Khao San Road is everything you’ve heard about backpacking.
When it comes to Thailand and backpacking, Khao San Road is one and the same. This road, in the heart of Bangkok is completely synonymous with the hedonistic, party loving, drink swilling, street food eating culture that is travelling through Thailand.
Is this traditional Thailand as it was years ago? Absolutely not. This is east meets west Thailand. This is a street that appeals to those who have just arrived in Thailand, having seen The Hangover 2, and are looking for a good time and a party until dawn. The Khao San party hostel vibe is everywhere in Thailand but it’s worth at least a day of your trip to experience it firsthand.
It’s no surprise that this street; therefore, is adorned with endless bars, street food stalls, cheap hostels and restaurants that are open until the last person leaves. Plus there’s a fair smattering of Thai souvenir stalls and plenty of massage stalls. Expect to see everything from elephant pants to deep fried scorpions on a stick, intricately carved soaps to the infamous beer drinking vests (you won’t need one for long after you get your Bangkok Pub Crawl one…).
Interesting fact, for you to share with your new beer buddies when you’re on Khao San. The name means milled rice, which came to use during the height of the rice trade. The very first establishment to open was a small hotel which served those travelling and investing in the rice trade.
SERVICES & FACILITIES
• Chillout and party areas • 24-hour Reception • Outdoor swimming pool • Free High Speed Wi-fi in public areas • Free Luggage Storage • 24-hour Security • Laundry Service • Tours & Attractions • Secure Lockers • Bar And Restaurant • Thai And Western Food Menu • Postal Service • Cable TV • Outdoor Terrace • Hot Showers • Reading Lights • Plug Sockets • Follows Covid 19 sanitation guidelines • Linen included • Wristband access • Air conditioning • Towels included
• Fridge/freezer • Microwave
• Wake-up Calls • BBQ • Safe Deposit Box • Book Exchange • Dryer service
Where is Khao San Road?
You’ll find this travelling focal point within the old city (Rattanakosin) within a stone’s throw of major attractions such as The Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew. Being only a block or so away from the Chao Phraya River there are plenty of travel connections as well.
If you’re staying away from Khao San Road then you’ll find plenty of different options to get there. Of course, there’s always the friendly neighbourhood tuktuks and taxis, but expect to pay a hefty fee the moment you say Khao San. One of the cheaper options might be to use ride hailing apps such as Grab to get a fixed price ride for a fraction of the price. If you do end up in a typical taxi, don’t accept the extortionate 200-300 baht prices that they quote, just move onto the next cab.
By boat, Chao Phraya Express Boat is going to be not only one of the cheapest options but also one of the most scenic. You’ll want to jump off at the Phra Arthit pier. Get to know this pier as it’s a great place to jump onto local tours, river cruises and also a handy transport link.
There are hundreds of buses that wind their way either nearby or close to Khao San, including airport link buses which run as an express direct from Suvarnabhumi Airport to the end of the road. These aren’t as cheap as local buses but they’re really convenient if you’ve just got off a long flight.
Slumber Party Khao San Cheat Sheet
Everything you need to know about traveling Khao San
Bangkok is capital of Thailand with an enormous population of 10 million people and growing. Being the city center you get a blend of everything that can accommodate everyone. But there are still some guidelines here and there, wear shoes when going out to bars and clubs, this applies for guys only, ladies you are all good.
- When going on your local detour to 7/11 please wear a shirt, this ain't the south.
- Taxis are everywhere, do not fall for the tuk tuk driver offering free service for the day because it is a Thai public holiday, nothing is free, there is only honey when there is money.
- When going to getting a cab ride, agree on fare beforehand not after, or can easily book a Grab or Bolt, 2 of the most useful apps you will get to know in south east Asia.
- Street food is great, you have many places where you can get it, buyer beware the later in the night you wait to eat that food the more it was sitting outside, to be bought.
From Don Mueng International Airport:
Option 1: Take Airport bus link A4 (Don Muang Airport - Sanam Luang) and stop at Wat Bowon Niwet, Line 68 Bus Terminal - Opposite to Bang Lamphu Bon Post Office, then is a short 4 min (350 meters) walk to Khao San road.
Option 2: A 40 min taxi ride that will feel like a nice city tour.
From Suvarnabhumi International Airport:
Option 1: Take airport rail line Suvarnabhumi stop to Phaya Thai stop (7 stops) then a 9 minutes walk to Century bus stop (line 59: Rangsit - Sanam Luang) and head to Democracy Monument (8 stops) from there a short 5 min walk (450 meters) to Khao San road.
Option 2: A 45 min taxi ride that will feel like a nice city tour.