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“Perfect for a beer or two.”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Khao San Road

Khao San Road
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$73.21*
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Ranked #49 of 530 things to do in Bangkok
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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.
London, United Kingdom
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“Perfect for a beer or two.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 16, 2013

Went to Khao San road for dinner & a few drinks with my girlfriend, it's lively to say to the least. Lots of bars & restaurants offering food (mainly English dishes), with plenty of offers on cocktails & beers. If you don't mind a touts selling tat & 90's pop music it's a good vibe. Would avoid if you're travelling with young children though, but a good spot for a few of beers & a laugh.

Visited November 2013
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“No i do not want a suit!”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 15, 2013 via mobile

You get hassled to buy suits, watches, fake underpants and just about any tat you could think of. Everythings overpriced and the restaurants are crap total waste of time.

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“The Hedonistic Paradise of Bangkok”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 11, 2013

Having arrived in Bangkok, me and six friends went out in search of a great party. Look no further than Khao San Road. This place will make the Red Light District look like a Botanical Garden. Ladyboys, pubs & clubs, live music and entertainment, this insane strip of road in the heart of Thailand's bustling capital is bound to astound any traveller.

It is also a great spot to pick up hand crafted Thai artefacts as well as knock off clothes. Personally, I found Chiang Mai to be the haven for clothes (especially football tops) but if you don't make it to Chiang Mai, this place also has plenty to offer!
The bars generally have a good atmosphere. The drink is reasonably priced and the entertainment is good. It's nearly impossible not to have a good time. It can be unforgettable in many different ways.

This place seems almost exclusively tailored for the younger traveller. Anyone looking for a taste of true Thai culture should steer clear of this particular location. The food isn't great and it is possible to bump into some drunken fools so beware. Also, as I did with every place I went in Thailand, I made sure that I was aware of my pockets as pickpocketers do exist and tend to roam the more crowded areas i.e Khao Son Road!

For the partying traveller that's looking to blow off some steam or drown their travel blues, this is the definitely the place to be in Bangkok but definitely isn't for everyone.

Visited August 2013
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Frankston, Australia
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“A waste of time!”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 10, 2013

This place really is the pits! Has absolutely nothing to recommend it (least of all the food)
Far better choices for accomodation and things to do throughout Bangkok in far more convenient locations!

Visited October 2013
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“what. a. HOLE!”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 8, 2013

Please, if you are a first time visitor to Bangkok, or a backpacker heading off on your S.E.A. adventure, dont believe the hype of this place, find somewhere better to stay, like over on Sathon road or Silom road at the other end of the town.
Ok you are in Bangkok, so go and check the place out, find a place to sit and watch the freak show parade past you as the afternoon turns into evening, but only stay here if you want to be like every other western backpacker, before you know it you will have a Beer Lao singlet and a scruffy beard just like everyone else who stays there!
This place has every cliche you could think off, fake Banksy shirts and more stupidly fake Beats headphones for sale everywhere, get your fake IDs made here, get a tat, book an overpriced tour, get a seat on a rip off bus to Cambodia or stay in a not so cheap old dirty room that 10,000 other people have slept in, walk up the street and people will jump out at you trying to get you to buy tailor made suits, or go to a ping pong show, if you are going to eat there then eat on the street from a noodle store in the evening, forget the restaurants, expensive, slow service, hassled by street hawkers, not so good food. Also the bars are a rip off and there is only so many times you can hear a Thai guy singing wonder wall and fast car on an acoustic guitar, again in the evening find a street bar if you want a drink, their buckets are usually bigger and about half the price of a bar.
Finally if you are there in the evening forget about getting a taxi from anywhere around the area, taxis have meters so you dont have to haggle, thats the whole idea, but if you try and get a taxi from the KSR area they will all tell you "Ooooh, meter not work now"..or.."im going home now, drop you on my way home", even though the taxi has been sitting on the street for the last 30 minutes, waiting to rip someone off. They will only take you if you pay 200% of the actual fare, so in this case its better to take a tuk tuk, less stuffing around at least. Last night saw an English girl ask 5 taxis in a row to use the meter and none would, and all the taxis were at the "taxi rank" just off KSR.
Please note this is not just a one off view of this place, I have been there a few times and even stayed there many years ago before the internet was a big part of traveling, from what i have seen this trip this place is showing its age big time and becoming a total cliche of travel in S.E.A.
There is more to Bangkok than this place, make sure you go out and find it!

Visited November 2013
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