Le Méridien Bangkok

40/5 Surawong Road, Bangrak, Bangkok 10500 Thailand
+66 2 232 8888

Cultured is the Content

Eat, pray, explore. Bangkok’s bountiful street food scene is at its most local in nearby Silom, Charoen Krung and, especially, Chinatown (Yaowarat). Similar might be said of our nearest temple, a spiritually-charged shrine to Siva’s queen. Call it culture at its un-curated best and simply be thankful for it.

Bangkok's Street Food Scene

Sri Maha Mariamman Temple
Locally named Wat Maha Uma Devi or simply Wat Khaek, this is Bangkok’s most popular Hindu temple. The word “khaek" refers to people of Indian and Middle Eastern origins, or simply means “guest”. The temple was built in 1879 as a reminder of his South Indian culture and beliefs. The annual highlight is the 10-day Navratri Festival in September/October, concluding with the temple being bedecked with yellow flowers, garlands and candles, and the area blocked off for the procession.
Yaowarat Road (Chinatown)
With its warren of shophouse eateries, posh restaurants and street-side stalls, Bangkok’s Chinatown is a haven for food lovers, and not just Chinese food. From spicy, sweet ‘n’ sour Pad Kee Mow, to stir-fried noodles with basil leaves, to rich Massaman Curry, and the definitive Thai Chicken Rice, there’s something to transport every taste bud. Moreover, the colourful bustle makes for a perfect place to people watch. Don’t leave without dessert such as the famous Mango Sticky Rice.
Silom Street food
As Bangkok’s original central business district, Silom, the next road over from the hotel, boasts an extraordinary selection of restaurants and eateries. Stroll over to the Silom street food scene is particularly appetizing, both at lunch time when the office crowd must be fed and in the evening when socializing is uppermost in mind. Soi Convent, beside the BTS Sala Daeng station, is particularly renowned for its Thai specialties.
Charoen Krung Road
Another foodie temptress is Charoen Krung, the historic road running along the river. Again, there’s a rich mix of boutique restaurants, local eateries and casual street stalls to tempt you. Some freshly-made Som Tam, Thailand’s iconic green papaya salad, is a perfect entrée to the experience, with or without chillies. Vegetarians are also well catered-to with meat-free fried rice, noodle soup, and flavourful curries. Meander a stretch of the strip, grazing a diversity of courses and immersing in local colour.
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