Khao San Road has long been a favourite hang out for international travellers and certainly when ‘The Beach’ was released in 2000, this road in central Bangkok sky-rocketed into the public lens and with its new-found fame rapidly became a must-see for the twenty-something backpacker crowd. With this intense popularity it seems only fitting to take a moment to quote what has become quite a famous line from the book/movie, “You know, Richard, one of these days I’m going to find one of those Lonely Planet writers and I’m going to ask him, what’s so fucking lonely about the Khao San Road?” It really is a good point!
During the day Khao San Road is quite insignificant and like many Thai streets it is full of hustle and bustle. The road itself is short, only 1 km long, but it is jam-packed with souvenirs and clothing stalls pushed against cheap restaurants and guest houses, that specialize in easy noodle and rice dishes and beer.
At night it’s a different story. We were there during the day, so this is only here say, but supposedly the place explodes into one huge party. We met some fellow-Canadian travellers who said they had arrived on Khao San Road at 1 am and it was absolutely NUTS.
We spent a lovely couple of hours meandering through, stopping for a beer and cherishing the thought that we could say we’d been there!
stalls, signs, shops
shining in midday –
a road made famous