NOTE (October 2016): The location of Soei has changed. Please see updated details below.

There are countless outstanding restaurants in Bangkok, but I kid you not, when I say Soei (ร้านเส่ย) is one of the absolute BEST restaurants I’ve ever eaten at in the city (if not the world).

Soei (ร้านเส่ย) serves food that’s so intensely flavorful, it will not only make your tongue tingle with delight, but your entire body will convulse with joy after every bite you take.

Ok, that might be an exaggeration, but really the food at Soei (ร้านเส่ย) is truly one of my favorite restaurants in Bangkok.

I eat at Soei quite frequently, so this blog post does not just include a single meal, but I’ll continue to update it with more dishes.

The food is unbelievably flavorful.

Sam Sen Railroad station
Soei is located in Bangkok, right at Sam Sen Railroad station

Soei Restaurant (ร้านเส่ย)

The restaurant is located right at Sam Sen Railroad station, which is located in the quiet and peaceful Dusit district of Bangkok (not too far from Victory Monument).

It’s in the same area as Ratchawat Market and Sriyan Market, two more of my favorite places in Bangkok for delicious food.

P'Soei
P’Soei in the blue hat

P’Soei – Owner and Chef

As soon as you enter Soei (ร้านเส่ย), you’ll see all the plaques, trophies, and photographs hanging around the kitchen.

Look a little closer, and most of them are photos of sports teams.

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Sports and good food go hand in hand

P’Soei, the owner and chef of the restaurant, was a former rugby, basketball, and football player, and he was even a coach for a period of time.

“He has always had a passion for sports and food,” his nephew told me.

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P’Soei is a former player and coach, and chef

When P’Soei, was playing rugby, after games and practices all his teammates would come over, have some drinks and P’Soei would cook up some ferociously flavorful food for them all to enjoy.

This was the beginning of his restaurant.

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Main dining are at Soei (ร้านเส่ย)

Another impressive thing about Soei is that P’Soei is the only cook – every dish that’s served at the restaurant passes though his hands, making the quality and consistency of the flavor impeccable.

Sure he has a few sous chefs who do prep work, but he is the only one who actually cooks and assembles every dish that is ordered.

The last time I went, during a midday early lunch, there wasn’t much of a wait, but his nephew (who is the manager of the restaurant) told us that sometimes, probably especially on the weekends or holidays, you might have to wait 2 – 3 hours to get your food (since there’s only one chef) or even to sit down.

Sometimes there’s a waiter who stands outside the restaurant with a sign that mentions how long the food wait will take.

Alright, now let’s get into the delicious Thai food…

แก้มปลาทูทอด
Kaem pla too tod (แก้มปลาทูทอด), fried mackerel faces

Kaem pla too tod (แก้มปลาทูทอด)

Kaem pla too tod (แก้มปลาทูทอด), or Indian mackerel cheeks (but really they’re more like whole faces), is not a Thai dish you’ll find at too many restaurants in Bangkok.

In fact, it’s something I’ve only seen so far at Soei.

They are so popular at Soei that you have to call ahead (phone number below), in the morning before you eat there, to reserve however many plates of mackerel fish cheeks you want.

Ying and I ordered a plate in the morning before going for lunch.

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A genius of a snack food

The kaem pla too (แก้มปลาทู) were detached from the body of the fish, but somehow they were able to grab just the outer layer of the face.

They were seasoned with little more than deep fried crispy garlic and a pinch of salt, deep fried to a crisp, and then served with chili sauce.

I was truly impressed.

Not only was it cool to munch on an entire mackerel fish face, but it was incredibly tasty. They were like fish crackers, crispy all the way through, yet nice and light and fresh, with a lovely garlicky flavor.

Absolutely incredible.

Price – 90 THB

Goong chae nam pla (กุ้งแช่น้ำปลา)
Goong chae nam pla (กุ้งแช่น้ำปลา), Thai shrimp ceviche

Goong chae nam pla (กุ้งแช่น้ำปลา)

Goong chae nam pla (กุ้งแช่น้ำปลา) is a Thai seafood dish, sort of the Thai version of ceviche.

Normally just a selection of raw shrimp are marinated in lime juice and chilies and raw garlic; It’s a dish I absolutely love eating.

At Soei (ร้านเส่ย) they take the extra step and load up their goong chae nam pla (กุ้งแช่น้ำปลา) with wasabi; It’s like a Japanese Thai fusion of delicious.

Price – 150 THB

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Loaded with wasabi

The sauce was basically a harsh combination of wasabi, lime juice, crushed chilies, and raw garlic. The shrimp were raw, but perhaps cooked just a tiny bit from the acid of the lime juice and wasabi.

You first take a spoon of wasabi drenched shrimp, garnish it with a sprinkle of fried shallots (served in a small bowl on the side), and finally garnish your bites of the green herb, known in Thai as krateen.

It was sensational – the wasabi burned all the way through my nose and the heat lingered.

I discovered that I not only got that quick burst of wasabi burn, but the heat lasted from the addition of crushed Thai chilies too.

Goong chae nam pla (กุ้งแช่น้ำปลา) is not for someone who doesn’t enjoy overly strong flavors, but if you do, like I do, you’re going to love it.

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Yam woon sen (ยำวุ้นเส้น), mung bean noodle salad

Yam woon sen (ยำวุ้นเส้น)

One of Ying’s favorite Thai dishes is yam woon sen (ยำวุ้นเส้น), a healthy mixture of mung bean glass noodles, vegetables, and a bit of meat for flavoring.

Judging form the strong flavors of all the dishes at Soei, I already knew it was going to be a hit – Ying loves her yam woon sen (ยำวุ้นเส้น) spicy and extremely sour.

Price – 90 THB

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Sour, spice, and filled with fresh ingredients

It was exactly how we had suspected, a great mixture of fresh ingredients, and the dressing was filled with chilies, and sour enough to make you squint your eyes.

We both loved it and agreed that it was one of the best yam woon sen’s (ยำวุ้นเส้น) we had ever had at a restaurant in Bangkok.

