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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.


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ibis Styles Bangkok Khaosan Viengtai ¥3,894
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.

    Khaosan Holiday ¥3,265
    Khaosan Holiday

    Khaosan Holiday

    132 Khaosan Road, Phanakon, Bangkok, 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 15 minutes.

      D&D Inn Khaosan
      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.

        OYO Mystery Hostel
        OYO Mystery Hostel

        OYO Mystery Hostel

        190/9-10 khaosan road pranakorn, Bangkok, Bangkok
           
          2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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

          OYO 335 Top Inn Khaosan ¥1,243
          OYO 335 Top Inn Khaosan

          OYO 335 Top Inn Khaosan

          1 Soi Damnoen Klang Nua, Khaosan Road, Talad Yot, Phranakorn, Bangkok
             
            2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Bangkok City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Khaosan Road, Wat Bowonniwet Vihara, and Bangkok National Museum. Grand Palace and Wat Saket are also within 1 mi (2 km).

            The Mixx Hostel ¥430
            The Mixx Hostel

            The Mixx Hostel

            98/1 Soi Ram Butri, Chakkrapong Road, Talad Yod, Phra Nakhon, Khao San, Bangkok
               
              2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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

              Sawasdee Bangkok Inn
              Sawasdee Bangkok Inn

              Sawasdee Bangkok Inn

              126/2 Khaosan Rd., Banglumpu, Pranakorn, Bangkok, Bangkok
                 
                2.0 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 Temple of the Emerald Buddha are also within 15 minutes.

                Dang Derm Khaosan
                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.