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Khao San Road

This “anything goes” street is a hot spot for budget travelers who want to buy cheap clothes and souvenirs, people-watch or party all night.

Khao San Road stands in stark contrast to the majestic temples and palaces that surround it. The care-free vibe of this busy hub in Bangkok’s Old City (Rattanakosin) makes it a Thai icon for backpackers. The short street is packed with tourists, hawkers, tour operators, bartenders and tattooists. Daytime visits offer pleasant strolls past the shops and food stalls, but expect a sensory overload at night.

Alongside neon signs advertising cheap drinks, tours and accommodation, you’ll hear a cacophony of scooter horns, tuk-tuk engines and hawkers’ cries competing for your attention. Prepare to haggle for anything you want to buy. Hearing skilled hawkers pushing everything from clothes and jewelry to tattoos is all part of the fun.

Sit at a bar and share stories and cold Singha beers or cocktails with other travelers or head to a club for a night of partying. Food is as abundant and multicultural as the crowds that pack the street. You’ll find pad thai (thick noodles), Indian curries and banana pancakes. Just don’t forget to say “mai pet” if you don’t like spicy food.

Khao San Road’s history dates back to 1892, when Bangkok was established as Thailand’s capital. Its name means “milled rice.” For two centuries it was a quiet street. In the 1980s, travelers in need of budget accommodation began renting vacant rooms from the street’s residents. In 2000, the road was featured in the popular movie The Beach, spawning a rush of international fast-food and coffee chains that set up shop for the crowds of young travelers.

Khao San Road is located in the Banglamphu district of central Bangkok. Getting to Khao San Road is easiest by tuk-tuk or taxi. Alternatively, hop on a ferry or bus. There is a direct bus from the airport, an hour-long drive away. Come here any time you like; this road never sleeps.

Not sure how to make the most of your visit at Khao San Road? We've put together a list of popular activities to give you a head start:

For even more activities, check out our Bangkok things to do page.


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ibis Styles Bangkok Khaosan Viengtai ¥5,077
ibis Styles Bangkok Khaosan Viengtai

ibis Styles Bangkok Khaosan Viengtai

42 Rambuttri Rd., Banglampu Pranakorn, Bangkok, Bangkok
     
    3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Bangkok City Centre, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Khaosan Road and Bangkok Riverside. Thammasat University and Democracy Monument are also within 15 minutes.

    D&D Inn Khaosan ¥1,839
    D&D Inn Khaosan

    D&D Inn Khaosan

    68-70 Khaosan Road, Pranakorn, Bangkok
       
      3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Bangkok City Centre, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Khaosan Road and Bangkok Riverside. Thammasat University and Democracy Monument are also within 10 minutes.

      Casa Nithra Bangkok ¥6,282
      Casa Nithra Bangkok

      Casa Nithra Bangkok

      176 Samsen Road, Baan Panthom, Phra Nakorn, Bangkok, Bangkok
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Khao San, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Bangkok Riverside and Khaosan Road. Thammasat University and Temple of the Emerald Buddha are also within 1 mi (2 km).

        Nouvo City Hotel ¥6,462
        Nouvo City Hotel

        Nouvo City Hotel

        2 Samsen 2, Samsen Road, Pranakorn, Banglamphu, Bangkok, Bangkok
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Khao San, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Wat Bowonniwet Vihara, Phra Sumen Fort, and Khaosan Road. Democracy Monument and National Gallery Bangkok are also within 15 minutes.

          Rambuttri Village Inn & Plaza ¥3,769
          Rambuttri Village Inn & Plaza

          Rambuttri Village Inn & Plaza

          95 Soi Ram Buttri, Chakkra Phong Road, Phra Nakorn, Bangkok, Bangkok
             
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Khao San, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Khaosan Road and Bangkok Riverside. Thammasat University and Sanamluang are also within 15 minutes. Bangkok Thonburi Station is 30 minutes by foot.

            Dang Derm in The Park Khaosan ¥3,022
            Dang Derm in The Park Khaosan

            Dang Derm in The Park Khaosan

            68-70 Khaosan Road, Phranakorn, Bangkok
               
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Bangkok City Centre, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Khaosan Road and Bangkok Riverside. Thammasat University and Democracy Monument are also within 10 minutes.

              Dang Derm Khaosan ¥2,813
              Dang Derm Khaosan

              Dang Derm Khaosan

              1 Khaosan Road, Phranakorn, Bangkok
                 
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Bangkok City Centre, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Khaosan Road and Bangkok Riverside. Thammasat University and Democracy Monument are also within 10 minutes.

                Casa Vimaya Riverside ¥6,881
                Casa Vimaya Riverside

                Casa Vimaya Riverside

                229 Phra Sumen Road, Talat Yot, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok
                   
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Khao San, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Bangkok Riverside and Khaosan Road. Thammasat University and Temple of the Emerald Buddha are also within 1 mi (2 km).