Khao San Road is one of the most famous and renowned neighborhoods in Bangkok. It was once a center for trade in milled short-grained rice (khao san), before transforming into a center for budget travelers. It is also one of the capital’s oldest, with a location right around the original Rattanakosin Kingdom’s capital. This makes it perfectly suited for some serious exploration of Bangkok’s old town.
While scant evidence remains of Khao San Road’s rice-trading history, its recent role in the tourism industry is obvious. Though the street has undergone a major upgrade over the past three decades, some stalwarts remain. Visitors can choose to stay in some of the quaint old family-run guesthouses, or go modern. Modern guesthouses and boutique hotels such as ibis Styles Bangkok Khaosan Viengtai now vie for the attention of travelers.
With so many visitors, it’s hardly surprising that Khao San Road is also home to a wide choice of eateries. Diners can choose a world of flavors. There are street food stalls selling deep-fried insects, inexpensive cafes serving up local staples such as Khao Pad (fried rice) and more, or even familiar Western chains, including Starbucks, Burger King and McDonald’s. As the sun sets, Khao San really comes to life with its many bars and clubs catering to a mixed crowd of tourists, expats and locals.
As a tourism hotspot, Khao San Road is also a starting point for many tours or onward journeys in the region. Let the many travel agents in the area take care of travel arrangements to your destination of choice.
For more local sightseeing, Khao San Road is within easy reach of such iconic Thai sights as The Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaeow (Temple of the Emerald Buddha). Traveling to Wat Pho (famous for its huge reclining Buddha), Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn), The Giant Swing and The Golden Mountain is also a breeze. Stay near these key attractions at the best ibis Bangkok hotel.