Khao San Road, Bangkok
Thought up the title from a song.. and if you do have just one night, visit the nearby temples, wats,Grand Palace etc and stay in Khao San
Khao San Road has everything! If youre going to find a place to stay, eat, drink, shop and party, this would be the place. Located in the area also are numerous Travel Agencies where you can book trips to Ayutthaya, Chiang Mai, Phukhet etc..
Most visitors to Thailand will pass through Khao San Road at least once in there travels. Because of the cheap accomodation and trips leaving KSR it has become a haven for backpackers.
There are many things to do because of this and is open all night. Cheap accomodation, street markets, night clubs with all types of music, sports bars, dodgy goods, restaurants etc etc. There is everything here for tourists.
I have been here a few times but because it is not very Thai and more of a haven for Farang (Westerners) I try to stay away. The restaurants are real good here and cheap and the nightclub I went to was Lava which plays hip hop and is not bad.
If you are passing through you will have a great time but if you want to try some more Thai places or proper Bangkok nightlife you will need to get away from KSR.
Like the austin retro bar the banana leaf bar is tucked down an aley towards the end of ko san (which end i have no idea), and is clearly marked from the street. Mainly for thai's they serve good food and are friendly. there is a nice seating area upstairs.
ok so its not a nightclub but there is no 'bar' option. this cool bar is tucked down one of the many alley's off of ko san road. all you can see from the street is some neon on a brick wall i think. inside its very nice, low lighting, pool table and a dramatic spiral staircases. Not a place frequented by westerners so we were the only ones there, but very nice atmosphere and a funny dj playing everything from dido and incubus to westlife and my favourite singer, jason mraz.
Dress Code: anything goes
After spending some time walking down Khao San Road with VT memebers Tina(Gweenie) and Arjan (Armado), we finally found this bar. We were actually looking for the Reggae Bar, but it was too full of people to sit, so we walked a little more and found the Harley Bar.
Both of these bars are located just off of Khao San, on a side street, but I can't remember the exact name. As you get closer you can hear the reggae music from both bars playing and then before you know it, you are right in the middle of both bars.
The Harley Bar is obviously a tribute to the motorcycle of the same name, as there is lots of shirts, pictures, and a very old harley behind the bar.
We ended up staying here until well after closing and I had a great time. After sharing a couple of cheap "buckets" and some Chang, it turned out to be a pretty good find, as I have never been here on any of my previous trips.
Dress Code: None that I could tell, but a Harley or Bob Marley shirt may not hurt....haha.
There is no doubt that when you step off of the plane in to Thailand's capital city you will receive quite the culture shock! Just after you've managed to adjust yourself to this new way of life, you come to the famed Khao San Road.
This place is repeatably cited the backpacker's haven. People flock from all around for the cheap accomodation, the buoyant nightlife and just about everything else that you could fit in to a street! You've got clothes stalls, cds, dvds, massage parlours, bars, clubs, tourist agents, everything. This is why for me it was simply too much! I couldn't stand the blatant exploitation, and shameless bright lights. Not for me, but if you like convenience and partying then hey, you never know...
Located in a small soi off Khao San Road, it is one of the first clubs in this area.
The food is mostly Thai, drinks are cheap (looking at THB 70.00 for a small bottle of beer!), and the music is happening.
Very packed on the weekends and reservation is required. However, those that are not into loud music and dancing, then there are other places on Khao San Road to chill out and enjoy a pint of beer!
If you want to have fun, be yourself, and meet new people, then this is the place....
When the owners of Suzie Pub saw their business growing, they decided to open another pub called "Austin" (this information was given by one of the bouncers of Austin Pub 'bout two (2) ago).
Mostly a place to hang out and drink the night away. Does not have food here, so eat before you go
Dress Code: As you like.....
Every form of entertainment can be found along Khao San Rd at night. Every type of pub / bar / club is located here, though the clubs are a bit skimpy. Most of the nightlife here is centered on getting you to eat at their establishment, drink heavily, and then continue to drink heavily. There are street performers and stalls blaring techno every hundred feet or so. Its fun enough just to be here, but pick a bar and you will be happy.
Khao San Road is probably world famous for its backpackers guest houses. So, you can imagine the atmosphere going on in this area. During evening or nighttime, lots of street vendors selling food, drinks, souvenirs, ... Also lots of adresses where you can check your mail.
It's very lively, but of course not very Thai, since almost everyone around here is a foreigner.
Khao San Road is THE PLACE to go if you look for young backpackers travelers ambiance! It is open all night, here you will find places open 24 h for a late dinner or an early breakfast.
I spent there 4 hours 1 night, from 5 to 9 am, though it was not voluntarily: I took the previous night the Sabaidee bus from Vientiane (Laos), that was supposed to arrive in KSR at 8 in the morning. So, I though, I would have a quick breakfast, leave the luggage and would go visit a few things in BKK!
BUT the bus arrived "a bit" early, at 5 am!!! So there I was, in the middle of KSR, along with the last drunk partiers, totally dark all around. Luckily enough, Nat Guest House terrace was open, so I sat there and had some time to finish my Diaries, complete some watercolors, read a bit, see a whole movie, have 2 breakfasts and connect for a (long) while to internet...
Although we didn't stay in this area, we were told this place is a must go so we did. At around 1am, the driver dropped us off at one end of the street and the moment we got off, we could feel the energy from the people in the streets. Food, clothes, candles, souvenirs, etc... were sold by vendors sitting on the pavement or from carts. We had a great time. At first I was a bit worried at seeing drunken teens zig zagging along and being loud and boisterous in different languages but once you let it sink in, it was actually so much fun! We walked slowly...stopping every now and then to buy something to eat like phad thai or corn on the cob or a coke. One of the guys got grabbed by the balls by a she-male and he didn't know quite how to react. He had a helpless look on his face as the others tried to extricate him from his/her clutches. It was hilarious...but he wasn't laughing. LOL.
Dress Code: No tux, ballgowns, and high heels please ;-)
You can find all kinds of food, drinks, music on wild people on Khao San Road! Khao San Road has changed over the years! When I first went there in 1984 it was more of just a cheap strip of Guest Houses and a couple of snooker bars now it is Hippy Central!! It has turned into such a spectacal that Thai's even go here to people watch and have some fun! Great place to meet other travelers and exchange stories "From the Road".
Dress Code: On this street you can wear anything you want!
Khao San is getting more and more interesting for Thai people as well. However, if you don't dare diving into the real Asian life, you can stay here and have a comfortable mixture of American, European and Asian culture.
It's fun to get to know fellow travellers if you're on your own. If you're looking for a chat there is always someone available :)
I liked it although I am well aware that it is not the real Asian life going on there.
Dress Code: not important
Khao San Road is an interesting place to be at night. This is when many shops open and you can find anything you want. There are a lot of Bars to hang out at. There are a bunch of food stalls grilling up some great Satay Gai (for 40 baht for 2 ummmm). You can find CDs, tee shirts, thai silk, and just about anthing. Not only can you but things but you can try and sell some of your extra weight to buyers. Many of these buying stalls will give you crap for your stuff, but if you're just gunna leave it in Thailand it's better to take what you can get. ALWAYS watch your self on Khao San Road, there are a lot of pick-pocketers.
All over Bangkok you can find all types of Bars. Kareoke Bars, regualr Bars, everything. The really popular backpacking bars are on Khao San Road. Singha is the national beer of Thailand and is very popular. The average cost of a Singha is about 40 Baht, depends on where you go.
Dress Code: Nothing special, these places are backpacking places.