Khao San Road, Bangkok

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    " Khao San road."

    by hana_aya Updated Oct 8, 2002

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    This is home to a very lively travelers scene, and a mass of budget accommodation is here.
    Some love it, some hate it but it's worth walking down even if you don't plan to stay here.
    A extensive market with a huge range of goods, from cheap clothes to Thai handicrafts, many inexpensive restaurants and all the different types of people that come here
    can make it a interesting experience. Somewhat surprisingly,the nearby backstreets retain a genuinely Thai feeling, much more so than Bangkok's other main tourist accommodation areas,
    Sukhumvit and Silom. The start of the film The Beach was also set in Khao San road,
    though filmed in Manila as the real Khao San was judged to be not 'realistic enough'.
    The guesthouse rooms shown in the film are accurate enough,but if you come expecting to be challenged to drink snake's blood as you walk along the street,
    you'll end up disappointed.

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    Thanon Khoa San - Bagpackers paradise

    by AMOQUE Updated Mar 16, 2006

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    Khoa San Road by neonlight

    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.

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    The place to be?

    by Vintom Updated Jul 13, 2005

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    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.

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    Khao San Road - Backpackers Paradise

    by SLLiew Updated Aug 31, 2009

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    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.

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    best road in BKK

    by Donna-Lee Written Aug 19, 2007

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    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.

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    Khaosan Road

    by a60 Written Jan 25, 2009

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    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.

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    CHECK OUT KHAO SAN ROAD

    by mamasan69 Updated Oct 3, 2005

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    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.

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    Khoa San: The backpacker intersection of the world

    by canajen Written Aug 25, 2007

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    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.

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    Get a Henna Tattoe!

    by nattybabe Written Jun 25, 2008

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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….

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    Backpackers' paradise

    by travelpug Written Oct 7, 2007

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    Khao San Road at nite. It's late and still crowded

    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!

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    a lovely morning walk

    by lolo5 Updated Apr 4, 2009

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    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!

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    Come to Khao San

    by arianne_1504 Written May 18, 2008

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    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.

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    Khao San Road

    by cs_zee Updated Mar 11, 2008

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    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.

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    Khao San Road - Madness

    by boltonian Written Apr 9, 2008

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    Madness

    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.

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  • Kao San Road

    by roos126 Written Jul 31, 2005

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    Kao San Road

    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.

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