Khaosan Road

Khaosan Road, Phra Nakhon

The 400-meter-long Khaosan Road is situated at the very heart of the historical center of the city, often nicknamed the "Gates to Bangkok" because it is from this point that many travellers begin their acquaintance with the Thai capital. It is the most popular street among the city's tourists and for good reason: cheap accommodation, numerous cafés and snack bars with affordable prices, a huge selection of entertainments to fit any taste and, of course, the spirit of freedom that reigns there.

The street’s name actually means “ground rice” in Thai, a tribute to the market that sold the commodity that used to stand on the site. However, Khaosan Road’s touristic history started in 1982, when Bangkok’s city government decided to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the capital in style, partially because it coincided with coming of the “lucky” 2525th year, according to the Buddhist calendar at least. Major festive events were planned to take place in the downtown area, not far from the Grand Royal Palace. However, expecting a great flow of tourists, local hotels inflated the prices of their rooms to obscene levels, meaning that not all of the guests who came to the festival in Bangkok could afford the substantially higher cost of accommodation. The sharpest guests solved the problem, simply by talking the Khaosan Road’s locals into renting them their spare rooms at a smaller fee. This meant that both sides were happy – tourists found a cheap shelter in the center of the city (the street was located directly next to the location of the upcoming festivities) while Bangkok’s locals received an additional profit from renting.

Soon, inspired by the example of their neighbors, other inhabitants of the Khaosan Road and even of neighboring streets started to turn their homes into guesthouses. Cheap hotels were followed by the numerous snack bars, restaurants, bars and souvenir shops, as Khaosan Road gradually became the most tourist-friendly street in the capital. The film “The Beach” helped to consolidate this fame; the 2002 showed the main hero of the story, Leonardo DiCaprio, coming to Bangkok and heading directly to Khaosan Road.

Today however, the street still offers countless options for accommodation: from standard hotels and hostels to budget guesthouses. In addition to affordable accommodation, Khaosan Road is also in an attractive location, convenient for making excursions around the area. Most of Bangkok’s signature sights – The Large Royal Palace, Temples of Emerald Buddha and of Golden Mountain, as well as the colorful China Town – are located within spitting distance of the area. Khaosan Road is also a convenient starting point for excursions along numerous canals of the Thai capital.

Shopping stalls, where busy sellers offer a variety goods including clothes and souvenirs, are stretched out along the street. Kiosks serving traditional Thai dishes, grilled fish and seafood, local fruit and fresh juice, also stand nearby. Those who don’t trust street food can always go to the cafés and restaurants that specialize in international cuisine.

The main flood of tourists to Khaosan Road begins at dusk, when dozens of bars with a wide selection of beverages at affordable prices, nightclubs with alternative music and other facilities offering varied entertainments, open their doors and turn on the neon lights.

Getting there. Take a Skytrain to the station Phaya Thai, followed by a taxi, which should cost no more than 100 THB. You can reach Khaosan Road by boat as well.

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Daniel

Wanna eat authentic Thai food? Get off Khaosan. Simple as that.

02.12.2017  
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Suherte

De todo aquí se puede hacer todo lo que quieras en unos pocos metros

22.11.2017  
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Suherte

Perderse en cada rincón

22.11.2017  
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Joonmo

엄청 정신없음 저렴함 재미있음

31.08.2017  
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Mehmetcan

Bot so good but it's a must

29.08.2017  
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Rafael

This is the liveliest place in Bankok at night. Full of people from all the world partying and dancing in the street. You can find street food, live music, massage centers and all.

23.08.2017  
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Niels

Foreign going out district

29.07.2017  
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natty

ที่เที่ยวดีๆยามทุกข์หรือ​สุข​ได้หมดแหละ... มันแกว... ​เอ้อ!!! ฝรั่ง​เยอะดี

04.06.2017  
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Tom

I'm no party animal but it was fun to walk around on a Sat. night and take it all in. Should have gotten a bucket for the stroll. If you want to sleep in peace I wouldn't lodge here.

09.05.2017  
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photomuzik

昼間と夜では雰囲気が変わります。日が暮れると屋台が次々とあらわれ賑やかになります。カオサンの裏の通りなどもお酒を飲むお店がたくさんありますね。

24.03.2017  
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Grivy

Merayakan tahun baru Thailand (13 April)? Mengadakan perang air yang dipercaya sebagai simbol dari penyucian dari dosa dan nasib tidak beruntung selama setahun kedepan.

23.03.2017  
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Андрей

Зашибись улица. Бомжи, те кто пишет негативные отзывы о улице. Читал перед приездом, думал будет пи***ц. А по итогу веселье безудержное. Кому не нравится, пусть идут нахуй в другие места))

21.03.2017  
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Хотите шума и толпы людей - вам сюда!

21.02.2017  
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Bence

Touristy, super drunk teenagers from the UK dance/writhe for loud music while trying to hook up with random girls from France. It's weird and sad, don't go here.

28.01.2017  
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Shayan

Full of western people, local food stalls, beers and cheap clothes! Absolutly worth to go

13.12.2016  
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Merve YB

It's so crowded and it smells so bad because of food courts in the street. Gift shops are expensive than MBK Center

13.12.2016  
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v

Quartiere da visitare di notte per godersi il cibo di strada (30/70 bht) e una bella birra fresca in totale relax. Unico neo la lontananza dai mezzi pubblici e orde di turisti che superano i locali

27.11.2016  
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X-tina

Backpacker heaven. Great shopping here. The Buddy Lodge was a perfect hotel here.

01.11.2016  
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Alexander

No, I don't need tuk-tuk, massage or suit!

30.10.2016  
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Berkay Göllü

Bangkok da hayat burda akıyor

04.10.2016  
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