Khao San Road - Thanon Khao San, Bangkok
The two Ronnies (a english comic double act) once said a couple wanted to have children of either sex - boy girl and hairdresser.
Whilst not wishing to be offensive (in our enlightened times) the 'third way' of the ladyboys are tolerated in Thailand.
'Farang' magazine (copyright accepted) recently suggested that Thai TV could do a 'reality' show based on the Ladyboy culture :
Synopsis foe 'Extreme make over' :
Contestants are given free sex changes - the hormones, the sbip, the lot...after the contestants are all healed up and functional they are cut loose at Gullivers Tavern on Khosan Road. The First one to seduce a backpacker without the fellow twigging that his 'beautiful' date was once a man wins a Volkswagen bus cocktail bar. Special bonus prize if they can snag the guy's wallet & passport at the same time.
Fondest memory: Watching ladyboys trying to get a reaction to their bodies and watching people studiously trying to ignore them !
Favorite thing: Holidaying in Asia with the children for the first time required some accommodation for their wary palates. Our family made an almost daily trek to Khao San Road whilst in Bangkok, for food, shopping and massage. The most popular treat for us was the banana pancakes from this lady - and her protege(s). Great treat for 30 to 40Bt, depending on the amount of toppings - ie. with or without condensed milk and chocolate!
Soi is the small street in Bangkok and Thanon means the street. See big picture in my travelogues. So if you read Sukhumvit Soi 22, means: the small street 22 from Sukhumvit road
First Photo: Soi in Tonburi, Bangkok
Second Photo: Soi in the way from the pier to Royal Barges Museum in Bangkok
Third Photo: Soi in the way from the pier to Royal Barges Museum in Bangkok
Fourth Photo: Soi in the way from the pier to Royal Barges Museum in Bangkok
Fifth Photo: Soi in the way from the pier to Royal Barges Museum in Bangkok
Go to Khao Sarn Road at night -- store
s named: VERY STRONG COCKTAILS...The cocktails were like the hawkers' name "VERY STRONG!" IF you wanna get drunk, please come to this store & get as many cup as u can cos it only cost 60 Baht (RM6) per cup.
Favorite thing: I was reading a shirt hanging on a rack in Khao San Rd. and found it amusing that it mentioned something about people getting corn rows and dreadlocks during their stay. Quite true, really. They seem to feel the energy of Khao San with the hairstyle and there's an attitude that goes with it as well...cool...too cool...almost spaced out ;-)
This is the street that greets backpackers and travelers from around the world....there are lots of places to stay - some better than others - places to suit all budgets buts certainly nothing extravagant. People seem to stay for a day or two...maybe three....thats all you seem to need to see the sights, get sorted on your next destination and of course party till the wee hours of the morning.....note: the area directly on Kho San...we the road its self....actually shuts down about 12:30am....bars cant serve and neither do the variety stores for some road rockets....you can still hang around, enjoy a little food and people watch with a couple of road side brews.....Tip: at 12:15am, go to the 7/11 and buy a half dozens Singha's....you can then walk around well past the closing hours and chill out.....walk a few street away and everything seems to still be open. A rather fun time for a few nights....everyone coming and going AND if you put a little efforts into it, you'll see a good portion of the city. Price is still right - although food prices and beers at the bar are beginning to creep up to the 100B/beer ...tooo much especialy compared to the rest of Thailand. Kho San is what it is......some shopping for essentials and nto an averall bad place to start your travels. Good Luck.
Fondest memory: There are many thais hanging about on the street going to the bars and hanging out....going for walks we would come across different groups of partiers who were playing the guitar and singing or just sitting around....we had a good time interacting with them...of course we'd hav the traveler beers from the store and chillin in the late ngiht temps was cool...Usually out to 3 or so in the morning.
Every few steps on Khao San Road you'll see food vendors selling everything from the truly different (fried grasshoppers) to your usual Thai fare like Phad Thai.
Fondest memory: Ordering something that looked really good then having to run to the nearest restaurant to buy a drink because it was toooooo hot it almost burned my tongue!
