This is a relief to the Patpong area, a Must-Do on the backpacker, and got even a trendy touristic place because of the "Beach" movie with Leonardo Di Caprio. Though I heard the Khao San Road already was a famous area before the "Beach" movie shot some parts here. I loved the Khao San Road, the street so alive with the spiritual touch ... and so many backpackers, even it is touristy, crowded and noisy.
Maybe close to the river, untypically Bangkok spheres and crowded with Hippie-like entertainments that's the reason the area attracts tourists looking for good to reach and cheap accomodations, night-market, anything-cheap-to-buy place, fine food, bars, coffee shops ... and ofcourse a lot of fun! All matters that travellers love ... me included!
if you suddenly appeared at Kao San Road, you must be mistakenly thinking that you are somewhere in western country. Look around, you will find that most of the people (>70%) are foreigners or farangs... with the western style bar, restaurant, etc... everywhere is lifely... along the main street, you can see people doing shoping from the street stalls, people having their hair set, tasting the local foods, etc.
Look carefully at the row of shops, most of them are travel agents, arranging your short and long term travel, getting you budget hostel, getting you bus/train/flight/taxi/cow ticket... almost everything you can ask them to arrange for you...
But if you wanted to experience the local life, go other places...
It is special as you can find a lot of farang there and a lot of pubs without the bar girls inside:) The food there is reasonably priced and you can see a lot of guesthouses offering cheap accommodation.
Khao San Road has been the meeting point for backpackers from all over the world for many years. Here you find everything you might possibly need: cheap accommodation, great street food, travel agencies, souvenirs & jewellery shops, tailors, massage parlor, yoga studios...
At night lots of "minibars" open on the street where you can buckets full of Thai whiskey, coke and whatever.
But Khao Road has changed quite a lot over the years, these days you find American coffee shops and fast food outlets here aswell a some mid-range hotels.
Looking for cheap accomodation, cheap cd's, cheap clothes, bags, (leather) bracelets, bars, restaurants and many western bagpacking tourists? Khoa San Road has got it all!
Whatever you are looking for you will find here. The market starts as soon s the evening starts untill 11 p.m. except on monday, but the shops are open everyday. Keywords are much, cheap, busy an experience of it's own.
Well known from the film "the Beach" with Leonardo Di Caprio. Here you find all the road sellers, bars, cafes that you want.
The Road used to be a secret tip for the Backpacker community, but got a tourist destination by itself in the last years.
After 5 p.m. the road is closed for traffic and becomes a pedestrian mile.
There are many guest houses, hotels etc here or close by. The location makes it a good starting point into Bangkoks Old Town. In walking distance from the Palace, Wat Pho, Wat Arun, the Khlongs.
La zona de khao San, esta llena de vida con sus puestos callejeros, tiendas, agencias de viajes, cafeterias y especialmente la cantidad de gente variopinta que pulula por sus calles
Aqui parece que todo el mundo esta a tu alcance
Khao San is full of life with the street stalls , shops, travel agencies, cofee shops and spetially the big number of so different people that mills around the streets
Here it seems that the hole world is in your hands
Have I mentioned that I don't care how touristy it is, I still love Khao San Road!!? You just never know what you are going to see there.
When I took my sister to Thailand, we happened to be at Khao San during shooting of a Bollywood movie, starring Amitabh Bachan! It was awesome to watch - and invade. They kept asking us to move - very politely of course! - can't see why! "You are in the frame" ...... "yeah, that's the idea!..."
The street was tranformed from Thai and tourist occupied to Indian actors, crew and onlookers. Action and gorgeous men everywhere. Why would you want to be anywhere else!?
And who would miss walking along this street, even at least once during their visit in BKK?
Long before the movie of Leonardo DiCaprio (The Beach) was partly shot in this street, Khaosan Road is already a famous landmark in the Banglamphoo area of Bangkok. It's maybe the first thing that would come up on any backpackers' mind about Bangkok. Tavelers on a budget would definitely choose to spend either their first night or the whole time they are in this city here in Khaosan Road. Cheapest accommodations can be found here, although lately there sprung a lot of mid-range hotels that offers comfort in comparable to star-rated hotels in other areas of the city.
You can find the cheapest food along the street in US$ cents - street noodles at US$0.12, fresh local orange juice in plastic bottles at US$0.12 to 0.24, chicken or beef BBQ at US$0.50. The backpackers "uniform" shirts and travel gears are all here, all those counterfeit stuff, clothings, headcaps, silverwares, syndicated CDs, travel agents for air, train & bus tickets and package tours... and YES.... hair-braiding, body piercing and tatoos .... along the street!
The market scene of Khaosan during the daytime is transformed to street bars at night.
Khaosan is like a small municipality in itself for backpackers around the world.
I like many first time travellers to Bangkok had the chance to experience KSR. It was a bit overwhelming for me on my first visit, but I went back on my third trip and had a great time.
On the first visit with my brother, I basically stepped off the airport bus, and was initiated to Thailand within minutes of landing. This was still fun (mainly for my brother) because I had no idea what to expect or what was going on most of the time.
On my third trip I came back here again, but this time I was the one doing the leading to another first timer (gweenie on VT). We explored a few bars, much the same as my brother and I, however this time I at least felt comfortable being here.
There are so many things to do and explore on KSR that I will come back again in the future and do it all over.
Khaosan Road. You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy. We must be cautious.
I have a love/hate relationship with Khaosan Road. On the one hand you have to love the place because it has all of the amenities that you need as a traveller. There are cheap places to sleep both on the street and in the adjacent streets. There are cheap internet places, plenty of decent travel agencies, and places to buy toiletries. It is also a decent place to find Western food if Asian food doesn't suit your palate.
It is exactly for the above reasons that I hate the place. It is a backpacker ghetto. I don't want to eat Western food most of the time so that doesn't interest me. The street is occupied mostly by foreigners who have only a passing interest in Thai culture and the local Thais are mostly only trying to make a buck out of you.
Overall though Khaosan is a good place. It is central to most of the main tourist sites and is a lively place. Even backpacker culture is interesting to watch. Heck, even the Thais come on down to watch the gong show.
You should really visit Kao San Road when you visit Bangkok, it's the place where all tourists go to eat, sleep, e-mail or call to friends and family, drink fruitshakes, get their hair done and by souvenirs.
I recommend you to visit Kao San Road at night, and eat your diner over here while walking the street. The fresh fruitshakes over here are the best, you can pick your own favorite fruit for a drink.
I think Khao San Rd. is famous by Leonardo DiCaprio of The Beach. Here has everything that you expects to find. Try the local foods, a great experience you will never forget. You can also find some cheap guesthouse at a budget.
Go to Bangkok and you simply must visit the Khoa San Road area, if only to say you've been there. It's mad, but it's structured in it's own way. This is a great area to shop and take in the atmosphere. Here you will find a lot of the cheaper accomodation prefered by backpackers and budget travellers.
The market is a good place to buy goods at very reasonable prices, the goods being genuine and counterfit.
the atmosphere is fantastic! good mix of foreigners and locals. Great for fisherman pants shopping and braiding/dreadlocking of hair. If you just wanna drink beer and chill, this's the place to be at. Shopaholics get to do their shopping as well. Cheap and good accomodation..
Last stayed at Four Sons Inn.