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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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Rambuttri Village Inn & Plaza

Rambuttri Village Inn & Plaza

95 Soi Ram Buttri, Bangkok
3.6
of 5, from 380 reviews
3.0 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).

£19
D&D Inn

D&D Inn

68-70 Khaosan Road, Pranakorn, Bangkok
2.9
of 5, from 218 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).

£43
ibis Styles Bangkok Khaosan Viengtai

ibis Styles Bangkok Khaosan Viengtai

42 Rambuttri Rd., Bangkok
4.4
of 5, from 21 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).

Bhiman Inn

Bhiman Inn

55 Phra Sumen Road, Banglampu, Bangkok
3.4
of 5, from 42 reviews
3.0 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 Wat Ratchanadda are also within 1 mi (2 km).

£27
Dang Derm Hotel

Dang Derm Hotel

1 Khaosan Road, Phranakorn, Bangkok
3.5
of 5, from 88 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).

£28
Royal Rattanakosin Hotel

Royal Rattanakosin Hotel

2 Ratchadamnoen Klang Road, Bangkok
3.3
of 5, from 108 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Bangkok City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Sanamluang, Temple of the Emerald Buddha, and Khao San Road. Grand Palace and National Museum Bangkok are also within 15 minutes.

£41
Chillax Resort

Chillax Resort

274 Samsen Soi 2 Phra Nakhon, Bangkok
4.3
of 5, from 134 reviews
4.0 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 Wat Ratchanadda are also within 1 mi (2 km).

£66
Riva Surya Bangkok

Riva Surya Bangkok

23 Phra Arthit Road Pranakorn, Bangkok
4.6
of 5, from 177 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

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