Tom yum pla too (ต้ำยำปลาทู)
Tom yum pla too (ต้ำยำปลาทู), mackerel tom yum soup

Tom yum pla too (ต้ำยำปลาทู)

For soup we ordered tom yum pla too (ต้ำยำปลาทู), Thai tom yum soup with mackerel fish.

I’m a huge lover of tom yum (the clear version most of the time), I think it’s such a wonderful, healthy blend of herbs and flavors, all wrapped into a delicious soup that goes so well with a spread of other Thai dishes.

The tom yum pla too (ต้ำยำปลาทู), was exactly the way I love it. It was ridiculously sour, teeming with chilies, and packed full of fresh kra pao (holy basil) leaves.

This was tom yum done the right way, not holding back on the flavors.

Price – 150 THB

Sam Sen railroad station
Trains will pass during your meal

The restaurant is located in the quiet Dusit area of Bangkok, but while you’re eating, trains will pass by, adding to the ambiance and character of the dining experience.

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Pla goong pao (พล่ากุ้งเผา), one of the highlights of my meal

Pla goong pao (พล่ากุ้งเผา)

Pla goong pao (พล่ากุ้งเผา) is a Thai shrimp salad, but normally I’ve had it at restaurants, and it’s a little plate of shrimp in a dressing of roasted chili sauce and garnished with a few herbs and garlic.

The version at Soei (ร้านเส่ย) was truly an epic creation, both to look at, and the way it tasted.

Price – 450 THB

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First grilled prawns

To make pla goong pao (พล่ากุ้งเผา) they first took jumbo freshwater prawns, and grilled them, before slicing them in half.

Can you see all those marvelous shrimp head oils that look like butter and mustard!?

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Just admire that bounty of flavorful ingredients!

Next, a bounty of fresh ingredients like finely shaved lemongrass, raw garlic, tomatoes, chilies, green onions, shallots, and finally some leaves of Thai sweet basil were thrown on top.

The dressing was again, a seriously flavorful combination of lime juice, sugar, and fish sauce.

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Assembling the perfect bite of pla goong pao (พล่ากุ้งเผา)

In order to eat the pla goong pao (พล่ากุ้งเผา), it’s easiest to take one of the shrimp, and kind of slide your spoon on the shell to take it out of the shell, making sure you get all that orange yellow head oil on your bite (DO NOT miss the shrimp head oil).

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A bite that made me shrivel with deliciousness

After separating my shrimp from its shell, I then found it necessary to re-dip in the dressing and make sure my spoon contained all the ingredients.

A bite of the shrimp topped with lemongrass, chilies, garlic, shallots, tomatoes, and sweet basil, was almost too good to be true.

Every bite, I literally could not contain my overjoy.

My heart rejoiced and jumped up and down.

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Chu chee pla too (ฉู่ฉี่ปลาทู)

Chu chee pla too (ฉู่ฉี่ปลาทู)

Finally, to balance out the salads and other dishes, we ordered chu chee pla too (ฉู่ฉี่ปลาทู), a coconut milk based curry with mackerel fish again.

I guess we, without even realizing it, ordered quite a bit of mackerel, a fish I think is amazing.

Price – 150 THB

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Mackerel curry, delicious

The mackerel was first deep fried, so it was nice and crispy. It was then covered in thick layer of curry sauce, which I think was made only from the top of the coconut milk (hua, in Thai), the heavy cream.

The curry was so incredibly rich and creamy, flavored beautifully with turmeric, chilies, and garlic, and then topped with freshly shaved kaffir lime leaves, and a few slices of red onion.

It was sweet and spicy, and ultimately rich and coconut creamy.

Again, another truly marvelous culinary creation from Soei (ร้านเส่ย).

Pla too tod kratiem (ปลาทูทอดกระเทียม)

Mackerel is one of the ultimate little flavorful fish, and it’s extensively used in Thai cuisine, and glorified at Soei.

Most of the mackerel faces / heads are reserved for deep frying to create Soei’s signature appetizer dish (pictured above), but that leaves a lot of mackerel bodies for cooking, and they are equally delicious.

Along with including mackerel in a variety of different Thai curries and soups, another dish they make is pla too tod kratiem (ปลาทูทอดกระเทียม), deep fried mackerel smothered in crispy garlic.

The mackerel were deep fried to a crisp, then topped with loads of sticky and naturally slightly sweet garlic, and finally served with a Thai seafood dipping sauce to ensure ultimate flavor.

Simple, yet delicious. You can’t go wrong with that much deep fried garlic.

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Gaeng pa (แกงป่า) at Soei Restaurant, Bangkok, Thailand

Gaeng pa (แกงป่า)

Gaeng pa (แกงป่า) or Thai jungle curry, is one of the traditional styles of Thai curry, packed with curry paste, fish, and vegetables, but with a water base instead of coconut milk.

The jungle curry at Soei included a host of vegetables, all just slightly blanched (so they all still remained quite crisp), pieces of boneless fish, chopped fresh red chilies, and a crazy flavorful curry soup.

The flavor of the curry, the abundance of chilies, and the slices of bitter melon, all contributed to make it so good.

The gaeng pa (แกงป่า) is one of my favorite recent dishes at Soei.

Kak moo pad ka prao (กากหมูผัดกะเพรา)

I’m honestly not normally into Thai dishes that are too fatty… or just pure fat (like this!).

But the last time I went to Soei, the nephew of P’Soei recommended that I try the kak moo pad ka prao (กากหมูผัดกะเพรา).

Kak moo (กากหมู) is basically the leftover, cheap parts of the pig, which usually translates to skin and fat. So this dish included deep fried pieces of pig skin and fat, all stir fried up with holy basil, chilies and kaffir limes leaves.

While pad ka prao is normally a saucy stir fry, this was dry fried.

The pieces of pork skin were actually quite tasty, perfectly crunchy, with a balance of salty and slightly sweet, and incredibly fragrant chilis, holy basil, and kaffir lime leaves.

I probably wouldn’t order this too often, but I will admit it was delicious on this occasion.

ยำไข่ดาว
Yam kai dao (ยำไข่ดาว)

Yam kai dao (ยำไข่ดาว)

Yam kai dao (ยำไข่ดาว), Thai fried egg salad, is another dish the nephew of the P’Soei recommended I try. And it’s actually a dish that’s not really on the menu, but you just have to know about it to order it.

