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Bangkok, Thailand…I have fallen in love with this city.

I have always wanted to travel to Thailand. Thai food is my favorite in the world, the beaches look incredible, there are ancient ruins all over the place, and to top it off, you can get up close with elephants.

Our introduction to Thailand came with a stay in Bangkok. This city was exactly what I was expecting and more…cosmopolitan, modern, filled with world class sights, and friendly people. But this city stole my heart with its street food on every corner. Eating truly was an adventure here, one of our highlights of our tour around the world.

Street Food in Bangkok

Chatuchak Food Stand

We have seen plenty of street food so far, particularly in India and Myanmar. For the most part, we avoided the open air food stands. Sanitary practices were very questionable in India and the idea of eating food sold in the dusty, dirty streets was not at all appetizing. In Myanmar, Tyler spent a day sick with food poisoning from the milk at breakfast so we weren’t feeling very comfortable experimenting with the food there either.

And then comes Bangkok.

Pad Thai

Our first night in the city we walked past food stall after food stall all lining the city sidewalks. People were eating all sorts of food, 90% which I did not recognize. We saw fried noodles, fried rice, meats, veggies, crabs, eggs, desserts, and it all smelled delicious. Many people were sitting at small folding tables, sitting on plastic stools, eating their dinner. These food joints took over the sidewalks, making it very difficult to walk, but it was wild seeing what everyone was eating.

My mother, Kathy, and my brother, Thomas, were staying in Bangkok with us. For several days we toured the city, seeing the main attractions, but it was the street food that was the highlight. As we got more comfortable experimenting with new foods (without getting sick) the street food almost became an addiction. By our last day here, it was the only thing that Tim and I wanted to eat. Why go to some fancy restaurant and pay way too much money for overpriced food?

We started off safe, eating fried dough filled with potatoes, cabbage, and taro, as well as steamed corn and pad thai. Everything was so cheap and so good. For $1 -$2 a person can eat a good sized lunch here. The six of us shared the food while sitting under Bangkok’s Sky Train down by the river. I never thought I’d be eating street food pad thai with my brother and mother in Bangkok, Thailand. It was so fun!!

Bangkok Street Food

Making Pad Thai

Eating Street Food Bangkok

TJ in Bangkok

As we walked through the city we passed many more food stands. Some of the time the food was unrecognizable. Other times it looked so unique that we just had to give it a try. At one such food stand we ordered these “little tacos” which tasted nothing like Mexican food. These were dessert and oh, so good. Hot off the griddle we ate thin wafers of cookies filled with meringue. This was one of my favorites in Bangkok.

Cooking Street Food Bangkok

Eating Bangkok

Scorpions on Khao San Road

The most fun came with our tour of Khao San Road. We bar hopped our way down the street but what was most exciting was snack time…


TJ, Tim, and I each bought a scorpion on a stick. I felt like I was on Fear Factor…honestly I was very apprehensive about taking that first bite. The scorpion was fried and very scary looking.  TJ and I each ate a claw…it was crunchy, tasted a little like bacon, and was so much better than we were expecting. Mom and Kara each ate the other claw. The body of the scorpion was meatier, tasting like liver. Tim inhaled his whole scorpion in just three bites.

Later that day, when I brushed my teeth, I still had tiny pieces of scorpion shell stuck in between my teeth!

Eating Scorpions

Eating a scorpion

Tim Rivenbark

Eating Scorpions 2

Here is Mom, Tyler, and Kara, on Khao San Road.

Mom Tyler Kara in Bangkok


Khao San Road

Khao San Road


Our food tour did not end here. We ate fried quail eggs, assorted types of sausages, chicken and fish, different types of noodles, and other desserts as well. Most of it was good, although some of it was terrible. I wish I knew the names of the things we ate, but everything was written in Thai and the the language barrier made communicating difficult.

Street Food Thailand

Ordering Street Food Bangkok

Garlic Bread in Bangkok

Quail Eggs

Coconut ice cream


Chinatown, Bangkok

If you like the street food in Bangkok then you can’t miss Chinatown. Touring the streets here and sampling the foods is a must do activity in Bangkok. It was here that we drank fresh pomegranate juice, ate spring rolls and donuts, and had our dinner cooked on the street by a frenchman.

Frenchman in Bangkok

Chinatown Bangkok

Pomegranate Juice


Our culinary tour did not end on the streets. There were plenty of fantastic and interesting foods to try in restaurants and even at our hotel. Check out this yogurt…instead of adding strawberries or blueberries there was yogurt containing corn and beans. I tried it; I am not a fan, but my Mom somehow ate it. I took one bite and that was more than enough for me.  I’d much rather eat a scorpion than yogurt with corn in it!

Thailand Yogurt


Bangkok with a Peanut Allergy

Tyler has a peanut allergy so eating in Thailand is an adventure for him, as well. Luckily for Tyler, there are plenty of fast food restaurants all throughout the city, so he got a pizza or cheeseburger while the rest of us enjoyed our Thai food. This way Tyler stayed safe but we could still eat what we wanted to.

