I am moving - yes moving - to Thailand in a month and have never been there let alone Asia. Thai food is one of my favorites but I only know the Americanized version (which is delicious but, I've learned from my research, not usually authentic). I will be living up north for work, but have a week in Bangkok first for training. Will be staying on the river near the Phra Pin-Plao bridge (at Navalai River hotel), that's also near my office.
Can anyone recommend some out-of-sight restaurants within walking distance? Or if there's some kind of market/street with food stalls where I can go crazy and try some new, quintessential things, that would be nice too. I won't have a lot of free time so I don't think I'll have time to venture out much beyond the Banglampoo area.
This is a very amateur question I know, but I'd love to get names (and translations!) of a few really typical dishes to try in BKK. I am getting some really great advice already from previous posts on the board, but a lot of times, you Thai foodies you, you give the Thai name without any kind of translation so I am totally lost! I have the LP Thailand which has a small food section but it's pretty basic.
Anyway would appreciate advice!