I’ve had a lot of fried egg salads around Thailand, but this one so far tops my list.

The eggs were deep fried in what must have been the perfect oil temperature, so the white of the egg turned fully crispy and puffed up, yet the yolk inside remained 100% runny and oozy.

The duo of eggs were then topped with raw garlic, chilies, cilantro, shallots, and a dressing that included soy sauce and lime juice.

It was crazy good, so good that Dwight and I ordered another plate of yam kai dao (ยำไข่ดาว) for dessert.

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Pad woon sen kratiem dong (ผัดวุ้นเส้นกระเทียมดอง)

Pad woon sen kratiem dong (ผัดวุ้นเส้นกระเทียมดอง)

For something a little more simple and easy on the stomach, you can give the pad woon sen kratiem dong (ผัดวุ้นเส้นกระเทียมดอง) a try.

It had a little bit of that sweet and sour pad Thai flavor going on, but it was made with mung bean noodles, and the real kicker that really made it: lots of pickled garlic (kratiem dong กระเทียมดอง).

In the stir fried noodles, there were also onions, green onions, dry shrimp, and an egg for good measure.

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Soft shell crab curry (ปูนิ่มผัดผงกะหรี่ boo neem pad pongari)

Boo neem pad pongari (ปูนิ่มผัดผงกะหรี่)

One of my favorite dishes to order these days at Soei is soft shell crab curry (ปูนิ่มผัดผงกะหรี่ boo neem pad pongari).

He makes it unlike any other version I’ve had in Thailand – less sweet and more spicy, with a wonderful tone of yellow powder that you can actually taste in each bite. It’s a spectacular dish.

Ow-tung (โอวทึ้ง)
Ow-tung (โอวทึ้ง) for dessert

Ow-tung (โอวทึ้ง), Dessert

Ow-tung (โอวทึ้ง) is one of the popular dessert options that many who eat at Soei (ร้านเส่ย) finish off their meals with.

I’m not a big sweets eater, buy my wife was very excited to try it, and to calm her taste buds down with an icy treat.

Ow-tung (โอวทึ้ง)
Cooling the mouth off with a refreshing Ow-tung (โอวทึ้ง)

The ow-tung (โอวทึ้ง) was basically a shaved ice creation with basil seeds on the bottom, and flavored with what they said was a mixture of coffee and palm sugar.

It almost had a caramel flavor to it, and it sure was refreshing and very good.

I only had a couple tastes, but Ying slurped it down pretty quickly, with a full smile on her face.

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Outside view of Soei, new restaurant

New Restaurant Location (October 2016)

Bangkok is an always changing city.

As of October of 2016, Soei Restaurant (ร้านเส่ย) had to move from their legendary location next to the railroad tracks to a house in the neighborhood a short distance away. They had to move due to a BTS station that will be built there.

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Soei inside the AC room

The good new is, the new location is still nice, and they have both open air outdoor seating and indoor AC seating. The kitchen is still outdoors as well.

And most of all, I’m happy to report the food is just as spectacular as it has always been!

Watch the video of this meal…

(If you can’t see the video, watch it here: http://youtu.be/dZaXItI5z-k)

Conclusion

Soei (ร้านเส่ย) is a restaurant in Bangkok that specializes in Thai food that’s ferociously flavorful. The owner and chef of the restaurant was a former sports player and coach, who simply loves to cook and eat.

For myself, the food is unbelievably delicious.

If you love sour, spicy, herb filled, and just overall, pungent balances of flavors, you should go to Soei Restaurant (ร้านเส่ย) immediately.

After eating a meal at Soei Restaurant (ร้านเส่ย) you will be in awe of the intense flavors your mouth experienced. Your tongue will likely be on fire, and tingling with flavor, and your heart will actually be smiling with pure delight.

The food is outstanding, and as a lover of extreme flavors, I would say Soei is one of my favorite restaurants in all of Bangkok (and the world).

Warning: The food is spicy and intensely flavored, so if you’re not into really spicy food, it may not be the best option for you.

Soei Restaurant (ร้านเส่ย), Bangkok, Thailand

NEW Address (October 2016): Located on the corner of Phibun Whattana Yaek 6 and Rama VI Soi 34, Moo Baan Piboon Whattana – Go inside the neighborhood and look on the right hand side before the small roundabout (หมู่บ้านพิบูลย์วัฒนา พระราม 6หมู่ พิบูลย์วัฒนาแยก6 เข้ามาในหมู่บ้านไม่ไกลนัก สังเกตุร้านจะอยู่ด้านขวามือ ก่อนถึงวงเวียน) – Map below is updated.
Phone: 081-563-3131, 086-203-6603 (if you want to eat kaem pla too, you have to call ahead)
Open hours: 10 am – 9:30 pm from Sunday to Friday (closed on Saturday)
Prices: Soei is not a cheap restaurant, but it’s well worth the prices for the quality and flavor of the food. You could get by on about 200 – 300 THB per person, but the longer you sit there, the more you’ll want to keep eating and drinking (actually it’s impossible to not keep on eating because the food is so good), so you might wind up spending around 500 THB per person with drinks.

โทร. 081-563-3131, 086-203-6603

How to get there:

As of October 2016, Soei Restaurant (ร้านเส่ย) has moved to a new location not too far from the original location, but within the neighborhood a little bit. The restaurant is within Moo Baan Piboon Whattana neighborhood, near the corner of Phibun Whattana Yaek 6 and Rama VI Soi 34. See map below for details, or check this map.



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  • cliff taylor

    3 weeks ago

    Hola, I live in Sukhothai but visit Bangkok two or three times a year for just a few days each time. It would be wonderful if there was some way to search on your restaurant reviews by neighborhood. I generally don’t venture too far from whatever hotel I am at because I waste so much time travelling around. I have spent many enjoyable hours with your blog. Thank you.

  • Fransiska

    4 months ago

    Hi Mark, Thanks for sharing this with us! I am heading to bangkok soon and i would like to ask if Soei Restaurant is known to the locals such that if we were to take tuk tuk/taxi they will know where to bring us to? Or do you happen to know of the nearest station to the new Soei Restaurant.
    Thanks a mealion!

