Bangkok 2011 - Khao San Road Area (Banglamphu)

Khao San Road - or the Banglamphu Area, has emerged as the de facto backpackers area in Bangkok over the years. It is easy to see why. Firstly, the location is unbeatable. It is right in the heart of where all the major attractions are - the temples, the Grand Palace, old quarters, Chinatown, etc. It is also well connected to public transport - being next to the main road and very close to the main train station - Hua Lamphong Station. Lots of cheap accommodation have cropped up to cater to the backpacker crowd, and there is a real sense of community here.

Khao San Road itself has become too commercialized and is no longer a very nice place to visit especially during the day. It feels a bit like Pat Pong, except without the night market. There are lots of cheap pubs, bargain shops, cheap B&B, etc. but there isn’t much character. Instead, head to Soi Rambuttri not far from Khao San Road. This area is a maze of pedestrianized streets that is full of interesting pubs, cafes, tattoo parlours, second hand bookshops, and of course B&Bs. Around sun down is the best time to visit, as the tropical heat starts to cool down and the pubs start to open for business. Many of the pubs open right out to the streets, and you can just hang around and enjoy some of the really nice life music without spending a single cent. There are food stalls everywhere to satisfy your hunger pangs after all that partying. For some people including the farangs, this is literally their home.

Night life on Soi Rambuttri.

There are lots of bars which operate out of old hippie vans like the VW. They seem to be very popular.

There are lots of places to eat.

Live music here is not bad.


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