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“crowded crazy tourist hang out”
3 of 5 bubbles Review of Khao San Road

Khao San Road
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: The backpacking district of Khao San Road is the traveler hub of South East Asia. Jam-packed with raucous bars and restaurants as well as budget hostels, it’s a favorite for late-night revelers.
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“crowded crazy tourist hang out”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 22, 2013

If your into people watching,crowded dirty street,noisy with many street hawkers and street food then here's the place for you.Not my type of place,only good point is a variety of money changers with competitive prices

Visited February 2013
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“Crowded, dirty, but some good restaurants and shopping”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 21, 2013

Be sure to go earlier in the day. From the mid-afternoon to evening, it gets way too crowded. Motorbikes and tuk-tuks creep through the crowds spewing exhaust fumes all up in your face. Lots of the open-air restaurants smell of this exhaust, so be sure to sit away from the road if there are too many bikes out there. My wife got sick from the fumes and eventually had to head out of there quickly for some fresher air.

We ate at an awesome Indian restaurant on Khao San, but I can't remember its name for the life of me. If I figure it out, I'll review it. It was one of the best meals we had on our trip. I remember that it was on the second floor.

It was interesting to see the wide variety of people on Khao San. Everyone from hippies (Baby Boomers on down), frat boys/sorority sisters, older couples seemingly on a second honeymoon, familes with small kids, etc. There seem to be more tourists on Khao San than locals.

Be sure to visit more than one shop before buying anything too big. They offer radically different prices on similar or identical items. Once you find the shop with the lowest prices, start haggling from there. Ignore the barkers offering cheap suits or tuk-tuk/taxi rides. Some of the roads near Khao San are less crowded and dirty, and seem to have shops with lower prices.

It's a nice place to swing through once or twice, buy a few postcards or gifts for back home, and then head to Bangkok sights that are worthy of their legendary status (Wats Arun and Pho, Grand Palace complex, etc.).

Visited January 2013
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“Just to see”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 17, 2013

We went to the Khao San Road just to see what it was about. Quite a funny experience although not a lot there other than bars and places to eat. A few shops. Fun to have a few beers, chill out and people watch with the load music.

Visited November 2012
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“Great Backpackers Heaven!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 17, 2013

Its colorful and full of action all the times. No doubt the area is the mother of all tourist living areas throughout South East Asia! You will be able to find cheapest deals here. It remains crowded all the times specially during evening and night. If you are looking for a quite area for accommodation, head towards the nearby Samsen road (5 minutes walk from Kao San Road) where cheap accommodation with a quite surroundings can easily be found. Kao San road is also famous for its colorful bars. Street sellers sell souvenirs etc on cheap rates however, bargain is a must :) Beware of the "cheap tuk tuks" and apparently friendly persons approaching you with offers to assist you. There are locals as well as the foreigner scammers (I even encountered with some Europeans too). Also beware of the static taxis drivers approaching you just avoid them. Cheapest way to reach Kao San road from Hualamphon train station is by bus no 53 charging just 7 Bhats and takes around 45 minutes (it passes through China town and Little India, so don't miss it). Good luck!

Visited January 2013
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“dirty, loud and absolutely unacceptable”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 16, 2013

the khao san road is only a few hundred meters long and it seems that all the the modern hippies and blond haired rastafaris of the whole wide world cavort in this space. the road is closed for cars and a 24 hour souvenir market is located on both sidewalks. the prices for all (tours, massages, tattoos etc.) are at least twice as high or higher than on other places. the restaurants are average at best, and even very expensive. the staff is mostly stressed and unfriendly, which is very untypical for thailand. in the upper levels of the buildings are located massage salons or tattoo studios, but mostly cheap hostels with a minimum on standart and very small rooms. the whole area is very dirty and specially when it rains the mixture of garbage creates flavors we thought they didn´t exist till this moment. the khaosan road has nothing to do with thailand or bangkok! it seems that the road is the catch basin for all low budget tourists who travel in thailand and want to be exempted.

Visited May 2012
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