All over Khao San Road are drinkeries and eateries. The clientele are generally the youngish backpacker types but as I was with my two sons, Andrew 22 and Gabi 29 I felt quite at home.
Dress Code: Almost naked would be okay around here
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Dress Code: No Naked
The Club with it's extreamly high ceiling is an awsome space in cramp Khaosan Road.It's the place go if you want to dance in the heart of backpackers land ,There are also comfortable seats near the dance area were you can take off your shoes,lay out and chill.The best time to go is around 11pm.
Khao San road comes alive at night with various pub spots. One of these was this pub we went to called sunset cafe (I think?) which was jumbled among so many other pubs and eatries there. Usual food, but then we went there for the big screen tv showing the latest euro soccer match. lol
Dress Code: Khao San is a tourist spot unto itself. It has absolutely no trace of the real bangkok, if you know what I mean. Even the clothes sold there by the shops can't be found elsewhere in bangkok malls, the fashion is that catered to tourists. And the prices too - you can find stuff cheaper elsewhere.
It's like the patong road in Phuket transplanted here.
Khao San Road is a mecca for backpackers. It has everything a backpacker could want. Rip off dvd's and cd's, tons of street vendors, tattoos, hair braiders, massages, and so on and so on. There are tons of bars, cheap booze, and interesting people too meet. It's a fairly safe environment in that there's a ton of tourists there, but still be on gaurd. It's definately worth devoting a night for, but may not blow your mind for several nights in a row
WE FOUND "SILK BAR" THE VERY FIRST TIME WE WENT TO BANGKOK AND HAVE BEEN GOING BACK EVER SINCE. THIS IS A FANTASTIC PLACE TO COME AND HAVE A BITE TO EAT AND WATCH THE CROWDS OF HUMAN TRAFFIC MAKE THEIR WAY DOWN THE BUZZING KHAO SAN ROAD.. THIS IS A POPULAR PLACE AND ITS NOT HARD TO SEE WHY.. YOU CAN CHOOSE TO EAT INSIDE OR LIKE US GO UPSTAIRS AND TAKE A TABLE OUTSIDE.. I MUST BE HONEST AND TELL YOU THE REASON FOR ME LIKING THIS PART OF THE RESTAURANT..AS WELL AS HAVING GREAT VIEWS OF THE KHAO SAN ROAD AND ALL THE PARTY PEOPLE, YOU ALSO GET A GREAT VIEW OF THE FOOTBALL BEING BEAMED ONTO A HUGE SECTION OF THE OUTSIDE WALL !!
SO THERE YOU GO NOW YOU KNOW.
EVERYTHING FROM THE FOOD & DRINK TO THE WONDERFUL VIEWS OF KHAO SAN MAKE THIS BAR A SURE FIRE WINNER WITH US.
THIS IS A GREAT PLACE TO START OR END YOU NIGHT OUT ON THE ROAD...AND TAKE A TIP FROM ME, DONT LEAVE WITHOUT TRYING ONE OF THE COCKTAILS.
HAVE A GREAT NIGHT...CHEERS.
Dress Code: ANYTHING GOES..WELL ALMOST.
WE FOUND KHAO SAN ROAD A GREAT PLACE TO HAVE A BITE TO EAT THEN WALK A FEW YARDS TO SPEND THE REST OF THE EVENING GOING FROM BAR TO BAR.
LETS BE HONEST KHAO SAN ROAD IS VERY MUCH GEARED TOWARD THE WESTERN TRAVELER WITH OUTLETS LIKE MACDONALDS AND STARBUCKS NOW OPEN ON THE ROAD BUT KHAO SAN IS STILL AS HARD NOSED AS IT WAS AND WE FOUND SOME OF THE BEST PLACES TO GET A SNACK TO BE THE LITTLE STALLS THAT LINE THIS BAR CROWED PEOPLE CROWED STREET,
AND IF FRIED INSECTS ARE YOUR THING BE MY GUEST THEY ARE THERE TO BE EATEN..
THERE ARE BARS GALORE HERE, SOME SCRUFFY SOME FANCY BUT NONE ARE REALLY OVERPRICED..AFTERALL THERE ARE SO MANY TO CHOOSE FROM THEY REALLY CANT AFFORD TO PRICE THEMSELVES OUT..AND YES THERE IS EVEN AN IRISH BAR.
PEOPLE FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD COME TO KHAO SAN TO SOAK UP THE ATMOSPHERE
AND MINGLE WITH LIKE MINDED PEOPLE PLUS USE IT AS A BASE TO SEE THE MAJOR SITES OF BANGKOK, KHAO SAN ROAD HAS BECOME A MAJOR TOURIST DRAW IN ITS OWN RIGHT, AND AT THE END OF A CRACKING NIGHT BAR HOPPING WE LOVED NOTHING BETTER THAN JUMPING ONTO A TUK TUK AND HAVE ITS OWNER FLY US AT HIGH SPEED THROUGH THE STREETS OF BANGKOK WITH THE WIND IN OUR FACES BACK TO OUR HOTEL...PERFECT WAY TO END A GREAT NIGHT.
