W hen most people think of Thailand one of the first things that come to mind it the food. Oh yeah… and the beaches.. and the women! But lets get back to the food! Thai  food is some of the best food in the world. There is literally thousands of restaurants, holes in the walls and hawker stalls serving up some of the most amazing Thai street food you have ever tried.

 

A woman preparing Papaya for som tam

A woman preparing Papaya for som tam

 

After a totally relaxing and fun filled week in Langkawi, Malaysia, we hopped the border by boat in to Thailand and found ourselves on the island of Ko Lipe. If you ever get a chance to go there, the surrounding islands and lime stone cliffs are stunning! We met a few Swiss girls on the way who were pretty stunning as well! But wait a second… we were there for the food. And what better place to try authentic Thai food than in the heart of the country, Bangkok!

Clayton trying food at the floating markets.

Clayton trying food at the floating markets

After a long and tiresome over night bus trip, we finally arrived in Bangkok. We have been to Bangkok many times before but for some reason the more I go, the more I keep falling in love with it! One of the coolest things about Bangkok is that you can get anything you want, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Yes I am still talking about the food, street food in particular!

thai foodThai desserts hanging in Ko Kret, Bangkok.squid eggs

 

After many hours of research, we had a list of street food markets and popular hawker stalls in the city that we were going to check out. But there is just so much shit on the internet that it is really hard to find exactly what you are looking for. That’s where Arm came in. Arm was a friend of Lyndon’s that he met in Thailand a few months before. Arm was born and raised in Bangkok and knew all the ins and the outs of the food scene in the city. He took us to some places that we would never find in a million years! Down an alleyway, through a steel door, up the stairs, around the corner to literally a hole in the wall with THE best food I have ever had in my life. And you know the sad thing about it? I don’t even know the name of the place and I would never be able to find my way back there again. Sorry guys! You will have to find your own tour guide! But seriously he was awesome. Because we were visitors to his country, he wouldn’t allow us to pay for a single meal. He out right refused our money and took us out several times to places just like this one. Thai people are some of the most hospitable people in the world! And Arm proved that to me.

Fresh fruit drinks

Fresh fruit drinks

So the number 1 rule that I learned from travelling, is get out of the comfort zone of your shitty hostel and backpacker infested areas, head out and explore the city, meet locals and make new friends.

We only planned to stay a week in Bangkok but ended up staying 3! In this video you only see a handful of places we went to and recipes we learned. In reality we cooked at dozens of street food stalls and learned dozens of recipes including tom yum soup, pad thai, som tam (green papaya salad), and many more. Which brings me to my next project that I am going to be working on. I am planning to do this all again but this time I will post up in depth videos, photos and recipes of all the most authentic Thai street food recipes that I can find. So stay tuned!

 

Chad Klyne

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World travellers, Chefs and television personalities. Without Borders take food, travel and adventure and make short videos that has been turned in to a television series called Chefs Run Wild.

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