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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.

Popular Activities at Khao San Road

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D&D Inn Khaosan $18
Reviewed on May 30, 2019
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D&D Inn Khaosan

D&D Inn Khaosan

68-70 Khaosan Road, Pranakorn, Bangkok
     
    3.2 of 5
    3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Roof pool and bar area arr easily excesable and hotel is leads straight onto kohsan roed Road

    Rambuttri Village Inn & Plaza $21
    Reviewed on Jun 10, 2019
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    Rambuttri Village Inn & Plaza

    Rambuttri Village Inn & Plaza

    95 Soi Ram Buttri, Chakkra Phong Road, Phra Nakorn, Bangkok, Bangkok
       
      3.8 of 5
      3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Smoking rooms was a great option and 2 pools. Very close to any amenities I could need

      ibis Styles Bangkok Khaosan Viengtai $46
      Reviewed on Jun 13, 2019
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      ibis Styles Bangkok Khaosan Viengtai

      ibis Styles Bangkok Khaosan Viengtai

      42 Rambuttri Rd., Banglampu Pranakorn, Bangkok, Bangkok
         
        4.4 of 5
        3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        the location is good to visit some of the attraction specially those who wanna see temples and night life

        Villa de Khaosan $64
        Reviewed on Jun 14, 2019
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        Villa de Khaosan

        Villa de Khaosan

        20 Chakrapong Road, Talta Yot, Phra Nakorn, Bangkok
           
          4.4 of 5
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Fantastic stay at the hotel. Short walk to khaosan

          Nouvo City Hotel $42
          Reviewed on May 28, 2019
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          Nouvo City Hotel

          Nouvo City Hotel

          2 Samsen 2, Samsen Road, Pranakorn, Banglamphu, Bangkok, Bangkok
             
            4.2 of 5
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Good Location. Really in the heart of the city... However once inside the hotel you can relax and enjoy.

            Riva Surya Bangkok $82
            Reviewed on Jun 15, 2019
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            Riva Surya Bangkok

            Riva Surya Bangkok

            23 Phra Arthit Road Pranakorn, Bangkok, Bangkok
               
              4.7 of 5
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Wonderfully converted from a private home, well located on the banks of the river to watch Bangkok life float past. Fantastic, enthusiastic and very attentive staff, made us feel very welcome on our return visit at the end of our fortnight inThailand.

              Prince Palace Hotel $31
              Reviewed on Jun 13, 2019
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              Prince Palace Hotel

              Prince Palace Hotel

              488/800 Bo Bae Tower, Damrongrak Road, Klong Mahanak, Bangkok, Bangkok
                 
                3.6 of 5
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                Clean and affordable. The 3 bedroom suite is good for a big family like I have.

                Dang Derm in The Park Khaosan $32
                Reviewed on Jun 9, 2019
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                Dang Derm in The Park Khaosan

                Dang Derm in The Park Khaosan

                68-70 Khaosan Road, Phranakorn, Bangkok
                   
                  3.8 of 5
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  I like the location.