Khaosan Road is a famous backpackers area filled with wall to wall guesthouses.So this is the place to head if you are looking for a bed for the night,book tours ,look for deals on airline tickets or just wanting a meal and meeting other travellers.
Wonder down Khaosan's many little alley ways that are like mazes that leads you to more guesthouses,shops,bars.travel agents and then find yourself on a completly different Soi.
D&D Guesthouse- air-con rooms and a pool on the roof with a view.
Buddy Lodge -more up market than most on Khaosan Rd also with a pool.
Khaosan Center -good place to eat ,drink & people watch.
Gullivers Pub -nice bar with good food , pool tables ,free internet,friendly staff & air-con.
The Club- if your looking for some techno beats later in the night.
Roadside bars and street vendors
A trip to Bangkok wouldn't be complete without a visit to Khao San Rd.
We only managed to get here once, at night. There were people everywhere, eating, drinking and just wandering around checking out the shops and stalls.
Lots of food vendors means plenty of choice. Everything looked very yummy, but because we had already had dinner before we got there all we could fit in was a banana roti. It was very nice :) So was the Mai Tai I had further down the road.
The Khao San road. The home of the travelers scene. Here you can find a mass of budget accommodation and lots of nice cheap things to buy.
Fondest memory: The fantastic Thail food was served everywhere on the streets.
This is the place where you'll meet all backpackers, its a very busy streets, lots of shops, restaurants bars etc'. Many cheap hostels and travel agencies as well. everyone is out in the street, lots of things to buy, just name it and its there. Lots of music in the streets and fun.
For me it was nice to visit there but not my kinda place to stay.
Favorite thing: This road is the main road for tourists. Many hostels and shops. You can buy here everything what you want. In the morning not so, but in the afternoon is full of people. You can eat everything from the hambourger to living bugs.
Bangkok is the main stop over for most tourists. Here are some of my latest updated bus fares for you:
Bkk-Siem Reap 200b
Bkk-Ko Samui 400b
Bangkok's Official Bus Fares
Fondest memory: My Khao San Road momory. What is Khao San Road? This is a road name in Bangkok you wouldn't want to miss if you are a budget tourist or backpacker. If you are here in Bangkok, take a big red bus No.53, pay about 50 cents, tell the conductor to stop you at Khao San Road. Okay now, what you have in Khao San Road? here you can get whatever informations about budget travels, internet cafes, visa arrangement, group trips, jungle tracking trips, bungy jumping, waterfalls, air tickets to the whole world, boat tickets, bus ticket to everywhere including Laos, Cambodia, Malaysia and hopefully Myanmar. Also you can shop until you broke, buy a backpack as cheap as 600baht of size 65 with any brand names you like, try at least 50 different guesthouses, massages, cafes, restaurants and whatever related to budget travels and at night this place is like a backpackers' playground full of activities and international tourist cultures.
kho san road,the road lives,tourist from all over the world,salers,guest houses,impossible to be bored.
people,they are always ready to help,if you need and that everytime with a smile on their faces.
Finding a place to stay is not that difficult in Bangkok, If You want to have a no frills affair or you are on a tight budget or are you a backpacker? No problem! than go to Khao San Road! This is the backpacker's heaven of Bangkok and the whole of Southeast Asia! the place is filled with cheap hostels where you can spend the night for a couple of 100 bath. Make sure you see the room first though since some of them might be really bad but in general its a good place to stay for the budget traveler with cheap travel and other services widely available (although you would ne see me in a place like these as everyone knows, i don;t scrimp on the frills hehehe). A disadvantage however is that Khoa San is not really central and therefore has no access to the Skytrain or MRT stations. In order to get somewhere you have to take a bus or taxi. The accommodation varies from 'mattress in a box' style hostels, to full Western-standard luxury.
Fondest memory: Many tourists use Khaosan road as their base for exploring the rest of Thailand and Indochina in General (Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Burma, even going to Malaysia and Singapore) as there are many direct coaches from the street to virtually all major tourist destinations in Thailand and to the rest of Indo China! Plus, there is an abundance of relatively cheap travel agents to arrange visas and transport to these countries!