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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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D&D Inn Khaosan

D&D Inn Khaosan

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

    Located in Bangkok City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Khaosan Road, Bangkok Riverside and Democracy Monument. Thammasat University and Temple of the Emerald Buddha are also within 15 minutes. Bangkok Thonburi Station is 30 minutes by foot.

    ibis Styles Bangkok Khaosan Viengtai £36
    ibis Styles Bangkok Khaosan Viengtai

    ibis Styles Bangkok Khaosan Viengtai

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

      Located in Bangkok City Centre, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Khaosan Road and Bangkok Riverside. Thammasat University and Democracy Monument are also within 15 minutes.

      Casa Nithra Bangkok £38
      Casa Nithra Bangkok

      Casa Nithra Bangkok

      176 Samsen Road, Baan Panthom, Phra Nakorn, Bangkok, Bangkok
         
        4.0 out of 5.0

        Located in Khao San, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Bangkok Riverside and Khaosan Road. Thammasat University and Temple of the Emerald Buddha are also within 1 mile (2 km).

        Rambuttri Village Inn & Plaza £16
        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

          Located in Khao San, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Bangkok Riverside and Khaosan Road. Thammasat University and Sanamluang are also within 15 minutes. Bangkok Thonburi Station is 28 minutes by foot.

          Royal Rattanakosin Hotel £27
          Royal Rattanakosin Hotel

          Royal Rattanakosin Hotel

          2 Ratchadamnoen Klang Road, Bavornives, Bangkok
             
            4.0 out of 5.0

            Located in Bangkok City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Bangkok Riverside, Khaosan Road and Thammasat University. Temple of the Emerald Buddha and Sanamluang are also within 10 minutes. Bangkok Thonburi Station is 28 minutes by foot.

            Navalai River Resort £36
            Navalai River Resort

            Navalai River Resort

            45/1 Phra Athit Road, Phra Nakorn, Bangkok, Bangkok
               
              3.5 out of 5.0

              Located in Phra Nakhon, this resort is within a 10-minute walk of Bangkok Riverside and Khaosan Road. Thammasat University and Sanamluang are also within 15 minutes. Bangkok Thonburi Station is 19 minutes by foot.

              Dang Derm in The Park Khaosan £22
              Dang Derm in The Park Khaosan

              Dang Derm in The Park Khaosan

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

                Located in Bangkok City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Khaosan Road, Bangkok Riverside and Democracy Monument. Thammasat University and Temple of the Emerald Buddha are also within 15 minutes. Bangkok Thonburi Station is 30 minutes by foot.

                Shangri-la Bangkok £115
                Shangri-la Bangkok

                Shangri-la Bangkok

                89 Soi Wat Suan Plu, New Road, Bangrak, Bangkok, Bangkok
                   
                  5.0 out of 5.0

                  This family-friendly Bangkok hotel is located on the riverfront, within a 10-minute walk of Bangkok Riverside and State Tower. Iconsiam and River City Shopping Complex are also within 1 mile (2 km). Saphan Taksin BTS Station is only a 3-minute walk and Surasak BTS Station is 12 minutes.