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Bangkok is home to numerous excellent restaurants catering to various budget ranges. To uncover the finest affordable dining options in the city, it is advisable to concentrate on local Thai establishments. Here, you can explore the top ten must-try budget-friendly eateries in Bangkok.

1. Thip Sa Mai


Thip Samai, a renowned Thai restaurant in Bangkok, may receive criticism from some who argue that there are superior places to indulge in pad thai within the city. Nevertheless, it undeniably attracts a devoted following thanks to its blend of flavorful, affordably priced dishes, and a vibrant ambiance. Anticipate lengthy queues forming as early as 6 pm, with customers lining up outside the establishment every evening.

Address: 313 315 Maha Chai Rd, Samran Rat, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok 10200, Thailand
Hours: Mon, Wed-Sun (9 AM – 12 AM)

2. Pe Aor Tomyum Kung Noodle


If you’re a tom yum soup enthusiast, Pe Aor in Bangkok is the ultimate destination. The eatery boasts an extensive menu featuring over 20 variations of tom yum soup, all brimming with a diverse array of seafood, including mussels, prawns, lobster, and squid. Opt for the Tom Yum Gang for a shareable delight or indulge in the opulent and delectable Lobster in Love for an exceptional Thai seafood soup experience.

Address: 8 51 Phetchaburi Rd, Thung Phaya Thai, Ratchathewi, Bangkok 10400, Thailand

3. Jeh O Chula


Discover one of Bangkok’s finest tom yum noodle experiences at Jay Oh Chula, where crowds patiently gather, waiting for hours to indulge in a bowl of this renowned dish. Guests can relish a delightful assortment of culinary delights, featuring a generous serving of the iconic tom yum noodles, a Thai-style shrimp omelet, crispy pork belly, and stir-fried morning glory. This feast allows patrons to savor an array of the best dishes all in one sitting.

Address: 113 ซอย จรัสเมือง Rong Muang, Pathum Wan, Bangkok 10330, Thailand
Hours: Daily (4.30 PM – 12 AM)

4. Wattana Panich

 

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The base broth for stewing the beef at Wattana Panich has aged for a remarkable 60 years. Take a moment to contemplate the depth of flavor and richness that have developed over such a lengthy simmering process. If you require additional persuasion regarding why Wattana Panich boasts the finest beef noodle soup in town, consider the irresistibly tender beef that practically dissolves in your mouth, compelling you to savor every last morsel in your bowl.

Address: 336 338 Ekkamai Rd, Khlong Tan Nuea, Watthana, Bangkok 10110, Thailand
Hours: Daily (9 AM – 7.30 PM)

5. Pad Thai Fai Ta Lu


Pad Thai Fai Ta Lu, another Michelin-listed pad Thai establishment in Bangkok, proudly features Berkshire pork, diced into small portions and stir-fried in its rendered fat. This process imparts a rich and smoky flavor even before blending with tamarind juice. The regular pad Thai is priced at ฿100, but we recommend trying the pad Thai fai ta lu moo hob, available at ฿220.

Address: 115/5 Dinso Rd, Wat Bowon Niwet, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok 10200, Thailand
Hours: Daily (10 AM – 12 AM)

6. Ten Suns


Another recipient of the Michelin Bib Gourmand is Ten Suns, situated not too far from Khao San Road. This family-operated culinary establishment is renowned for its heartwarming braised beef soup, offered at a budget-friendly price of just ฿140 per bowl. While it may not possess overwhelming richness, viscosity, or pungency, the soup is imbued with delightful flavors. Each sip delivers an umami explosion without leaving any lingering aftertaste or a greasy residue on the palate. It maintains a clean and light profile yet remains profoundly comforting and satisfying.

Address: Wisut Kasat, Bang Khun Phrom, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok 10200, Thailand
Hours: Tue-Sat (9 AM – 4 PM) and Sun (9 AM – 5 PM)

7. Go Ang Pratunam Chicken Rice


If you plan on spending a day shopping in Pratunam, make sure to visit Go Ang Pratunam Chicken before indulging in your retail therapy. While individual portions are available, if you’re dining with a group, consider opting for their sharing options, which are priced at ฿70 for regular servings and ฿140 for larger cuts.

Address: 962 Phetchaburi Rd, Makkasan, Ratchathewi, Bangkok 10400, Thailand
Hours: Daily (6 AM – 2 PM & 3 PM – 10 PM)

8. Kuang Heng Chicken

 

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Kuang Heng Chicken, located in Pratunam, is another highly acclaimed chicken establishment often considered a rival to Go Ang Chicken in the area. Although it may not boast a Michelin award, we found their Hainanese chicken more to our liking compared to Go Ang. Furthermore, their pork and chicken satay are quite popular, priced at ฿80 for 10 sticks – a mere ฿8 per stick. Each order includes peanut sauce, vinegar, and a small plate of cucumber, onions, and chili peppers.

Address: 930 Phetchaburi Rd, Makkasan, Phaya Thai, Bangkok 10400, Thailand
Hours: Daily (6 AM – 12 AM)

9. Bamee Kon Sae Lee

 

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When it comes to budget-friendly dining options in Bangkok, noodle restaurants are a reliable choice as these bowls of noodles, whether with or without soup, are consistently affordable. However, there is a notable distinction between an ordinary noodle shop and a renowned establishment like Bamee Kon Sae Lee. Much like many eateries featured in this article, Bamee Kon Sae Lee is a family-operated venture with a longstanding history that spans several decades.

Address: 1081 Sukhumvit Rd, แขวง วัฒนา Watthana, Bangkok 10110, Thailand
Hours: Daily (6.30 AM – 11 PM)

10. Klang Soi


Klang Soi represents a unique Thai dining experience, frequented by locals who bring their parents and grandparents for a special family meal. Setting it apart from typical local eateries, Klang Soi offers exceptionally flavorful Thai cuisine. On weekends, expect to witness well-dressed families enjoying quality time together, and savoring delicious Thai dishes. Among the delightful menu options, the Pad Ped Pla Duk (priced at 165 THB) stands out—a delectable catfish red curry featuring Thai eggplant.

Address: 12, 1 Sukhumvit 49/9 Alley, Khwaeng Khlong Tan Nuea, Watthana, Bangkok 10110, Thailand
Hours: Tue-Sun (10.30 AM – 2.30 PM & 5 PM – 8.30 PM)

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