Khao San Road, Bangkok
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.
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 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 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.
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...
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!
Bangkok has a great nightlife. There is a lots of clubs, pubs, live music and Karaoke bars in many places in Bangkok.
First photo: Khao San Road
Second photo: Khao San Road
Third photo: Bangkok by night
Forth photo: Bangkok by night
Fifth photo: Bangkok by night
Dress Code: Anything
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.
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!
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.
I arrived here just as the sun set. The bars and clubs had just turned the lights on and lit up the night sky. It was not yet as crowded as I have heard it gets on Khao San road at night. The street vendors seem to switch out. Day vendors packing up and the night vendors coming out.
I liked this area at this time of night. The crowds are not here yet and the party is just starting. The best part is the sun is down and you can really enjoy the sights and a relaxed walk checking out the clothing and souvenir vendors. Definitely an enjoyable evening. I left by 9:00pm and it was still a bit relaxed.
Dress Code: Very casual and good walking shoes.
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 ;-)
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
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 road is definitely the Farang neighbourhood of Bangkok. There are so many foreigners here that Thai people look out-of-place. However, unlike tourist districts all over the world, Khao San road is still wild enough to retain some of Bangkok's character. Also, the people there are generally young, or at least young-at-heart, enough to fill the place with vibrant energy. Surprisingly enough, it is just as sketchy a place as all the busy Bangkok areas. Definitely worth checking out, especially if you like buying cool t-shirts.
Dress Code: Wear anything you want...