  • Alice-Dorothy Clark

    5 months ago

    Hello Mark, I have just recently discovered you and your blog …. Even though I have been going to Thailand since before I could walk I have discovered some wonderful dishes I had o my heard about but did not have the level of Thai to sniff them out ( I think I was Thai in a previous life – I love the country, the people, your late Monarch and his family and of course the food). I’ll be back in BKK in July this year taking a good friend on a voyage of food and discovery in my most favourite of places in the world. Could you please suggest a great “local” non-farang fresh & tasty seafood eatery in Bkk ? I am
    not looking for a fancy restaurant rather a local sidewalk type affair reminiscent of my childhood sojourns in Pattaya with my “adopted” Thai other family !!!! My only request is that the seafood is fresh, plentiful , varied and the dipping sauce is sublime . If it’s not too difficult a request could you please suggest somewhere maybe you and Ying would go to eat great seafood ??? Thank you so much for you blog and your passion ….. Sincerely Alice

    • Mark Wiens

      5 months ago

      Hey Alice, great to hear from you and I’m so happy to hear that you enjoy Thai food so much and Thai culture. Glad you’ll be coming back to Thailand again this year. I would recommend this place: https://www.eatingthaifood.com/bangkok-seafood-restaurant-hia-wan-khao-tom-pla/ They serve Thai Chinese rice soup, plus other seafood dishes, with dipping sauce. The seafood is always very fresh and good. Hope you have a great upcoming trip!

  • Drikus

    5 months ago

    Hi Mark
    I have been an avid reader of your blog posts over the last 2 years. So when I had the opportunity to visit Bangkok for a second time, there was no hesitation on which restaurants I HAD to try. After visiting the reclining Budha, I told my girlfriend we had to go to Soei. Unfortunately the Tuk-Tuk drivers wants to rip you off at the popular tourist attractions so we(I) decided we shall walk the +/- 7kms to the restaurant. Haha what a mission, but it was “OH so worth it”. After arriving what felt like the longest, sweatiest walk ever, we sat down to feast. We tried 5 of the dishes you recommended: The mackerel heads, GOONG CHAE NAM PLA (กุ้งแช่น้ำปลา), MACKEREL CURRY, THAI SHRIMP CEVICHE, PLA GOONG PAO (พล่ากุ้งเผา), and lastly the extremely spicy Yam woon sen (ยำวุ้นเส้น). The Yam woon sen had me crying for the entire meal and I loved every second of it. I think the locals enjoyed watching me cry too because I sawseveral people laughing as tears streamed down our cheeks. This restaurant made me so happy, especially after the mission it took to get there. Thanks for a great recommendation and keep doing what you are doing.
    Cheers

    • Mark Wiens

      5 months ago

      Hey Drikus, this is one of the greatest comments and stories I’ve ever read, thank you! That is what traveling and eating is all about, as much about the food as the experience. Thank you for sharing, so glad you enjoyed the food!

  • Khoi

    6 months ago

    Hi Mark,
    Looks like its close to Chatuchak Market? Is it convenient to just taxi it from there? Kill two birds with one one stone after shopping :) Can’t wait to eat everything this January when I visit!

    • Mark Wiens

      6 months ago

      Hey Khoi, it’s in the general area of Chatuchak so you could definitely combine the two. Thanks!

  • Leith

    6 months ago

    Dear mark,
    I am a 14 year old foodie from Singapore and was blessed to stumble upon this resturant under your advice. Finding some of the best thai food in Bangkok (and the spicest if might add.). Thank you :-)

    Leith

  • Leith

    6 months ago

    Dear Mark,
    I am a 14 year old foodie from singapore and was delighted to visit this resturant under your recomendation. Came here and found one the best (and most spicest) food in Bangkok. Also went to the Beef and Goat noodles at Ekkamai :-).
    Thank you

  • Yves

    7 months ago

    I will visit Soei for sure when I go end of January with my Thai wife. I will check some places from your 2 week trip. Thnx for sharing Mark

    • Mark Wiens

      7 months ago

      Thank you Yves, really appreciate it. I’m not sure how long they will be closed for New Years, but I’m guessing they might be closed the first week in Jan, just as a heads up.

  • Lisa Tener

    8 months ago

    This looks amazing. I’m returning to Bangkok in May and would love to check it out. Do you know if they have any vegan options?

    • Mark Wiens

      8 months ago

      Hey Lisa, thank you very much, and great to hear you’ll be coming back to Bangkok. I don’t think I’ve seen any vegan options, but I’ll look on the menu next time I’m there and see for sure.

  • Veronica Pichardo

    8 months ago

    Hello Mark,

    Your recommendation of this restaurant sounds so good! I have been meaning to go for a while now since leaving close to Bangkok. I am a teacher here in Samut Prakan. You mentioned the restaurant moved. Do you know the best way to get there from MoChit BTS? I am not very familiar with Bangkok.
    Your help is would be greatly appreciated it.
    Thank you,
    Veronica

    • Mark Wiens

      8 months ago

      Hi Veronica, unfortunately there’s not really any public transportation option to get there. The best option is to go to Victory Monument and take a taxi from there. But if you’re already at Mo Chit, you might be better off just grabbing a taxi / uber from there. Hope you enjoy!

  • Janaki

    8 months ago

    Hi Mark,
    My husband and I visited Soei last night based on your recommendations. We are in Bangkok on vacation from NYC. Omg the food was incredible, full of flavor. Definitely the best Thai food we ever had. I am so happy we went there and did not go to the recommended tourist restaurant by our hotel and tour company. Being from NYC and eating lots of thai food there, we wanted to try authentic thai cuisine to compare. I must say there is no comparison. Soei knocks it out the park. The highlight of our night was meetin the chef and owner who chatted with us for a bit and called us a cab to ensure we got back to our hotel safely. Such a kind man. We were secretly hoping we would see you too 😁.

    • Mark Wiens

      8 months ago

      Hi Janaki, great to hear from you, and glad you were able to eat at Soei last night and enjoyed it so much. Very cool the chef Soei came to talk with you as well. Would have been great to see you there, I’m due to eat there soon!

