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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.

Popular Activities at Khao San Road

Ensure you have heaps of time at Khao San Road. Below are the top activities:

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Rambuttri Village Inn & Plaza ฿850
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 Bangkok Riverside and Khaosan Road. Bangkok National Museum and Thammasat University are also within 15 minutes. Bangkok Thonburi Station is 28 minutes by foot.

    D&D Inn Khaosan ฿573
    D&D Inn Khaosan

    D&D Inn Khaosan

    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.

      ibis Styles Bangkok Khaosan Viengtai ฿1,845
      ibis Styles Bangkok Khaosan Viengtai

      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.

        Prince Palace Hotel ฿1,359
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        Prince Palace Hotel

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          5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Bangkok City Centre, this luxury hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Wat Saket, Wat Suthat, and Khaosan Road. Bangkok Riverside and Wat Ratchanadda are also within 2 miles (3 km). Yommarat is 13 minutes by foot and Bangkok Hua Lamphong Station is 24 minutes.

          Nouvo City Hotel ฿1,444
          Nouvo City Hotel

          Nouvo City Hotel

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            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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            Villa de Khaosan
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            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).

              Dang Derm in The Park Khaosan ฿892
              Dang Derm in The Park Khaosan

              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.

                lebua at State Tower (The World's First Vertical Destination) ฿3,328
                lebua at State Tower (The World's First Vertical Destination)

                lebua at State Tower (The World's First Vertical Destination)

                State Tower 1055/111 Silom Road, Bangrak, Bangkok
                   
                  5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  This family-friendly Bangkok hotel is located on the riverfront, within 1 mi (2 km) of Sri Mariamman Temple and Iconsiam. Asiatique The Riverfront and Siam Paragon Mall are also within 3 mi (5 km). Surasak BTS Station is 10 minutes by foot and Saphan Taksin BTS Station is 12 minutes.