Som Tam Restaurant - sign board and long q

Somtam Nua restaurant is famous with Isaan food – northeastern region of Thailand. The restaurant was at 92/14 Soi Siam Square 5, Rama 1 Road, Bangkok with contact number of +66 (0) 22 51 4880, open daily from 10am to 10pm, kitchen closes at 930pm.

Take note that they accept cash only, make sure you bring enough. It is within walking distance from MBK to Somtam Nua, it took us around 15minutes walk. Ask around if you are lost, most locals know the place, at least all locals that I asked knew it.

It was too early for dinner, so we decided to try @ Relax Massage next to Somtam Nua, 2 hours Thai massage cost us 500 baht per person, slightly more expensive than those in Pratunam Market, but I think it was quite reasonable in Siam area.

@ Relax Massage

@ Relax Massage next to Somtam Nua Restaurant, at second floor, bad service…

The massage place’s ambient was not bad, clean and relaxing. But masseurs were not professional, not skillful and keep chit chatting, they even using mobile phone while massaging. The lady massaging my girl friend was the worst that we have ever experienced, didn’t even bother to put in effort, she was like doing facial instead of massage. We were so disappointed with the service, and for sure will not go back, I rather spend the money else where.

Hope that Somtam Nua’s foods could cheer us up, it was already full house when we started to queue at 6pm after massage. After 15mins waiting time, we were seated at second floor. Based on our research, fried chicken, Som Tam and northeast style spicy port soup are the must try dishes, so we ordered that 3 dishes together with Phad Thai, sticky rice and fudge ice cream pie, the meal cost us 450baht.

Som Tam Restaurant - menu

Dishes on Somtam Nua’s menu looked good.

Som Tam Restaurant - fried chicken

Fried chicken’s skin was crispy with juicy meat, it tasted ok but too heaty, and we were not really that fancy about the scorched skin.

Som Tam Restaurant - sauce

Sauce provided, not our cup of tea.

Som Tam Restaurant - som tam

The Som Tam wasn’t great for us, nothing special about it, still prefer the one we had at Amphawa Floating Market.

Som Tam Restaurant - northeast style spicy port soup

Northeast style spicy port soup was like any normal port soup but tasted sour.

Som Tam Restaurant - phad thai

The worst Phad Thai that I ever had in the trip. Personally, I don’t like the it came with chicken floss, the sweetness of chicken floss wasn’t really match with the noodle, and the dish was too watery.

Som Tam Restaurant - sticky rice 2

Sticky rice not bad.

Som Tam Restaurant - fudge ice cream pie

The fudge ice cream pie was good, my girl friend kind of like it, but a bit too sweet for me.

 We don’t find foods of Som Tam Nua fantastic, think will not go back again.

Shopping time after dinner, heard of Naraya branch at Central World from my sister, was thinking to check it out and buy 1 or 2 as souvenir. The shop is located at level B (B106, B107), with the contact number of 022559522, close at 10pm. It was around 10-15 minutes walk from Somtam Nua to Central World.

Naraya shop 1

Naraya branch at Central World is always crowded, everyone is crazy about the products…

The shop was full of nice and cheap bags, and that make it one of the popular tourism attractions in Bangkok. We arrived the shop around 8pm, it was already crowded with tourists. Didn’t expect that we could spent 2 hours shopping in that shop, yes a single shop! There was nothing much for men, so I didn’t buy anything for myself, but ended up I bought 7 bags for my family. Naraya is so popular, it will be very crowded during night time, especially after dinner. Some designs are running out of stock fast, so I would suggest you to come earlier to prevent disappointment.

Enough shopping and eating, it was a lot of walking on day 5, so we just took cab from Central World back to hotel [45 baht], and called it a day.

Get rested early, because the trip is not over yet…the best has yet to come, stay tuned for Day 6!

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Alec Chan

Alec Chan is an intrepid traveler, travel writer, author, speaker, serial entrepreneur and self professed Asia travel ambassador. Traveling all around Asia since 2003, and still traveling, Alec is an accomplished and passionate traveler seeking to bridge the cultural gaps in Asia. Through his unique perspective as a Canadian born Chinese, Alec shares his special insights on Asia to help others around the world to have a better understanding on Asian culture so that they can have a more meaningful, fun, and stress free trip to Asia. Alec has written numerous travel guides on several destinations in Asia and is the editor in chief of

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