Pa Yak Boat Noodles is likely popular because it has air-conditioning. The mirrored walls are splashed with starburst decals in pink, red and yellow. Combined with the energetic atmosphere, it’s clear that this is Bangkok’s version of fast food, and it’s as “authentic” as any market or street food dining in this city.
That said I prefer the boat noodles about a kilometre west of Boat Noodle Alley along the canal at Doy Kuay Teow Reua. It’s a more traditional experience, though no more or less authentic. You can read more about it here, but my advice would be to visit both.
Boat noodles 12 BHT to 14 BHT
Pa Yak Boat Noodles – Boat Noodle Alley, Samsen Nai, Phaya Thai, Bangkok
How to get to Boat Noodle Alley
Follow the long, elevated walkway over the Victory Monument roundabout and walk down the flight of stairs overlooking the canal. Boat Noodle Alley is north off Ratchawithi Road along the Samsen canal or Khlong Samsen, but if you put the following in Google Maps, you’ll end up right outside Pa Yak Boat Noodles: 2/16-18 Phahonyothin Rd, Samsen Nai, Phaya Thai, Bangkok.
Sofia Levin travelled with assistance from the Tourism Authority of Thailand and Thai Airways, but this article remains autonomous.