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Phuket: Bangkok Food Tours: A tasty idea

Simon Ostheimer takes a calorie-filled walk through the capital with Bangkok Food Tours. Photos by Kiri Heald.

By Simon Ostheimer

Thursday 13 September 2012, 04:48PM

Like all great ideas, Bangkok Food Tours was started by a passion – for food and travelling.

When they were studying in the United States, Thai natives Chinawut Chinaprayoon, Kit Siraprapanurat, and Jan Phumchusri would frequently bring Thai dishes to a party, and introduce them to their new acquaintances from all over the world.

“Each time, our friends were interested not only in the taste of our food, but also the story that lay behind each dish,” says Chinaprayoon.

It was this experience that made them realise that, although elements of Thai food have become famous around the world, such as the ubiquitous pad Thai, green curry, and tom yum goong, there was a need for someone able to break the ice and help visitors to the Kingdom to get to know Thai food in a local, authentic, and fun way.

And so the trio established Bangkok Food Tours as a “means to showcase the true taste of Thai food, as well as the roots and cultural aspects of Thai cuisine,” says Chinaprayoon. Their ultimate goal is to have guests eat like a Thai while here.

So for the true Thai-food novice, what tour would they recommend? “Visitors new to Thai cuisine should definitely try our signature Historic Bangrak Food Tasting & Cultural Walking Tour,” says Chinaprayoon.

As he points out, despite being just steps away from many major hotels, the area is off the radar of most tourists. “On this tour, we take guests to sample authentic dishes from a variety of regions, with each restaurant visited run by the second, third, or even fourth generation. As well trying some amazing food, guests also learn how this fascinating neighbourhood has evolved.”

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The Historic Bangrak Food Tasting & Culture Tour costs B950 per person, children age 12 and under are B750. It takes around three hours, and is restricted to a maximum of 14 people. Tours take place no matter rain or shine. For more information on this and other tours, contact Bangkok Food Tours: 089 126 3657; bangkokfoodtours.com

Where to stay:

The Four Points by Sheraton Bangkok, Sukhumvit 15 is an up-scale Bangkok hotel with easy access to the capital’s business district and the city’s major shopping and entertainment areas.

The property is conveniently located in the heart of Bangkok just off the main Sukhumvit Road, and only 5 minutes walking distance from Asok Station, the interchange station for the city’s BTS skytrain and MRT subway.

The hotel’s current Sweet Escapes weekend special includes the following: complimentary breakfast for two, kids dine free, 3pm late checkout (subject to availability), and free internet. Rates are from B2,900++ for weekends stays from now until December 22, 2012. A minimum stay of 2 nights is required. Bookings must be made by September 30, 2012.

Four Points by Sheraton, Sukhumvit Soi 15, Bangkok; 02 309 3000; fourpoints.sukhumvit15@fourpoints.com; fourpoints.com/bangkoksukhumvit15

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