Khao San road is a Bangkok institution. A backpapers paradise, a clubs and drinks magnet plus a load of street life, food stalls and shops selling pretty much everything. While its great here all day, once night falls it really kicks off. A must do when in Bangkok.
I really enjoyed hanging out in this street. There are lots of shops, street buys, local items and gift items, restaurants and bars. It is very busy especially at night when the lights are on. You can try pad thai here and other street food. You can also have a beer or two and it is just cheap. There are also stalls here where you can book tours for the various tourist spots in bangkok like the kanchanaburi tour, floating market, etc. When you book your tours here, it is really cheap compared to the packages they give at the hotels. You should definitely visit this place.
Khao San Road
A good place to be! and meet people from all over the world!! A great nightlife, a small bazaar and a lot of tourist office. If you like to see and more travellers like you then Khao San Road is the right place. If you like to see Thai people Khao San is not the right place.
Name: Khao San Road
Theme: Travellers, Travel Office, Street Bazaar, Coffee shop, Nightlife
Close to: Sanam Luang Park
Pictures in the web: Markets in Bangkok
Last Visit: September 2008
First Photo: Khao San Road
Second photo: Coffee shop in Khao San Road
Thirth photo: Bazaar in Khao San Road
Forth photo: Bazaar in Khao San Road
Fifth photo: Building near Khao San Road
This temple is located at the northern end of the infamous Khao San Road which is home to lots of backpackers so you'll expect to find a few in here, visiting. It was built before the first reign of Rattanakosin (before 1782) and was once known as Wat Klang Na (temple in the Paddy Field). In the reign of King Rama I, the temple became a centre of Mon sect of Buddhism as he awarded it to the Mon soldiers who fought in a war with the Burmese. After the war, the temple was restored and made a royal temple and renamed to its current name which means Victory of War.
From Khao San Road, the tourist area for backpacker or budget conscious travellers have "spilled over" to neigbhoring streets until the riverside boat stop.
The atmosphere is uniquely western combined with Thai. It is worth to spend some time wandering here through the souvenir shops, restaurants or gawking at this "young" tribe of primarily Europeans hanging out in the Far East. On the street, you can your hair braided. Or buy fake driving licenses and ids.
There are many Thai ethnic hill tribe minority dressed women selling their wares. You can find them all over Khao San area.
although i am not the khao san type, i still enjoyed 3 times a walk by that road and few arround, just for the laziness and easiness that transpare tere...too many grunge tourists tiough on my taaste...otherwise some great easy going caffes such as SAWADEKA, some great easy shopping such as for fishermen pants or thai bags, etc; I do not reccommend eating from teh street vendors, for the simple reason that under 38C all food is going mad; the first day even after eating ina 4 stars restaurant I arrived at the emmergency room with bacterial food poisoing!
This is a really interesting place to visit. There are shops and markets stalls lining the road (no cars allowed) and street food everywhere. There are many nationalities of people visiting this area - many young backpackers.
There is so much that you can buy - hats, T-shirts, shoes, CDs, jewellery, men and women's clothing - the list goes on. You can get your hair braided here but be prepared it takes a long time but worth it in the end.
Khaosan Road is a place to "people watch" and there are many bars where you can sit for hours. It really is an interesting place to go.
Is located in the Banglamphu neighborhood (Phra Nakhon district), Khao san means 'raw rice' in Thai. Before it became a tourist hotspot, the street was a major rice market for Bangkok.
Crafts, paintings, clothes, pirate CDs, DVDs, fake educational diplomas, fake driver's licenses, food, second hand books as well as many items useful to backpackers are among the common goods traded along the road.
Khaosan road has in recent years also become popular among local people, especially artists and art students. The road hosts a number of pubs and bars, where people of many nationalities meet and discuss their travels.
It is one of Bangkok's most vibrant streets, host to people from around the world. One Thai writer described the road as "a short road that has the longest dream in the world." Any visit to Bangkok is incomplete without a people-watching beer on Khaosan.
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One thing that is popular to do in Bangkok (or Khao San Rd) is to get a henna tattoe. As the shops start to truly open in Khao San Road (around 5pm) the henna guys will come out along with fake hair sellers and jewellery stands. They will have a huge book of designs to choose from and they are all priced differently depending on what you choose. Mine cost 120 Baht (with bargaining) and went up my foot and onto my leg. They say that the henna tattoe lasts for 2 weeks but mine only lasted for 1 week. It was great while it lasted though and people commented on it.
A great novelty….
Khao San Road is THE main tourist run. It's packed with shops, bars and restaurants and come night time the street markets are alive. Some really great places here including a tattoo shop, beauty Salon (see my tip in Shewaspa) and the little sidewalk bar.
Well, this is on my 'Things to Do' list, only because this is where the budget hotels are, and the only sort of nightlife.
Khao San Road is an experience. Stalls selling fake goods line the streets. behind them a series of cheap hotels, seedy bars, and travel agents.
The hotels are all very basic but do the job. The bars offer variety. Good food, nightlife etc.
You will be amazed by how many white Brits with dreadlocks are here. Very annoying to me.
Also, the number of fat rich UK and American men, sat in bars with gorgeous Thai girls who look so miserable. A very sad existance for both parties.
Khao San Road ( Thanon Khao Saan ; also spelled Khaosan, Kao Sarn, Koh Sarn and many other variations ) is technically speaking, a small street about three blocks long located about a block from the Chao Phraya River in the Banglamphu district northwest of downtown Bangkok. Backpackers and budget tourists are drawn by some of the cheapest accommodation and travel deals in Thailand.
I believe that Khao San Road in Bangkok is every backpackers 'Mecca' in Thailand. It is like 'the' place to be to meet with travelers from all around the world. It's more fun to come at night when the road is closed to traffic. I came here at almost 11pm and it was still packed with people! Lots of cheap accomodations, bars, shops, restaurants, etc. Lots of fun!
The infamous Khao San road has everything a person on a budget needs to enjoy live in Bangkok. Although it is alot smaller than most usually expect, you'll find a sensory overload of cheap beer patios, tattoo parlours, laundry shops, souvenir stands and knock-off clothing booths. People from all walks of life meet here and finding new beer buddies seems to always happen. If you've never tried a 'bucket' here's your chance. You'll see them offered at the same make-shift stands that have guys holding up signs saying 'very strong cheap booze'. The buckets are literally what they're called; red-bull and sangsom (thai rum) in a big plastic bucket along with randomly hanging straws.
If you're resting with a pint on one of the patios, be sure not to sit at the front (near the street) unless you are looking to buy souvenirs. There are dozens of women dressed in traditional northern thai outfits that will harrass you to buy their necklaces or wooden, noise making frogs.
There are a ton of chill places to party on the road. A couple to check out would be the hippie bar, the reggae bar and gullivers.
I loved walking down KhoaSan Rd, anyone that knows the Fremantle Markets (Western Australia) will like this famous road. I prefer silver jewelery and brought a couple of rings and pendants from there, the hippie style clothes and bags were my style. Its also known for cheap accommodation, nice restaurants and the young tourists (backpackers), I heard so many different languages and accents spoken it really was multicultural.