Updated: April 2018
If this is your first visit to Bangkok, make sure you make this place a must visit. Thip Samai Pad Thai is touted as having the best pad thai in Bangkok by locals having come a long way since its opening in 1966.
Thip Samai is forever crowded. This picture was taken close to 1 am and you can see how popular this place is. They are open daily from 5pm to 2am.
They finally did a renovation of their restaurant last year and right now, it’s nice and clean. There’s also an air-conditioned section where you will have to pay 10 baht more.
They are still using the traditional charcoal for cooking their pad thai. This is how their best seller – “Superb Pad Thai” is prepared. After the pad thai noodles are ready, they are wrapped in a very thin layer of omelette. (See the video above)
After a long wait (standing and sitting), the famous pad thai is finally here!
There are many variations of Pad Thai here and if you don’t like Pad Thai, there is nothing else for you to eat here. Be assured that they use the best ingredients, ranging from dried shrimps, bean sprouts to fresh prawns to cook.
This is the “Original Pad Thai”.
Personally, I prefer the “Superb Pad Thai”.
Many prefer this to the Original Pad Thai. Why? The taste is different in terms of the way they cook and also the ingredients used. You just have to try it yourself!
Other than Pad Thai, their offering of drinks here is also good stuff! If you want to quench your thirst, get their Coconut Shaved Ice. It’s a sold out item so if you want to try, you have to be here early.
Else, just go for their famous Orange Juice with chunks of pulp. Shiokness.
To get here, you have to tell the taxi driver “Pratu Phi Pad Thai”. If you happen to be near the old town of Bangkok, Yaowarat (Chinatown) or Khao San road, it’s actually quite near to Thip Samai.
So is this really the best pad thai in Bangkok. Well, it’s subjective and I really urge you to come and try it for yourself! 🙂