Ree Ree Khaosan Restaurant

Great Thai food near Wat Arun

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What we say: 4 stars

This small, bright and accessible air-con restaurant a short walk from Wat Arun is the perfect place to rejuvenate after a morning of sightseeing.

It's named after a popular Thai children's game and has nothing to do with the notorious backpacker district across the river. An extensive menu can be a little difficult to navigate as the exclusively Thai dishes are poorly translated into English and also not transliterated, so a tom yum soup appears only as 'sour and spicy soup'.

With that said, everything we've tried has been excellent and not watered down for Western tastes. Noodles, stir-fries, curries, spicy salads, finger foods, whole fishes and Thai-style spaghetti plates are available and prices are reasonable -- 50 to 120 baht for most dishes.

Try the 'prawn salad spicy' (pla kuung), 'fried chicken wing with lemongrass', or 'steamed squid in hot and sour soup' (pla muk nuumanow). They also serve ice cold beer and offer free WiFi, so Ree Ree is worth a stop even if you're not hungry, as is the surrounding funky neighourhood.

To get here, walk west along the narrow road that flanks the northern wall of the Wat Arun complex, take a left at the end and Ree Ree Khaosan will be just around the corner on the right, a wee bit before Arun Ammarin Road.

Contact details
Wang Doerm Road, Thonburi, Bangkok
T: (084) 933 7222
Open: Mon-Sat 10:30-21:00
About the author
Usually found exploring Bangkok's side streets or south Thailand's islands, David Luekens is an American freelance writer & photographer who finds everyday life in Asia to be extraordinary. You can follow his travails here.

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