P.S QUICK UPDATE, JUST BACK FROM BANGKOK MARCH 2008..KHAO SAN IS STILL JUMPING AND IF YOU ASK ME I THINK ITS GOT EVEN BETTER....OH I LOV KHAO SAN !!!!!
Dress Code: DRESS CODE..ON KHAO SAN ANYTHING GOES.
PLUS YOU MUST HAVE FUN HERE.... ITS THE LAW !!!!!
Khao San is that stretch of road in Bangkok's old Banglamphu district that has for decades lured millions of backpacking tourists to its cheap hostels (debatable these days), lively bars (of the wholesome variety) and currently,cafés, including America's flagship coffee brand Starbucks.
While Khao San oldtimers whine about the commercialization of the whole place and the loss of that distinctive charm, it's still a good place to grab a drink and chat with fellow backpackers (or more like, package holidaymakers). The crowd varies from the hard core stinky backpackers, to the London City/NYC Wall St Prada-and-Hugo-Boss set to locals making friends with tourists (and ladies and not-so-real-ladies doing business with tanned westerners). Quite a spectacle.
All these come at a price, though; food and drinks are usually more expensive (easily by 25-50%) here than in other areas in Bangkok. I think the only missing element is that ultimate tourism status symbol: UNESCO's seal of approval as a world heritage site.
Dress Code: Anything goes.
So many travellers. Everyone seems to understand each other & blend well together. Tattoo parlours, Thai massages, Food stalls, Travel Agency etc. etc. are abandon here.
Khao San Road always seems crowded with people from all over the word. A lot of people say that this is a backpacker ghetto. If you haven't been to Khao San, take a stroll here & witness for yourself and decide whether you like it or not…From the guest house we stayed at Pra Athit Road…Khao San is just a few minutes walk & we were there almost every night! Wherever you are, just take some precaution & use common sense…Que sera sera!
Our family always spends a lot of time at Khao San Road at night when we're in BKK - as we stay in Chinatown, which is not the safest outside certain boundaries. We like the containment of Khao San, and the variety of restaurants closeby, the shopping, massage, banana pancakes etc.......
I was aware that there was an adult entertaintment industry at Khao San, which is much more discrete than Patpong - and, on subsequent trips, realise that it really kicks off a bit later in the night. So, if you are gone by about 9.00pm, you will miss out on the "action". Or, if you are looking for the action, turn up later!
Gents are not safe from approaches from touts even in Khao San, even accompanied by their spousal watchdogs!
Khao San Rd is lots of fun at night. Even you don't stay on this street, you must come to visit. It has bars (cheap and chic), shops, restaurants (street food or fine dining), shops, etc. In my opinion, Khao San Rd is more exciting than Patpong.
Dress Code: casual... very casual... just be yourself!
I really recommend staying on Khao San Road, as it's always busy so you won't have any problems at night. The street becomes pedestrian during the night and is filled with stalls: food, souvenirs, clothes, etc. There's a lively atmosphere here, and although it's full of backpackers from all over the world, there are loads of thais to meet.
Shops and restaurants remain open until around 12 pm.
Brick Bar -- my all-time favorite place to hang out!!
If you're into funk or ska music, I'd really really like to recommend this one......
There's a band called Teddy Ska (Mon-Sat 11 p.m.) -- which I think -- one of the coolest ska bands in Thailand. The place starts to fill up around late 9 or 10, and by that time the tables are fully occupied, sometimes even no place to stand!! No reservations can be made thru a call, it's on fisrt come-first serve basis.
Check out their website :
(E-mail me if you wanna be there, I hang out here almost every weekend!!!)
Dress Code: Casual -- but no shorts and slippers
Bring your ID + 150 Baht Entrance Fees (they'll give you a drink coupon)
Gullivers is the busiest place on khao san road, its a nice mix of backpackers and thai girls!! if you want to pick up nice thai girls this is the spot, dont worry about mone, beers are around 50p. the musics alrite but when your in thailand you can give it a bi-ball!!
Dress Code: whatever if your western
Really sorry I'm not sure if it's Cinnamon or Cinnabon. -_-"
If you're interest in DJ spinning, tech-no / electronic music, you're welcomed. Or you wanna take part in a friendly pool-tournament, then enjoy. Or if you just wanna eat something with little booze to wet your apitite, Cinnamon (or Cinnabon?) has a quiet front porch just to chill-out. Though this place is not quite BOOM, but just give it a try.
Dress Code: Casual