  • Anna

    9 months ago

    I really love to watch your youtube video. My mom says your smile is beautiful. Thanks for updating us the information of this restaurant. We are family of 3 from HK will surely go there in late Oct.

    • Mark Wiens

      8 months ago

      Hi Anna, great to hear from you, thank you very much. Say hello to you Mom as well!

  • Mihai

    9 months ago

    Hi Mark. The restaurant has moved from the said location to about 1 km away, opposite to the Ministry of Finance.. Went there yesterday. The food was indeed superb. Paid 800 Baht for 6 dishes… The ceviche and stir fried sunflower sprouts were spot-on, as was the fish-face dish (best snack I’ve had this year). Was not crazy about the mackerel soup.
    Exact GPS coordinates for the new location: 13.785330,100.536531

    • Mark Wiens

      9 months ago

      Hi Mihai, awesome that you found it. I have just updated the post. Thanks!

  • Amy Lin

    9 months ago

    Hi Mark,

    My boyfriend and I go on a trip every year for our birthday (we have the same birthday) and we’ve decided Thailand will be our next destination. We are both passionate about food ( just like you ) and always want to experience how locals live and most importantly, eat. Now, I’ve read your blog thoroughly and know where to eat the best street foods and such, but it would be such a different feel to have a real authentic Thai meal at a local home, cooked by local family. Do you have any suggestions where I can find that? We’ve done that at a few different countries and loved getting to know local stories and enjoying their family traditions.

    On a different note, I’d like to share something with you. We were in Morocco one time, and went on a food tour with this couple. Wife is from US and husband was Moroccan, they moved back to Marrakesh after some years in US with their kids. Her husband knows all the best places to eat in Marrakesh since he grew up there. They would see tourists go into certain restaurants and feel sorry for them because they know that those visitors probably read some review online about how great such restaurant was. But they would not truly get a local flavor. They knew that some tourists were also afraid the venture off “tourist paths”. They also knew that some of the best local foods would not be mention on popular restaurant review websites, such as tripadvisor. Ok, I realized I just wrote an essay, but my point is. YOU SHOULD DO A FOOD TOUR!

    • Mark Wiens

      9 months ago

      Hi Amy,

      Awesome to hear from you and so glad that you and your boyfriend are coming to Thailand for your birthdays – and also very cool that you both love to eat and experience authentic local culture. Have you heard of Plate Culture? https://plateculture.com/ I haven’t really used it myself, but I know it’s a place to find a home-cooked style meal.

      I appreciate you sharing about the Morocco story, that is so true. I have thought about giving food tours, but at the moment, because I travel so much, I’m always in and out of Bangkok. But perhaps in the future. Hope you have an amazing trip to Thailand and I know you’ll enjoy the food!

  • Joycelyn Liu

    9 months ago

    Hello Mark, I really love looking at all your food adventures! Looks really yummy. I was checking Google Maps though, it seems Soei is permanently closed! Do you know where they moved to?

    • Mark Wiens

      9 months ago

      Hey Jocelyn, thanks for letting me know, I’ve just updated the info in the article.

  • rara

    9 months ago

    hi Mark, am going to make a stop in Bangkok next time in the area just to try out this restaurant!
    In any case, since there is no sightseeing worth the trouble in Bangkok, one goes there really only for the food and good massages (and I mean the serious ones!)

    • Mark Wiens

      9 months ago

      Hey Rara, awesome to hear that, it’s well worth eating here!

  • Valerio

    12 months ago

    Dear Mark
    since a couple of months I am following your page and vlogs on YouTube about Thai Food and food in general. As I have a Thai girlfriend as well and travelling often to Bangkok I’ve been almost to every restaurant you recommend. My favorite one is Soei. It’s a must if you are in Bangkok. Yesterday my girlfriend and I found a very very delicious local Thai restaurant at the onnut area which is famous for their Jim Jum and som tam poo plara. You have to check it out. Below the adress:
    Supaphong Soi 1, Phikunthong Jim Jum

    Keep doing your great work and all the best to you and also to your lovely girlfriend Ying. :-)
    Cheers Valerio (another food lover) ;-)

    • Mark Wiens

      12 months ago

      Hey Valerio, great to hear from you, glad you love Thai food as well. Thank you for the restaurant recommendation, ok will definitely try to check that out. Thanks!

  • syed aziz ul hasan rizvi

    1 year ago

    Thanks for putting up such useful information. i would like to see something like Bangkok guide for Malaysia.

    • Mark Wiens

      1 year ago

      Hi Syed, you’re welcome, thank you for reading!

  • Herbert

    1 year ago

    Thank you Mark, for giving so much expressions for where to go in Krung Thep.
    May wife and i will surely go to Soeis next time in octobre, before we will visit Mae and Por in Uthai Tani.
    At least we will meet anywhere the flavour is😁

    • Mark Wiens

      1 year ago

      Hi Herbert, you’re welcome, thank you for your support. Glad you’ll be coming to Bangkok in a few months!

  • Karin

    1 year ago

    Mark, if you google soei 6 you’ll find soi 6, and there’s a place they use your descriptio of the best duck you ate as their menu. It’s ok, but for sure not Soei!

    • Mark Wiens

      1 year ago

      Hi Karin, thank you for letting me know, appreciate it.

  • pablo fernandez

    1 year ago

    Question for you Mark: Soei will be closed in December while i’ll be in Bangkok, I totally love the pictures you posted… is there any other place like it that you would recommend? Thanks for your amazing job!

    • Mark Wiens

      1 year ago

      Hey Pablo, thank you very much, also check out: http://www.eatingthaifood.com/2012/12/thai-jungle-curry/

      • Jimmy

        1 year ago

        Wish i had scrolled to bottom to check for open and close times…. flew in from Korea and convinced my wife that this place a must try from your vblogs and Andrew Zim’s comment about the dishes being the best of its kind he had ever had…. its now Saturday 2:47 pm and we are in a cab heading to khaosan…feeling hot, hungry, and dissapointed…..

  • Ben

    1 year ago

    Hi Mark! I just want to thank you for providing such a wonderful resource. We just the week in Bangkok and your site totally drove, inspired, helped us in a pinch, informed us, and guided us the whole time in a truly invaluable way. Just so wonderful and I have so much thanks. Thank you!!!!

