Why on earth would I dedicate a blogpost to the 7 Eleven stores in Thailand? These are boring convenience stores, right? Ding-Dong…that annoying sound when you enter the shop. Terrible. Right?
At least for travelers, 7-Eleven has become part of the daily Thai life. It will actually be very difficult not to visit one while traveling in Thailand! Those who have been to Thailand for sure know what I’m talking about.
Do we like the 7-Eleven? Yes! It’s for sure the favorite go-to-place for our kids. Perfect stuff to ‘survive’ a day in the happy chaos of Bangkok. 7-Eleven will never disappoint you; 24 hours a day, 7 days a week your trustable partner for food, drinks, snacks and other travel must-haves….
What’s not to like?
Well, maybe the fact that you cannot really call this authentic Thai culture. However… the first 7-Eleven store was opened in Bangkok in 1989, 27 years ago! Not historic but part of contemporary Thai culture for sure.
7-Eleven in Thailand – you cannot miss it
There are over 8,000 7-Eleven convenience stores in Thailand, of which half are in Bangkok! Really, the density of these stores in the Thai capital is amazing. Wherever you are in Bangkok you will find a 7-Eleven store nearby; some even say you will find one within a 5 minute walk from anywhere….
What do they sell? Well, for us travelers everything you need for a quick breakfast, lunch or snack. Let me show you our favorite 7-Eleven (food) products!
1. Our bread and butter
Yes, sometimes we are fed up with noodles and rice. Can you imagine the joy when we buy some slices of bread? Especially with the ham that you can see in the back of the image.
Of course it doesn’t compare at all with fresh baked bread…. but when in Ayutthaya our kids didn’t mind to skip breakfast at the hotel in favour of this 7-Eleven bread/ham combination…(omg)
We always buy some of the cakes they offer. Not the most healthiest of options, but a nice snack if you cannot quickly find a restaurant for lunch during your day trip.
2. Ice Ice Baby
We have always traveled Thailand in July and August…Hot! After an exhausting day of biking or exploring temples a bit of real ice cream is delicious! How a little bit of ice cream can make you feel a different person again…
3. “He was a wise man who invented beer”
Even better than ice cream after a sweltering day: an ice cold beer for Dad. Be aware that 7-Eleven is not selling alcohol between 14.00-17.00 and before 11.00. The morning one I can understand, but I have no idea about the meaning of the afternoon one. Do you?
P.S. This is no ad for the Chang brand… I just love the Chang beer.
4. I eat…and I snack.
These coconut cream flavored nuts are our favorite. They go very well with an ice-cold Chang beer by the way.
5. Sandwich. Grill it!
This year we discovered the 7-Eleven branded Cheese Sausage Sandwich (we call this a Tosti in the Netherlands). At the counter they will grill it for you within a couple of minutes. Melted cheese…bon appetit! I am convinced that lots of backpackers eat this for breakfast and/or lunch!
6. Slurpy and Ice-coffee…mmmmm
We always have our own 7-Eleven challenge: who can get the most slurpee or ice-coffee in the cup? We were taught some tricks by local students: pour slurpee in your carton cup, tap on the bottom and you will see the slurpee settle. More room for more slurpee! Just pull the dispenser level again…
7. Mama Mia: Green Curry Noodles
Your kids will for sure love these cup noodles. Just boil some water on your hotel room and off you go: slurp those noodles! Again, maybe not the most nutritious meal but perfect for a quick lunch. Our kids go crazy for a cup of noodles.
8. Toiletries (and other stuff)
Please don’t try to bring unlimited amounts of toothpaste or soap to Thailand. There is enough choice at the 7-Eleven, where you can also buy other things that you really don’t have to bring to Thailand: travel plugs, mosquito spray, toilet paper, rain ponchos, and much more. It’s one happy convenience store!
7 eleven stores Thailand
Have you ever been to Thailand? How do you feel about the 7-Eleven? Care to start up a fanclub? Just look at me having fun shopping!! 🙂
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