For more on traveling with a peanut allergy, read: How to travel with peanut allergy and see the world.

Unexpectedly Awesome: German Food in Bangkok

Our favorite restaurant, surprisingly, was a German restaurant called “G’s Bangkok.”  I learned about this place on Trip Advisor. My brother was happy here with the large selection of German beers, Tyler ordered peanut free German food, and the rest of us could still have our Thai food.

We received a hearty welcome from the owner, Guido, who quickly convinced us that we should all order German food. The six of us ate the best German meal I have ever had, the beer was awesome, and Tyler loved it here. We spent hours here and loved every minute of it. Delicious!


German Beer in Bangkok

In Conclusion

Bangkok is an amazing city and is now one of my favorites in the world.  I would love to return someday just to continue my culinary tour and to go shopping (there are a lot of fantastic places for shopping, as well).

Tyler and Kara also loved Bangkok, not so much for the food but for the Christmas decorations all over the city. They have both been missing the Christmas holidays at home so seeing Bangkok with Christmas trees in the shop windows and lights all over the city have really buoyed Tyler’s and Kara’s spirits. It is almost Christmas and we will be in the prettiest place yet!

Where We Stayed in Bangkok

If you are a budget traveler and want to stay in a great place in the heart of Bangkok, take a look at the Urban House. This small homestay-style place offers basic rooms and very affordable prices. There is nothing fancy about the rooms, but they are clean, quiet, and the wifi works very well. They also offer a cheap laundry service and our clothes came back clean (that doesn’t happen everywhere, unfortunately). The Urban House is located in the Silom district of Bangkok, within walking distance of Lumphini Park, the Sky Train, and the metro.

More Information about Thailand

BANGKOK: For a list of top experiences, check out our article Best Things to Do in Bangkok.

AYUTTHAYA & SUKHOTHAI: These two ancient cities are important historical sites in Thailand. Learn how to visit them in our guide to Ayutthaya and Sukhothai.

CHIANG MAI: Going to Chiang Mai? Here are 10 must-have experiences to have in Chiang Mai.

CHIANG RAI: One of the best things to do in Chiang Rai is visiting the White Temple.

TRAVEL AROUND THE WORLD: Learn more how to plan a trip around the world in our Around the World Travel Guide. You can also read our 13 Month Around the World Itinerary and a recap about our around the world trip.


Planning a trip to Thailand? Read all of our articles in our Thailand Travel Guide.



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  1. Avatar for Tricia

    Hi! I’m hoping you can answer a Thailand question for me. I’m going to Bangkok, Surat Thani, Khao Sok, and Phuket for 10 days. I typically always order foreign currency from my bank prior to departure, but what I’m reading is telling me to exchange in the airport. What do you recommend for Thailand? I am with an organized group so my hotels and transfers are taken care of, but some of my food and souvenirs are not. I’m comfortable using my credit card whenever possible, but don’t know whether to bring USD to exchange in the airport (if so, how much) or get bhat before I leave (how much?!) and use my cc at other times.

    I love your blog! We’re heading to Vienna, Budapest and Bratislava in March with your suggestions in tow 🙂

    1. Avatar for Julie Post

      Hello Tricia. We don’t exchange currency since the conversion rate is so high. Instead, we withdraw the local currency from an ATM in the airport as soon as we arrive (all over the world). It’s a good idea to have some local currency to use in shops, some restaurants, and for tips, but we also use our credit cards whenever possible. Cheers, Julie

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    Hi: my husband just got a couple pairs of zip off pants. But the shorts do not over his knees, they hit him above the knees. Will this be a problem for him in getting into the temples and pagodas?

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      Yes, it could be a problem. Just carry the zipped-off portions with you in a small backpack or purse and he can put them on at the temple if he needs them. Cheers, Julie

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    Hi: what are the things called that look like small French toast pieces on a stick and what looks like sunny side up eggs in a bowl?

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      It was called the Urban House and it is located near Lumphini Park. It’s a small, budget hotel with just a few rooms. Very basic but we loved it here. The staff was very friendly, the place was quiet and provided breakfast, and we felt very at home here. Cheers, Julie

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      They surprisingly were pretty good. Honestly, I have no idea what happens with the venom. Maybe when the scorpions are fried the poison is neutralized. Anyway, we were totally fine…just had little bits of shell stuck in our teeth for the rest of the day!

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    Missy McNaney

    So glad Kathy and TJ was able to spend time with you, I’m sure it was a boost for all of you. The food looks fabulous. Will miss you very much at Christmas. What will we do without the Rivenbark bar? I’m sure Tim will come home with some new and exotic drinks to make for us.

    1. Avatar for Julie Post

      Yes, we will miss you all and Christmas at home as well. Although we have just arrived in paradise in Krabi, Thailand. The kids have been having the time of their lives snorkeling, swimming, rock climbing, and enjoying the beaches here. This came at a time when they really needed it…India was hard, Kara is still recovering, and they just needed to have some fun.

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