Local Traditional Restaurants in Bangkok

Thai food is one of the most popular cuisines on the planet it seems. If you like spicy, then it should definitely be high on your list. However, the range of foods is enormous and there are plenty of dishes that won't put some heat on your tongue. For the uninitiated, the foodie world of Bangkok might be a little intimidating or at least overwhelming. Where to begin? What's the name of what I'm looking at? For those who have had Thai food at home, and even some of the Bangkok regular travelers, there is always another dish you haven't heard of or tried.

So NileGuide wants to help you out. Here's a roundup of the Best Places to Eat Like a Local in Bangkok. And as the locals are not exactly dining at the Four Seasons every night, these are also going to be some of cheapest places to eat in Bangkok. From outdoor food courts to family-style restaurants off the beaten path, this list covers some good ground to get you started. Pad Thai? Som Tam? They're here. But it's time to go way past the greatest hits and eat Thai food with the locals.

On Nut Market

Sukhumvit Road, between Sois 79 and 81

Bustling open-air market with food and beer gardens...
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Poisien or Pumpkin Lady

Soi Ratchawithi 6, Boonme Building

Extremely popular local food for travelers in the know...
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Hai Som Tam

2/4-5 Soi Convent, Silom Rd

The Best Place for Som Tam in Bangkok...
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Thip Samai Pad Thai (Pad Thai Pratoopee)

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313 Mahachai Road, Phra Nakorn

Best Pad Thai in Bangkok...
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Soi 38 Night Market (Thonglor)

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Sukhumvit Soi 38

Outstanding little collection of night-time street food carts and no-name restaurants...
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Paka Krong

100 Narathivasrachanakarin Road Sathorn

Excellent local Thai food...
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Yaowarat Road
Sampanthawong District

See (and taste) the Chinese influence on Bangkok...
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Huay Kwang Night Market

Pracha Rat Bamphen

Off the beaten path very late night market...
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Sky High Restaurant

14,16 6 Building, Ratchadamnurn Rd. (Opposite the Government Lottery Office)

Good Thai Restaurant with Western Breakfast...
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Klang Soi Restaurant

2 Sukhumvit Soi 49/7

A homestyle Thai restaurant popular with locals...
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