This picture is of Soi Buakhao looking to the north from the intersection with Soi Honey. Just ahead of this point in the picture, and to the left, is the Sawasdee Siam hotel which is one of the largest hotels on the Soi. From what I hear it is not one of the better hotel options due to being a bit run-down and quite over-priced for the area. It does come with a swimming pool though; and there is a mobile VW Camper Van bar just outside it where you can buy the usual selection of drinks and some sheesha. Last time I visited, the sheesha was quite good there but I think the quality varies according to how busy the salesman is! He needs to be busy enough so that he has plenty of hot coals burning, but not so busy that he can’t tend to your pipe often enough!
The food stall on the left hand side of the picture is typical of the sort of street vendor food that you see all over the place… it might not look like the cleanest sort of food outlet that you could choose to eat from, but I can’t say that I’ve ever had (or heard of) any bad food poisoning from such places. In fact, some of the barbecue sticks that you can buy from these mobile stalls are absolutely delicious… beef is my favourite. If you’re tempted to give them a try, you get a spit with about 3 chunks of meat on it as well various vegetable, fruit and peppers etc all for 10 baht.
Sticking with food, I’ve also eaten at the Rich Bar on the right hand side of the picture. In all honesty I didn’t think much to the food there, but it’s a nice spot from which to have a cold drink and watch the Soi Buakhao hustle and bustle. Further down on the right you can just make out the sign for the ‘Butchers Arms Pub’, this place has a reputation for turning out a decent plate of English food but I haven’t tried it myself, so I won’t comment.