    • Mark Wiens

      1 year ago

      Hey Ben, you’re welcome, I’m happy to hear it was helpful. Glad you enjoyed the food!

  • Julian Sng

    1 year ago

    Hey mark,

    After watching your videos for a couple of years, I’ve finally come down to Bangkok, and my-go-to was Soi. I was not disappointed at all. Absolutely amazing flavors and prices. Walked from victory; I was worried if a 30 min walk was worth it, but my doubts were cleared after the first bite. And I salute you. It is a totally different restaurant from anything in Thailand. P’soei is a master.

    • Mark Wiens

      1 year ago

      Hey Julian, so awesome to hear you made it to Seoi, glad you enjoyed it!

  • Yaasar

    1 year ago

    Another easy option is to catch a train from hualumphong station straight to samsen. Its a 12 minute ride.

  • Alex Liu

    1 year ago

    Thanks Mark for the recommendation! The food looks really good n we are flying into Bangkok this weekend n this is a must go for us! I thought that it would be great if Soei can share something like an online menu. Can’t wait to try all the dishes u shared on your youtube videos! Keep up the good work! 👍🏻

    • Mark Wiens

      1 year ago

      Hey Alex, great to hear you’ll be coming to Bangkok. Have a great trip and enjoy Soei!

      • Alex Liu

        1 year ago

        Omg! We just had lunch at Soei, and everyone was impressed by the wonderful flavors that came out of that kitchen! Thanks again Mark for recommending this amazing restaurant n I’m pretty sure we will be going back soon! 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻

        • Mark Wiens

          1 year ago

          Hey Alex, awesome to hear that, glad you enjoyed Soei!

  • Andy B’Wood

    1 year ago

    Hi Mark

    Arrived in Bangkok a day ago. 1st night was Roti Mataba near Soi Rambuttri; a great choice so thanks for the recommendation.

    After watching your videos of Soei though this had to be this year’s pilgrimage. Some of the finest Thai food I’ve ever had !

    The Boo Neem Pad Pongarri (soft shell crab) was simply amazing. Chu Chee Pla Too (mackerel) was delicious too.

    But….. how does P’Soei make two fried eggs taste so good ??? I can only say that the Yam Kai Dao left us looking for the food superlatives book ‘special reserved chapter’. Quite simply stunning for something so simple !

    Thanks again Mark for your videos, website and e-book; off to find Som Tam Sida at Wang Lang Market for lunch; can’t wait – woke up at 5am thinking about it !

    Cheers !

    Andy

    • Mark Wiens

      1 year ago

      Hey Andy, thank you very much, hahah I feel the same way about the food at Soei, it’s unbelievably good. Glad you enjoyed it too!

  • Ronan

    1 year ago

    Hi Mark. Are there many meat options at Soei as my wife does not eat seafood? Thanks

    • Mark Wiens

      1 year ago

      Hey Ronan, yes they do also have some beef and pork on the menu.

  • Rhory Gillies

    1 year ago

    Another winner Mark. Just had an early dinner there tonight and it was absolutely delicious. I especially enjoyed the Yam kai dao. Looking forward to more of your recommendations throughout Thailand and the rest of Southeast Asia.

    • Mark Wiens

      1 year ago

      Hey Rhory, great to hear you enjoyed Soei. That fried egg salad is one of my favorite dishes as well!

  • Leo Fedorov

    1 year ago

    I have noticed a typo, shouldn’t it be ต้มยำปลาทู?

  • Emily & Zac

    1 year ago

    Hi Mark and Ying,
    We took quite a few of your suggestions on Bangkok and Vietnam for our honeymoon!! Thank you so much for making so many great recommendations! Our favorite was Soei! We went 2x!! We also loved the Chatrium.

    Cheers!
    E & Z

    • Mark Wiens

      1 year ago

      Hey Emily and Zac, great to hear that, congratulations! Glad you enjoyed the food!

  • kelly

    1 year ago

    Just sent a email to soei to reserve a spot on march 1st…soo excited. I am coming from NYC(I am a chef and love watching your videos on the way to work) this is my second time to BKK , the first time I went to p”air….it was fabulous, will stop this time to…ooh loved the Andrew interview was very happy for you😃 anyhooo keep doing what u doing and I appreciate all you and ying’s hard work and other restaurants that you love just drop me line THANKS 😃 (P’AOR hate spell check)

  • Monica

    1 year ago

    Hi Mark! I will be visiting Bangkok in a couple days. I hope I get to eat at Soei, looks delish. Do any of the employees at this restaurant speak English?

    • Mark Wiens

      1 year ago

      Hey Monica, good to hear you’re going to go to Soei, just keep in mind the dates when they are closed for New Years. I don’t think the staff speak English, but they do have a print-out of this blog post for the menu in English! Enjoy!

  • Gareth rees

    2 years ago

    Love this review. Food looks and sounds amazing. I’m in Bangkok next week and will definitely try this place. Thanks for sharing this with us .( Remember me I’m the guy who didn’t like the sound or effects of eating raw chicken) !! All the best mate

    • Mark Wiens

      2 years ago

      Hey Gareth, good to hear from you. Hope you enjoy Soei!

  • Yopi Sutedjo

    2 years ago

    Hi Mark,
    Thank you for sharing I really like your style, keep posting and update.
    it’s on my list for the next trip.

    • Mark Wiens

      2 years ago

      You’re welcome, thank you for reading Yopi!

  • JN

    2 years ago

    Thanks Mark. I am a fan of your food odyssey.
    Love your sense of food and genuine appreciation of each and all dishes you encounter.
    Hope to visit Soei and other restaurants you recommend.
    Congratulations!

    • Mark Wiens

      2 years ago

      Hey JN, nice to hear from you, thank you for the kind words. Yah, if you enjoy spicy and strong flavored Thai food, you’re going to love Soei. Will you be traveling in Thailand soon?

  • Tran

    2 years ago

    I will definitely try it out. Thank you.

  • Catherine Morell

    2 years ago

    Mark, If visa is not accepted at Soei, then will they accept dollars? Also, can you recommend another great restaurant for me to go to on my first Saturday passing through? I was trying to avoid traveling way down into BKK because I am staying at a hotel right at the airport. I am willing to travel for Soei, but if you can recommend another place that is open on Saturdays (lunch or dinner) that is closer to the airport or relatively so, let me know!

