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Khao San Road

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Attractions Details

📌 Address

Khaosan Road, Banglamphu, Bangkok, Thailand

Opening Hours

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

💸 Entrance Fee

Free

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For a truly local experience on Khao San Road in Bangkok, be sure to venture into the smaller alleys off the main strip, where cozy cafes and unique shops await the curious traveler. Also, for the best street food, aim to go during early evening when the street comes alive with vendors offering a variety of authentic Thai dishes that cater to both adventurous and conservative palates.

Probably the most famous street in Bangkok and a must-go to area for any backpacker, Khao San Road is a chaotic place in the middle of the district Banglamphu and offers a vibrant and colorful Bangkok tour experience. 

With plenty of food stalls, bars, souvenirs and much much more to sink your teeth into, Khao San Road transforms from day into night so it's something to experience at both points of the day!

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You can find literally ANYTHING at Khao San Road: from dreadlocks, piercings, tattoos to a fake passport or a driver's license, you won't have any trouble finding it here! Many people choose to stay in Khao San Road for its great location as it is within close proximity of a lot of cultural attractions (such as Wat Pho and the grand palace).

You might even recognize Khao San Road from the Hollywood blockbuster "The beach" with Leonardo Dicaprio as the opening scene of the movie was filmed here!

Fun fact: 50 years ago, Khao San Road was locally known as a good place to buy rice and home to one of Bangkok’s largest rice markets. The name Khao San actually means ‘milled rice’ in English and was given to the road for its historic link to the rice trade.

How to get to Khao San Road

It's very easy to find Khao San Road and literally every taxi or tuk tuk driver knows where it is! If you are already in the city, it's best to take a taxi or a Tuk Tuk.

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If you're coming from the airport: 

- As soon as you walk out of Bangkok airport you will find taxis everywhere and the ride takes about an hour.

- You can also take a special Airport Shuttle Bus (Bus line S1). These drive from Bangkok Airport to Khao San Road. The first bus leaves around 6:00 am and they run every 30 minutes.

Best time to visit:

It really depends on what kind of experience you're after. During the day, it's a pretty mellow street where you can enjoy shopping or have a massage in one of the many salons.

However, if you want to meet other backpackers, party or drink, you will enjoy this street the most during the evening or at night time!

Tips:

Getting an accommodation at Khao San Road is not ideal for those who want to get a good night’s rest. The area is very noisy and does not quiet down until around 4 AM. 

Always keep a close eye on your belongings, especially when visiting at night!

Frequently asked questions

What is Khao San Road famous for?

Khao San Road is famous for its vibrant nightlife, budget accommodation, and as a hub for backpackers and travelers. The street is lined with bars, restaurants, street food stalls, and market vendors, offering a lively atmosphere and a taste of local Thai culture and street cuisine.

Where is Khao San Road located in Bangkok?

Khao San Road is located in the Banglamphu area of Bangkok, which is part of the Phra Nakhon district. It is situated in the central part of the city, not far from the Chao Phraya River and other historical sites such as the Grand Palace and Wat Pho.

What are the best times to visit Khao San Road?

The best times to visit Khao San Road are in the evenings and at night when the area comes alive with people, music, and street performances. Weekends are especially busy, but any day of the week will offer a fun and dynamic atmosphere.

What kind of shopping can I do on Khao San Road?

Shoppers can find a wide range of products on Khao San Road, including traditional Thai clothing, souvenirs, handicrafts, jewelry, and accessories. It's also a great place to find affordable travel gear, books, and unique items from local artisans.

Are there any cultural attractions near Khao San Road?

Yes, there are several cultural attractions near Khao San Road. These include the Grand Palace, Wat Phra Kaew (Temple of the Emerald Buddha), Wat Pho (Temple of the Reclining Buddha), and the National Museum. These sites offer insights into Thailand's rich history and cultural heritage.

Attractions Details

📌 Address

Khaosan Road, Banglamphu, Bangkok, Thailand

Opening Hours

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

💸 Entrance Fee

Free

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