Finding good food and company in Bangkok, Thailand

Finding good food and company in Bangkok, Thailand

Adoration 4 Adventure’s recommendations for finding good food and company in Bangkok, Thailand.

There are two things that we all crave when arriving at a new destination – great food and good company. This can sometimes be difficult to find, especially if you are not familiar with the area and don’t have local contacts.

Well now there is a solution for travelers (or even locals) who are looking for a delicious meal and an opportunity to connect with others. BonAppetour is a community marketplace that connects diners with home chefs for an authentic dining experience.

Currently there are hosts in over forty countries across the world. When planning a trip you can search for a city and find a home dining experience that suits your tastes. Each listing includes details about the dining experience, menu, location and host to help you make an informed decision.

During my recent trip to Bangkok, I decided to try a Thai cooking class and meal through BonAppetour. This was a great option for me, as I was traveling solo and didn’t know anyone in the city. What followed was a fun filled afternoon of laughter, fun and delicious food.

Read on if you are looking for where to eat in Bangkok or in other destinations around the world.

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Finding good food

Fresh and quality produce are essential to a great meal. Luckily the locals usually know where to go to get the best fruit and vegetables. Some BonAppetour dining experiences, like my cooking class with Bangkok Thai Cooking Academy, even include a market tour.

After arriving at our meeting point, our host, Air, led the group into a nearby market. He guided us to specific stalls pointing out the produce that would be used in our meals. Our host was very passionate and knowledgeable about Thai cuisine. Sharing his culinary wisdom, Air told us what to look for in certain vegetables and what could be used as alternatives if we couldn’t find them in our home cities.

Fresh produce, Bangkok, Thailand

Meals are better shared

One of my favorite parts of this dining experience was getting to know the other diners and our host. Our group was made up of six lovely ladies (myself included) with four from the Philippines and one from Sweden. The host was Thai born and had lived in Australia during his teenage years. It was so interesting to hear everyone’s backgrounds and stories while cooking and eating together. From the first moment that I arrived, I felt very welcomed and comfortable.

Bangkok Thai Cooking Academy, Thailand

Our dinner was green curry chicken, pomelo salad, hot & sour prawn soup (Tom Yum Goong) and chicken satay with peanut sauce. BonAppetour hosts will often have a set menu, which may change from day to day, so be sure to check the menu section before booking your experience.

The food at was incredible and plentiful. In fact, I could barely eat half of the four meals put in front me. Fortunately, our host provided us with bags if we wanted to take our leftovers for later. I am a big curry fan, so the Thai Green Curry was the stand out dish for me. Going around the table, it seemed like everyone had a different favorite depending on their tastes.

At the end of the day, the group departed full of smiles and warm bellies. I was happy to have had such a nice experience during my trip to Bangkok.

Eating my Thai food at Bangkok Cooking Academy


BonAppetour

Do you want to enjoy great food and connect with locals? BonAppetour provides the opportunity to “dine at homes around the world”.

And if there isn’t a host in a city near you, you can also sign up to become a host and home chef.

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Top 7 things to do in Bangkok, Thailand

Top 7 things to do in Bangkok, Thailand

Adoration 4 Adventure’s top 7 things to do in and around Bangkok, Thailand.

Thailand is a magnet for travelers from all around the world, with stunning beaches, grandiose temples and exotic wildlife. Known as the “land of the smiles”, tourists feel at home in a country where English is commonplace along with westernized hotels, restaurant chains and bars at a fraction of western prices.

The “backpacking trail” is well-worn and most travelers will fly into Bangkok before heading to the north in search of dense forests and adventure sports or the south for its tranquil beaches and crazy full moon parties. Bangkok itself is a world-city brimming with culture and vibrancy – worth at least a week of your itinerary.

Here are my personal recommendations for the top things to do in and around Bangkok.

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7. Khao San Road, Bangkok

The reputation of Khao San Road precedes itself – featured in famous songs, travel guides and raging bachelor party trips. It is notoriously known as a “backpacker ghetto” teeming with tourists drinking Singha beer and buying knock off merchandise from street side market stalls.

Personally, I love Khao San Road and would recommend for all travelers to Bangkok to visit at least once. The alleyways surrounding Khao San will keep you amused for hours, browsing through the stalls or even just pulling up a chair at a street side bar to watch the city pass by.

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6. Lebua Hotel Sky Bar

Featured in the film, “The Hangover II”, Lebua Hotel provides one of the best views of Bangkok from the world’s highest rooftop bar, the Sky Bar (820 feet high). Be sure to trade your flip-flops for something a bit more flash and be prepared to shell out for at least one fancy cocktail in exchange for this incredible view.

Lebua Hotel Sky Bar. Photo credit - Lebua Hotel Sky Bar

Photo credit: Lebua Hotel Sky Bar

5. The Bridge on the River Kwai

Located two hours’ drive west from Bangkok, in Kanchanaburi, the Bridge on the River Kwai is any train lover or history buff’s dream come true. Take a scenic and enjoyable train ride on “Death Railway” by organizing a day trip from Bangkok. Or even better, spend a few days in Kanchanaburi and check out Elephant Nature Park while you are there.

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4. Elephant Nature Park

Elephant Nature Park is an animal sanctuary and rescue center with locations in Thailand and Cambodia, including recent projects starting up in Kanchanaburi.

Here you can admire rescued elephants from a respectable distance without the inhumane chains or riding. There are opportunities to visit and volunteer for this amazing organization that is making a real change to the animal tourism culture in Thailand.

Through education and awareness, more tourists are choosing to not ride on the back of an elephant to avoid supporting an industry of animal cruelty. Elephant Nature Park provides a sustainable and kind alternative to get to know these beautiful creatures, including the unforgettable experience of feeding and bathing them.

Elephant Nature Park

3. Wat Arun

Also known as Wat Chaeng and “The Temple of the Dawn”, Wat Arun is located on the Chao Praya River. Visitors can climb up a steep staircase to capture awe-inspiring views of the city and riverway.

It is worth noting that when visiting temples in South East Asia, strict dress codes are often enforced requiring shoulders and legs to be covered.

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2. Wat Pho

After exploring Wat Arun, catch a water taxi across to Wat Pho or the “Temple of the Reclining Buddha”. A golden Buddha so large that it is difficult to capture in one photo.

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1. The Grand Palace

A palace fit for royalty, the Grand Palace complex contains dazzling temples and regal architecture. Although teaming with tourists, this is one attraction that is worth pushing through the crowds for.

The Grand Palace, Bangkok


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