In Bangkok But Can’t Find Taco Bell?

Fast food in Thailand?

A friend of mine went on his first trip to Thailand and begged me to find him a Taco Bell in Bangkok (guess he got his three basic food groups there on a daily basis back in the states.)

We’ve been talking here a bit about the difference between going to the Philippines and or going to Thailand and I think this is a big one and it’s not really about fast food but more about American cultural influences.  And I’m not saying it’s good or bad just pointing it out.

When you go to the Philippines you will find just about every American fast food chain there is and some you didn’t even know about.  Think that is due to the large American military presence after WWII.  When I go to the Philippines I look forward to getting some of the food that I can’t find here in Thailand, like Taco Bell or Cinnabons, I love those things.  But at times there is so much American cultural and food influence in the PI at times I feel like I’m in a really, I mean really, dirty, America.

Thai fastf ood

This is Thai fast food

Not so much in Thailand, yes there are American fast food chains here but not in the saturation that you find in the Philippines.  In Bangkok you will find a few, and in the main

tourist areas, like Phuket or Pattaya, but the further away you get from these areas the less likely your going to see any American or “western” fast food places.  And you won’t find them set up on their own, just in shopping centers like a tesco.  The selection is also very limited in Thailand, other than Bangkok, there are McDonalds, KFC and Pizza hut at most

shopping malls (Think they’re all owned by the same guy), but seriously that’s about it.

So I had to tell my Friend, sorry there are no Taco Bells in Thailand, but is that a bad thing?  Come to Thailand for the sense of being in a far off exotic new place, being a traveler and going on an adventure, for the beautiful and amazing women but not for the double meat and bean burrito with extra cheese.


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