Over the past 10 years, there have been more and more Arabs travelling to Thailand and Bangkok in particular. The area near The Grace Hotel, used to be a popular spot with Russian tourists. These days, you will see mostly Arabs in this area. One of the positive things about all the Arabs in this area, is the opening of several great restaurants in this new Arabic district. I recommend that anyone travelling to Bangkok should make a point of visiting this area and sampling some of the wonderful Arabic food. The restaurants in this district are open 24 hrs per day, so it a great place to go after a night out, although they do not serve alcohol.
The Arabic district is located at the corner of Sukhumvit Soi 3 and Sukhumvit Road, (where Soi 3 meets Soi 4). There is an small soi that goes in a "L" shape, with an entrance on Soi 3, and another on Sukhumvit Road. There are Arabic restaurants on either side of the street, with shiny silver railings, they are very decorative inside and out. If you have ever been to the Sukhumvit area in Bangkok, you will probably remember that the streets are filthy, and many of the restaurants are also very dirty. The Arabic restaurants in this area are amazingly very clean and spotless inside and out.
There is a Kebab stand selling fresh Kebab in pita at the entrance on Soi 3. The fresh Kebab meat in pita with your choice of sauce is very affordable, and it tastes fantastic. Normally the Kebab stand has both beef and chicken freshly sliced from the rotisserie. The cost of a Kebab is only 50THB(less than 2USD). The owner of the Kebab stand prides himself on maintaining a clean environment where he cooks, you will see this in the photo.
THE SHISHA PIPE
One of the main attractions at any of the restaurants in this disrtict are the Shisha Pipes. The Shisha Pipe, is basically a water pipe that is used to smoke flavored tobacco. The health risks involved in smoking from the Shisha (Hookah) Pipe, are widely debated. Some say it is safer than regular tobacco, and others say it is more dangerous. I can only say, it certainly tastes and smells a lot better than cigarettes.
There are a wide variety of Arabic foods available, including seafood, Kebabs, breads and anything else you can imagine. The menu at one of these restaurants may look like an encyclopedia. The prices of food in Bangkok can be a little on the high side, and the restaurants in this district are no exception, however the food is truly authentic, and you can not find this in most places in Thailand. One of my favourite dishes is the "mixed vegetables stuffed with minced lamb". Most dishes will cost approximately 150-300THB(5-10USD).
Sukhumvit Soi 3, Bangkok
Earnhardt on December 29, 2014:
Thanks guys, I just about lost it lonkoig for this.
Laura on December 29, 2014:
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Diana Rafah from Bandar Lampung, Indonesia on May 23, 2012:
Is it far from Silom Avenue Inn Hotel and also from Java Mosque (at Rome Nam Khaeng 5) ? Thanks for replying.
D i a n a on May 23, 2012:
is there any mosque at the Arabia District ? and what hotels near that place ?
TravelinAsia (author) from Thailand/Southeast Asia on February 07, 2012:
Did you make it to "Little Arabia"?
Jade on February 06, 2012:
TravelinAsia (author) from Thailand/Southeast Asia on February 01, 2012:
Take a taxi, and just tell them to take you to the corner of Soi 3 and Sukhumvit road, the Arabic district is right there.
Or take the skytrain and get off at the Nana station.
Jade on February 01, 2012:
How to go here, from china town perhaps? Tq
TravelinAsia (author) from Thailand/Southeast Asia on December 10, 2010:
Peter, You will have to write a hub on the Arabic district in Pattaya ..
Edwin Clark from Thailand by way of New York on December 10, 2010:
Yummmmmo been to that Kebab stand many times, think I'll make another visit tonight.
Peter Dickinson from South East Asia on December 10, 2010:
I have been here a time or three and having been brought up in Kuwait and worked both there and Abu Dhabi I have a fondness for Arabic food. There is also a 'Little Arabia' in Pattaya which seems to expand in leaps and bounds. Thank you for your hub.
TravelinAsia (author) from Thailand/Southeast Asia on December 09, 2010:
Thanks, and I am glad you found this hub interesting. If you are ever in Bangkok, try out the Kebab Stand.. you will not be dissapointed.
Ireno Alcala from Bicol, Philippines on December 09, 2010:
I think, it's still part of the Arab-Malay trade route before Europeans invaded Asia.Thanks for sharing this hub. Good to know they still exist.