Khao San Road information
KHAO SAN ROAD
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 in Thailand - most guesthouses charge around 150 baht
a night and a bowl of noodles is 20 baht or less - and great
bargains on tour and transport.
The first business to open on Khao San Road was a small hotel
aimed at serving civil servants from the provinces who came to
Bangkok on business. The hotel was followed by Sor Thambhakdi, a
shop selling monks' accessories. It was followed by four similar
businesses, and khao San became known as a "religious road".
Word soon spread about the easy lifestyle and friendliness of the
locals. Friends told friends, and before long the owner of the house
started to charge 20 baht for food and lodging. The first commercial
guesthouse, called Bonny, opened with six small bedrooms.
On a more practical level there are also pharmacies,
internet cafes, money changing booths, ATMs,
shoe stores, laundry, and optometrists.
Accommodations and restaurants are hard to
recommend, since places spring up and disappear on a monthly basis.
Khao San Road is fairly easy to get to from anywhere in Bangkok.
Taxis, buses, and river ferry are your main
options. The hourly airport bus, A2, arrives and departs from
the corner of Khao San Road. More
||Floating Market and Rose Garden
Cultural Tour You will have the opportunity of witnessing
the unique and unforgettable experience of the world-renowned Thai Village
Cultural Show. Daily, over 150 performers vividly portray a fascinating
cross section of Thailand's culture, heritage and way of life; dances,
ceremonies, rituals, sports and pastimes.
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||Morning Canals Tour 06.00
Am - 12. 30 Pm Experience and early morning trip along the bustling Chao
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of life by the water.....
The Banglamphu market is a good place to pick up cheap
Thai knock-offs of everything from jeans to Italian sneakers, as
well as a few posh Thai silk stores. Food stalls also abound in this
area. Khao San road is also home to many wholesale silver jewelry
Food courts & Restaurants
Khao San Road offers one of the most diverse food selections
anywhere in Bangkok. Since the street sees such a varied nationality
of travelers, several ethnic foods can be found here. Street carts
that line Khao San Road sell decent phat thai (fried
noodles), quail eggs, roti (like a pancake), falafel, hummus,
various bugs and some sell just cocktails.
However, it's worth noting that much of it is specifically geared
for backpackers — even the local phat thai, especially the 10
baht variety, economizes on the ingredients and uses soy instead of
the traditional tamarind sauce. Those looking for truly good food
would be advised to head elsewhere, such as to Sukhumvit.
As Khao San leaves its backpacker roots, standards (and prices)
are rising. International outlets Burger King and Starbucks have
moved in during 2004.
- Siam Oriental Restaurant, lively atmosphere, serve
international and Thai foods. "Chicken satay" is recommended to
- Tom Yum Gung, the restaurant, is highly rated and great
place to try some tom yum gung (spicy shrimp soup).
- Gulliver’s, on the west end of the road, is a decent
sports bar with mid range pricing a good offering of Western food.
- Sidewalk Cafe, a great outdoor people watching spot
with a large menu.
Khao San Road has some of the cheapest bars in town, and these
days even some Thais head down to knock back a few. A can of Beer
Chang is 25 baht at 7-11. Worth a look are a few street side VW vans
converted to mobile bars, serving cocktails made from cheap liquor.
- Lava, Middle of Khao San. Go down the steps to one of
the more modern and western own bars on the Road. Sunday nights
- Bangkok Bar,
- Susies Pub, The pub that started it all. Owners of the
is pub have branched out to owning Austin Pub, Tom Yung Gung, and
The Club. Usually packed playing top 40s tunes.
- Gullivers, A sports pub.
- The Club, With a huge neon sign, you can't miss it.
Interesting open design.
- Silk Bar & Restaurant, click
- There is a relaxing, small coffee shop inside the book store
on the 2nd floor of the Khao San Road shopping mall.
- Most restaurants on Khao San serve freshly brewed coffee.
- There is a branch of the chain Coffee World near the
- There is a very nice Starbucks in a converted house around the
middle of the street.
Khao San Road is Bangkok's backpacker guesthouse center.
Keep in mind that anything on the main drag will be loud, and
anything with exterior windows will get hot. Try walking a block or
two off Khao San proper to find something with a little
personality-- or at least a little quiet. The street past the police
station end of the block (Soi Rambuttri) has reasonable little bars
and restaurants that are starting to spill out onto the sidewalk.
The road gets darker and quieter as it wraps around the wat (temple)
grounds. The post office end also has a few original spots--
including a great veggie restaurant and cooking school.
||K.S. HOUSE (Guest House &
Restaurant) Khao san Road K.S. House offers 55
standard rooms with duals fan and A/C and nice view Top-Roof restaurant
which you can see river and famous Rama VIII bridge.5 minutes walk from
famous backpacker Khao san Road. Next to Siam Commercial Bank (Banglamphu
Branch) right on Banglamphu intersection.
||SAWASDEE BANGKOK INN (Khaosan
Road) Sawasdee Bangkok Inn is one of the most beautiful
hotels on the Khaosan Road area. Our guests will enjoy the unique colonial
architecture and the charm of the old Siam. Our rooms, decorated with the
antique teakwood and inviting colors, reflect a bygone era in Thailand.
||TRANG HOTEL (Khaosan Road) Trang
Hotel Bangkok offers the amenities and services of a hotel with an extra
touch of warmth and hospitality, which includes comforts for the body and
mind, as well as facilities for business meetings or other special
There are two better class hotels in the area, priced just over
1000 baht for proper hotels with swimming pools, minibars, etc. The
better one is the Royal Hotel, while the Vieng Tai is also a popular
||BUDDY LODGE (khaosan
Road) The Boutique Hotel, guests are templed to taste the food of your
choices from range of international ceusine, buddy beer is a Thai European
style restaurant that serves delicious. Thai meals & varieties of
||VIENGTAI HOTEL (Khaosan
Road) One of the most fascinating areas of Bangkok, the
riverside reflects a constantly changing scene with taxi boats gently
transporting passengers, rice barges being towed laden with goods and
local trading boats, against a backdrop of glittering temples and modern
||ROYAL HOTEL BANGKOK (Khaosan
Road) The Royal Hotel is a tourist class hotel ideally
situated in the heart of the old town of Bangkok. Here one can explore
plenty of tourist attractions concentrated in the city such as the Grand
Palace, the National Museum, several best-known Buddhist temples, shopping
centres, government and United Nations offices at a short distance.
Cheap tourist bus, mini-van, and airline tickets
are available at Charlie Connection Travel & Tour. Visas
for other Southeast Asian countries can also be obtained on your
behalf. Popular destinations include Chiang Mai in the north, Phuket
in the south, Angkor Wat in the east (in Cambodia), and various
islands off the coast. Southeast Asia itinerary.
Warning: While convenient, honest to a certain extent (ie.
if sold a ticket to Siem Reap, you eventually will probably get to
Siem Reap) and seemingly cheap, many of the agencies
operating here have turned scamming into an art form. The "VIP
buses" you are promised turn into clapped-out minibuses, you are
likely to be hit for extra charges for various dubious services
along the way and many operators will intentionally slow down the
journey so you arrive in the middle of the night and can be coaxed
into choosing their guesthouse — invariably the crappiest place in
town which just happens to pay the agency the highest commissions.
Worst of all, since you have paid in advance, you have no recourse
of any kind when this happens! It will generally be faster and
cheaper to arrange your own tickets directly or fly.