  • Catherine Morell

    2 years ago

    Mark, I hope you get this message. Not sure if you look at the posts for this anymore. I am sad to say I will be in BKK on a Saturday passing thru to Bhutan. The restaurant is closed then. However on my return I can make if for dinner on a Sunday, Oct 25. Are Sunday dinners busy as well? Or is it just Friday nights that are busy. If so, what time should I arrive in order not to have to wait 2 -3 hours for dinner? Also, do they take visa? Thanks for your reply!

    • Mark Wiens

      2 years ago

      Hi Catherine, good to hear from you. I’m not really sure, but most local restaurants accept cash only. But you should be able to get to an ATM or money exchange right at the airport. Sunday dinner should be alright, if you can arrive sometime in the mid-afternoon that’s the best time to get in, but you can try to go in the evening, I think it would be alright. Hope you have a great trip!

      • Catherine Morell

        2 years ago

        Hey Mark, Thanks for the info! It appears that you missed one of my questions. Let me try again. Since I will be there on a Saturday outbound, I cannot to to Soei that night. I was looking for another good restaurant that isn’t closed on Saturdays like Soei is. Based on your reviews, Gai Yang Klang Bueng seems like a good choice that isn’t so far from my airport hotel as others that are further downtown. Is this a good choice? Or do you recommend another place. Again, I am TRYING to avoid an hour drive into downtown just to eat. Seems like this place is about a 30-40 minute drive from the airport. Thoughts?

  • David Kowal

    2 years ago

    Amazing amazing!!!! Love all your reviews as you know! You are awesome. Love this place and the foods. I cannot wait to go back to Thailand!!!!! Missing it so much. This review was awesome!!!!!!!

    • Mark Wiens

      2 years ago

      Hey David, thank you very much, really appreciate your support. Glad you love the food at Soei too!

  • Paul

    2 years ago

    Mark, I just had lunch here based on your video. Stop. Really? It was SICK (meaning GREAT). I had the Kaem Pla Too To D (Mackerel Heads) and the Pla Goong Pao. Also 2 Singha beers. Best meal I think I have had in years. The flavors were indescribable and what was cool is even after the 2 beers I left feeling, well, not overly stuffed, although the portions were huge. As you called it the owner was running the kitchen. Thanks again, as always, for the videos as they have made my travels even better!!!!

    • Mark Wiens

      2 years ago

      Haha, thanks Paul, glad you loved Soei. It’s truly one of the best restaurants in Bangkok with some of the most pronounced flavors. Glad you loved it.

  • Thomas

    2 years ago

    Hi Mark, I am visiting Bangkok in June and this restaurant is definitely in the list of my to-visit-restaurant when I am in Bangkok.

    As I am reading through the comments, I realize that it is quite difficult for a non-thai-speaking person like me to order food when I am at the restaurant.

    Could you possibly provide a guide as to how to order from this restaurant or do a simple translation for the menu as I would wish to sample more variety of the food that this restaurant cooks up other than the five that you have eaten.

    Thank you!

  • Arnaud

    2 years ago

    Hi Mark again,

    Soei is a true experience. The location, the trains, the food, everything stands apart. Only 5 dishes on the menu, but that’s probably their best since all had been tasted by you Mark :) Came at the middle of the afternoon so very few people in the restaurant, and no waiting time.

    I was alone, so I took only two, the fried mackerel heads and the Pla goong pao. Both terrific, but even more the Pla goong pao. Amazing flavours, and the shrimps are hugge!

    I went their by boat then bus, not too difficult, but I speak a bit Thaï.

    Again great recommendation from Mark!

    • Mark Wiens

      2 years ago

      Yes, glad you enjoyed it Arnaud, it’s still one of my favorite restaurants in Bangkok!

  • Arnaud

    2 years ago

    My agenda is blocked, will go there on Sunday, Monday or Tuesday, or the three days:), to end up in beauty my fabulous holidays!!! And will post a report of course

  • Tara

    3 years ago

    Hmm, just noticed the typos. :)

  • Tara

    3 years ago

    Hi Mark,

    Went tonight after another immigration drag.

    I would urge that anyone reading this to definitely go with a Thai speaker as the owner (presumably) actually has had five dishes you wrote about here typed out on a laminated A4 card (one-side) with your English phonetics of the Thai dish names and descriptions, while the Thai menu goes on for at least eight or more pages.

    I also felt we were somewhat banished and shown to the Farang Corner with gaps of at least one table between us and other diners who were clustered together though not in an intentionally offensive way.

    My reading is nowhere enough to read a menu so we were stuck with the English menu and casting longing looks at the other tables. I did think of walking around to point at dishes that weren’t on the English menu but by that point we felt we had the mark of death on us already.

    The ‘ceviche’ with wasabi was an interesting note but I personally thought the wasabi was on the overkill side. A dab is all that is required to bring out the taste of the prawn. Liked the mackeral curry – nicely done.Went tonight after another immigration drag.

    The setting is atmospheric at night. I liked the trains going by. Would have liked a more extensive menu (in English) even more. The smells from the kitchen smelled divine.

    • Mark Wiens

      3 years ago

      Hey Tara, good to hear you went to Soei, and hope all is well with immigration. Yah, it is a good place to go with a Thai speaker (reader) as the menu is quite extensive and they have some very unique dishes on their menu. The flavors are definitely strong and well pronounced. Thank you for sharing your experience.

  • Alex

    3 years ago

    Our first trip to Thailand – and after watching your Video about this place we decided to give it a try.
    We were a little surprised that there was no english menu but with a little help from the restaurant owner (the only one who spoke english) we managed to make our order.
    It was incredible! I couldn’t believe that food can taste like this!
    Since the restaurant is a little far away from crowded places it was difficult for us to get back to the hotel. We had to walk a while until we could catch a cab.
    We will definitely go there again when we are back in Bangkok!
    Unbelievable fantastic food! Thank you for this absolut “secret insider” tip.

