Cheap Eats in Bangkok: Food Courts
By Pavee Suvagondha
Thailand is famed for great cheap and tasty food. Most people might only think of getting Thai food from a local restaurant or getting some from a street vendor. However, the food court is a great way to explore local eats. There are many great food courts in Bangkok. Eating at a food court can be fun and you get to try many different things.They are also very reasonable. You can get a plate of food for about THB 60 ($2.00) to THB 90 ($3.00).
Finding food courts in Bangkok.
You can find many great, high quality, and reasonably priced food courts in Bangkok at most major department stores. Most vendors offer menus in English and photos of the food they are serving. Here are a few food courts I like in Bangkok.
- Siam Paragon Food Hall: It is located on the ground level of the mall outside the supermarket. Here you can find a variety of Thai and international cuisine from som tum (papaya salad) to pad Thai to Chinese noodles. Getting there by BTS (the sky train): you can walk into Siam Paragon directly from Siam station.
- CentralWorld Food Court: It is located on the 7th floor of the mall inside the main supermarket. You can enjoy a variety of food and drink from 19 different vendors. In the supermarket area, you will find more food vendors as well. Getting there by BTS: you can take either Siam or Chit Lom station and walk to CentralWorld. It is located between these two stations and there is an entrance from the elevated walkway.
- Amarin Plaza Food Court: It is located on the 4th floor of the mall. You will find more local folks eating here. Getting there by BTS: you can take either Siam or Chit Lom station and walk to Amarin. It is located between these two stations and there is an entrance from the elevated walkway.
- Emporium Food Court: It is located on the 5th floor of the mall.Emporium is the biggest shopping mall in the Sukhumvit area. Getting there by BTS: you can walk into the Emporium directly from Phrom Phong station.
Paying for your food.
In most food courts in Thailand, you cannot pay directly to the vendor. You will need to exchange your cash into a debit card at the cashier first. Once you get your debit card, you will use it to pay for your food and drink at the vendor.After you pay at each vendor, you will get a receipt showing the cost of your item(s) and the balance. Once you are done eating, you take the card back to the cashier to get the balance back.
When you are done eating.
Some places you can leave your plates on the table as someone will come and take them. Some places you will have to take your plates and trays to a collecting bin. To figure this out, just look around to see what others are doing. Have a fantastic time with your Thai food court experience.
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