Khao San Road ServicesKirsty Turner
Khao San Road isn’t just about partying. Visitors to Khao San Road and the surrounding areas will also discover a wide range of reasonably priced services. This is the perfect time to book the dentist’s appointment you’ve been putting off, visit the optician or simply post a parcel back home. Virtually any type of business can be taken care of smoothly and simply with the help of the English speaking staff in this area.
There are a number of different booths offering money changing services set up on and around Khao San Road. The staff at these booths stock a good selection of different currencies and can usually change traveller’s cheques as well. Visitors will need to show their passport before they can use the services at these booths.
Just opposite the entrance to Khao San Road on the corner of Soi Rhambhutri is a branch of Western Union, which may come in handy if you run out of money. It is possible to wire money through Western Union from just about any country in the world. However, some people find that the percentage the company charges is rather high.
If you’ve been indulging in some serious shopping and jut can’t fit everything into your backpack, you may want to make use of one of the postal services in the area. The main post office can be found in a small lane near Victory Monument. Opposite one end of Khao San Road is a branch of Burger King and if you follow the lane behind the fast food franchise for about 100 meters you will come to the post office. There are also a number of other businesses located on Khao San Road and in the surrounding area that offer to send parcels, postcards and letters to international destinations for a small fee.
When you’re constantly on the road it is easy for the laundry to start piling up and before you know it the contents of your backpack might smell like it’s been swimming around in a sewer for a week. Luckily, there are also people in this area that provide laundry services for a small fee. The going rate on the street and in cheap guesthouses is usually 30 baht per kilo and your laundry bag will be weighed before you are charged. However, in more upmarket hotels laundry is often priced individually and can be considerably more costly. In both cases your laundry will be washed in a machine, ironed and returned within 24 hours.
Although most people dread having their teeth examined, the friendly and professional dentists that have set up businesses in this area make the process almost pleasant. Dental procedures are much cheaper in Thailand than in most Western countries and these dentists offer a wide range of services such as checkups, teeth cleaning and teeth whitening.
Several different opticians’ shops can be found in this area as well and this is a good time to stock up on contact lenses or replace road-worn glasses.
There is also a wide range of other small, yet essential services available here such as shoe fixing, key cutting and people with sewing machines who can fix garments for just a few baht.
When it comes to taking care of business, Khao San Road has it covered.