Khao San Road Area
Formerly a quiet area with just a few budget guest houses, Khao San Road
in the district of Banglamphsu is rapidly becoming an alternative Bangkok
attraction and a "must do" on the backpacker and GAP student trail. Cheap
guest houses, street cafes, markets, boutiques, bars and lots of young
travellers on route to Thailand's tropical beaches provide a colourful
enclave in this old part of Bangkok. .
Sights and Sounds
Over the last few years the area has gained popularity following the
success of the novel and film "The Beach" which features Khao San Road.
(Although actually filmed in Manila as the real Khao San Road was not
considered 'realistic enough'). The days of Brahmin bulls freely wandering
around the streets have long given way to souvenirs, air-conditioned shops
and CD stalls, but the area is still interesting to walk around.
Much of Khao San is very untypical of Bangkok with video cafes filled
with international visitors, but some of the back streets nearby still
retain some of their past charm. If you're planning to visit some of
Thailand's famous beaches, this is a good place to buy your clothes, hats,
shoes, Thai handicrafts and beach gear. As well as street stalls, Banglamphu
has an extensive market for those last minute buys.
Located close to the river, its easy to go by river taxi to
attractions like The Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew (Temple of the Emerald
Buddha) Wat Pho (Bangkok's centre for
and the Royal Barges Museum. The National Gallery and Silpakorn University
Gallery are also within walking distance.
Recommended Hotels near Khao San Road
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