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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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Lodging Near Khao San Road

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$117
Prince Suite Residence Managed by Prince Palace

Prince Suite Residence Managed by Prince Palace

488 BoBae Tower Damrongrak Road, Bangkok
3.2
of 5, from 24 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

Located in Bangkok City Centre, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of King Prajadhipok Museum and Wat Saket. Wat Sommanat and Loha Prasat are also within 1 mi (2 km).

$37
D&D Inn

D&D Inn

68-70 Khaosan Road, Pranakorn, Bangkok
3.1
of 5, from 792 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Bangkok City Centre, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Khao San Road, Temple of the Emerald Buddha, and Wat Ratchanadda. Grand Palace and National Museum Bangkok are also within 1 mi (2 km).

$38
Rambuttri Village Inn & Plaza

Rambuttri Village Inn & Plaza

95 Soi Ram Buttri, Bangkok
3.7
of 5, from 1,394 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in Bangkok Old Town, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Democracy Monument, Temple of the Emerald Buddha, and Grand Palace. Khao San Road and National Museum Bangkok are also within 1 mi (2 km).

$67
ibis Styles Bangkok Khaosan Viengtai

ibis Styles Bangkok Khaosan Viengtai

42 Rambuttri Rd., Bangkok
4.4
of 5, from 142 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in Bangkok City Centre, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Democracy Monument, Temple of the Emerald Buddha, and Grand Palace. Khao San Road and Wat Ratchanadda are also within 1 mi (2 km).

$56
Dang Derm Hotel

Dang Derm Hotel

1 Khaosan Road, Phranakorn, Bangkok
3.6
of 5, from 386 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in Bangkok City Centre, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Khao San Road, Temple of the Emerald Buddha, and Wat Ratchanadda. Grand Palace and National Museum Bangkok are also within 1 mi (2 km).

$140
lebua at State Tower

lebua at State Tower

State Tower 1055/111 Silom Road, Bangkok
4.5
of 5, from 6,379 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

From its prime location near the Chao Phraya River and expressway, lebua at State Tower is within comfortable distance to several city attractions. It is a 10-minute walk to the BTS Sky Train Saphan Taksin station and shuttle ferries, plus only a 15-minute drive to Asiatique The Riverfront.

$36
Khaosan Palace Hotel

Khaosan Palace Hotel

139 Khao San Road, Phra Nakorn, Bangkok
3.4
of 5, from 423 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in Bangkok City Centre, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Khao San Road and Temple of the Emerald Buddha. Grand Palace and Wat Ratchanadda are also within 1 mi (2 km).

$62
Dang Derm in The Park

Dang Derm in The Park

68-70 Khaosan Road, Phranakorn, Bangkok
3.5
of 5, from 112 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in Bangkok City Centre, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Khao San Road, Temple of the Emerald Buddha, and Wat Ratchanadda. Grand Palace and National Museum Bangkok are also within 1 mi (2 km).