Khao San Road in a Nutshell

Khao San Road Guesthouses and Hotels

Khao San Road Hotels and Guesthouses, Bangkok, Thailand
Khao San Road Hotels and Guesthouses, Bangkok, Thailand
Khao San Road Hotels and Guesthouses, Bangkok, Thailand
Khao San Road Hotels and Guesthouses, Bangkok, Thailand
Khao San Road Hotels and Guesthouses, Bangkok, Thailand
Khao San Road Hotels and Guesthouses, Bangkok, Thailand
Khao San Road Hotels and Guesthouses, Bangkok, Thailand

One of the many reasons that so many choose to base themselves on and around Khao San Road is that there are so much accommodation available. While this is a real Mecca for budget travellers, there are also a good number of upmarket Bangkok hotels located on Khao San Road.

There are a selection of hotels and guesthouses for travellers to choose from. This is perhaps the best part of Bangkok to find budget accommodation and basic rooms start from less than 200 baht per night.

The style of accommodation you decide to opt for depends to the type of experience you are looking for, how much you are willing to pay and whether you intend to use your room as somewhere to rest and relax or just a place to store your backpack in between sightseeing and partying.

Budget guesthouses usually offer guests a small room with a fan and either a double or a single room. Those who opt for the cheapest rooms will usually have to share a bathroom with several other guests and shower with cold water. Although getting a good night’s sleep in budget guesthouses isn’t guaranteed as the walls are thin, these are good places to meet other backpackers.

Travellers with a bit more to spend will find a good selection of mid range Thailand hotels located in Khao San Road. These hotel rooms come complete with a few modern conveniences such as air-conditioning, attached bathroom with hot water A few mid range hotels even have a swimming pool for guests to use, which is a great way to cool down after exploring Bangkok on a hot day.

When it comes to top end accommodation, there are a few excellent hotels in Khao San Road. These hotels provide everything travellers need to make their stay comfortable such as restaurants serving both Thai and international cuisine, a fitness centre, swimming pool and room service.

Most of the hotels on and around Khao San Road provide a wide range of additional services for their guests such as a laundry service and internet. Most guesthouses and hotels are also able to help guests with travel plans and to book transport.

It is worth bearing in mind that many of the hotels in Thailand that rent rooms to foreigners don’t allow guests to take Thai people into their rooms with them. In some cases Thai guests are allowed but must first sign the hotel register or leave their ID card at the check in desk.

New hotels open on Khao San Road all the time, while old ones disappear overnight. Although as a rule tourists tend to get what they pay for in Bangkok hotels, standards can vary dramatically from place to place. Those who wish to stay in top end accommodation should book in advance to be sure of securing a room. While there are plenty of budget rooms available, it is a good idea to ask to see the room before checking in.

Khao San Road Bars and Clubs


Khai San Road Pubs and Clubs, Bangkok, Thailand
Khai San Road Pubs and Clubs, Bangkok, Thailand
Khai San Road Pubs and Clubs, Bangkok, Thailand
Khai San Road Pubs and Clubs, Bangkok, Thailand

After the sun sets Khao San Road is transformed into a neon wonderland as people flock from all over the city to sip cocktails on the street, listen to live music or shake a tail feature in one of the area’s trendy clubs.

Whether you simply want to enjoy a cold beer or two or are looking for a hedonistic clubbing experience, Khao San Road has a good selection of nightlife, which attracts tourists, travellers and Thai people from all walks of life.

Khao San Road is a great place for drinking and socializing as prices are generally much lower than in other parts of the city and those on a tight budget will be able to enjoy a drink or two at the end of a hard day of sightseeing. Many of the bars here also show movies and live sporting events free of charge to customers.

Most of the bars on Khao San Road and the surrounding area open mid morning and stay open until the early hours. Some places also have licenses to stay open 24 hours a day, meaning that there is always somewhere to grab a drink and make friends here.

There are a good number of street side bars in this area, which serve cheap beer and strong cocktails. Sitting at the tables here is a good way to meet people and watch events as they unfold on Khao San Road.

Those who enjoy live music will find plenty of venues to choose from. The bands in this area play both covers of popular Western and Thai tunes as well as their own songs. These bars attract a good mixture of Thai and Western customers and the atmosphere is usually very lively, with plenty of room to dance.

Those who like to boogie will be able to take their pick from dozens of different clubs. Most of these venues get going at around 11pm and stay open until two or three in the morning. Featuring DJs from all over the world, the clubs on and around Khao San Road pump out all sorts of music, from hip hop to trance and offer a lively atmosphere in which to see and be seen.

One of the great things about partying on Khao San Road is that there is always something to see and do here. Most venues are open every night of the week and have special nightly deals in order to attract customers.

Travellers should bear in mind that some of the women who hang out on Khao San Road aren’t quite as feminine as they appear at first glance. Ladyboys are common all over Thailand and it can be quite difficult to tell them apart from the real McCoy, especially after a few beers.

However, one of the great things about Thai people is that they are rarely pushy and both men and women can feel save and comfortable when partying on Khao San Road.