This ‘unforgettable’ destination is officially a foodie paradise — and it might surprise you

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Thailand is so much more than partying (Picture: Getty Images/iStockphoto)

When you think about the world’s best restaurants, you probably imagine classic French food and experimental molecular cookery in Scandinavia.

But one popular holiday destination that’s home to some of the best eateries across the globe may just surprise you: Bangkok, Thailand.

Although the country is better known for its full moon parties than its fine dining, six of the World’s Best 100 Restaurants are located in Thailand’s capital — one more than haute cuisine hotspot Paris.

In at number nine, Gaggan was Bangkok’s highest entry on 2024’s list. Infusing Indian, French, Thai and Japanese influences, it aims to take diners on ‘a culinary adventure of the senses and a roller coaster ride of emotions’ with its theatrical 22-course menu of ‘progressive’ dishes.

Next up was Sühring (which holds two Michelin stars) at 23, a German-inspired ‘breath of fresh air’ in the energetic Thai city.

The menu features takes on popular European dishes like Leipziger Allerlei (with Brittany lobster, white asparagus, peas and morels) and a currywurst street food tribute served in a box complete with wooden fork.

The third Bangkok entry was Le Du, which has a Michelin star and placed at a respectable 40th in the annual rankings. Here, you’ll find Thai cuisine given a contemporary twist, from khao chae with jasmine-scented ice cream, pork pate, shrimp and pickled radish to grouper paired with prized ant eggs.

While there’s definitely merit in cheap eats from street food vendors, head chef Thitid ‘Ton’ Tassanakajohn wants people to see a different side of Bangkok’s food scene, commenting: ‘For a very long time, Thai ingredients have been underappreciated. At Le Du, we believe Thailand is one among the best places on earth for the finest ingredients.’

If stereotypes about rowdy backpackers and red light districts have put you off a trip to Bangkok, it’s worth reconsidering.

Not only is it officially a haven for foodies, it was described as a ‘feast for the senses’ by Lonely Planet and an ‘unforgettable’ destination by visitor Janettebystrom1 on Tripadvisor.

Another reviewer, JamesDhaka, wrote: ‘I have travelled to many big cities but Bangkok is my favourite: good value for money, people are friendly, great food, shopping, night life and safety, and the service you you get is world standard. Whether with family or alone, Bangkok is “THE” place.’

Must-try food and drink in Bangkok

If you’re a foodie visiting Bangkok, you’ll be spoilt for choice.

Its reputation for incredible, authentic street food makes it a perfect spot for trialling all sorts of dishes on a budget. Try the Bib Gourmand-recognised Sae Phun for moreish chicken stew and rice priced at just 65 baht (£1.39), or stuff yourself with award-winning wok-fried noodles and meats at Guay Tiew Khua Gai Suanmali for as little as 100 baht (£2.14).

The street food scene here is famed worldwide (Picture: Getty Images)

Jay Fai, which operates from a bare-bones shop on Maha Chai Road, is another Bangkok institution that many say is worth the long …read more

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