Khao San Road, a small road located in Bangkok’s metropolitan area, is the backpacker central in Thailand. Budget travelers are drawn here thanks to all the cheap accommodation, drinks, food, crazy atmosphere, and the unmistakable party and laid back scene.
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Love it or hate it, this small street is full of things to do, so here are some of the things you will either love to do or challenge yourself to do.
6. People Watch and listen to the chaos
It is hard not to stare at all the chaos that will surround you. Young backpackers roam the streets, street vendors shout their products, lady-boys make their move, and tuk-tuk drivers try to scam you (I got scammed. Ooh, the things I wish I knew before going to Thailand!). Every ten feet there’s a different tune being played in a bar, store, or nightclub. Of course, you will hear the backpacker anthems of Red Hot Chilly Peppers and Bob Marley, among others. Don’t miss watching the street performers!
7. Shop and Bargain
There are so many street markets and stores selling everything from t-shirts, bohemian clothes, souvenirs, formal suits, tours, and what not. Since this is such a popular place, prices will be a bit high, so you will have a challenge bargaining… so this is the perfect place to fine tune and master the art of bargaining.
8. Eat Street Food
You won’t go wrong trying the Pad Thai and Roti. There are so many street carts there that you will inevitably fall under their spell. But, their food is delicious and cheap. For around 20 to 40 baht ($0.70 to $1.20) you can have a decent Pad Thai meal. Finish it with a Roti (about same price) -a type of pancake. It is one of the best desserts I’ve had so far!
9. Watch the Monks
Before, Khao San Road was known as a “religious road”… not anymore… Now you might have to play “Where’s Waldo” with the monks since Khao San Road is filled with (drunk) travelers, but you will see some for sure; especially during the early hours in the morning (around 6am) when they come out of the temples in look for donated food from Buddhist followers. Monks cannot hoard, so if you feel like donating some food, place it in front of them.
10. Meet New Friends
Whether it’s by staying up all night (#1) or by chatting with the street cart lady, or by just being friendly with others, you will easily make friends while staying at Khao San Road. This is the backpacker’s mecca, so there’s always a friendly atmosphere.