The other day I decided to make a daytime (which turned into a daytime vs nightlife) trip down to good old Khaosan Road (Khao San, Khao Sarn, etc). It remains a go-to place for visitors to Thailand. Not at all a part of traditional Thailand, but very much an interesting place to visit with its dynamic mix of backpackers and other travelers getting together to eat, drink, share stories, and get harassed by touts of all sorts. You don’t come to Khao San Road to see a part of Thailand so much as you come to spend some time with a unique group of people that have come to the area as a stopping point during their travels in and around Thailand.
During the day (daytime) Khao San is a very different place than at night (nightlife). Early in the day there is mostly a slow sleepy clean-up from the chaos and festivities of the previous night, along with preparations for the coming evening. Trash is swept up and carried away. And there is a steady stream of delivery vehicles (trucks, cars, hand trolleys, rickshaws) replenishing supplies of merchandise, food, and beer to the restaurants, hotels, and street-side entertainment spots.
Throughout the afternoon more and more people start to come and walk around the place. The restaurants start to fill up for early dinner as families and older travelers come and check out Khao San Road for themselves. Unfortunately for those folks, they are missing out on the late evening and nighttime hours when Khao San gets even odder and more fun.
What started out as a daytime visit to Khao San is quickly turned into a late night visit as time went on. Day and night on Khao San is two very different experiences. Sleepy and slow during the day…
Chaotic, fun, and crazy at night. The place fills up quickly, the music gets louder, the characters that you see walking along the streets get odder and wilder (and usually drunker), and all this without taking a single step into any of the various indoor clubs that have cropped up in the area alongside the traditional outdoor bars and restaurants.