Bangkok, Keep away from from Khao San Road?

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1. Posted by adamgr81 (Budding Member 7 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!


What does everone thing about Khao San Road? i'm going to Thailand in Jan, i've been before but am takng people that haven' been before.
Last time I stayed away from Khao San Raod becuase I just got the impression that it is full of western backpackers and in a place like that you could be anywhere in the world. why come all teh way to South East Asia to be surrounded by people from home?
What does everyone think? is it worth staying there?



2. Posted by opospa (Respected Member 1837 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

If you dont want to stay at Khaosan Rd, maybe you can try some other areas like Pratunam or Sukumvit or Patpong. But you will still meet people from your home anywhere in Bkk....

3. Posted by Erik85 (Respected Member 274 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I agree with you there adam. I guess it's just the lifestyle that attracts people - backpackers, cheap accomodation, sitting back, meeting a diverse range of people etc. You wouldn't really go there to soak in the Thai culture.

So in terms of you staying there the main attraction would be affordable accomodation, and a nice range of pubs to sit back and have a drink, although I'm sure theres plenty more to do in the wider area. Personally I found the road itself quite overrated though, and yes definately full of western backpackers as you say.

I much preferred the Sukumvit area, which I thought was great for shopping and clubbing, and generally just wondering around and getting lost in the chaos of Bangkok :). The sky train also made it convenient to go to other places nearby. It's also not too far fram Khao san and Patpong.

It really depends what you want to do though!

4. Posted by Chada (Full Member 118 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

You can read the history about Kao Sarn Road in here:

During the time I studied in that area, I was told not to go close to that area because it was famous for drugs and drugs addicted people to meet up. I think the situation has been changed to be less serious now.

5. Posted by sanook (Budding Member 7 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

What's the obsession with not going to places other foreigners go to!

Koh San Road is a place to visit but mostly a place to stay with it's cheap accommodation and abundance of restaurants and cafes. Are you planning on staying there and that is it? Sleep, wake up and travel around Bangkok to appreciate the city and it's culture. Does it really matter if there are lots of other foreigners around you. Every hotel or guest house will have other foreigners staying there too, if you really want to escape all that then go somewhere else.

If you want to travel like a local and meet locals then Bangkok is big enough for you to get lost in. Travel by bus, sky train and underground and see the sites and don't get hung up by the place you choose to stay. Actually a great way to get around is by motorcycle taxi, and watch the amazing manoeuvres the driver makes moving around the place.

Besides, Thai's love Koh San Road and many Thai's look forward to visiting the area to see what is happening there. The place comes alive during the Thai New Year and is the place of choice for many locals during this festival who love to come and see and share their cultural history with visiting foreigners.

So to conclude, stop worrying about what others are doing and where they are staying and enjoy your time there learning about the amazing Thai culture, food and customs and friendly people.

6. Posted by michnrach (Budding Member 16 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I actually found it was a great place to start off at and as said before get cheap accomodation and get my bearings before i set off around southeast asia. There are definately worse places to start off at!

7. Posted by claireh (Respected Member 318 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

True. True. But Khao San Road is an experience in itself. I don't think you've seen Bangkok until you've seen Khao San Road. Go - form your own opinion. If you don't like it, you don't have to stay.

8. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3580 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I don't stay on KSR but I do recommend the street for new visitors. It is a place to meet others if you are by yourself and network with fellow backpackers. Many BPers from your home country to chat with and plan your itinerary. See the sights of BKK, eat & sleep cheap before heading out to see the rest of Thailand. That is why KSR is worth a stop for new visitors, IMO.

9. Posted by lodesafun (Budding Member 56 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I used to ONLY go to Koh san rd when I stayed in Bangkok, Used to be THE spot. But since 2002 when they started the rule to close at 1AM it is now far from what it used to be when the road closed and bars put the tables and chairs in the street. It's only about 500 meters long ( the street) but you would meet such a mix of people, as they used to say here "Drinking ,smoking , Dancing" that by the time you made it to the other end it was daylight..The stalls stayed open and you could get EVERYTHING. I really loved those times and have stories that i'll tell till I die, BUT now the stalls close much earlier than they used to and now at 1AM it's lady-boys on parade. At 1Am you can sit on the curb and watch what it has become now at night. Young western backpackers getting Hammered and told closing time. at which time they walk out into the street crying out "WHAT? everything is closed??" a beautifull lady boy( hard to tell normally, but when your drunk and horny it really hard!!!!) walks up and says, I have some whis-a-gee at my house. I'll leave the rest to your imagination.
Sky train doesn't go to the KSR. Taxi's into town from there are the worse as they don't want to use the meter- costing much more as you need one to get back ( and get away with it as most packers are newbies) The market stalls are more expencive there because So many noobs have no ideal how cheap it should be **( pair of raybans that you can bargin down to 100 baht in town/ sukhumvit will go like this ...How much for the raybans ---500 baht--- I'll give ya 250 --- OK).
I would'nt say Keep away, If your just going to see the Old city It's ok to go spend a bit of time there on a day or till 1AM, something to see, but IMHO it's living on past glory.
ask me where to stay in Bangkok and Í'll say Sukhumvit.
but I've done both and I do better with the $ in Sukhumvit more things around to do and travel cost are lots less and the vendors have alot of local buyers keeping the cost even further down.
where exactly? :, well I'm partial as now I only stay at soi1guesthouse on sukhumvit when in Bangkok:mrgreen

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