Khao San Road has it all be it cheap accommodation to shops selling handicrafts, paintings, clothes, local fruits, books, and other useful backpacker items. Khao San Road has developed into a world-famous “backpacker ghetto”. In an essay on the backpacker culture of Khaosan Road, Susan Orlean called it “the place to disappear”. Khaosan is a place where you can shop, exchange tales and prepare for your next backpacking trail.
Khaosan has its own unique vibe, it is the place where you can enjoy at the clubs, cocktail bars, and your favourite eateries. During late evening, the street turns all neon with the signboards lights. This road offers many bars and restaurants serving the drink at cheap prices. The Club and Lava Bar is for the electronic beat lovers, while Shamrock and Brick Bar offers both live music and DJ’s with hip and hit tunes. Gazebo Khao San is a place you cannot miss; voted as one of the Great Bars of the World by Lonely Planet readers.
At Khaosan, you can use your bargaining technique as this is a good place for street shopping. A day-and-night shopping bazaar along both sides of Khaosan sells almost everything you can think of. T-shirts, secondhand travel guide books and novels, hip wallets, wooden puppets, as well as souvenir items and counterfeit merchandise like CDs, DVDs or even fake student ID cards, all you get in Khaosan Road.
Also, a minute walk away lies the distinctive bohemian atmosphere of Phra Arthit Road. Here you can visit Phra Sumen Fort and Sathi Chaipakran Park.
Located in the circle of the Old City (Rattanakosin), you can easily reach Khao San from either Victory Monument, Siam, or Silom should cost less than 100 baht by meter taxi. It is in the Bang Lamphu area of Phra Nakhon District.