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Khao San Road

The perfect street for travellers on a budget who want to buy cheap clothes, cheap souvenirs and then party into the early hours.

If you want to take in the sights and sounds of Bangkok but you’re on a tight budget, this street offering bargain-priced souvenirs and clothes should be one of your first ports of call. And if you’re looking for a lively evening, Khao San Road is the ideal place to party into the early hours in bars that are buzzing with life and character. The road was featured in the Leonardo di Caprio movie ‘The Beach’, which helped popularise the region with young travellers.

The Khao San Road contrasts significantly with the ancient and majestic temples and palaces in its immediate vicinity. Far more akin to the bohemian streets of San Francisco, Khao San Road’s colourful and carefree atmosphere makes this a favourite haunt of backpackers and students. This exciting street is thronging with tourists, hawkers, tour operators, bartenders and tattooists, who together create a vibrant party atmosphere. By day, wander past shops and food stalls, and at night, prepare yourself for a sensory overload!

At night, Khao San Road is dripping with neon signs advertising inexpensive drinks, tours of Bangkok and accommodation. The atmosphere gets pretty lively, with passing motorists thinking nothing of sounding their horns loudly to express their displeasure at errant tuk-tuk drivers. Don’t come into Khao San Road with Western expectations; get ready to haggle for anything that you want to buy. Negotiating with hawkers, selling everything from clothes to tattoos, is all part of the authentic Bangkok experience.

Bars line the streets of Khao San Road, the perfect place to sink delicious Singha beers, or if you’re feeling a bit more adventurous, try some of the local cocktails. There are also numerous nightclubs where you can dance into the early hours.

Restaurants are plentiful, and as diverse as the crowds of revellers that pack the streets at night. Of course, there’s the delicious Thai food, with noodles and banana pancakes featuring prominently, but searing hot curries are another speciality of the region. Make sure that you make it completely clear if you’re not keen on spicy food.

Khao San Road is located in the Banglamphu district of central Bangkok. Access is easy, with public transport and taxis readily available. Come here whenever you like. This is the city that never sleeps!

Popular Activities at Khao San Road

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D&D Inn Khaosan

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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. Bangkok National Museum and Thammasat University are also within 10 minutes.

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    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. Bangkok National Museum and Thammasat University are also within 15 minutes.

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      Riva Surya Bangkok

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

        Located in Phra Nakhon, this boutique hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Bangkok Riverside, Khaosan Road, and Bangkok National Museum. Thammasat University and Sanamluang are also within 15 minutes. Bangkok Thonburi Station is 25 minutes by foot.

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        Mandarin Hotel Managed by Centre Point

        662 Rama IV Road, Bangkok, Bangkok
           
          4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Bangkok City Centre, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Lumphini Park and MBK Center. Siam Center and Pratunam Market are also within 3 mi (5 km). Sam Yan Station is only a 3-minute walk and Silom Station is 14 minutes.

          Rambuttri Village Inn & Plaza AU$37
          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. Bangkok National Museum and Thammasat University are also within 15 minutes. Bangkok Thonburi Station is 30 minutes by foot.

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            Villa de Khaosan

            Villa de Khaosan

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

              Located in Bangkok City Centre, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Khaosan Road and Grand Palace. Wat Pho and Siam Center are also within 3 mi (5 km).

              Nouvo City Hotel AU$90
              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.

                Dang Derm in The Park Khaosan AU$59
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                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. Bangkok National Museum and Thammasat University are also within 10 minutes.