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Khao San Road Bangkok

Beer, pad thai, spring rolls and insects, in that order, was how we first experienced Khao San Road. It gave quite a show. Beautiful people reeling and dancing barefoot along the pavement. The sound of live acoustic music mixing with the hard thumps of electronica from another bar across. A hanging jungle of old beat-up lighted signs, all vying for attention. Tables and chairs, full of locals and backpackers guzzling bottles of Chang beer like there was no tomorrow.

It was crazy as heck.

En Route to Khao San Road Bangkok
TAKING THE LOCAL BUS, THE CHEAPER WAY TO GET TO KHAO SAN ROAD

It was our first night in Bangkok and the hot sultry night enveloped us as we walked out of Chatrium Riverside Hotel. An attendant asked us if we wanted a taxi, we flagged a local bus instead.

We’re quite excited to see what the fuss was about Khao San Road, the so-called backpacker district in Bangkok where it’s happening. I’ve seen Siem Reap’s Pub Street and Phuket’s Bangla Road. My mind was buzzing as to how it would fare compared to these party places.

Khao San Road Bangkok
A PAD THAI HAWKER WEARING KHAO SAN ROAD’S SIGNATURE T-SHIRT
Khao San Road Bangkok
FAMILY COMPUTER GAMES, ANYONE?

After some minutes of seeing the city through our bus window, we saw the glimmering lights of the Grand Palace. We’re almost there. Walking along the city’s sidewalk, we passed through vendors hawking everything from the usual Bangkok singlet, to fried spiders and old family computer cartridges. And we’re not even at the infamous Khao San yet.

A few street crossings later and we found our road, Thanon Khao San, it read.

Khao San Road Bangkok
THE CRAZY MESS THAT IS KHAO SAN ROAD

The barrage of beautiful humanity hit us the same way Bangkok’s heat did the moment we stepped out of Don Mueang’s air-conditioned airport. The place was packed with tourists milling about, a few shopping for souvenirs, most chugging beers straight out of the bottle.

Khao San Road Bangkok
PEOPLE EVERYWHERE

This once tame street in Bangkok, a place where milled rice (khaosan literally translates to milled rice) were once sold, has now transformed into one of the craziest road in the city. It only stretches for about a kilometer from end to end, but along it, you’d be hard-pressed not to get overwhelmed by its busy sights.

Khao San Road Bangkok
LAUGHING GAS SOLD AT KHAO SAN
Khao San Road Bangkok
A BACKPACKER PARTY

Besides being a party district for tourists flocking in to Bangkok, the place is also a haven for cheap hostels and mid-range hotels. It’s actually not unusual to see newly-flown travelers lugging their backpacks and trolleys along the road, bumping and mixing with the party crowd in the middle of the night.

Khao San Road Bangkok
SINGLET AND TSHIRTS, SAME SAME BUT DIFFERENT

It was about a few hours before midnight when we arrived. And we have no cash.

Well, we have some dollars with us but we forgot to have it changed to baht. So off we went, scouring Khao San Road, looking for a money changer. It was surprisingly difficult to find an open one, considering how busy the place was.

Khao San Road Bangkok
NO SHORTAGE OF CHANGE BEERS HERE

With a few hundred bahts filling our wallet, we sat down on one of the tables set along the street and ordered a couple of beers. Priced at about 100 baht or so per big bottle, alcohol here is relatively cheap. Chang and Singha, two of Thailand’s most popular beers are the clear favorites. But fear not, they also have some Heineken and even our very own San Miguel.

Khao San Road Bangkok
BETTER THAN WUT?!
Khao San Road Bangkok
FOOD TRIPPIN’ AT KHAO SAN

Our bellies grumbled upon our second drink. We needed some grub to go along with our beers. Which was absolutely no problem at all, as hawkers selling noodles and local streetfood were almost everywhere. We didn’t even have to stand up from our plastic chairs.

Khao San Road Bangkok
A PILE OF NOODLES READY TO BE TRANSFORMED TO PAD THAI

From where we were sitting, we ordered a plate of pad thai noodles, the country’s unofficial national dish, and a serving of fried spring rolls. It totalled in at 70.00 baht, which was just about 2.00 USD. Totally not bad, considering how good the pad thai was!

Khao San Road Bangkok
WHAT’S THAT YOU’RE HOLDING, MISTER?
Khao San Road Bangkok
BUGS FOR SNACKS?

Feeling more adventurous, we went to the nearest stand selling creepy crawlies for food. I was about to take some snaps when the vendor blocked my view, 10 baht for a picture! Well alright, no sense in buying a right for a photo when you can actually buy them insects.

A grasshopper, some worms, and a few unknown crawlers later and we were again chugging beers, getting the spirit to actually eat what we bought.

I tried a worm. And it was enough for me.

Khao San Road Bangkok
ON A QUIETER SIDESTREET OF KHAO SAN ROAD

This one-kilometer stretch became our nightly destination during our first stay in Bangkok and every visit right after. Soon, we found more sidestreets linking to the infamous road where more bars, booze and street food awaited us.

Khao San Road Bangkok
BANGKOK LIVE!

Khao San Road is a fun place to hang around in where you can meet new friends, dance and mess around, eat pad thai noodles, shop for souvenirs and fake id’s, watch people go by—there are a lot of beautiful people in Khao San—and booze the night away to music and laughter.



Khao San Road Bangkok
Address: Khao San Road, Banglamphu,
              Phra Nakhon district, Bangkok, Thailand, 
Open Hours: Party starts after dark

GPS Coordinates Map: 13.726186, 100.543062


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Posted by Christian Sangoyo on Saturday, June 20, 2015

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