Chinatown would have to be one of my favourite places in Bangkok. Lucky for us, our hotel was located in the bustling heart of Chinatown and as soon as we walked out the foyer door it was a whole sensory overload in itself. The vastness of the main strip was not only overwhelming but so as the continuous sounds of the traffic, enticing smells of fresh streetfood being cooked every few metres and the not so nice smells that made you gag when you walked over sewer drains. (There were times I had to pinch my nose close!) The simple task of crossing the road identified itself as our first obstacle, with tuk tuks, taxis and buses coming out you at full speed with no time to think. Despite Thailand's absence of road rules and speed limits, we learned to just take a deep breath and cross whenever there was a considerable gap, hoping we don't get run over in the process. Time after time, we became more confident and crossing the road soon became less of a worry. (if you look at each of the on-coming drivers in the eye hehe)
The main strip also known as Yaowarat Road provided us all the essentials for a true Thai/Chinese experience - clean bottled water from Seven Eleven, medicine for unwell stomachs and cheap yet very delicious street food which was our favourite. On every path and down every alleyway there were street-side "restaurants" where meals were cooked on a trolley-like stand that had a single hot pot/wok run by gas. Customers were to eat their meals on cheap plastic stools and tables, sometimes so close to the traffic you could feel moving tuk tuks and cars drive by. A wide range of exotic fresh fruits and veges lined the neon lit sidewalks, if not packets of nuts, dried fruit and exotic preservatives.
We ate our first "streetside" meal at this busy seafood joint called T & K Seafood. Their staff wore lime green polos and directed their customers to quickly cleaned tables whenever there was a vacancy. We ordered snapper with lime, chili and garlic soup and deep fried crab pockets. My taste buds were in a frenzy as I tasted the snapper - WOWW!! What a kick it had. And for only 300 Baht (equivalent to $10 AUD) it wasn't the only time we ordered that dish. To wash it all down - a Singha beer and fresh coconut juice.
BANGKOK - I LOVE YOU!
Earlier today I launched my TOUCH OF THAI GIVEAWAY
If you haven't entered yet - well get to it! ;)