by Tasha Haley
Khao San Road is the travel hub of Bangkok, I would go as far to say it is the travel hub of South East Asia. Yes, this one little street is where it is all happening in Asia. If you have not been, you need to check it out.
Khao San Road is well known for being a party destination, but it is so much more than that.
What to do on Khao San Road
Khao San Road is lined with bars. You could go here any night of the week and it will be wilder than the wildest party you have ever attended. I totally understand that that is not for everyone, but Khao San Road has so much more to offer.
There is actually a sign on Khao San Road that lists the top things to do while you are there. It includes getting a massage, check out the museum, get a tattoo, eat real Thai food and more. These are some great places to start… Khao San Road offers massages in the street, at almost no cost at all. This is the perfect way to relax after a long and exhausting flight.
The street food on Khao San Road is some of the best in Bangkok, you need to try it. You can grab almost anything you want here but a personal favorite of mine is the chicken bits on skewers – divine!! If you are not up to trying street food just yet I suggest checking out a bar and restaurant called The Hub, it is right across from The Rikka Inn and they serve some of the best orange chicken and pad thai around.
Where to drink on Khao San Road
There are so many options for drinking here. You literally could not visit them all in one night, there are so many. It depends on what you are looking for. Do you want to make some friends? Grab a drink at The Hub. The music is quiet enough to chat and the people are really friendly.
Do you want music? Head a few steps along to one of the open fronted bars. You can hear the music blasting out them. There is a good one which has a DJ playing but also had some TVs inside. I forget the name but you can tell it easily from its open front and multiple floors.
Want to dance? Head to The Club. It is literally just called The Club. You can’t miss it, there are high neon signs outside. You might end up paying more than a regular Thai person to get in.
Where to shop on Khao San Road
During the day Khao San Road is a little less wild. It is a market street during the day lined with stalls and stores offering everything you can imagine. We were offered suits, stuffed animals, taser guns and drugs here. You can actually find almost anything you may be looking for.
You can absolutely barter here, the majority of people put the price really high, to begin with, because they actually expect you to try to get the price down. On our last night, we took a Thai friend with us to buy a stuffed elephant for our son, and he told us they guy was trying to rip us off badly and made us walk away. We found a much cheaper price for a higher quality toy in the airport on the way home.
Where to stay on Khao San Road
There are so many hotels here it can be hard to know where to pick. We went with a recommendation from a friend for our first night and stayed at the Rikka Inn. The hotel was much nicer and cleaner than we had expected which was a lovely surprise. The room was a decent size and well ventilated with aircon. The only problem we had with the hotel was we assumed because we paid for four beds we could use them all, we were kicked out of the hotel for letting a friend stay in our spare bed.
Our favorite place to stay on Khao San Road was where we stayed for the last two nights, the Khaosan Palace. The décor in here was something to be admired, and the rooms were fresh and very clean. Each room has a fridge and a safe which meant we were able to keep our valuable safe and have cold water ready to refresh us on our return.
As an extra option, we spent the day at the pool of the D & D Inn and it seemed really lovely too. There was some restoration going on at the hotel at the time which was noisy but it should be completed by now.
If we were to stay on Khao San Road again we would pick Khaosan Palace no problem. When we return to Bangkok we are bringing our two-year-old so we have opted to stay slightly off Khao San Road and will be at the Rambuttri Village only a few minutes away, so this is also another option.
How to get there
You can get to absolutely anywhere in Bangkok from somewhere else in Bangkok by Tuk Tuk or taxi. If you know what you are doing they are usually inexpensive too.
You can grab a Tuk Tuk anywhere along Khao San Road if you wanted to get to somewhere else in the city for the day. If you are planning on leaving you can find travel agents all over the place here to book onward travel too.
Khao San Road offers it all. Even if you do not enjoy partying you should check out the street at least once. There is so much to do and see here, one of the best activities is enjoying watching the world go by, or the even more enjoyable people watching. The things you see here are very… unique.
About the author:
Natasha “Tasha” Haley is a travel blogger and writer at Meldrum’s On The Move. She aims to make family travel cheaper, easier and more enjoyable so everyone can live the life they want.
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