Khao San Road

Visitor's Guide


Khao San Road, Bangkok

Everything calls for tourists' attention on Khao San Road

Yes, it’s touristy but it’s also a place unlike any other in the world. Just 412 meters long (around 1350 ft), this neon-lit street started as a backpacker hub in the 1980s, and was placed on everyone’s Bangkok itinerary in the 1990s, after the publication of Alex Garland’s novel “The Beach” and the release of the movie that followed, whose opening scenes are set in one of the street’s cheap hotels. The low-cost accommodation is still there, but most spaces have now been taken over by small tourist-friendly shops, cafés, bars, and restaurants.

It’s a lively, melting-pot of a place throughout the day, with hair braiding services, carts offering fruit, juices, and local specialties together with some not-so-appetizing foods, and stalls selling secondhand goods and souvenirs.

It’s also one of the top destinations at night, when the daytime market becomes an all-night party.

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Street food on Khao San Road

Attractions by Khao San Road

From Khao San Road you can walk to the National Gallery and the National Museum.

How to get to Khao San Road

Take the Chao Phraya Express boat to Phra Athit pier, then about a 10-minute walk, or the MRT subway to Sanam Chai station.

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Some bizarre foods on Khao San Road


10 Recommended Hotels and Hostels on Khao San Road:


  • 1. Dang Derm Hotel
  • Located right on Khao San Road, this hotel has quite a nice rooftop pool and rooms featuring a modern Thai-style décor.

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  • 2. Nitan Hostel Khaosan
  • The location is just perfect if you want the partying right on your doorstep and don’t mind the noise. If you’re looking for a good budget place to stay on Khao San Road, this is it.

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  • 3. Tales Kaosan
  • Just around the corner from Khao San Road, this is a well-designed and highly-rated hostel, made to look like a sleeper train. It’s mostly made up of mixed dorms, but there’s also a small double room.

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  • 4. Chillax Heritage
  • If you’re not looking for budget accommodation and prefer a more luxurious experience, consider this 4-star hotel just a short walk from Khao San Road. Its clean and comfortable facilities include a swimming pool, a fitness center and a restaurant.

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  • 5. Villa de Khaosan by Chillax
  • Another 4-star option by Khao San Road (and within walking distance of the Grand Palace), this is a rather romantic hotel with an outdoor swimming pool and a restaurant.

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  • 6. Baan Chart
  • If you want to stay somewhere with a pool, this is another option. It’s just a 2-minute walk from Khao San Road, and has rooms furnished in a modern Thai style.

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  • 7. Buddy Boutique Inn
  • Just a few feet from Khao San Road, this 3-star inn has modern rooms with an elegant décor that make it look like a hotel of a higher category.

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  • 8. Lucky House Khaosan
  • Just 60m (200ft) from Khao San Road, this guesthouse is as affordable as a hostel but offers private rooms. They all have their own bathroom and feature a modern minimalist décor.

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  • 9. DPM Bangkok Hostel
  • Not only is the location on a quieter lane behind Khao San Road convenient for young travelers, this is also a good-value hostel with a friendly staff. There are several mixed dorms but also miniscule double rooms.

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  • 10. Diamong House
  • Just a short walk from Khao San Road, this 3-star hotel has modern rooms with wooden furnishings and a small rooftop bar. There are smaller rooms with bunk beds, and larger rooms with double beds, but all have ensuite bathrooms.

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