Khao San Road in Bangkok has been the backpacker haven for decades. With cheap hotels, cheap restaurants and lots of late night bars it see travelers from all over the world congregating here. Khao San Road has some of the liveliest nightlife in Bangkok with bars and clubs open to the early hours of the morning.
Khao San Road is closed to traffic and has markets running the length of the street selling the usual market products like tshirts, clothing, DVDs. There are also lots of vendors roaming the street trying to sell various products. Some are a little unusual like fried scorpions on a stick.
During the day Khao San Road is still busy with people visiting the markets. There are also lots of cafes and restaurants along Khao San Road which are good places for people watching and viewing the many freaks that spend way too much time in Thailand and Khao San Road (you people know who you are!).
There are some really good Thai Restaurants with well thought out names like Pad Thai Restaurant and Tom Yum Restaurant. You also find loads of street vendors serving up a great range of Thai street food. Pad Thai, grilled meats and also some tasty crepes.
Khao San Road also has all the Western fast food restaurants like Burger King, McDonalds and KFC which are open 24 hours a day.
Best Bars on Khao San Road Bangkok
There are loads of very cool bars right along Khao San Road. Some are at street level facing out to the street, some are on the 1st and 2nd floors of the buildings looking down at the passing pedestrian traffic on Khao San Road. Most of the bars on Khao San Road offer free WiFi internet access. Just ask the bar staff for the password.
Check out the best bars on Khao San Road:
Gulliver’s Pub is your good old Traveller’s Tavern to sit back and enjoy a nice cold one. With a good selection of tap beers at resonable prices and serving up some great pub food like T-Bone Steaks, Grilled Burgers, Steak Pie and one of the best Big Breakfast plates in Bangkok.
The Brick Bar is a trendy bar with 3 different bands playing every night. Music ranges from Hip Hop to Reggae. The Brick Bar is open from 7pm – 1.30am everyday.
The Club Khao San is one of Bangkok’s finest nightclubs with resident DJ’s and rotating International DJ’s.
Hippie De Bar has a cool courtyard serving up some delicious cocktails and a great range of yummy Thai food.
Travel Shops on Khao San Road
Being a tourist and backpacker hangout, Khao San Road has lots of small travel shops which can organise travel to any where you want to go in Thailand. They can either book your flights or arrange mini-bus trips to places like Koh Tao or Koh Samet.
Dodgy Fortune Tellers on Khao San Road
You will see lots of Indian Sikh men on Khao San Road (the guys with the big turbans and bushy beards) and as you walk past they will offer to read your future and also guess the name your last girlfriend or boyfriend. These guys are dodgy!
I had a chat to one and asked how long it would take and how much. He said just a bit of experimenting would take 5 minutes and it was up to me how much I paid. He said poor men, medium men and rich men all paid different amounts.
I went along to try the experiment. He took me down this dodgy laneway and sat me on this little plastic chair. There were actually quite a few of these chairs setup in the laneway and I was surprised how many western people were sitting with one these dodgy Sikh guys to have their future read.
He read my palm and told me about my life line, thought line, sex life etc. Nothing too exciting. He asked for some money at this stage and I gave him 100 Baht. He then said he could guess my ex-girlfriends name, mothers name and tell me what problem I had in my life. He said if he guessed all 3 I would have to pay his fee. He explained his fee was 3000 Baht for a poor man, 4000 Baht for medium man and 5000 Baht for a rich man. That’s when I left the little experiment.
Hotels close to Khao San Road
There is a good range of hotels on and close to Khao San Road, from cheap and nasty backpacker accommodation, to some nice classy 4 star hotels.
Check out a list of hotels near to Khao San Road Bangkok