of the long standing famous restaurants along Phra Athit road is Roti Mataba (โรตีมะตะบะ) Restaurant. I had been here years ago, so I was happy to eat here again. They specialize mainly in Halal Thai food, specifically curry and roti mataba (stuffed roti). Ying and I had the roti mataba pla (โรตีมะตะบะปลา), roti stuffed with fish, the gaeng kari pla (แกงกะหรี่ปลา), a type of Thai fish curry, and the kiew wan gai (เขียวหวานไก่), green chicken curry. The food overall was a bit on the sweet side, not my favorite, but alright. It was a good way to end a wonderful first day on this Bangkok trip!
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