    • Mark Wiens

      3 years ago

      Hey Alex, very cool to hear that, thanks for sharing, and glad you loved Soei!

  • Kenny

    3 years ago

    Hi Mark,
    I’ve just finished reading your entire Migrationology blog and am now working my way through this one (not gotten very far yet obviously). Your posts never fail to get my stomach rumbling but I’ve got to say that the food here seems right up my alley, what’s not to love about sour and spicy? That Thai Shrimp Salad…….. looks like heaven. I’ve never been to Thailand but have been doing a bit of research (mostly on food to be honest) and hope to get there some time next year. I’ll be in Penang over the new year to tide me over for a bit though. Keep up the good work.

    • Mark Wiens

      3 years ago

      Hey Kenny, thank you very much, I appreciate it. Hope you can visit Thailand next year, and definitely this is a restaurant you’re going to love. Thanks again for reading.

  • Terry B.

    3 years ago

    great vid, mark – as usual!

    even though i just finished eating (and am a strict vegetarian), watching that made me sooo hungry.

    i will soon be slowly working my way back to thailand from saigon and am looking forward to trying your suggestions.

    nice camera work too; your wife is getting really good at it!

    cheers mate, t.

    • Mark Wiens

      3 years ago

      Hi Terry, thank you for watching. Hope you’re doing well.

  • Ashley | Ashley Wanders

    3 years ago

    I always love your food photos, Mark! Do you have any quick tips for taking great food photos?

    • Mark Wiens

      3 years ago

      Thank you very much Ashley. As for food photos, I think the most important thing is good light – so I normally try to eat my best meals at lunch or early dinner when there’s good natural light. Then I think just focus on a part of the food, take lots of photos, and try to show different angles of the dish. Hope this helps.

  • Gem

    3 years ago

    Mark, thanks for feeding us with unbelievably good food. Soei seems a ‘must-try’!

    • Mark Wiens

      3 years ago

      Hey Gem, you’re welcome, thank you for following.

  • Kurt

    3 years ago

    Hi Mark. Reread ur blog here n realize that uve had regular GCNP! My first experience with this dish was in a restaurant/bar when the younger Thais used to do Thai karaoke nights. When youve had a few bourbon drinks in a party atmosphere, GCNP and other super spicy dishes are sublime (endorphins plus alcohol…what a combination!…must try, Mark! :) Best, Curt

    • Mark Wiens

      3 years ago

      Haha, loving the acronym GCNP! What a combo, haha yes, one of the great combos for sure. Hope you’re having a great day.

  • Kathy

    3 years ago

    How hard is it to order there if you don’t speak Thai?

    • Mark Wiens

      3 years ago

      Hi Kathy, I didn’t see an English menu, but as long as you know what you want to order (maybe some of the same dishes in this article?), then I think you shouldn’t have a problem.

  • Songtham

    3 years ago

    I’ve heard a lot of good things about ร้านเส่ย. I have to really put it on my wish list for the next trip. Thanks for the recommendation.

    • Mark Wiens

      3 years ago

      Thank you Songtham, hope you can eat there on your next trip.

  • Anil

    3 years ago

    I am going to Bangkok next month and will try the Soei. Thank you for finding these hidden gems.

    • Mark Wiens

      3 years ago

      Hi Anil, good to hear that, hope you enjoy it.

  • Kitti

    3 years ago

    First, I thought that it would be around 150-200 THB per dish. But when I see the price, there is only one high price dish which is half the total bill. So I think the price is somewhat reasonable plus the quality make up for the price you are going to pay.

    I have seen the menu (thank for the internet and the one who take photos), there are many menus to have not just shrimp, fish, squid. There are frog, crab, beef, pork. They even have beer.

    I think เนื้อน่องลายผัดกระเพรา , กุ้งตระกาด and ข้าวผัดปลาทู must be very good too.

    I also heard that some people even wait for 2-3 hours at dinner time just to eat at Soei. (Maybe it’s the best to avoid going at meal time)

    • Mark Wiens

      3 years ago

      Hi Kitti, yah that’s true, the pla goong was by far the most expensive, so it made the whole bill more. I thought it was very reasonable as well, because the quality of the ingredients is very good. Yes, those dishes sound delicious too, I can’t wait to go back and eat there again. Let me know once you eat there.

  • Ron

    3 years ago

    Hi Mark,
    I just purchased you e-book Eating Thai Food Guide. It has been a joy to read, and will be so helpful on my next
    trip to Thailand.
    Thanks
    Ron

    • Mark Wiens

      3 years ago

      Hi Ron, huge thank you for getting a copy of the Eating Thai Food Guide. Hope you have a wonderful time on your next visit to Thailand. Let me know if you have any questions about food.

  • Ko

    3 years ago

    Nice review! I have noticed that place on numerous occasions. Now I have good reason to try it out!

    • Mark Wiens

      3 years ago

      Hey Ko, great to hear that, you’ve got to try this place.

  • Mike

    3 years ago

    Hi Mark,
    Just want to let you know that I really enjoy all your posts and always look forward
    to the next one. Will make Soei an outing on next trip to BKK…Thanks mike

  • Curt

    3 years ago

    Hi Mark! The food looks intoxicatingly good!! Wow.. The goong chae nam pla is very different looking from what I’m accustomed to eating. I’ve never eaten it with wasabi. Usually the naked shrimps are bathed in a clear-reddish fiery hot liquid sauce. There are thick sliced of raw garlic on each goong.. You eat the entire goong with garlic as it sits in a pool of this hot sauce on a tablespoon. Please look around for this version because the wasabi version-while sounding great- isn’t how I’d like u to experience it. It is one of my top favorite dishes, nest to Yum Pla Krob, khao Mok Gai, etc, etc! :). TC…

    Curt

    • Mark Wiens

      3 years ago

      Hey Curt, thanks, yah this was one of those meals where I almost fell out of my chair it was so good. I love that original style of goong chae nam pla as well, will try to feature one soon. Thanks!

  • Steve Kyne

    3 years ago

    I absolutely love your passion for food Mark. Thanks for sharing with us mate – and this is on the list for a Songkran visit next April.

    • Mark Wiens

      3 years ago

      Thank you very much Steve, and great to hear you’ll be visiting again next year for Songkran.