Khao San Road is known as a backpacker’s haven, though nowadays, it attracts a wider variety of visitors who simply want to have clean, nighttime fun in Bangkok.
The street is located one block from the Chao Praya River. Khao San means milled rice and the street is named as such reflecting its role as a rice trading hub.
Khao San Road is lined with bars, cafes, restaurants, shops and hotels. The whole area comes to life after dark when night owls come out to have a good time at this never sleep street.
Khao San Road became popular with the backpacker crowd because of its affordable options. Perhaps this is also the reason why it attracts more visitors these days.
Aside from its lively bars and clubs, Khao San Road is the best place to visit if you want to enjoy delicious food, drink local beer, try out exotic delicacies and shop for budget things.
Best night spots to enjoy in Khao San Road
The Club may have the least creative name but the free entry more than makes up for it. There is no strict dress code at this club so you may go in your most comfortable clothes and dance the night away to the mix of some of Bangkok’s best DJs.
Brick Bar has live bands playing mostly Thai indie, ska, and reggae. To get the best at Brick Bar, go early and choose a table near the stage. Entry is free on weeknights and costs 300 baht ($8.66) on weekends.
Street food may not be the best on Khao San Road but it is a good place to try out exotic delicacies. Gulp down a bottle of beer before taking a bite of crispy fried scorpions or cockroaches! For better tasting and more normal foods, walk towards nearby Soi Rambuttri.