Be My Guest
Is Thonburi Bangkok’s New Jersey? Venture across the Chao Phraya and see for yourself.
Thonburi does have a few comparisons to New Jersey: it’s across the river from the main city, its cheap and has a great view of downtown. The area is worth checking out. It’s home to many temples, floating markets, English teachers, museums and a snake farm (which is really a snake farm, not a male strip club – sorry ladies).
From the city, take the 3 baht Chao Phraya transfer boat from Si Phriya Pier and land a few meters from Be My Guest Bar and Restaurant, KohSpot’s pick for food and drinks in Thonburi.
On the waterfront, Be My Guest boasts good food, a nice river breeze and it’s close enough to the city to be reachable by public transport (BTS Saphan Taksin). The outdoor style permits smoking and the chilled out atmosphere permits some much needed R&R after a day of work.
The average price of a plate is around 100 baht, so feel free to order some crazy unpronounceable Thai dishes. If you can take the heat order the Tum Yum Goong soup (excellent). If not, just say “mai phet” and they will make it farang style (not spicy). The “pek guy tort” (chicken wings, in other words) is a big seller as well. Heineken is on draft and offered in towers; always a plus. Be My Guest always has promotions so be sure to ask the waiter.
The crowd is usually office working Thais grabbing dinner and drinks after work with friends mixed with a few adventurous farang from the Millennium Hilton checking out where the tunes are coming from. Speaking of tunes, the live band (Monday – Saturday) keeps the tempo low-key and relaxed supplementing the laid back river-life the restaurant exudes. They do play English songs (standard Maroon 5 covers) if the crowd is speckled with enough Farang-a-tangs.
Hey, it’s not so bad hanging with the “bridge & tunnel” crowd, or in this case the “BTS & boat” crowd, after all.
Be My Guest
Opens at 3pm closes at 12am
Address: 217 Charoennakron Plaza Charoennakron Road Klongsan Bangkok
It is located next to the Millennium Hotel and directly across the water from the Sheridan.
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