If you’re going to Bangkok on a backpacker’s budget you’ll want to know where the best cheap restaurants in Bangkok are. Below we’ve mentioned some of the best cheap restaurants in Bangkok.
Bangkok has a plethora of dining opportunities from upscale Thai and international cuisine served at 5 star hotels to cheap food stalls that can be found on the side of the road. Some of the cheaper places to eat are also the most fun as you can soak up the atmosphere while eating. Cheap Thai food typically consists of fried rice with chicken, pork or prawns, or stir fried mixed vegetables. There are also plenty of cheap barbeque places around Bangkok not to mention the motorbike stalls that sell sweet pancakes.
Food courts in Bangkok
Practically every shopping mall in Bangkok has a food court which is a great place to get a cheap meal while doing some shopping. Usually located on the top floor, food courts have dozens of small stalls selling different types of food while there is a common seating area in the middle. Rather than paying for your food at the stall, however, you buy a food card for about 100- 200 Baht at the front desk and give that to the person working at the stall you buy your food from. Any unused credit can be refunded at the front desk before you leave. An average hot meal including a drink costs about 50 Baht here.
Cheap eating options on Khao San Road
Khao San Road is famous among backpackers for it’s cheap rooms and cheap eats. All along this road there are dozens of small stalls and restaurants lining the pavements where for less than 50 Baht you an pick up some fried rice, noodles, or even sweet banana pancakes.
Cheap restaurants at Suan Lum Night Bazaar in Bangkok
The Suan Lum Night Bazaar has a huge open air food court located at its centre. Like other food courts in shopping malls you pay for your meal with coupons that are bought at a front desk. Aside from the large variety of cheap food on sale there is usually a live band playing music on a central stage in the middle of the food court.
Cheap eating at Thong Lo in Bangkok
There is a large open air food court situated directly opposite the Thong Lo BTS stop in Bangkok. Here you can pick up all sorts of fresh seafood including oyster pancakes for less than 50 Baht.