Khao San Road is well-known not only in Thailand, but also in other countries of Southeast Asia. The Thais are sure that the gates to Asia are located here. On Khao San Street you can plunge into the real Thai life. Tourists from all over the world have fun in a friendly atmosphere of this street.
In 1982, Bangkok celebrated its 200th anniversary. On this occasion, the authorities organized a magnificent holiday. Many tourists from all over the world came there and it was hard to find housing in the center of the city. The locals guessed to rent their houses to the tourists, it turned out to be quite a profitable business. Many guest houses, souvenir shops, restaurants and cafes appeared on Khao San Road.
The film The Beach with Leonardo DiCaprio, where the main character flies to Thailand in search of new sensations and stops in a cheap guesthouse exactly on Khaosan Road, made this place famous all over the world. Impressed by the film, more and more young travelers from different countries began to come to Bangkok in search of adventures.
Street food on Khao San is one of the main reasons to visit this place. Street tents offer tourists an exotic menu, from which you should definitely try banana pancakes, coconut ice cream, local seafood, kebabs, necks, fried insects and Thai soups. There are also many nice cafes and restaurants on Khao San Road. They work from early morning until late night. The restaurants offer a wide selection of dishes from different cuisines of the world, such as Indian, Thai, European, Italian, Japanese and Chinese.
There are no shopping centers, luxury boutiques and brand shops on Khao San Road as in other areas of Bangkok. Here is the world of another shopping with cheap stuff on Khao San. A street trade takes place on both sides of Khao San Road in the form of a 24-hour open market. There are a lot of different products at low prices: shoes, bags, clothes, souvenirs, hand-made products and household appliances. Thai tailors chose this street and opened their branded workshops here, where they sell exclusive clothes and receive orders for tailoring suits or dresses at reasonable prices.
With the sunset, the street becomes crowded. Hundreds of neon signs light up, and bars, restaurants, nightclubs open their doors. Music plays loudly all night long and Thai girls dance go-go in night clubs. Most nightclubs start their work after 11 pm and offer free entrance. In some places, the entrance is paid (100-200 THB), but it includes one or two drinks. In addition to nightclubs, there is a wide selection of bars for any taste - sports, games (billiards, pool), with live music or dance programs.
Those who are tired of fast rhythm of Khao San Road can cross the street and visit calm and peaceful Wat Chana Songkhram. The temple existed even in those times when Ayutthaya was the capital of Thailand. The territory of the temple complex is not large, it includes one large temple and several small buildings. Here you can see the old Buddha statue - Phra Phra Buddha Norasee Trilokachet, which was created several centuries ago.
Khao San Road is one of the tourist centers in Bangkok where everyone will find entertainment to their liking. Walking along the street will give a lot of positive impressions and memories for a whole life.