For those who aren’t familiar with it, Khao San Road and the area surrounding it is a destination for independent travelers (especially backpackers) and is a carnival-like scene riddled with guest houses, street food, beer gardens, internet cafes, travel agencies, 24-hour tailors, tattoo parlors, used bookstores, souvenir sellers, hair braiders, fortune tellers, gurus, con artists, felafel stands… You probably get the picture. It is, in a word, “wonderful,” and a rare enduring gem in a part of the world that is modernizing faster than I could have ever imagined.

Kevin (เควิน) Khaosan

Kevin (เควิน) Khaosan

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Began, Burma

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This is my favorite photo!  I was in Rangoon Burma waiting for the fast train to Mandalay.  I had... read more

Riding up Mandalay Hill in Burma

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Down the Irrawaddy River on a Chinese Steamer

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Daytime vs Nightlife on Khao San Road

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Map of Old Khao San Road – by Nancy Chandler

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Then and Now: Wat Pho – Farang Guard

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