KHAO SAN ROAD - WHY YOU SHOULD VISIT
A lot of people say Khao San Road has turned into a tourist trap and isn’t worth the visit. I would have to disagree. Yes, there are a lot of tourists on this road because of the Leonardo DiCaprio film The Beach, but this is also a great starting point for your Thai adventure.
First of all, everyone knows Khao San Road so you’re driver will have no problem figuring out where to drop you off. Once you arrive you are flooded with people, smells of pad Thai, music and shopping. It is such a great way to start your trip to Thailand – right into the hustle and bustle of the city.
There are a lot of great budget friendly hotels in this area. Especially if this is your first trip to Bangkok this is a great area to start and meet other tourists.
My friends and I stayed at Khao San Road Palace which was conveniently located in the main area of Khao San Road, next to the 7/11 and across the street from a very busy bar. You can read my review of Khao San Road Place here.
What I really love about this area is that there is a mix of tourists and locals. There are people from around the world, both solo travellers and people travelling in groups. Some people have gotten there before you or are just figuring it out like yourself. You can exchange travel stories and offer fellow tourist tips.
Thai people are great and so helpful. They know you’re a tourist and want to offer you a service and experience to make your trip memorable.
OMG THE FOOD! The food in Thailand is amazing! Khoa San Road is a great place to start your food adventure. When I arrived it was late at night and the street was still as busy as ever. There are great streets eats available ranging from the most delicious pad Thai, beef skewers, tom yum soup, and deep fried insects (I wasn’t brave enough to try those). You must also try the fresh smoothies. I got them every morning and it’s a great healthy way to start your day.
If you are in dire need of ‘international cuisine’, there is a McDonalds and Burger King conveniently located on Khoa San Road. The 7/11 is also a great option, serving both Thai and international snacks.
It is well known that a lot of tourists stay on Khao San Road and therefore there are a lot of travel agencies and trip planners also in the area. What’s great about this is that whatever you are looking to do you can plan it right there. You can also haggle the prices and choose a travel planning adventure that best fits your itinerary.
There are taxis, buses, motorbikes and tuk tuks all ready for you. My favourite mode of transportation are the tuk tuks. The drivers are fast and get you where you need to go on a budget. Plus you are able to travel around with no barriers blocking your views. Careful though because the drivers do drive fast and close to other cars. Try and keep all your limbs inside the tuk tuk to avoid injury.
Taxis and tuk tuk’s don’t actually come on Khoa San Road because it’s so busy but you can catch them on either end of the street.